Question marks

Looking at the news these days, I discovered there are some things I’d like to know.

Why do so many Republicans want to rush the process of confirming a new Supreme Court Justice? I recall four years ago, they stalled and refused to give a hearing in the Senate to President Barack Obama’s nomination to replace Antonin Scalia. However, now they want to rush the process, and they say it’s the Senate’s job to confirm whoever the President nominates.

Do you suppose that could be because Obama was a Democrat and President Donald Trump is a Republican? Are they playing partisan politics with the Supreme Court? Hmmm . . . could be!

Something else I’d like to know:  what has Black Lives Matter done to improve the relations between the black community and law enforcement? I’ll be the first to admit that relationship has been an ugly, horrendous one throughout American history. However, wouldn’t it be a good idea to at least attempt to reach out? Some law enforcement agencies have indicated a willingness to listen and change. However, if you throw that willingness back in someone’s face and encourage criminal behavior, don’t expect anything to change.

Why are so many prominent Republicans, from President Trump on down, trying to undermine the confidence of the American people in the integrity of the results of the upcoming election? I’ve heard speculation, and none of it sounds good.

Why did the Arizona Diamondbacks pay all that money for Madison Bumgarner? I understand the San Francisco Giants wanted to trade him before he became a free agent, but they got no offers. Given how the last few seasons have gone, I think the D-Backs should change their name to the Pigeons or the Suckers.

Another thing I’d like to know:  why do the Democrats keep nominating weak candidates to run for President against Republicans who are vulnerable? Nixon was vulnerable in ’72, and they nominated George McGovern. Reagan was vulnerable in ’84, and they nominated Walter Mondale. George W. Bush was vulnerable in 2004, and they nominated John Kerry. Donald Trump may be the most vulnerable of them all, and they nominated Joe Biden.

As Yogi Berra once said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”

Why haven’t more people asked why 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse was allowed to run around unsupervised with a military-style weapon in a situation as chaotic as the one in Kenosha, Wis.? Sure, his killing two people may have been self-defense, but why was he there in the first place with a weapon he wasn’t supposed to have? As one of the nation’s top conservative publications, the “National Review,” asked, “Where were his parents?”

Why do I see people who are willing to dismiss the police actions against George Floyd because he had a criminal record? Okay, he was a criminal and he may have been resisting arrest. I can understand the use of force under those circumstances. The problem comes with what the police did after he was subdued and could no longer resist arrest.

Come to think of it, why is it so many of the “martyrs” promoted in the protests against police brutality seem to have criminal records?

I do know the answer to one of the things I’ve been wondering about:  why did Boeing allow a plane as clearly flawed as the 737 Max to go into production and be sold to airlines? It’s because the company is now run by business people who want to be a big corporation, not by aviation people who want to produce the best aircraft possible. The results of this can be seen in two deadly crashes and the grounding of 737 Max planes all around the world.

I should mention that a company being run by business people who are more interested in being a big corporation than producing a good product is a sign of a corporation in decline.

Anyway, those are the things I see when I look at the news these days. I have a lot of questions, and not a lot of answers.

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