“The Great Pretender” – Greg Seabolt

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The political race for the Randolph County, North Carolina office of Sheriff is entering into it final primary election days. There are two candidates that have filed for office on the Republican ticket which has caused a primary election to be held on May 8, 2018. The current duly elected and appointed by the Randolph County GOP according to the North Carolina elections law is Sheriff Robert Graves. His opponent is “The Great Pretender” Greg Seabolt.

Every time “The Great Pretender” Greg Seabolt speaks or when some of his supporters speak, it reminds me of the song by The Platters “The Great Pretender”. Just in case you need to refresh your memory of what the old classic song lyrics are, here it is:

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“The Great Pretender” Greg Seabolt

Oh yes I’m the great pretender (ooh ooh)
Pretending I’m doing well (ooh ooh)
My need is such I pretend too much
I’m lonely but no one can tell

Oh yes I’m the great pretender (ooh ooh)
Adrift in a world of my own (ooh ooh)
I play the game but to my real shame
You’ve left me to dream all alone

Too real is this feeling of make believe
Too real when I feel what my heart can’t conceal

Ooh ooh yes I’m the great pretender (ooh ooh)
Just laughing and gay like a clown (ooh ooh)
I seem to be what I’m not (you see)
I’m wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you’re still around

Yeah ooh hoo
Too real when I feel what my heart can’t conceal

Oh yes I’m the great pretender
Just laughing and gay like a clown (ooh ooh)
I seem to be what I’m not you see
I’m wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you’re
Pretending that you’re still around

That song pretty much sums up the Greg Seabolt campaign and what he has broadcast out to the public as I see it. He is “The Great Pretender”. (Click here for the song and lyrics on YouTube)

So, let’s take a look at “The Great Pretender’s” campaign.

“The Great Pretender” is pretending that he is qualified better than our current Sheriff to hold that office. No, not even close. The current Sheriff has held this position since Sheriff Maynard Reid, Jr. died while holding the office of Sheriff on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. A little over 2 years ago. While Sheriff Graves has been in office he has conducted a successful campaign of fighting crime, instituting rules and community service programs to assist in fighting crime and protecting our citizens. The current Sheriff has served as a supervisor with the North Carolina Highway Patrol in the position of Lieutenant. He retired after over 30 years of service. 16 of those years were in a supervisory capacity as Sergeant, First Sergeant and as Lieutenant with the Highway Patrol. He has had numerous training classes as a supervisor and he has learned how to deal with personnel matters.

Now, let’s talk about “The Great Pretender’s” training as a supervisor and actual hands on experience as a supervisor. Well, that’s the end of that subject for “The Great Pretender”. His training and actual experience would be absolutely ZERO.

Now, let’s move onto “The Great Pretender’s” campaign straight off his website.

  1. Open Communication and Transparency. Sheriff Robert Graves already has this and is doing this. He is using various social media and personal appearances to bolster the Sheriff’s office and what the Sheriff’s office is doing. Unlike “The Great Pretender’s” campaign of distortion, half-truths and the tearing down of good men and women that put their life on the line each day to protect the citizens of Randolph County.
  2. Eradication of Illicit Drug Trafficking in Randolph County. Sheriff Robert Graves is working hard along with the men and women at the Sheriff’s office to remove drugs from our county. He is working with other agencies and taking a leading role in taking drugs off our streets and out the hands of our children. He seeks longer jail times and harsher sentences for these criminals. Unlike “The Great Pretender” that only wants to talk about what he would pretend to do if elected. Our Sheriff is doing the work now, not just talking about it.
  3. Proactive Property Crime Prevention. Sheriff Robert Graves is doing what the budget will allow him to do. He is using his personnel to reduce crime in all areas. The Sheriff can only work within his department’s budget. He also has to use money for other areas. “The Great Pretender” would have you to believe that he alone can do this like waiving a magic wand to come up with the money. His budget would be endless and pull money out of our pockets to try and accomplish anything that “The Great Pretender” thinks is going to just sounds like a good idea.
  4. Reducing Call Response Time. Sheriff Robert Graves works hard to make sure his Deputies arrived safely to your calls of help. Satellite offices have been done in the past and there still may be some operating now. However, the best deterrent is a man or women in the car working the area, not sitting in an office drinking coffee. “The Great Pretender” wouldn’t know this since he hasn’t any supervisory experience.
  5. Thorough Crime Investigation. It is easy for “The Great Pretender” to sit back and make promises about thorough crime investigations verses actually do the investigation. The very first investigation I solved as a detective was a breaking and entering and larceny into a home. There was no known witnesses and it had been a cold case for about 4 months when I received it. Another two months went by before I was able to gather the information I needed to obtain warrants and then successfully bring the criminals to court and see justice done. If you have a murder case and a larceny case to occur at the same time but different victims and crime scenes, which would get the priority. Of course, the homicide case would and rightfully so. Oh, I am sorry this would be a management view point, something “The Great Pretender” doesn’t have. That is why he missed the boat on this one.
  6. No Political Maneuvering. Come on, I guess “The Great Pretender” really believes that the people will believe this, or did he say that just to try and receive votes. The very idea of Sheriff all over the United States is a political office. Sheriff Robert Graves is working as a Sheriff should. “The Great Pretender” is just blowing smoke with this one point. You cannot separate politics and the Sheriff’s Department in North Carolina or anywhere else. “The Great Pretender” is doing what he does best, pretending.
  7. Policy and Procedural Standardization. To be certified as a CLAEA Department takes a lot of time and money. It doesn’t necessarily make the department a better department. Good supervisors understand this and work within the department’s budget to see that the people that work for them have proper minimum training standards and more if the training budget would allow it. In order to receive this accreditation, it cost a minimum of $11,450.00 to $16,125.00 one-time fee, pass or fail, plus an annual charge of $4,065.00 to $5,000.00 to keep the accreditation depending on the number of deputies. In addition to this cost a complete over haul of the way records would be kept along with other standards that would have to be implemented. This would be money that could be used toward number 5 above. It looks like “The Great Pretender” missed this one as well.
  8. Personal Accountability in the Office. I don’t think this is a problem that is going on now. Just look at the number of ex-employees that use to work at the Sheriff’s Office that had to leave for various reasons. DWI, not following procedures just to name two. Now, let’s ask “The Great Pretender” how is Operation Red Sleigh going? I can’t see anywhere online that you have published an independent audit of where the funds and gifts came from or where they went. Did all of the money go to needed children? Did all of the gifts go to needed children? Did criminal activity pay for any of these gifts? We simply do not know how many thousands of dollars have been misused, if any, because “The Great Pretender” hasn’t given a personal accountability of how he has over seen the funding and dispersing on the money and gifts. The bad part of this is people will not ask because they are embarrassed to question his accountability. I’m not embarrassed to ask. I would hope everything would be the way it should be, but we really do not know.
  9. Adequate Training and Equipment. What was written by “The Great Pretender” sounds great. Sheriff Robert Graves is already doing this and probably more. These requirements are set out by law for law enforcement officers in North Carolina. “The Great Pretender” repeating something that is required by law as his idea. Pretending again.
  10. A Safe Randolph County Jail. No matter what is done there will be fights and injuries, including death in the jails to the inmates and officers. It is just a sound bite to say this, so it will sound good, but you can only do so much. If a prisoner wants to do something they will do it if the opportunity arises. This has been this way since jails were conceived and will always be that way. Another sound bite for “The Great Pretender”.

“The Great Pretender’s” campaign is not without fault and neither is “The Great Pretender” although he would like you to believe he is. One of the endorsers for him is a man that was married, and they had a child. That is good, however this man was seeing another woman while he was married. That was not good. By the way, this man left his wife and child to marry this other lady. Oh, but I guess “The Great Pretender” shut his eyes and pretended it did not happen so he could use this endorsement. Speaking of low ethics, thank you “Great Pretender”

Okay, what is the real reason “The Great Pretender” did not try to be promoted when he was working with the Highway Patrol. He says it was because he didn’t want to move. But, we also have to consider a range of other reasons. Maybe he is just lazy and did not want the extra work. Maybe he just didn’t want the extra money in salary and retirement. Maybe he has skeletons in his closet that would not allow him to be promoted. Maybe he had a cushioned job here in Randolph County that allowed his to take longer breaks, lunches or just hide instead of patrolling our highways as he should when he was being paid to do that. Only “The Great Pretender” can answer some of these questions because personnel records are not a public record. These are still questions that we should all be asking.

There is a prominent attorney that is supporting “The Great Pretender” by using what attorney’s use best the mouth. This attorney is constantly bashing Sheriff Robert Graves and the Randolph County GOP for what he believes was dirty politics. Everything that the Randolph County GOP and Sheriff Robert Graves has done has been legal and I guess that is why this attorney wants to fire things up by insulting and make believing things were not. It’s funny how things go. This very same attorney was the head of the GOP in Randolph County. He used politics to help other people to get jobs and promotions. I know this is true because he helped me obtain my job with the State of North Carolina by writing a letter for me and talking to other political people on my behalf. He even told me he wouldn’t help unless I would help “sign up” people to join the Republican party. Dang, doesn’t that sound like politics to you Randolph County citizens? Of course, “The Great Pretender is against this, remember?

“The Great Pretender” started his campaign long before the actual filing period began. The problem is this. “The Great Pretender” is running against the Republican party and not against Sheriff Robert Graves. “The Great Pretender” Greg Seabolt is running a smear campaign against all citizens of Randolph County that are registered Republicans. He has called the local GOP out as being unfair, and full of people that… well you can guess. It’s something how “The Great Pretender” thinks. He never shows up for a GOP event until he decides he wants to run for public office as a Republican. He then bashes the party he is a member of and is running on behalf of in a political position. Then he stops coming to party activities and gets even more upset because he pretends the party is against him, so he can try to get the emotional vote instead of people actually realizing what is going on and making the correct choice.

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“The Great Pretender” Greg Seabolt

I hope that everyone will vote in the primary on May 8, 2018. Please remember, when you vote, don’t vote for “The Great Pretender” because that is what he is. He is pretending to have your needs in his mind but is actually looking after his own needs. The line that stands out in my mind in this song is: “I’m wearing my heart like a crown”

The proper vote would be for Sheriff Robert Graves. He is already doing a great job as Sheriff each and every day and has been since the very early part of 2016. This is who I will vote for and who I endorse for Sheriff of Randolph County.

One last thing, click this link to hear a great song and read the lyrics as you listen.

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The Southern Shout Out has spoken, now it is your turn.

(This article is an opinion writing from The Southern Shout Out)

Guns Don’t Kill People. People Kill People

This is my opinion on an issue that has no clear solutions other than the way we treat mental health patients. 

The article’s title is an old cliché that has been around for a long time, but it is still so true.

As some die-hard liberals would like you to believe, let’s do away or regulate guns more so we can “stop the killing.” Now, some of these liberals are probably sincere in their way of thinking. But for most of them, they just want more regulations, so the government can control more areas of our lives. If a true liberal could have their way, they would control every aspect of what we do, even to what we do in our own homes.

As a retired 34-year veteran of law enforcement in the USA I do have a little more insight into mental health issues than some have. I am no expert by any means, but like many Americans, you don’t have to be an expert in anything to know something is not working.

On January 14, 2018 (Valentine’s Day) a school shooter shot and killed at least 17 people and injured many others. Within a day the liberals were posting on Facebook many, many Occupy Democrats gifs and post. (look at the one below) In all honesty, the organization cannot truthfully tell us if these statistics would have been any different if their party was leading the country. The majority of  the post are against #1 The Republican Party and #2 Freedom to bear arms. The Occupy Democrats is an organization that promotes liberal thinking. Leave it to the Democrats to make politics out of a tragedy that was caused by nothing more than our treatment of mental illness in the United States.

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It is not a Democrat or Republican fault, it is a mental health issue which is at fault and this crosses all political lines.

More gun control will not stop killings in the United States and it will not stop mass killings. Every day in news articles we can read about people who are killed by other people. Driving cars and trucks through crowds, stabbing with knives, pushing people off of cliffs, vehicle bombs, torturing and starving people, and the list goes on and on.

During the 50’s and 60’s the federal government started to deinstitutionalize mental health treatment. From what I have been told and have read, being put into a mental hospital during the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s was not a good thing because of the way people were treated for their illness.

Eventually drugs were invented to help treat mental illnesses and the USA started closing down mental health treatment facilities. As an example, Dorothea Dix Mental Health Hospital moved its last patient to Butner and closed its doors in August of 2012.

So how long does it take for a mental health patient to get mental health in hospital treatment? Well, I have seen mental health patients in North Carolina held in emergency rooms for days and in a regular hospital bed (not mental health facility) for weeks. Insurance controls all of this. If a patient reaches a certain number of days, the insurance companies want them to be released. It doesn’t matter if they are ready, it is a money thing and probably because of a waiting list of other patients that need treatment.

I know about the time limit because I have had family members that have mental health issues in the past and they were released at the end of 30 days even though everyone knew they were not ready to be released. The answer given from the medical society was “Your insurance will not pay for anymore treatment beyond the 30 days.”

I believe in the 60’s or 70’s is when the USA decided to treat mental health as an outpatient issue. It took several years for the issue to come to light as a national problem. Now, let me stop here and say this. There has been a lot of people that have benefited from this outpatient treatment and continue to work within society in a “normal” way. My hat is off to them because they live day to day with a complicated issue.

You cannot rubber stamp treatment for mental health issues. What will work for one individual will not work the same way for another individual with the same illness. In fact, it could make the mental illness worst.

Last but not the least. There is a lot of good articles about mental illness treatment located on the internet. Please read the ones that are from trusted websites or publications. Do not believe what you read from political pushing agenda organizations. They are just pushing politics and nothing else.

Leave the gun legislation alone and spend money on inpatient treatment without limitations on insurance money and length of stays. I believe we need to institutionalize mental health treatment with the current workable drugs available. However with this being said we should never go back to the days of barbaric treatment of mental health patients.

It is time for the government (all parties) to say the way we are treating mental health issues is not working. It is time to change the way we treat these patients.

Beware of Fundraising in the Sheriff Election

Everyone has Facebook and now it seems the local Randolph County Sheriff’s race is using Facebook for fundraising.

I saw on my Facebook page a supporter for Seabolt for Sheriff had posted he was selling tickets to win a 9mm, Smith & Wesson MP Shield. The post was “Ok, I got 3 gun raffle tickets left and looking for an owner for them. Drawing is Friday. If you win , you will be the owner of a Smith &Wesson MP Shield 9mm….”

After an exchange of post and the question was asked what is the benefit for was it told it was for Greg Seabolt.

Greg Seabolt is running for Sheriff in the local election against the current Sheriff Robert Graves.

This is only one supporter that I saw posting the raffle for the gun, but it would appear he wasn’t going to tell that the money was going to Greg Seabolt until he was asked. I would hope the tickets would have what the money is going to so people would know that they were giving money to Seabolt. This may have just been a mistake on his part or it could have been intentional, only he knows.

If this was intentional, this tactic is a little deceitful in my opinion to try to get you to buy something with the money going toward an election candidate and you wouldn’t know it until you actually saw the ticket.

The supporter should have disclosed up front on his post what the money that was being raised was going to. Every fundraiser that I can remember always explains up front how the money will be used.

It’s even possible the money could be going to Seabolt for medical expenses or any number of other reasons. Whatever is the reason, it needs to be disclosed in the very beginning without having to be asked.

So, what does this mean to everyone? If you do not know where your money is going in any fundraiser you should ask. You should always know where your money is going and what cause it will be applied to.

Just to have a total disclosure, I am supporting the current Sheriff Robert Graves in this upcoming Republican primary election.

The Southern Shout Out has spoken, now it is your turn.

 

Rumors have it…

If you want to know the newest and in most cases the oldest rumors floating around, go to your social media blog. Yep, it is simply amazing how many rumors just take on a life of their own.

People do not care anymore if they are telling the truth or if they are telling a lie. My friends, if you pass along a lie, it is a lie coming from you. Should I repeat this?

I would hope that all of us were taught to not tell lies and I know I try my best to make sure what I post is not a lie but is the truth on my social media accounts. However, I also know that I can make a mistake and post something that is not true. If I do, I hope my friends on that account will tell me so I can remove it.

This article is to those folks that are constantly posting without checking the facts. Oh, I know, it is a feel-good thing. “Pray for this girl, she has been missing and the worst is feared…” Oh, you didn’t check it out, she was missing 5 years ago, and found dead two days later… REALLY!

Some are just outright lies, there is no truth in them and we still post them, no matter how unbelievable they seem to be. “A hole is found in the ocean and the sea will dry up in 10,000 years” Ha, even if it was true, I promise you it would not affect me when I hit my 10,062-year-old birthday…

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I use snopes.com to try to verify my post before I post them. I have found it to be reliable and it is simple to use. There may be others but this one is my choice.

Let’s all clean up our own back yards and stop the rumors we post and that others post. If you see something and want to repost it, check it out and make sure it is factual based and true. If it is, go for it and post it.

If it is not true, post the link of the information that backs up your findings on the original post you found it on and call it what it is, outdated, not true, not factual, etc.

Look at the source of who the original post was. As an example, an article from a mainstream news group is probably okay. One that is from lies4news, well may be questionable.

Here is just a couple of post I found today on snopes.com:

Did an NFL Player Burn an American Flag in a Locker Room? – NOT TRUE – http://www.snopes.com/nfl-player-burned-american-flag-in-locker-room/

Is the Mississippi River Going Dry? – NOT TRUE – http://www.snopes.com/mississippi-river-going-dry/

The Southern Shout Out has spoken, now it is your turn.

Where is the love of God in a mass shooting?

Deuteronomy 31:6 New International Version (NIV)
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

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In reading the accounts of the mass shooting in Las Vegas you may wonder, where does the love of God go during a mass shooting?

The accounts were graphic and told a story of death from above. The shooter picked his targets at random in a crowded concert venue. The automatic weapon he was using sprayed death like we would spray water from a hose in our garden. By the end of the shooters reign of terror, almost 60 people had died, over 500 people were injured. The majority of the deaths and injuries were from the bullets sprayed by the gunman. He didn’t have to be accurate, he just had to keep firing.

While the shooting was going on people were trying to escape the bullets. Some were trying to hide from the bullets. Some were saying their final prayers while others were asking for God for safety. All were brought together in a mass of confusion and unity that few of us will ever know.

Blood would pour freely this night and the smell of the blood would be in the nostrils of all.

Screams, people shouting for help and whimpering’s would be heard. The rata tat tat of the gun fire would seem like it would never stop. Last breaths would be taken.

So, during all of this carnage, God where is your love?

God’s love was in the hearts and deeds done by the first responders. God would take on the role of protector and healer through the police, fire and paramedics. These people would rush in to save as many people as they could, regardless of the danger presented to everyone, they were doing as they were trained. God was with them all and with the people they touched.

God’s love was with the concert goers that would help each other. The ones that used their hands to help stem the flow of blood from people shot. The ones that put the injured onto the back of pickup trucks, loaded them into SUV’s and cars and then drove them to the hospitals. Some shielded love ones and strangers with their own bodies, some cried for the dying and some cried because they were alive. God was with them all and with the people they touched.

God’s love was with the hospital staff that came from all over. Those that were off work, those that were scheduled to work and probably just volunteers wanting to help. The doctors, the nurses, the techs, the administrative assistants, the supervisors, the cleaning crews, the maintenance people, the IT people, they were all letting the love of God flow. God was with them all and with the people they touched.

Yes, God’s love was in the air that faithful night. Where there is darkness, God will shine His brightest.

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In the coming days, weeks and years many will ask why? I am not sure anyone can answer this question. There will be more tears, and anguish. Anger and loneliness will come to some. The empty chair at the table, the empty place in the bed. That phone call of panic, or words that no one wants to hear from the doctor or priest. God’s love is still at work, but we just may ne be able to see it.

As a nation, we will try to comfort each other. We will give our hearts, money and prayers to all the victims and families.

God’s love has not gone anywhere. God’s love is always with us and

Deuteronomy 31:6 New International Version (NIV)
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

The Southern Shout Out has spoken, now it is your turn.

The author is a Christian and this article is written from that viewpoint. 

Guns in America, the endless debate starts again

The mass shooting in Las Vegas from this month has so far killed 59 people and has caused the injury of over 500 people. According to police, one gunman is responsible for the carnage that was left behind. The shooter committed suicide when police entered his hotel room.

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Photo of people trying to hide during the shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada in the USA. Google Images search.
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Photo of hotel gunman was at when he was shooting people at he concert. The winds shown in the lower right is where he was shooting from. Photo from Google Search Images.

But, not only is this another national tragedy for the United States, it has restarted up the debate about gun control. This is a very emotional hot topic in America and there is no easy solution.

The Bill of Rights in the United States Constitution reads: “Article the fourth… A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” According to this part of the document that the United States was formed by, it is pretty plain, the RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.

I think this leaves no room for debate, everyone has the right to keep and bear arms in the USA. One gun or thousands of guns, we have that right to own them all.

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Guns and ammo, they are a part of America, just like our apple pie and ice cream.

It seems that guns have been a part of the United States since the very beginning. There are many different opinions on being able to carry a weapon in the USA. You are reading mine now. I have been around guns, rifles, shotguns, and pistols almost my entire life. Since I was 21 years old and even to this day I have always carried a weapon with me most of the time. I have a valid concealed carry permit.

So, back to the shooting. According to Hillary Clinton’s Twitter account she wrote to put politics aside, but then makes a political statement in the same tweet. She says to fight the NRA “to stop this from happening again.”

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Photo of Hillary Clinton from a search by Google.com, images.

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Okay to Hillary and all the other people who want to change our Constitution. Let’s just say for the sake of argument a law was passed to outlaw weapons in the USA. Would this have stopped what happened in Las Vegas? I don’t think so and this is why I say this.

After the 1998 Port Arthur Massacre in Australia the Government passed the “National Firearms Programme Implementation Act 1996”, restricting the private ownership of high-capacity semi-automatic rifles, semi-automatic shotguns and pump-action shotguns as well as introducing uniform firearms licensing.

I visited Australia several years ago. While there I was speaking with a friend that lived there. He told me that the government bought weapons from the people and didn’t care if they were possessed illegally at the time or not. After this law as passed there was a period of time to turn in your weapons.

He went on to explain the police warehouses were “stacked to the ceilings” with weapons. I also spoke with a police officer while I was there. The laws are so strict in Australia, the police officer cannot carry a weapon home and must account of all the ammo after each shift when they turn the weapon and ammo in. By the way, this was within the past 7 years I was there and they were just starting to change of from a revolver to a semi-automatic weapon.

Yes, gun deaths are down in Australia, but they still have homicides and mass murders. The difference is that most are committed with chains, axes, knifes and various other means. The thing to understand is if someone wants to kill someone, they don’t have to use a firearm.

Now, where does the USA rank in homicides worldwide. Not including wars and suicides, the United States ranked 107 out of 218 countries in homicides in 2014. We are not even in the top 100 countries. This report was put together by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. According to same study, firearms was the choice of weapons in the majority of murders worldwide, there were still many that did not include firearms.

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Now, the people who want to regulate firearms will tell you if we regulate the firearms, instead of 50 plus dead, there may be only 3 or 4 dead. Wow, that’s great, unless you happen to be one of the 3 or 4 that was murdered.

The bottom line here is no matter what the USA does, people will always find a way to kill other people. This happens all over the world, in many different countries each day. So, with keeping this in mind, I will keep my firearms so I can defend myself against people who would like to harm me and my family.

The Southern Shout Out has spoken, now it is your turn.

It’s not a protest, it is disrespecting our country

Forest Gump said it best in the movie, “stupid is as stupid does”. What does it mean? It doesn’t matter how smart you are, if you do something stupid, it is still stupid.

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The NFL Emblem, ©National Football League. Obtained from Bing Images.

I just read a news article that said POTUS is a racist because he challenged the NFL players and their manner of protest. I saw another article that had the headline of Trump is trying to do away with the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution. Has the main stream press gone “stupid is as stupid does”?

It’s not about race and it’s not about freedom of speech. It is about disrespecting our flag and National Anthem, which filters down to disrespecting our country. Sure, it is okay to protest, but there are other ways to do it. In my opinion, the way you protest shows where your heart is at.

Just because POTUS makes a stand (which I support) a lot more players and owners decide to join in and disrespect our country. So now, let me ask this. Does two wrongs make it right, of course not.

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Statement from the Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson on the NFL players showing disrespect for our country. Photo from Facebook, Carolina Panthers post.

These players and most owners do not care for our country, they care about their wallets. This is why they stand together. They think it will help their bottom line, however they may be surprised on this one.

If this was just a race thing POTUS would have used a racial slur or word in his rebuke of the practice of taking a knee during the playing of the National Anthem. He didn’t. Players of different races are disrespecting the country we live in so POTUS wasn’t talking to just one race. Please explain to me how it is a race thing.

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President Donald Trump, current United States President 2017. The photo was downloaded from bing images.

The main stream press has to have a reason to exist, so they create reasons. Just like this issue of disrespecting our country and changing it to a race issue. They know they get more readers by making something to be racial.

I heard one of the NBA players making out how POTUS was showing the wrong example to everyone by doing what he has done. He went on to say POTUS was the leader and in the highest position in our country and was not leading properly. Wait, the NFL players are showing the wrong example, stupid. These players and heroes to our kids are showing disrespect to our country.

POTUS is doing exactly what POTUS should be doing. Standing up for our flag and the United States of America. The NFL players should be playing football while in front of the cameras, not protesting in our living rooms and bars through the medium of television while being paid to play ball.

Until the NFL changes the way it is doing things and shows its players can respect the country we live in I will not be watching anymore professional football games. That is a real protest, maybe some would call it a boycott. Now, I lived for the NFL season, but I love my country more than football. When the NFL starts losing money and sponsors over this, it will change. It is a money thing.

Congress should immediately revoke the NFL’s charitable status if they still have it. In 2015 the NFL was still a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization.

If this disrespect of our country spreads to other sports that I watch, I will no longer watch them as well.

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The NFL Boycott meme was downloaded through google.com. It from the website of downtrend.com.

There seems to be a national movement to boycott the NFL football games on November 12th, the day after Veterans Day in the United States. Even if it is very successful the main stream media will say it failed just so they can get more reads. However with this being said, I am okay with this boycott.

You can call me “stupid is as stupid does”, but I still love my country.

My additional article on this subject can be found by clicking here.

The Southern Shout Out has spoken, now it is your turn.