Gary is an author, trial lawyer, Mequon-area resident and town of Cedarburg supervisor. He is a columnist for the News Graphic and writes for several Wisconsin area magazines and is a national columnist with The American Thinker and PJ Media. He lives with his wife, Lisa, and has three sons ages 18 to 28. Gary won Ozaukee County in his bid for the Wisconsin Assembly's 60th District in 2011, but came up just 58 votes short.
It’s amazing how politics can simultaneously lay bare both the weakness of the human mind and man’s second-strongest human drive – rationalization. In the face of growing terrorist threats and the evidence of radical Muslims imbedding themselves in the growing flood of over 4 million Syrian refugees seeking asylum across the globe, American liberals have become obsessed with the photo of a little Syrian boy drowned on a Turkish beach after his boat capsized. With the U.S. Commander-in-Chief as head cheerleader, their emotional brand of politics has jeopardized the safety of a nation. President Obama is fortunate that the vast majority of his supporters are under-informed and have short memories. In fact, he's more than fortunate, he's counting on it.
Human history is littered with the arrogance and folly of man. The Trojans' decision to move the Greek horse into their city; the refusal of six Renaissance Popes to address corruption which led to the Protestant secession; the British misrule under King George III costing England her American colonies; and America's mishandling of the conflict in Vietnam. Throughout history, man's belief in things such as astrology, phrenology, the spontaneous generation of life, canals on Mars, cold fusion, Slender Man, Piltdown Man, the Loch Ness Monster, and perpetual motion machines, all speak to the weakness of the human psyche. There are actual television series in which people hunt for Bigfoot. People actually watch them. As much as our imagination pulls us in the direction of conventional thinking, witches weren't burned at the stake in Salem, Napoleon wasn't below average height, King John didn't sign the Magna Carta, Magellan didn't make it around the world, Nero didn't fiddle while Rome burned, America didn't gain independence on July 4, 1776, Thomas Edison didn't invent the light bulb, and Christ wasn't born on December 25. That there would even be a debate over whether professional wrestling is "real" speaks volumes to the vulnerability of the human mind we vaunt so proudly.
There is no doubt that Bernie Sanders is creating a cultish excitement among the young and radically progressive. After the last debate Google reported that "Bernie Sanders" was the most searched name in America. Sanders' call for radical political and economic change in our country is like catnip to college students and recent graduates who, like most young people starting out in life today, see little hope for advancement in Barack Obama's economy. Much like any politician promising a bridge where there is no river, the specious lure projected by Sanders that those who have not yet found their future can vote themselves into success, peppered with the mistaken notion that they have somehow stumbled onto a new and progressive social idea practiced successfully elsewhere around the world, is one of the greatest dangers this nation has ever faced.
Last week was the funeral for a beautiful 32-year old woman named Kathryn Steinle who was shot in the back in front of her father on a San Francisco pier by the 56-year old repeat felon and illegal immigrant Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez. Sanchez, also known as José Inez García Zarate and several other names, had been deported to Mexico five times previously, but each time he simply walked over the fenceless border and returned to the safety of San Francisco.