Tuesday Commentary: Ag Day, Assault, & Opioids

I believe in luck: how else can you explain the success of those you dislike? – Jean Cocteau

Happy first day of spring!

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • National Agriculture Day
  • Zinke Staffer Assaulted
  • The Death Penalty & Love

National Agriculture Day:

Today (March 20) is National Agriculture Day!

American agriculture is the foundation of our country. It’s the backbone of a healthy and prosperous nation that’s made possible by the hard work of America’s farms and farm families. 

Thank you to the farmers and ranchers all across the fruited plains!

To learn more, visit the National Ag Day website HERE.

Zinke Staffer Assaulted:

We don’t read about it a lot, but many staffers working for elected and government officials are subjected to verbal abuse while doing their jobs. Some are threatened. Some are actually physically assaulted. Constituents can be assholes.

It was good to see U.S. Capitol Police charge Wilfred M. Stark, 49, of Falls Church, Virginia, with simple assault following a confrontation with Heather Swift, a spokeswoman for Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke. According to the Associated Press, Stark “adamantly denies” the allegations.

The AP also reported:

Swift, who also served as Zinke’s press secretary when he represented Montana in Congress, said that since joining the Trump administration a year ago, she has received harassing and threatening tweets, emails, phone calls and letters.

“But being physically targeted and assaulted brings it to another level,” she said. “This violent action only strengthens my desire to serve my president and my country.”

“Democrats claim to support women but they allow their operatives to assault women,” she added. “They need to immediately denounce this type of violent behavior.”

In this day and age, we need to have debates and disagreements on the issues that are important to us without assaults. They teach us to “use our words” at a young age, but it seems some folks, like Mr. Stark, skipped class that day.

The Death Penalty & Love:

In case you missed it, on Monday President Trump spoke in New Hampshire about the opioid crisis in the United States. You can read his remarks HERE.

The President talked about 116 Americans dying every day from an opioid-related overdose.

He also talked about the penalties for those who sell the drugs:

Drug traffickers kill so many thousands of our citizens every year. And that’s why my Department of Justice will be seeking so many much tougher penalties than we’ve ever had, and we will be focusing on the penalty that I talked about previously for the big pushers, the ones that are really killing so many people. And that penalty is going to be the death penalty.

The President closed his speech with this:

Together, we will end the scourge of drug addiction in America once and for all. We will win. We will beat it. We’ll be tough. We’ll be smart. We’ll be kind. We’ll be loving. We’ll do whatever we have to do. But we’re going to win.

We’ve come a long way from “Just say No.”