Before I get into the DEFCON (defense condition) of my remarks, Margie and I want to thank all of you who sent cards and emails and also those who were able to attend Margie’s mother’s funeral. It meant a great deal to us, thank you. Though the term “DEFCON” refers to our nation’s alert readiness, maybe it might apply in concept to the status of our country’s moral fragile razor thin line of extinction. I bring this point up due to the recent flow of letters, mostly form letters, but not all, that are coming into my senate office concerning the recent announcement from the White House directing public schools across America to conform to transgender accommodations in restrooms and dressing rooms. Society in general in this country has been a spectacle to behold. From the viewpoint of a spectator in the grandstands, watching the parade of nonsense marching across the pages of newspapers or streaming past our eyes and ears on the TV, Internet and radio it becomes evident that today’s abnormalities is only exceeded by tomorrow’s grotesque adoptive ideas. Just three months ago SB 35, that I filed, to address the issue to maintain a level of human decency in such a private places such as restrooms, showers and dressing rooms the condemnation I received from the media and those who opposed the effort was expressed in terms of, “isn’t there more important business the state needs to be doing instead of worrying about what bathrooms people use?” Now, since the President has made his decree, all of a sudden it’s a pressing item. The state legislators are now getting letters from people who are outraged by the notion of males using female facilities, and based on common sense, rightly so. There is still the question,” where were they at before?” My office is keeping a running tally on the letters coming in now compared to the ones when SB 35 was on the shelf. I can tell you there were very few in support during session. I’m sure we’ve all heard the expression; I hate to think of what my children and grandchildren are going to face. Well I don’t know where those folks have been in the past 3 decades, but they should know what their kids are going to face. It’s what they’re facing now and are going to will it to their kids in spades. That’s what they will face! This topic is just one of the many crises now and to come. Though there are 7 months left before changing of the guard, I fear that until enough people with good sense, common sense and sense of decency will come to their feet, march ahead and act instead of reacting, this parade will only continue. Maybe march to the next 2nd Amendment Patriot meeting May 28th. The first paragraph in Thomas Paine’s Common Sense pamphlet from 1776 has a striking relevance to current times: “Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom. But tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.” Jim and Margie 2nd Amendment Patriots STAY UNITED

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