Thursday, May 9, 2019

Heroes tell the Truth to POWER, Ames Mayfield and August Landmesser

August Landmesser (May 24 1910 - October 17, 1944) was a worker at the Blohm+Vossshipyard in Hamburg, Germany. He is believed to be the man appearing in this 1936 photograph, conspicuously refusing to perform the Nazi salute with his co-workers. Landmesser had run afoul of the Nazi Party for his violation of the Nazi Race Laws because of his engagement to Irma Eckler, a Jewish woman. He was imprisoned and eventually drafted into military service, where he was killed in action. His fiance Irma Eckler was sent to a concentration camp where she was murdered by the Nazis.

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Colorado Republican State Senator Vicki Marble pushed through the Colorado Legislature a law to allow men and women who beat their wives, husbands and children, to continue to own guns. Police will tell you that someone is far more likely to be killed in a domestic dispute than a criminal act. She also appeared to justify cuts to Medicaid, which provides Medical coverage to the poor and elderly, by saying the high cost was the result of behaviors like eating Fried Chicken and BBQ which causes things like Diabetes. A point lost on no one, though she did attempt misdirection by accusing the left-wing press of misinterpreting her words. We all know exactly what she meant. The only thing missing was watermelon from her speech.

Ames Mayfield, a 11-year-old fifth-grader at Prospect Ridge Academy, asked Colorado State Senator Vicki Marble questions about gun control and her 2013 comments regarding cuts in Medicaid, saying: “I was astonished that you blamed black people for poor health and poverty because of all the chicken and barbecue they eat.” 

“I was shocked that you co-sponsored a bill to allow domestic violence offenders to continue to own a gun. Why on earth would you want somebody who beats their wife to have access to a gun?” 

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords said that she would one day campaign for Ames. “This is exactly the kind of courage we need in Congress,” Giffords, a Democrat, said in a tweet Thursday. “Ames, call me in 14 years.” 

No happy, good kid should be punished for speaking the truth to power. Ames was kicked out of his pack by his Republican Scoutmaster.  But Samantha Bee decided she would make it up to the young man and had him on her show. Ames should be teaching a course on morals and ethics.

Ames remains loyal to the Scouts despite what's happened. He switched dens and the new den is excited to have him, according to Mayfield’s mother. And they should be. Just last month, Ames sold the most popcorn among his former pack—$2,750 worth. He sold it in two weeks time because he wanted to reach the scholarship level and help pay his scouting dues, something he said would help his mom, a single mother, in a small way.

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