A couple of weeks ago someone with a Facebook account with the name “Gerry Byrne” posted on my Meanderings Facebook wall claiming that Carol McCaslin had been indicted on a fraud scheme.

I contacted a local politico and this individual said that they hadn’t heard a thing about this.

I’m busy, it was an annoying Facebook post posted by someone else. A couple of days later it occurred to me that this post probably wasn’t fair. Nothing online produced any evidence to show the post to be legitimate. I even went as far to comment on the post to see if the person making the claim could produce any evidence. “Gerry Byrne” never responded. Being that I didn’t write the post. I just left it thinking it wasn’t that big of a deal.

This morning I received a note from Ms. McCaslin’s lawyer alleging the post to be libelous and defamatory. It was also requested that it be removed.

I happily removed it this morning. I’ve also turned off the function that allows other people to post to my page. I’ve always said before on the blog, I believe in the truth. To the best of my knowledge there was no truth to the claim. Plus, I was never alleging there was.

I mean this sincerely. I apologize to Ms. McCaslin. I’d have happily removed it had she just emailed me. Hopefully she didn’t waste a bunch of money on a lawyer for this. But, hey, that’s people. She wasted a lawyer’s time and my time with something that could have easily been addressed otherwise.

Best of luck to Ms. McCaslin in the coming election…she’s going to need it.

Now the CDC is asking people that flew on the outbound flight with the nurse, Amber Vinson, to contact them. What seems like a movie script is slowly playing out as real life right before our eyes. Ebola should have never entered the United States, but it is now here, and we must deal with it.

It is my hope that all of this Ebola insanity wakes up America to our absolute sorry state of incompetence and arrogance, especially in our government.

We have complete morons running the CDC. Our President is an arrogant fool who was elected by blind ignorance. People wanted to see something in him that was never there. As Ben Franklin once said, “He that lives upon hope will die fasting.” Now Dear Leader Obama will face a real crisis, and not one where he struggles on using the appropriate golf club on his 1800th hole of golf. He’s going to need a lot more than hope on this one.

There is a story often told that upon exiting the Constitutional Convention Benjamin Franklin was approached by a group of citizens asking what sort of government the delegates had created. His answer was simple: “A republic, if you can keep it.”

I still believe in this country and many of its people. Over the course of the coming months we have to realize how far we have slid as a nation and people. We have failed miserably at keeping and protecting the Republic. Honest, self-reflection is the only way we become better.

We like to blame politicians. We parrot the fact that Congress has a less than 10% approval rating as if it were some ridiculous horror hoisted on us without our say-so or involvement. Our partisan divisions, and trust of useless establishment politicians, have created a government that is so hopelessly incompetent that it no longer can do anything that the constitution demands it should.

The endless bickering between people that by-and-large share similar values have created this mess we currently reside in. Disgustingly the Agenda Project recently ran an ad trying to blame Ebola on the Republicans. It’s no wonder many of us no longer participate in the electoral process, instead we become more consumed with sports teams and other entertainment that serves as an opiate to ease the pain of our sad reality that we created.

Maybe it is Ebola, or maybe it will be ISIS, I believe our Republic will be facing a tough battle over the coming couple of years. Those people we have always been are still in us, but it’s going to take some work to get back there. I still believe in the Republic, it’s not some warm, fuzzy, and delusional feeling of hope, either.

We were a nation created out of ideas, not feelings or emotions. In the coming days and weeks, know what you believe, know why you believe it, and remember that our history tells us we are a great people.

Unbeknownst to me, The Pitch has named me the Best Blogger of 2014. 

1) I’m stunned. This was totally unexpected.

2) Not bad for a guy who doesn’t write very much anymore. I’m thinking that might need to change.

Oh, this wouldn’t be complete without quoting this from The Pitch award page:

Palmer, a 32-year-old conservative from Liberty, was among the first to smell a rat in former county auditor William Norris, a 20-something who ascended to office with no educational or professional credentials but rather a rap sheet and a pervy penchant for sharing nude photos of women from his past. More recently, Palmer has covered the chaotic administration of Pam Mason, a presiding commissioner who drew the ire of other officeholders by cutting their budgets when she found them politically or personally incompatible. Palmer’s writings may have had a hand in knocking Mason out of the Republican primary in August. You’re welcome, Clay County.

I didn’t quote that to spike the football. Honestly, I’m not really sure I deserve this honor. To whomever noticed over at The Pitch, thanks a lot! I’ve just been doing what was right. I wish more people did that.