(Quick note: who this guy ISN'T: This guy isn't "Dr. Richard Kent," young earth creationist nut. I'm an old-Earth Creationist.)
Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.....
I'm your host, Richard L. Kent, Esq. I'm an attorney in general practice in Eastpointe, Michigan. (I use the "Esq." because there are zillions of Richard Kents out there, and the "L." to distingush me from another Richard Kent attorney here in the Detroit area.)
After a lifetime of travel, I now practice but a mile from St. Clair Shores, Michigan, where I grew up. I graduated from Michigan State University in 1985, the Defense Language Institute (Russian language) in 1983 and 1987, and The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in 1998. I'm a member of the State Bars of Virginia and Michigan.
While I was at Catholic University of America, I founded a journal: Eutopia: A Lay Journal of Catholic Thought. It published from 1996 to 2001. You'll see a few examples in my writings there scattered through this blog.
I worked for ten years as a technical translator, followed by a tour at the U.S. House of Representatives in 1997-1999. I passed the Virginia Bar in 1999, and spent the rest of that year preparing for deployment overseas with the National Guard. I spent most of the year 2000 as a peacekeeper on deployment in Bosnia with the Maryland Guard, followed by a tour of a year and a half (2000-2002) as a civilian assistant to the U.S. command in Tuzla.
In 2003 I returned home to Macomb County, Michigan, to work as an attorney. My practice concentrates on immigration, criminal law and general practice. I specialize in what we call "Immigration Defense," that is, assisting those families having members who are Lawful Permanent Residents ("Green Card holders") who have become deportable for one reason or another, usually a minor criminal conviction. I have a strong aversion to little people getting beaten up by a bureaucracy, which is why I do immigration law in the first place.
I'm happily married to Trish since 1993, and we have three sons, all of whom are autistic.
So what does this mean for this blog?
I speak out primarily on what I view is the key issue of our time: the struggle to legally suppress violent population control (what we presently call "legalized abortion" and somehow consider a right instead of a serious crime against the person and against humanity).
Unborn children are persons, full citizens from the moment of conception: a fact our law does not presently recognize, but one day it shall once more. Those who kill the unborn commit a serious crime against the child, against humanity, and against themselves. Legalized abortion is a great social crime, on the same order of magnitude as legalized slavery, the Final Solution, the Gulag, the Laogai, or the killing fields. It is unrecognized genocide: for it kills a class of people based on their demographic characteristics alone. ("Yeah, but what race are they?" "Human.")
In America, prenatal genocide kills one child in four--and among the black population, the toll is more than one child in three: an amazing statistic as African Americans are less than 10% of our population. Even the Great Plague of 1349 didn't come near touching that number.
To put it baldly: legalized abortion must be abolished if the Republic is to survive, for it not only kills Our Posterity, it distorts our every institution, mocks our pretenses of a nation of law, and shall one day set us against each other, as in the days of the Civil War.
Demographics are destiny. The 'holes in the world' that our missing children leave behind have distorted, and will continue to distort, our society and our history, starting (but not ending!) with our 'illegal immigration' problem. And the buried feelings of grief, anger and horror on the part of those tens of millions who have aborted is the ultimate source of the foul bile that fills our political debate.
Beyond that: I am for free speech, the free market, the free exercise of religion; while I am very fond of free beer, I am painfully aware of the fact that there is no such thing as a free lunch. I also stand for the defense of traditional (heterosexual, binary-only) marriage [ADDENDUM: 6/25/2014 THIS SENTENCE REMAINS UNCHANGED. SORRY IF YOUR OFFENDED], as well as the place of people of faith at the political table, the maintanance of the United States Constitution in its present form; I "uphold, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." I recognize that the 10th Amendment is a dead letter (as should all those who want to avoid another civil war) and I take the 14th Amendment quite literally (those who are born here are citizens, end of story!). And I recognize the self-evident truth that the recent health-care bill will turn the U.S. government into a robber barony if it is not undone.
After what I saw in Bosnia, I cannot abide those who would commit mass murder for political gain, no matter who they are. Accordingly, I'm a lifelong and determined anti-Communist and anti-Socialist, and in particular an anti-Nazi: regardless of whether the Nazis in question are German, Serbian, Jihadist, Illinois, or any other variety. I also cannot abide racists of any variety. "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they were endowed by their Creator certain unalienable Rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
There are those who think I am a racist simply for loathing racists; to them I flip a well-intended bird.
On the other hand, "if men were as angels, government would not be necessary." We're not, and it is. Government is like a large intestine; you may not like what it produces, but you generally can't live long without one. And just as government should be no larger than necessary, neither should be be too small, i.e., so small it cannot perform its function. Government is also like the support beams on a building: a 2x4 is OK for a house but not the Twin Towers. Great nations (like ours) can't work with a government that is too small, but too large a government can (and does) bankrupt us.
My instincts are libertarian, but my brain and memory teach me otherwise. The fact that Man is Fallen is no joke, and is the only theological truth you can always find in the news. And Government must be instituted with that in mind.
I'm also a serious (if often nonpracticing) Roman Catholic and believe that Christians in general and Catholics in particular deserve a voice in the public square. The Faith is not a hobby. True, the Constitution is not a Christian document, but the society it governs is still largely a Christian society, no matter what our present President may think; a minority of atheists, agnostics and Marxists must not silence us. I also believe that the Faith and the Church should be defended with a full throat by those who love her (although her faults must be taken into account when applicable and those faults need to be addressed).
I am sympathetic to the Tea Party movement but am not yet a full throated supporter; I remain skeptical of any movement that splits, rather than unites, the Right, as there are not quite enough of us to triumph without sticking together. However, I share most of their goals, except where they contradict what is stated above. And while I am very fond of Sarah Palin the media phenomenon, greatly enjoying how she makes the Left spew spittle in every direction, I don't think she has the chops to be President. But I may be wrong.
I am also a cheerful Judeophile and a supporter of Israel, and believe that, as the only democracy in the Middle East, we should give Israel our support as she defends herself from those who would destroy her. I am, also, conversely, probably better educated in Islam than most Americans, and get along with them perfectly well: while we must oppose the Islamists, the Muslim community in America I find simpatico. We understand one another, I think.
In short, I'm a (reluctant) Republican. In a winner-take-all electoral system such as we have, if you love children and cannot abide their state-sponsored destruction, they're the only game in town.
Finally, I've completed also a series of essays in this blog on what I call Tattered Remnants. They're invisible, silent heroes, most of whom you've never heard of. I've collected those entries on a separate blog called tatteredremnants.blogspot.com. Feel free to check it out.
In short, I'm, um, er.... (SAY IT!)... fifty-three years old. I've seen a lot - perhaps too much - and think that we need as many intelligent conservative voices as we can get to speak out in this crazed day and age.
So. I cordially invite you to give my blog a look-see. And welcome....
"Welcome to my nightmare. I think you're gonna like it. I think you're gonna feel right at home....." - A. Cooper, 1975