Dead Ducks: Sad Commentary on Society

Barb Wire

It is a sad but accurate commentary on society that people have lost the ability to discern, distinguish, and determine degrees of what really matters. Most people have lost the ability to understand what is important or interesting, and what is indispensable. And they put more emphasis on what is emotional and exciting rather than on what is important and indispensable.

The above can be supported by listening to most politicians, watching television, visiting a public school or college. And especially if you’ve killed a few ducks!

It seems that New Hampshire state representative David Campbell, a Democrat, ran over a few ducks outside a fancy hotel a few months ago. It is thought that the state rep had guzzled a few drinks at the hotel. The heartless (and maybe drunk) politician drove away, leaving the scene of the crime. Remember, they were ducks. I ate one a few nights ago at our favorite restaurant. It was also dead. Somebody killed it.

The erring politician had a friend in Nashua who happened to also be the police commissioner, who, after hearing the details of the crime, suggested that the state rep could wait until the next day to confess to his dastardly wrongdoing to police officials.

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Then the state attorney general got involved in this gory crime. Did I mention that ducks died that night? It seems the general opinion is that the state rep who did the killing and the police commissioner who ran interference for his friend should both resign. PETA even prepared the guillotine!

The police commissioner was so brokenhearted and riddled with guilt that he did resign his position. He whined in a letter to the governor: “I deeply regret my part in the events…and apologize to you, the Nashua Police Department and the public for the disruption that has occurred as a consequence of them.”

The police commissioner did not rend his Brooks Brothers suit and throw ashes over his head on national television but he promised to cooperate “in any manner necessary with the investigation being conducted by the Attorney General’s Office.” Have you noticed that liberals are all whine and no spine?

A city alderman suggested that the state rep follow the police commissioner in his symbolic falling on his sword. He added that the state rep’s actions had “brought a good man down” as well. Look, if the incident only involved the death of a few ducks, these people are acting like fools, fanatics, or frauds.

Yep, Daddy was right when he said that the world was crazy as a bedbug. He would also say that the whole bunch were dumb as a box of rocks. After all, a few ducks were killed.

Now, if the state rep was drunk as the news report revealed and he received special treatment from his friend the police commissioner, then both should go to the pokey.

Thousands of people are killed each year trying to avoid killing an animal. A Washington state trooper suggests that if you can’t stop without swerving, then kill the animal. I agree because people are more precious than ducks. Also, my automobile is more valuable than a few ducks. Sorry, but that’s a fact.

A woman stopped her car on a Canadian highway to rescue seven ducklings and within seconds a motorcycle with a man and his daughter slammed into the back of her car. Both were killed. The ducklings lived.

Someone should tell all involved that rather than whine about a few ducks, it would be more reasonable to be concerned about  more than 3,000 innocent babies that were butchered in the state last year. Or about the teens who wander the malls and streets like lost souls with no purpose, plan, or prospects for their lives. Or they might point out the thousands of sick seniors in rest homes, hospitals, and hospices that are wasting away without proper care and are kept docile and soon to be dead without anyone caring.

Two months following the deaths of the ducks, a candlelight vigil was held at the hotel where the crime took place. It was a memorial service to offer, “a moment of silence in honor of our fallen friends.” Those people all deserve the National Goofball Award.

This is like the incident in California when a truck crashed and hundreds of fish died. PETA demanded a plaque to memorialize the fish. The sign read, “In memory of hundreds of fish who suffered and died at this spot.” Of course, California is the land of fruit, flakes, and nuts.

We must be concerned about our treatment of animals because Proverbs 12:10 reminds us that “A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast” yet it is permissible to use a whip on a horse according to Proverbs 26:3. That requires the ability to recognize the nuance of an issue. We must realize there are far more serious problems out there than the disruption, disappearance, or death of a few animals. Animals that are used for food, for goodness sake.

In New Hampshire, it was a fowl offense, but, then, all the ducks I have eaten had been killed. In this society you can eat ducks but you have to resign if you kill them!

Daddy was right: the world is crazy as a bedbug. Crazier.

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Dr. Don Boys
Dr. Don Boys is a former member of the Indiana House of Representatives, author of 15 books, frequent guest on television and radio talk shows, and wrote columns for USA Today for 8 years. His shocking book, ISLAM: America's Trojan Horse!; Christian Resistance: An Idea Whose Time Has Come–Again!; and The God Haters are all available at These columns go to newspapers, magazines, television, and radio stations and may be used without change from title through the end tag. His web sites are, and Contact Don for an interview or talk show.

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