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Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 4 comments

President Obama Cheated On Me

 

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Mr. President — you cheated on me.

I no longer trust you.

Once upon a time, we the American people tearfully accepted your proposal.  We agreed to wed you.  We were thrilled when that big day came when you finally walked us down the aisle called Pennsylvania Avenue.  Then, four years after being together, we renewed those marriage vows, by electing you again.

That’s faith.  That’s trust.  That’s hope.

So, what did you do?

Well, you cheated, Sir.  You were unfaithful.  Over and over again.  You kept promising, and kept failing to deliver.  Finally, you even quit making promises.  You just walked away.  You quit on us.

Don’t deny it, Mr. President.  There’s been a long string of mistresses — with cute names like family vacations, golf clubs, ill-timed political fundraisers, and just about anything else which provided a convenient excuse from coming back home to the White House, doing your daily chores, occasionally putting in a little overtime, and behaving like a faithful partner.

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Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Blog, Essays, What's Left | 1 comment

Why Al-Jazeera Might Be Humanity’s Greatest Hope

 

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We often hear arguments as to what the Western democracies can do to curtail and potentially eradicate Islamic extremism, which unequivocally has now surpassed all other threats as the greatest endangerment to world peace and prosperity.

Let’s face it.  Things are really get ugly in some places.  And it’s getting scarier.

This is a frustrating problem with few, if any, solutions which are readily obvious.  Even so-called “experts” in diplomacy can’t point to a workable game plan for slowing down what’s become a global scourge.

First, let’s discuss what does not work, or at least has failed repeatedly since the Pan-Islamism movement was revived within the past 60 years.  If anyone can make the case these tactics have been effective, I’d sure like to hear it.

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Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in Blog, Essays, What's Left | 13 comments

President Obama’s Longest Vacation

 

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At least LBJ tried

 

See, there’s a humongous difference between liberals and conservatives when it comes to views on how government should work, and what’s to be done by those we elect to be in charge.  We liberals believe in action and activism.  We want our leaders to lead, and to do so daringly.  Conservatives to the contrary, believe in doing nothing — unless it’s waging a war somewhere.  Conservatives are dismissive of Wall Street running wild and letting people, among them the most disadvantaged, to fend for themselves.  Accordingly, they chose to not govern at all.  They abdicate responsibility,  They’re on a perpetual holiday.  Question is — why does President Obama also seem to be on the same long vacation?

 

The image of agony shown above is one of the most revealing political photographs ever taken.

The iconic 1968 image shows a thoroughly exhausted and frustrated President Lyndon B. Johnson, one of the most gifted American political leaders in this nation’s history, at his physical and mental breaking point.  Here, we see him wiped out.  He’s finished.  Done.  A few weeks after this photo was taken, LBJ announced that he would not seek re-election.

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Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Blog, Essays, Politics | 1 comment

Russia Invades the Ukraine — America’s Shit Sandwich

 

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Russia needs to get out of the Ukraine!

Right now!

Who does Russian President Valdimir Putin think he is — invading a nation divided amongst itself and caught up in the midst of a revolution?

The United Sates of America would never do such a thing — except when it came to fighting wars in Korea (1950-1953) and Vietnam (1964-1975).

What does Russia expect to accomplish — crossing international borders and intervening directly into the domestic affairs of a sovereign nation?

The United States would never do such a thing — except when it came to lauching invasion forces multiple times within our own hemisphere, in Cuba (1961), the Dominican Republic (1965), Grenada (1983), Panama (1989-1990), and Haiti (1995).

Russia needs to learn to mind its own business and not meddle in the affairs other nations, no matter how justified military action might seem to be.

The United States would never do such a thing — except in places such as Syria (1949), Iran (1953), Guatemala (1954), Cambodia (1970-1975), Chile (1973), El Salvador (1982-1986), Nicaragua (1981-1987), and Libya (2011).

Russia is dead wrong to use its powerful military force to restore order.  Russian troops have no right to be anywhere on the ground within the Ukraine/Crimea.

The United States would never do such a thing — except in war-torn regions like Kuwait/Iraq (1990-1991), Somalia (1992-1994), and Bosnia-Kosovo (1993-1995).

Russia is staging an unprovoked, pre-emptive attack against a foreign nation, which showed no discernable intent whatsoever to threaten or intervene in Russian affairs in any way.

The United States would never do such a thing — except when it came to going to war under false pretenses in Iraq (2003-2012, with ongoing occupation in the form of military bases) and Afghanistan (2002 to present).

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Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Blog, Politics | 10 comments

Dear Mr. President: My State of the Union Address Advice

 

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Dear Mr. President:

Today is your fifth State of the Union address.  Imagine that.  It’s been five years since you first took office.

I’ll be watching you on television this evening along with tens of millions of other Americans, all with continuing hope and trust you will succeed as our leader.

But I confess that my hope and trust in you is waning.  It’s waning badly, Mr. President.  Allow me to explain why.

Your five years in office have been a mix of successes and failures.  It’s that way with all Presidents.  I know your job is difficult.  Incredibly difficult.  It’s made far worse by those who not just oppose you politically, but are threatened by what they fear you represent.  Many powerful people in this country who dare to call themselves patriotic are working actively against you.  They lie about you and misrepresent your record.  They call you names like “Socialist,” when they have no idea what the word actually means.  If they only knew that nine of the top ten nations in the world ranked by living standards are social democracies with things like nationalized health care, perhaps they would call you something different.  Sadly, tens of millions hope you will fail.  They want the country to fail.  They’d rather see the country suffer than to have you succeed.  I’m not one of those people, Mr. President.  But I’m still worried.  Because, you see, I think you pay way too much attention to them.

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