The Nobel Committee made it a point to say that they had awarded President Obama the prize – not for what he would do in the future – but for what he had already done in his time as a candidate and as President of the United States. He has taken our nation’s reputation, which was in tatters after the Bush presidency, and restored it once again to the honest broker that the world wants to believe in. Whether he lives up to the promise of his youth remains to be seen, but he has already accomplished a Herculean task which we here in America, isolated from the world opinion, don’t fully appreciate.
So why did they award President Obama with this ‘atta boy’ so soon in his presidency? The committee made it clear that he has already restored America to its leading role in the world from its most-hated status where it was at the end of the Bush administration. They implied that in this dangerous world today that people still want to know that ‘Camelot‘ is alive and well and that there is a grown up in charge there who knows how to interact with the rest of the world. Their votes were a vote of faith in this man’s wisdom and ability to consider all sides of a problems before acting. They voted for a man who has demonstrated that he will not act rashly and make decisions based on incomplete or inaccurate information. They voted for a man who may make mistakes as a human being but will do his best to correct them and make reparations if needed. My fellow Americans, they voted for US for having the courage to vote for the outsider and the unknown factor to take America back to Camelot!
Tags: Bush Tax Cuts, Health care, Health insurance
I hope you aren’t falling for all the GOP hype about health care reform since you actually know what it’s like not to have health insurance between jobs. But, did you know that average wages are $2000 real dollars lower now, adjusted for inflation, (even *before* the economic debacle the Republicans gave us) than they were the day Bill Clinton left office? The Democrats have always been better at governing than the Republicans. Due to 40 years of Republican control of the government since Reagan first won election, the top 1% own more than the combined wealth of the bottom 95%. This shift only began during Reagan’s time and continued with tax cuts and loop holes for the wealthy and corporations while the middle class and lower income groups received only minor lip service. Allowing Bush’s tax cuts, which have fed this income shift dramatically, to expire will once again allow this top 1% to participate in the maintenance and upkeep of our country. When you hear all the Rush Limbaugh‘s and the Glenn Beck‘s complaining about wealth re-distribution, this is what they’re talking about. They don’t want to start paying their fair share of taxes again. They make it sound like regular folks like you are going to have to give it up to the non-working poor and illegal aliens. That’s not true. It sounds good, though, doesn’t it? They play on conservative bias against the non-working welfare poor, minorities, and illegal aliens to push their agenda. You will only be better off if health care is either made cheaper by legitimate competition with a public option or is government-run like my health care is. Imagine your insurance premium going up times four in the next few years which is what is projected to happen if things remain the same as they are now. Will you get that much of a raise? Will your company continue to pay their share because their share will go up four times what it is now, too. They may decide that paying for employee health care is cutting too deeply into their profits. That’s what is happening all over the country already.
I’m including a link to an article with a graph in it to show you pictorially the ‘re-distribution of wealth’ as it has shifted from across the spectrum of socio-economic groups as it was in the 1960’s to the concentration in the upper 1% as it is now. I am not against there being very wealthy people in our country and would like to be one myself. However, I don’t want to acccumulate wealth through any means that destroys my country in the process. That is what is happening now. Let’s fight the hype!
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Tags: torture capture Geneva Convention water boarding
I have so much to say about those who have been defending water boarding as not being torture and as acceptable practice in this so-called ‘War against Terrorism’ against people who are thought to be fighting to harm my country. And, yet, there is so little I can say today. The video of the young soldier held in Taliban hands says it all. Is he being mistreated? If so, what moral high ground can we stand upon to call to the world for aid to retrieve our soldier? What can we say if he is mistreated? Will our current administration continue to balk at pursuing the possible war crimes – such as torture – committed by the past administration that seem to be so amply documented? If not, how can we dare even squeak like a mouse if that young man is harmed in any way?
This is the pit we have dug for ourselves with words and political rhetoric. Military people like me have always known that the Geneva Convention is a real thing, with real consequences attached to it. The politicians have been playing chess with young people like him as pawns with no consideration for the real lives attached to their jabs at each other. Now, all that is left is to wait and see what the consequences of their recklessness with that once sacred pact between the fighting man and his government will be.
“Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”
German philosopher (1844 – 1900)
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What a decision I have made! I thought that setting up a blog would be simple. Everyone has one, don’t they? I mean, how hard could it possibly be? Well, I have been in for a shock. It isn’t that the process is that difficult as in technically difficult. It is all these choices! I may as well be shopping for furniture again. Would I like a theme with three columns and no ability to change the theme (me??) or would I, perhaps, prefer one with two columns and nearly every widget under the sun. Well, I already know about widgets. Just a quick look at my Firefox sidebar and my bookmarks link bar will tell you that I never could resist a good widget. Other women collect shoes. I…, well, I collect widgets. Every time a man comes near my computer, the first things I hear is, “Why do you need all those things on your computer? You know they are slowing you down, don’t you?” Men don’t understand women at all. Stiletto heels slow us down, too, but there are very few women who will give up those admiring glances for a faster walking pace and more convenience. I’m the same way with my computer. I must have all those add-ons and widgets. And so what? They’re free, aren’t they? So, I don’t even know what my husband has to complain about anyway.
I finally managed to make some decisions about the appearance of the blog, but I haven’t added anything serious yet. Perhaps I will later and perhaps not. Sometimes it’s alright not to be serious. I make it a point after a day of serious research and writing about politics, my favorite subject, to unwind with one of my favorite websites, icanhazcheesburger.com. Life is about balance and serving up the good with the bad. After a long day of hard work constructing this blog, I think icanhazcheesburger(.com). Good night.