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Dr. King's Dream Will Be Realized!
This morning CNN announced that by the year 2050 racial minorities will outnumber whites. Hispanics and Asians tie as the fastest growing segment in the population. America’s wealth is overwhelmingly concentrated in a small percentage of whites (Republicans?) who use the power that money brings to remain the dominant force in politics, law, culture, etc. I wonder if this is why the US Supreme Court ruled in the favor of rich whites in Citizens United. You will remember that that court case made corporations “people” and gave them a louder voice in our politics than human beings. I wonder if the fear of minorities in the majority is behind the republicans’ campaign to bust labor unions (the power base of the democrats) and the effort to disenfranchise young, college-age voters. It seems to me that various white groups have banded together in an attempt to keep America white! No, this is not an anti-white race piece. However, as a sentient being, I must ask these questions.
Campaign finance is back in the news. “On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in McComish v. Bennett, a case from Arizona in which those wealthy opponents and outside groups have complained that this additional spending violates their First Amendment rights. And once again, just a year after the court in Citizens United turned on the corporate-money spigot by allowing unlimited corporate spending in elections (and the FEC allowed corporations to hide much of their donations), the court appears poised to side with the wealthy in a campaign finance case.” [Slate]
It is alarming that republican governors throughout the nation are attempting to bust teachers unions, cut educational budgets, close schools and give themselves seemingly unconstitutional emergency powers. Witness Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin! Some republican governors want the power to solely abolish towns and sell off their assets at prices they, the governors, determine. Democracy, where have you gone?
As we push toward the 2012 Presidential Election, it behooves the Democratic Party to save America from a scary, unfair, inequitable and dangerous future. As leader of the Party, President Obama must steel himself with the persona he had as candidate Obama and gird his loins with skills at organizing voters to win across the board in 2012! Mr. President the time to begin the struggle is now. Republicans are organized and are making gains that we must destroy. Your focus must be as many laser beams carving out electoral victories that keep the states we won in 2008 and tip red and purple states to our side. At the same time you must find the solution(s) that improve the economy and get the business community developing domestic industry and training and hiring on a large-scale. Would that I had the answers. But, God called you, Mr. President. He made you our leader and inspiration. We, all the American people, stand behind you in all that you do. Let us congeal our separate will into a dramatic and effective force for good. That is how I see it. We continue in the eternal battle of good versus evil. No. Republicans are not evil. But, they are taking us down the wrong path as a nation. May God show them the light!
Blood Brothers, As It Were, in Libya
NOTE: PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL SPEAK TO THE NATION ON LIBYA AT 7:30EDT
Much is being said about President Obama’s decision to intervene in the civil war in Libya. One can sympathize with his predicament: Col. Gaddafi declared he would commit mass murder when he took the last town held by the rebels opposing him. How could idealist and Christian America let that happen? These people want to remove from power a man hated by many in this country. Gaddafi is responsible for the Pan Am bombing and welcomed the bomber as a hero when he was released in exchange for an oil contract, I believe. Gaddafi spilled American blood and that makes him our enemy. We share the rebels’ passion for removing this despot from power and perhaps harming him. We are blood brothers.
I hope President Obama’s plan for Libya is more complex than he has outlined. He has 60 days before he owes an explanation to Congress. In the meantime there are reports that lead one to believe the rebels are unprepared for this civil war and need more help than a No-Fly Zone. From where will this help come? Secretary Clinton has been silent since her meeting with the Allies in Paris. She has said that she has been in contact with rebel leaders. These rebels need advisers at a minimum…and military hardware. And, if they make it to Tripoli and kill Gaddafi, what then? We have heard no one mention the “D” word (democracy) in the glimpses of the rebels on TV. If they are very unprepared for this civil war, what hope is there for their being able to govern?
Note: Secretary Clinton has appeared on TV since this blog entry was written. She appeared on “Meet the Press” with Secretary Gates yesterday.
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Michele Bachman (R-MN) is notorious for her claim that many in Congress are anti-American. What a curious statement. If one hates and “detests America,” why would one go through unnerving process of raising millions of campaign dollars, eating hundreds of chicken dinners and kissing many crying babies…all to get a government job? So many Americans have jobs they hate without such elaborate measures. But, Ms. Bachmann feels that the media should do an expose on Congress and expose the anti-American legislators. Yeah, like Joe McCarthy’s witch-hunt! When interviewed at the time, Ms. Bachmann groups liberals and leftists in an implication of being anti-American. Pressed for a categorical denunciation, Ms. Bachmann launched into her usual diatribe. Watch! [Fortunate for us, the media has engaged in no such witch-hunt.]
BOEHNER AND CANTOR PROMISED US JOBS!
Although her poll numbers are dismal, Sarah Palin just gave a speech in India on American politics. While doing so, she mentioned the cardinal rule of not criticizing the President while he is on foreign soil and, then, proceeded to accuse President Obama of “dithering.” Is she serious about politics or about keeping herself in the spotlight?
I heard a popular talk show host opine that Mrs. Palin has yet to do her homework and study history, government, politics and foreign policy to become more legitimate as a presidential candidate. As it is, she is still in the public consciousness as the infamous victim of Katie Couric who outed Mrs. Palin as one who does not read leading periodicals, etc. Books? The American people hold Mrs. Palin in such low regard that in a recent poll Charlie Sheen beat her badly. For awhile it seemed that President Obama would run without republican opposition. GOP candidates are slowly beginning to “explore” running for the 2012 Election. We look forward to getting to know them.
Without warning three catastrophes have visited Japan that have energy on the minds of the world. Civilization, as we know it, cannot run without fossil fuels. It took billions of years to create them. Look at this marvelous video that shows 300 YEARS OF FOSSIL FUELS IN 300 SECONDS:
Donald Trump disappoints by giving a wink and a nod to the Birthers. Donald, Barack Obama did not spring forth from Zeus’ brow fully formed like Athena. He had a youth!