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Posts Tagged ‘american’

Brown Wins in Mass.

Posted by AB on January 20, 2010

After last night’s special election, in Massachusetts, for the Senate seat held by the late Edward Kennedy, there are quite a few words that come to my mind, as a proud Democrat:  embarrassed, ashamed, humiliated, frustrated, sad, confused, angry, humbled, and a few more, I’m sure.  Senator-elect Scott Brown gives Republicans 41 seats in the United States Senate, ensuring their ability to obstruct and block just about anything the 59-seat majority Democrats want to do, most prominently the current health care reform efforts.  It’s a shame that in America, 41 is more than 59.  And with Republicans refusing to put forth the effort to help the American people, in any way, because of their ongoing efforts to damage our President, don’t expect much to get done in this mid-term election year.

Democrats will be pointing fingers at one another for the next few weeks, but there is plenty of blame to go around.  Martha Coakley ran a terrible campaign.  Congressional Democrats can get nothing done.  President Obama is not being forceful enough with his policy agenda.  I only hope that the correct lessons are  learned from this debacle.  The lesson is to not back off, to not be weak, but to work hard to get things done for the American people.  Now is not the time to pout or complain.  Now is the time to press even harder for the policies that Democrats hold dear.

If there is a silver lining from last night’s disappoinment, it is that a sleepy Democratic party just got a fire lit under their asses.  We are angry, and we want blood, too.  So let’s fight, Democrats.  The future of our nation is at stake.  There is no progress without struggle.

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President Obama Receives the Nobel Peace Prize

Posted by AB on December 10, 2009

Earlier today, in Oslo, Norway, President Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize.  Despite being the leader of a nation involved in two wars, he was awarded the honor less than a year into his presidency.  And to make things even more uncomfortable, the President recently ordered 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. 

It seemed to be an untenable position for a man to receive an award for peace while he, at the same time, commands a military at war on two fronts.  To be honest, I wasn’t sure that there was anything that could be said to reconcile that paradox, but it seems that he has pulled it off, brilliantly.  He spoke about the unfortunate reality that is the necessity of war.  He expressed that there are evils in this world, and that the purveyors of these evils cannot be persuaded without military intervention. 

Amazingly, the assessments of the speech–from the right and left–have been positive.  It is a rare occasion for President Obama to receive praise from the right side of the political spectrum, and recently from the left, but some are saying that this could have been his best speech ever.  I don’t know if I agree with that opinion, but today’s speech might have been the most real, honest and grown-up speech given by an American president in years.

And with that speech, along with other bits of evidence in his first year in office, I have come to realize what Barack Obama really is–a grown-up.  He is a father-figure in a land of juvenile delinquents, and it is comforting to me.  But then again, maybe I’m just a kid, searching for the good in this world.

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Not This Again

Posted by AB on November 16, 2009

It’s been a while since I have posted, but I really need to write about the most recent, predictable outrage displayed by right-wing pundits in response to President Obama’s trip to Asia.

The first thing that I must say is, “Not this shit again.”  Earlier this year, the President visited Saudi Arabia, and while meeting King Abdullah, there is a photo of a bow.  The right-wing crazies were incensed.  They believed that it showed weakness, even though it is not customary in that culture to bow before the King.  Saudis do not even bow to their King, so it hardly makes sense that there was a conscious bow by an American President.  It doesn’t matter, though.  There was a photo at some angle that made it look as though the President was subordinating himself to the Saudi King.  That’s all the right-wing television and radio pundits need in the overt attempt to weaken and harm President Obama.  They talked about it for weeks and weeks and weeks.

This weekend has created a reawakening for outrage toward the President for bowing.  While in Japan, the President bowed to the Japanese Emperor Akihito during a meeting.  This time he clearly bowed, and rightly so.  The custom in Japan is to bow, and that is for everyone, not just civilians to Emperors or Kings.  The custom here, in the United States, is to shake hands.  But customs and protocol mean little to the President’s most vociferous critics.  They are having a panty-wetting contest about what they perceive as weakness.  Most sane individuals would call it being a respectful guest in an allied country, but sanity is not the strength of the right-wing or the Republican Party.

This is just further evidence of the Obama Derangement Syndrome.  Our President can do nothing satisfactory for these people, not because he’s a screw-up like our previous President, but because they are so bitter and petty.  Everyday, these blowhards find something insignificant to attack, but all they are doing is showing themselves for what they truly are–HATERS.  They stay up late at night, ignoring their spouses and children, thinking of the outrage du jour (yes, “du jour” is French for “of the day,” which means that I must hate America).

I really try to ignore this nonsense, but it’s becoming far too frequent.  All of this hate toward our President is becoming tiresome.  If anyone dared, during the Bush Administration, to criticize the President while he was overseas, they would be labeled by these same right-wing clowns as a traitor, or un-American.  It’s funny how those things change after a single election, but there it is, and it’s not going to end anytime soon.  That’s unfortunate.  Who will stand up, and call this b.s. for what it is–nonsense.

For those Obama-haters out there; remember this?  Where was the outrage back then?

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Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009)

Posted by AB on August 26, 2009

We have lost a great American leader.  Senator Edward M. Kennedy lost his 15-month-long battle with brain cancer, early this morning.  He was 77-years-old.  Everyone knew that this day was near, but that fact does not make the loss any more difficult for his family, friends, and this Country.

Kennedy, the “Lion of the Senate,” is considered by many as the greatest, most influential Senator of the last 50-years or more.  He had a hand in every major Congressional legislation that the United States has passed since the mid-1960’s.  His life’s passion, however, hangs in the balance.  He was dedicated to making health care a right, rather than a privilege.  Unfortunately, his illness  has prevented him from leading the Senate through this legislation, and his colleagues have proved themselves incompetent.

All Americans–Republican or Democrat, Conservative or Liberal, of all ages and every race– have been influenced by the actions of Ted Kennedy, and for the better.  He will be missed, but we must attempt to live up to the legacy that he built and left behind.  I can think of no better way to honor Senator Kennedy than to make real health care reform a reality.

God Bless, Sen. Kennedy.  You no longer have to fight, and you can, finally, be reunited with your beloved brothers.

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Two Names

Posted by AB on June 3, 2009

Two names:  Scott Roeder and Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad.  When you see the these two names, what comes to mind?  Believe it or not, these two men have a great deal in common.  They are both American citizens.  They both feel very strongly about their beliefs.  Oh, and they are both domestic terrorists.  My guess is that you may not be surprised that Mr. Muhammad, a converted Muslim, is a terrorist.  But Mr. Roeder?  A white, Christian, anti-abortion advocate?

For many years–at least since September 11, 2001 for most Americans–we have been continuously conditioned by the media and other groups that terrorists are Arab, Muslim men who hate America.  We have been conditioned to be suspicious of anyone wearing a turban, or other traditionally “foreign” dress.  Americans have been conditioned to keep an eye on Arab-looking men with beards out in public places.  There have even been suggestions that “racial profiling” might be a good idea, because we all know that all terrorists are Muslim, right?  Wrong.

Let us take a look at the definition of terrorism from an online Military Dictionary

The calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological.

Scott Roeder, as you may know, has been is the news, recently, for his actions on Sunday, May 31.  On that day, he walked into a church in Witchita, Kansas, and shot down controversial OB/GYN, Dr. George Tiller.  Dr. Tiller, dubbed “Tiller, the Baby Killer” by his critics, was one of only a few doctors in the country that performed “late-term” abortions (after 21 weeks) for women who were having complications with their pregnancies.  No matter how you feel about abortion, I think that most can agree that it is wrong to murder anyone.  Mr. Roeder has been an anti-abortion activist for many years, and even served time in prison in the late 1990’s for possessing bomb-making materials.  Take a look at the definition of terrorism above, and this incident clearly falls within that description, but you will be hard-pressed to find a media outlet call it for what it is:  domestic terrorism.

Another case of domestic terrorism happened just a day later, when Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad, a converted Muslim, previously know as Carlos Bledsoe, opened fire on an Army recruiting station in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The shooting killed Pvt. William Long, and wounded Pvt. Quintin Ezeagwula.  When it was discovered that Muhammad was believed to be targeting military members for political and religious purposes, there was no problem calling that an act of terrorism.

There you have two acts; both acts of terrorism, both dispicable, both sad for the victims’ friends and families.  They both fall into the description and definition of terrorism, but only one is actually called terrorism.  Why is that?  Is it because killing a man who performed abortions is okay?  Is it because the terrorist is a white man in the Tiller case?  Is it because Muhammad is Muslim?  Or is it because of the way that we have been conditioned in this country to think of terrorism?

There are bad people lurking in all races and religions, many of which who use religion to justify lawlessness.  If both of these men are convicted, and there are no other suspects at this point, then they deserve to spend the rest of their lives behind bars, and some will say that they should be executed.  At this point, I could think of no better way for these two men to live the rest of their lives than to spend them together as cellmates in Leavenworth.

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Get Your Tea Bags Ready! It’s On!

Posted by AB on April 14, 2009

Tomorrow, “teabaggers” will gather across the nation to protest…tax cuts?  That’s not why they think they are protesting, of course.  They will tell you that they are protesting taxes that are too high, but how can that be?  President Obama kept a campaign promise to cut taxes on the middle class by signing The American Recovery and Reinforcement Act–$288 billion worth of tax benefits.   

Dissent is a pillar of our American democracy, and it is guaranteed in the First Amendment of the US Constitution.  Peaceful gatherings of citizens in protest, on public property, have been a powerful form of free speech in the history of this country.  Protests bring together large or small groups of citizens to give individual voices more power, no matter the perceived importance of the issue. 

Tomorrow, April 15, is an important date for most Americans.  It’s “Tax Day”–the deadline for filing tax returns.  But now, for many consevative citizens, there is a new reason to mark the calendar:  “Tea Parties!”  These “tea parties” have been building since very early-on in President Obama’s first term in office.  For the most part, the “tea parties” have been very small, but with the endorsement of Fox News and other well-financed groups, the Tax Day version will be the biggest yet.

I certainly see nothing wrong with criticizing President Obama, as I did my fair share of criticizing President Bush, and will do the same when I disagree with President Obama.  There are some issues I do have with this movement, however.  These “tea parties” have not been, and will not be what these “teabaggers” portray.  The “tea parties” are portrayed as anti-tax protests, but that’s only the disguise for an opportunity to attack the President, for numerous reasons. 

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The idea that these are anti-tax “tea parties” is baffling in and of itself.  The tea party participants seem to lack some of the facts.  First of all, President Obama has signed a stimulus package that included the largest tax-cut in American history.  There will be a tax increase–sort of.  The tax cuts passed during the Bush administration, which were not for most Americans, will expire in 2010.  Some might call it a tax increase, but in reality, the wealthiest Americans will return to the tax rates pre-Bush, when our economy was prosperous.      

Previous “tea parties” have included numerous far-right, anti-Obama groups.  From pro-gun activists to white supremacists, from anti-immigration activists to “birthers” (people who believe that President Obama was not born in the US), from anti-abortion activists to secessionists–they will all be there, and have been to prior events.  The anti-tax meme will be the facade, but beneath the surface is the ugly face of hate disdain (hate is such a strong word, but I am sure that there will be some of that, as well).

I can envision a looming disaster for the political right, conservatives, Republicans, Fox News, and others that have been supportive of the gatherings.  I do not think this is because everyone attending a “tea party” is some kind of anti-Obama kook like Glenn Beck or Sean Hannity, but there will be enough of them to taint all involved.  That’s too bad, because many good people are being misinformed to do the bidding of a few.  

http://taxdayteaparty.com/  (Revolution Brewing?  Really?) 

So, I say to all of the “teabaggers,” I am happy that you have the opportunity to protest, and I hope that the weather is beautiful nationwide, tomorrow.  You should be aware, however, that people are laughing at you, not with you.  Why?  Because this scheme is nothing like the “Boston Tea Party.”  That point in history occurred because the British  lowered the taxes on its tea, imported into the American colonies, providing it with an unfair market advantage over domestic teas.  The “Boston Tea Party” was not about taxes that were too high, but that’s okay, because neither is the current, less honorable version.  Those 116 patriots who were involved in the 1773 tea party knew that.  The people that will protest tomorrow will not.

I found an outstanding website about the Boston Tea Party:  The Boston Tea Party Historical Society http://www.boston-tea-party.org/index.html

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