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Posts Tagged ‘huffington post’

Republican Health Care Plan

Posted by AB on July 21, 2009

With all of the calls of “socialism,”  “rationing,” “government-run healthcare,” and even warnings of death, I have been patiently waiting for the Republican health care plan.  Well, I must wait no longer.  It has been revealed in a memo from the Republican National Committee (RNC), and Huffington Post’s Sam Stein has obtained a copy.

What is the plan, you ask?  The plan is to scare Americans with words like “risk” and “experiment,” in order to delay, and eventually kill any reform coming from President Obama and Democrats in Congress.  The media is inundated, daily, by idea-less Republicans and cowardly Democrats, saying that the President should “slow down” on health care.  This is understandable, but gutless, nonetheless. 

The Democrats who are dragging their feet are mostly moderates or conservatives with representative constituencies.  They fear being perceived as being too liberal.  Most Republicans care more about politically injuring the President, not what is good for the country.  They know that if health care passes, they will be on the wrong side of history, again, and they will get absolutely no credit.  The President has given Republicans the opportunity to take part, but trying to score political points, they have missed out on collaboration.  Now, they have only one play, and that is to obstruct. 

Fortunately, all of that it is too late; health care will pass.  It will not be pretty–there is far too much at stake–but the will of the American people will be felt, and President Obama is the right person to get done something that is far-overdue.

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Iranian Resistance

Posted by AB on June 22, 2009

I have posted, here at Tar Heel Pirate, several times about the Iranian Presidential election and the fallout.  No matter how much I might like to keep this blog up-to-date on the happenings in Iran, there is simply too much going on for me to keep up. 

The people of Iran are engaged in a struggle for their basic freedoms, and whenever authority is challenged, there is great resistance.  It is difficult to tell where this may go, but there is a very real possibility that this is the beginning of a revolution.  Whatever the case, we can only hope that those who are protesting on the streets of Iran will have their voices heard without the threat of violence.  Unfortunately, we have seen threats of violence and tangible violence, already, and while the protests have gotten lighter, there is an ongoing passion to get justice from a seemingly flawed election.

My heart goes out to the Iranian people, no matter the side.  What we are seeing is democracy inside of a theocracy.  All parties should be heard, and all parties should be respected, without the fear of retribution.  We cannot expect an America-style system in Iran, and America should not interfere with the process that is taking place.  We should support the freedom to protest peacefully, and President Obama has shown tremendous leadership with his measured tone, despite over-the-top criticism from others.  Some of those critics believe that belligerent rhetoric will help those protesters, but nothing good can come from the United States Government taking sides in this situation.  We would never tolerate others injecting themselves into our elections, so we should back-off and allow them the same respect that we demand. 

For the best up-to-date info about the Iranian election (the photos are amazing):

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