Saturday, December 18, 2010

9/11 vs Republican Party

As Jon Stewart, a stallworth advocate for 9/11 responders health assistance, so well put it; "...the party who used the symbol of 9/11 as a catch phrase" now are blocking the Zadroga Bill (7billion dollar health assistance to the first responders and families of 9/11who are now subsequently witnessing devastatin health issues) even to be debated. Republican Senator Kyle stated that he didn't know if they would have enough time to vote on this bill before Christmas break and even though they've been asked to work through Christmas by Senate Majority leader, Harry Reed, he Senator Kyle said he didn't want to disrespect the holiest of christian holidays. Four of the guests on the Jon Stewart show, a fireman, a policeman, a heavy equipment engineer and a medical rescueer all stated that they didn't take Christmas off when they went in to rescue or recover victims of 9/11.  These four guests all suffer terminal health problems as a direct result of being down in the pit day after day in that rubish for many years. They have to now battle with their employers and insurance companies to not be forced out of their jobs for unexcusable reasons and coverage of insurance. This is why the passing of this bill is so critical and should be voted on by the very party who used the 9/11 tragedy as their personal catch word for being elected and going to war. Where are they now when they are truly needed as representatives of patriotism and sympathetic supporters of their fellow citizens who sacrificed their health as true lovers of their country?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Feign'd Bipartisanship

To stall the passing of the extension of Tax cut for the middle class, the extension of unemployment benefits, Start Treaty, Don't ask Don't tell, Immigration Dream Passage, is based on  the Republicans selfish political reasons of trying to force a vote on their priority to extend the Tax cut for the wealthiest. This shows the GOP's true nature and face. They're willing to allow those that are in 'dire' need for an unemployment check. To allow the Start Treaty who the Russians are asking immediate attention to not be addressed because they don't feel it's as important as voting on giving their wealthy friends more when they don't need it to feed their families, pay bills so they don't lose their homes or give a small gift to their children for the holidays. Ironically, just yesterday the Republican leaders had stated publically they're willing to compromise yet now they've turned their backs on the middle and lower class. Wake Up America to the hippocracy at the expense of those who are in most need of help, Are they truly this carelessly selfish?

People please call, write, tweet, email your congressman.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

What's Going On?

The Start Treaty is being stalled by the Republicans (GOP) for personal agenda motivations versus for the sake of the security of the United States of America. Once again their primary motivation is to oppose the Obama administration on every issue no matter how important it is for the citizenry of the United States of America.

The Russian country, the mutual beneficiary of the Start Treaty, is relying on the US to support this Treaty. Shouldn't this issue be 'above' politics and personal ideologies? Admiral Mike Mullen has reiterated the importance and 'criticality' of Congresses support for this legislation without stalling. Only one Republican Senator, Richard Lugar of Indiana, has spoken in favor of passing this legislation in spite of political pursuasion attempts by the GOP. As a resident of Indiana and someone that considers oneself 'middle of the road' on most issues and 'liberal' on others in this more or less conservative and repulican state, I'm proud to be represented by Senator Lugar in spite of the difference of position on some political issues. It's unfortunate there were at least ten other Republican Senators who during Republican administrations, the GOP platform in general prior to the Obama Administrations election, were staunch proponents of the Start Treaty. Now they have been convinced that the GOP's agenda of destabilizing this administration so that they will defeat it in 2012 is of the highest priority. They have once again taken a blind position of "NO" at every turn without regard of what's best for this country. Who is the non-patriot here?

With the recent volley by the North Koreans on the South Korean Island and the continued development both by them and Iran to shore up nuclear programs with questionable management and intentions, one would think that this was impetus enough to sway a majority consensus in the political arena for the 'Start Treaty' and it's potential wide spread effects on the political posturing on this issue by other nations.

Wake up, American citizens and open your eyes as to what is the real agenda of the GOP and it's true intentions.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wake Up, America!

I ask those of you who have different opinions from those that are 'yelling' that they are the paradyme of what America stands for in politics, morals, values and even to the level of absconding with the media (the most important element of what is inherent in American Democracy), to 'Speak Up'.

Yes, I'm speaking to those of you who are disappointed in the political transition the country has recently witnessed. Just because a particular legislative body has been 'boon doggled' by a 'squeeky wheel' does not mean that 'we' should lay down with a defeatest attitutude. We should not accept the voices that 'yell' with key words that seem to suggest their opinion is inclusive of all of us, or a majority, as a total collective body that is of a same mindset, Such as phrases like 'the people' are saying and feel or the suggestion and acceptance that the dissemination of 'negative' promotion wins over civil correctness and moral truths (I deem these to be synonomous).

We must understand, those of us with voices and the means to voice an opinion, that there is a great number of people in this 'democracy' that are subjugated by impoverishment, lack of means and those that want to keep it that way. There are those that wish to abuse this power over 'the least of us'(biblical reference)  and will at every chance suggest that every time the 'government of the people' want to help those with least capabilities, it is sliding toward Communism or at minimum Socialism with the most pejorative connotation intended in referencing these systems. They use this method of imposing their power and control over others, through the manipulation of key words or phrases that will 'scare' the masses (fear mongering; another means of disseminating negativity) and sustaining their own personal gains in lieu of an altruistic choice of assisting those with little or nothing therefore maintaining an 'oligarchic state'.  

Those of us with 'voices' that understand this new countrywide questionable momentum should 'Speak Up'. It will assist those with 'no voice' or 'less voice' through our expression and hopefully and subsequently motivate them to find means and avenues to also 'Speak Up'.

Speak Up, loudly about those issues that are important to us. We must not stay quiet or whisper when they are yelling, scratching, clawing and imposing their societal standards upon us. Our voices will give power and strength to those that do not or cannot speak to that which, I believe, is a higher standard of egalitarianism, parity and most important, a society worth living in for our children and their children's children.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Soldier's Quest

Loud flashes of light above
reflecting off clouds ominously
Where once in youthful times
these sparkling lights meant celebration
but today they open up the skies
with loud explosive sounds

They shake the earth
awakening the demons underground
unlike when excitement, back home, filled the air
today they burst the silence
with redden fields and angry death

In a brief intermittent respit
when eardrum breaking blasts cease
although howling pain filled human cries
still fill the smoky air.

A still moment arises and my memories
of loved ones who wait for me
back where these flashing lights
and sky emptying cracking sounds
do not suck breath from life
but celebrate the joy of living,
I think of my heartfelt love'd ones,
their warm embraces and the kisses.

I reflect upon the freedoms,
the occasional abuse of liberties
we partake and are afforded us.
My mind fills in reverie of returning,
planting my garden with beans and tomatoes,
cutting my lawn, sitting in my back yard
with friends and loved ones, 
grilling steaks and drinking beer,
listening to music on radio and singing childhood songs

Tears spew out from my eyes
but I do not have time to wipe them,
an explosion o’er my head
rattling my helmet and my brain
reawakening me to the reality
that my life and freedom lies before me
along side my buddy, my brother,
and inside my mind, belief that soon
the Truth of our quest will become victorious

Friday, November 5, 2010

Post Midterm Election

The mid-term election results speak for themselves. They decided, whether for reasons of disenchantment with the pace of change or perceived lack of dramatic action toward correcting the direction of a faltering economic recovery. We will now see if the Republican held House of Representatives with John Boehner at the helm can execute legislation that was diminished in action when his minority party of 'No' had placed continuous obstacles toward compromizations with a Democratic Executive Office.

Some Major issues that the new Republican held Congress and the new majority leader, John Boenhner, will allow to be introduced for consideration:

  • The GOP platform ran on an issue of wanting to repeal the Universal Health Care Program voted into law by the Democratic held congress
  • The Bush Tax cuts to expire
  • Security and the new majority legislative body's interpretation of how to deal with 'illegal' aliens.
  • Expenditures i.e. Funding for military and Afghan War, economic stimulus programs,
  • Repeal of 'Don't ask, Don't tell'
With the Senate body still slightly held by a Democratic party it will be an interesting next couple of years in the Obama Administration. A main battle will be on the Republican leadership insisting that they are going to vote against funding with ultimate attempts at repealing the Health Care program voted into law. If every administration pursued repealing the previous administrations efforts the citizenry would never benefit from any legislation meant for the betterment of society.

Blogger's Opinion: It is dangerously 'sad' how people have easily succumb to the manipulations by a few with  oligarchic manifesting characteristics. Their wanting to address our countries 'issues', needing to be ameliorated, by a way that is not only degenerative to the nations psyche but surreptitious in its intent through 'fear mongoring', 'negative' aggression and a Vietnam War era with a method by the intelligence organizations in the dissemination of misinformation as a way of inciting and controlling. They, 'the few'(Boehner, McConnell, Brownback, Palin, Bush, etc.) in the GOP leadership, assume that gullibility and ignorance of the Masses will prevail. This is their choice of approach toward Democratic political and social reform in lieu of a method of analysis and decisision making through academic acuity and relative applicability by way of a compromising resolve.

For those of you who voted, thank you for your service.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Tea Party

Who is the 'Tea Party'?

It (Tea Party) seems to have been incepted as a direct result of the Republican Party being 'thrown out' of office in a seeming total disenchantment of them by the electorate. The Tea Party has embraced 90% of GOP's candidates and the balance of candidates that are being supported and have allowed Sarah Palin(extreme right-wing fringe of the Republican Party) to be their face, are running on the issues and political positions parallel to what the GOP platform is based. Major issues being; Pro Life, Tax and Spend cliche accusations of the Democratic (liberals) Party, which ironically the spending was most manifest in the G.W. Bush years which took the country into a portentous economic down turn; The Tea Party candidates are also running on the issue, in opposition, to the 'stimulus and 'bail out' of Banks and other major companies which is a program initiated by the Bush administration as one of it's last initiatives to try to correct the damage created during their (GOP's) 'watch' via the deregulation and lack of oversight. They now are pointing the finger at the Obama administration as if it was their conception. The Tea Party seems to be running on a platform that hinges them directly to the disgruntled loser, the GOP, but wearing a mask or disguise, after all it is the season for 'trickery'.

We must not forget the reasons why the electorate voted the previously presiding administration out of office (GOP) and the issues that created such disenchantment: The Iraq War was deceptively conjured; sole source contracts awarded to defense contractors conspicuously with a direct association to V.P. Chaney; Soldiers being sent to war without basic provisions for battle i.e. flack jackets, armament (Hummers not battle worthy) soldiers having to pay for own rations,etc; the economy going from a surplus to the worst deficit in it's history; home mortgage debacle (deregulation and lack of oversight); unemployment rising to unprecedented levels monthly; despairingly significant gap increase between the wealthy and the poor; deregulation of large industry causing grave increases in levels of destructive earth gases and overall degeneration of Earth's atmosphere; polarizations and bifurcation of ethnic and race related issues. Last but not least, let us not forget 'Katrina' which was the 'true gauge' and emulation in underlying nuances of our societal comportment during the GOP's watch, specifically the G.W.Bush administration, and its attitudinal manifestations, seemingly and sadly, unempathetic, unsympathetic, uncaring for the faces of 'the least of us'.

In spite of our disappointment that the economy has not recovered quickly enough from this devastating, almost abysmal, period imparted by the last administration, finally it is now showing signs of recovery in every sector of the economy, six months of GDP growth, significant diminished monthly lay-off figures with signs that businesses are hiring again, Banks have finally started lending to Small Businesses and new start ups, American battle troops have been pulled out of Iraq as promised, the universal health program has been passed (97 % of the GOP opposed), etc. Just as important, the worlds attitude toward America has slowly transitioned back to a more favorably respectful perception and a world leadership role. We must continue as an electorate to elect representatives that are in pursuit of this direction and not one that will throw us back into the 'abyss' and world perception of a country in total 'dysfunction'.

This is this Blogger's Opinion

Mid--term Elections and Politics

Tuesday mid-term elections will determine whether the Obama administration will be placed in a position of being able to get his agenda passed or whether the GOP will continue to 'blockade' (the party of 'no' for the sake of politics and not for the sake of what's 'good' for the Country). Hopefully, all the political 'pundits' are incorrect in their projections of the House and Senate reconstruction as a result of Tuesday's elections.

The Obama administration needs to be given an opportunity to pass legislation that was determined as a possible dramatic change to the previous Republican administration by way of his election into office, a choice made by the people. He has been in office for only two years and the country was placed in this precarious situation, a deterioration of major economic and financial sectors, who's downward spiral was eight years in the making. The damage is so extensive, it will take more time to correct and recover. He needs legislative and judicial support to attempt an amelioration of this created malady.

We as a nation need to prove to ourselves as well as the rest of the world that we as a 'Democratic' nation will exercise the freedoms and liberties afforded us through voting. We must all be vigilant to the process and report any attempts at preventing our 'rights' as voters.

We must all 'vote' at the voting booth and not be influenced by a certain segment of our society, i.e. political party, media, that is attempting to put forth the agenda that in the absence of voting is a political statement in and of itself. We all must exercise our voice through participation in the voting process.

Please Vote!!!!!