Category Archives: Ron Paul

New Evidence of Anti-Semitism!

I was raised in an east European Jewish community of the Bronx, New York City. We were proud to be Jews, we did not hide who we were, and we certainly were happy that the new state of Israel had been created. Our hope and dream was that Israel would become a beacon of hope in the Middle East that would serve to demonstrate there could be a nation in that area of the world that stood for social justice for all within its borders. In those days there were Jews, Muslims and Christians within the state of Israel. Somewhere along the road of life, a new set of Jews emerged, both here in America and in Israel. They were filled with hate and anger toward Muslims, towards Palestinians and insisted that only Jews had a place in the new nation. Former Israel leader, David Ben-Gurion once told members of the UN that “I am also a Palestinian.” Absolutely, Jews were also Palestinians.

Along came Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose basic dream is to rid Israel and surrounding land of those Palestinians. This was the reality when he assumed office as prime minister of Israel:

1. Israel and Turkish troops held joint military exercises.

2. Israel was working with the Egyptian government.

3. Israel still had friendly relations with members of the European Union.

4. Israel had friendly relations with the government of Tunisia.

5. Israel has friendly relations with the government of Jordan.

Today, none of these governments has anything but dislike for Israel.

Amos Biderman, a cartoonist for the Israel Haaratz newspaper has created a storm of anger for his cartoon which depicts a plane with labeled Israel headed for the twin towers. Biderman insists that Bibi Netanyahu has proved a disaster for the people of Israel. His cartoon was “mocking Bib. He’s been acting like a bull in a china shop with the US, which is Israel’s most important strategic ally.”

The anger has already emerged, Mr. Biderman is now a “self hating Jew.” Tell the truth about failed Israel foreign policy and one becomes a “self hating Jew.”

Eric Frein, Another Nut Case

I do not have a single doubt that within a year, conservatives in America will be composing songs about the gallant fight of Eric Frein who stood alone in the hills of Pennsylvania fighting his lonely battle against oppressive BIG GOVERNMENT. The elusive Mr. Frein murdered a member of the police, you know, one of those agents who descend from black helicopters seeking to bang down our doors in the quest by Big GOVERNMENT to take away our sacred liberties. Who does not believe that Frein will now be the hero of the National Rifle Association, he is now THE man who fought Big Government. OK, so some police died along the road of his fight for liberty and social justice. It is no mystery that this nation contains men and women who believe they are living in the days of Revolutionary America when decent man took up arms against the oppressive Big Government of England.

He has been captured. He will go on trial. The NRA will be selling pictures of their new hero. Men and women will be wearing tee shirts with his face on them. Welcome to the new hero of America–ERIC FREIN! how did this nation come to the point when a murderer who killed police is now a hero??

America’s Forgotten Dream

I currently inhabit a world in which we humans devote our lives to killing one another and to insisting that those who differ are simply terrorists bent on death and destruction. There was once another America, a nation which had dreams of exploring the universe rather than exploring ways of death and destruction. I was in my thirties when Americans stepped foot on the moon. Each and every American felt a moment of great pride as one of our fellow countrymen was now walking on the moon. For that magic moment, I no longer just felt to be an, American, but a human. I was part of this planet, and we humans were taking the initial step on the road to exploring the entire universe. Yes, it was a dream, but dreams are part of the human quest to be other than a member of this planet.

Sir Richard Branson of Virgin airlines also has a dream. He wants to explore space by sending humans into the area above our planet. Unfortunately, his experimental plane crashed in the Mojave desert. The real tragedy is failure on the part of American presidents for the past forty years to gaze upward at the skies rather than downward at the planet. We devote billions to killing rather than to sending fellow humans into space. Sorry, Tea Party nut cases, but the real issue for ALL humans is in space. And, it must be done by BIG GOVERNMENT. I shall die without humans on Mars. That is the real tragedy of the Tea Party and those refusing to allocate funds for space exploration!

Time Magazine Vs Teachers

My educational background is somewhat different from that of Time magazine writers or millionaires seeking to alter the manner in which schools operate. I taught junior and senior high school for ten years ranging from positions in a Harlem all boys junior high school to a suburban school in a wealthy district and a high school in a small town. After that experience I taught 10,000 teachers about how to teach. It is so ironic that people with my background sit in the back while men and women who never taught a day in their lives now are prepared to explain how to improve teaching and learning. Heck, the US Secretary of Education, Mr. Duncan never taught a single day in his life! Imagine an Attorney General who had no experience in law! The American Federation of Teachers is furious at this week’s Time magazine cover which depicts how wealthy millionaires will end the rule of “rotten apples” in our schools. Time believes the problem in schools stems from an inability to fire incompetent teachers.

1. If Time and wealthy millionaires are concerned about incompetency how about firing those in Congress who passed the fewest laws in history?

2. The real problems in schools stem from an outdated curriculum which has nothing to do with the needs of young people. They are presented a boring curriculum which has no relevance to what they need in modern life.

3. There is not a single program in any college in America that provides training for department chairmen in schools on how to provide leadership in schools.

4. Principals are controlled by state mandated testing which hampers their ability to stimulate teachers to come up with new ideas.

5. The most successful schools in the world such as in Finland give teachers control of what they teach. There are no government tests to control teaching.

Yes, there are incompetent teachers. My estimate, after working with 12,000 is that ten percent do not belong in schools. This is the same percent as who work on Wall Street or as cops or doctors or lawyers.

Justice Bader Ginsberg Was Right!

I am the child of immigrants and was raised by my American public school teachers to respect the Supreme Court of this nation. I obtained degrees ranging from a Master to a Ph.D in American history and studied the development of this important American institution. The past few years have caused me to lose all respect for this Court. It is the most reactionary Supreme Court in over seventy years. Justice Ginsberg warned the Court that ID laws such as in existence in Texas were depriving Americans from their right to vote, but Scalia and his buddies like Roberts and Alioto refused to accept reality since it would prevent them from allowing their fellow Republicans to lose an election. Latest reports from Texas indicate hundreds of thousands will not be able to cast a ballot next week.

1. Many elderly people do NOT have a state issued driver’s license nor a state issued license to fire a gun.

2. Students are deprived from using their college ID, but a weapon ID is OK!!

3. Many disabled people do not have state IDs nor can they get to state offices for one.

The Supreme Court of this nation has restored the Poll Tax!!

Whatever Happened To America?

The evidence is quite clear, Republicans will gain more seats in Congress, and most probably may secure control of a majority of seats in the US Senate. The most interesting question is: why will Americans reward a party with victory which seeks to make life harder for the average American? Frankly, this phenomena has occurred in the past, and will happen in the future. We live in interesting times. We live in an era in which those under age, forty, lack any sense of their economic needs, and prefer fiddling with fingers than fiddling with their minds. OK, blame Barack Obama for his failures to understand how Presidents must lead, but the alternative to Barack Obama is not the Koch brothers.

In the past when most American engaged in hard physical labor, they understood the boss was in his office and they were out on the assembly line. They did not need to go to college in order to understand their economic interests were not similar to those of the boss. Today, our young people lack a sense of CLASS. They do not understand there IS a Working Class, and they are in it. They do not understand that when one is in the Working Class, one must vote for their economic interests. And, they certainly are not those of this Republican Party.

The disaster will come. Americans will learn the goals of Republicans are not their goals. Hopefully, in 2016 there will be another change in attitudes by Americans.

Whatever Happened To Capitalism?

The collapse of the Soviet Union, the decision of Chinese Communist leaders to embrace market economies was thought to signal the end of Communism, and the birth of a new world in which Capitalism was the new economic norm. That was then, and today is now. European economies are stagnant, right wing nuts blaming immigrants for the failures of capitalism are present in just about every European society. America has become a nation in which 1% control 22% of the wealth, and our top 5% control 44%. The gap grows wider between the average working stiff in America and his beloved suffering boss who devotes his time and money ensuring the election of conservatives who pray before the altar of the wealthy. Raising minimum wages is the first step on the road to communism, but lowering taxes on the wealthy is the best guarantee they will have more and more money. So, what is the story of modern Capitalism?

1. The number of low income people able to become middle class is falling. If you are born poor, so will your children live a life of poverty.

2. Capitalism is NOT producing jobs that pay a middle class wage for the average person.

3. The number of part time employees rises each year which ensures these workers will never enter the middle class.

To put it bluntly, Capitalism has failed to create a society in which each person, in reality, has a chance to economically advance. This basic claim of capitalism simply no longer is true.

Perhaps, it is time to revisit other forms of economic theory such as Socialism. Perhaps, we need a new economic system that incorporates the best ideas from Capitalism and from Socialism?

I await the ideas of a new Economic system that is designed to empower each person to rise to some higher economic status. Of one thing I am certain, this will NOT happen under a Capitalist system!!

I Do Not Understand

I suspect it will take at least twenty years before any future historian or sociologist can make sense of what has been transpiring in this society over the past decade. There is something mysterious and strange about behaviors of our young people. They inhabit a world they make on their own within the confines of Social Media. Jaylen Fryberg is dead. He also is responsible for the deaths of at least two of his friends. We now know that he texted these friends to have lunch with him. He then strode into the lunchroom, took out a revolver and proceeded to shoot his FRIENDS. No, he did Not shoot his enemies, just his friends. Why is the great mystery of this shooting. A popular boy, an athlete, the Prince at a homecoming somehow became furious towards his friends.

I simply do Not understand this shooting. It does not fit into any pattern of logic. It was simply an explosion of anger and hate towards those who were friends. We today can not explain such behavior. The only pattern we do know is that our society is filled with nonstop anger, hate, and hysteria. We have placed our youth into this environment, and most probably the end result is not pleasant for anyone. Hysteria rules the land. What have we done to our youth??

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer comments on the human condition from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

I wonder if elections for God are financed by the Koch Brothers?

I walk in the air, never in malls.

A woman dressed in white always captures my attention.

Cell phones compel people to spend their days looking down.

I never walk in sandals.

My hope is that Death takes off for a winter break.

Allowing a car to get in front of you means it is the last car to get the green

Money, Money, Money, Let’s Elect IT!

I ve in the fair city of Chicago, or at least in the suburbs of that place. I switch on the TV and hour after hour, ads hit me from Bruce Rauner who is running for the office of governor of the state of Illinois. If I see one more ad from Mrs.Rauner, who for some strange reason, supports her husband’s candidacy, I will literally throw something at the screen. I wonder if she realizes that by the twentieth time one sees her quiet face talking softly about her husband, one simply is ready to vote for Donald Duck or even Sarah Palin! The Koch Brothers Inc. are spending about a half BILLION DOLLARS in this campaign which has been transformed into a fight as to which party can spend the most money. I have been informed by the Democratic party of their disappointment with me for failing to send in a few bucks. I assume this means I must stand in the corner with a dunce cap on my head.

The only question confronting America is how we reached this point in our history? Oh, the Founding Fathers! Yes, Madison and Hamilton and Washington fought the Revolution so that the Koch brothers could spend a half billion in the election. We need a new Supreme Court which is not radical like the current one. We need to end the mindless madness of money, money, money!