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Recommendations For Republicans

Recent primary contests and victors and losers should offer Republicans some ideas regarding how to go about winning the presidency. At a time when the vast majority of American people simply not only do not like most politicians, they really don’t respect those who serve in our Congress. I suspect this is among the first times in history in which both Democrats and Republicans would prefer if every member of Congress took a vacation from serving in that institution, and allowed a new set of men and women to be our leaders. Then again, Barack Obama has not come across as a shining example of inspiring leadership. Does anyone know if he ever had a foreign policy regarding Syria? Anyway, since I am nice liberal guy whose heart seeks to assist Republicans, here are some suggestions for these confused, bewildered folk who lack a single clue how to gain support from most Americans:

1. Try the Thad Cochran approach. Senator Thad Cochran of the great state of Mississippi was facing defeat in the second round of the primary. So, he got this brilliant idea: what if I reached out to black folk and promised to do things for them?? Wow, that is an original political idea, offering constituents something in return for their vote. Believe it or not, black voters returned right wing conservative Thad to the US Senate!

2. Propose a health care plan that Americans would welcome. How about proposing that all Americans would be covered by Medicare? A sure winner. And, you come out being the party of average Americans.

3. Propose that tax rates can go up by 1% for the wealthy. I realize this would be a revolutionary idea, but honestly, one percent is really not the end of the world. You can then boast of being the party for the 99% of Americans!

4. Now, as for those Hispanic immigrants. How about a massive research project which produces robots that pick peaches, clean the streets, work in meat plants, and care for your baby? To make this an even more attractive idea, why not grant voting rights to these robots? After all, they are 100% Americans, born and bred in our great country!

Grand Ayatollah Has Grand Idea

I confess that like most Americans encountering another tale about the nation of Iraq is the last thing on my mind. I am a New York Knickerbocker fan and the last time my team won the NBA title I was forty years younger so I do understand the meaning of futility. The past decade of my life has involved reading, watching, hearing and thinking about the nation of Iraq. There is no sense reviewing mistakes made in the past since we lack a time machine to return backwards and fix things so that events unfurl in some logical pattern of intelligence. Here we are in June, 2014–Iraq is a mess. Period. Anyway, the leader of Iraq Shiites has reached a similar conclusion–things are a mess.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has called upon all political leaders to come together and get rid of the world’s most incompetent Prime Minister–Nouri al-Maliki who created a disaster for his land. The Ayatollah wants political leaders from Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds to meet and select a new prime minister who can bring groups together, reform a broken military, and defeat ISIS terrorists who are sweeping through the country. He hopes this meeting would be a “prelude to the political solution that everyone seeks at present.” Common sense words.

I realize that Dick Cheney blames Obama for the mess. Hey Dick, YOU were the guy who selected Maliki! In other words, you were the dick head for caused the present mess.

We Explain The Iraq Crisis –Simply

I repeatedly have been asked to clarify the current situation in the Middle East. So, here goes:

1. In 2003, the bad guys were led by the bad Sunni Iraq leader,Saddam Hussein. So, President Bush got rid of him.
2. Then the good Shiites got control of Iraq and proceeded to punish the bad Sunni Iraqis.
3. This caused al-Qaeda to come into Iraq so the good Americans armed the good Sunnis who organized Awakening Councils to beat the bad Sunni al-Qaeda.
4. Once the bad al-Qaeda were beaten back, the Shiite Prime Minister Nouri Maliki began to persecute the good Sunni Awakening Council folk.
5. This led to the good Sunnis becoming the bad Sunnis.
6. Meanwhile back in Syria the bad Sunni leader Assad began to attack anyone who opposed him. This created a civil war.
7. During this civil war, good Sunni folk arrived to fight bad Sunni Assad.
8. The good Sunni folk who fought Assad decided why not head for Iraq and fight the bad Shiite PM Maliki.
9. Now the bad Sunni are fighting against the old good Shiites who have become the bad Shiites which has led the bad Iranians to come to the aid of the good, or bad, Shiites.
10. Now the bad Sunni Assad has sent planes to attack the bad ISIS who are bad Sunnis.

We offer prizes to anyone who can pass a test on this situation.

Wither The Republican Party?

There was an interesting and sad television shot shown to the American people last night. On the anniversary of the fight for civil rights in the South, most members of Congress locked arms and sang the famous marching song of civil rights fighters, “We Shall Over Come.” However, neither John Boehner nor Senator Mitch McConnell moved their lips in order to display their opposition to anything that President Obama supported. A wonderful display of courage. If Jesus Christ appeared tomorrow and was walking with President Obama, the Republican party would come out against Christianity. A once great political party has become a negative, angry, hating group of men and women. Oops, sorry, I ignore the concern of Republicans for the oppressed minorities in our nation–the upper 5% of those with money and those who fight for the right to earn billions.

Let me review the history of this once great party:

1. Abraham Lincoln pushed through the first income tax. He gave away free land to all who desired in the Homestead Act. His government financed construction of the intercontinental railroad. He backed creation of colleges that were free to students. And, worst of all, he took property away–without compensation–from slave owners!
2. Theodore Roosevelt blasted the wealthy for their selfishness. He broke up monopolies and then had the Federal government supervise their operations. He advocated the Income Tax amendment. He ended segregation in the federal government. He also defended the rights of workers to have unions.
3. Wendell Wilkie lost the 1940 presidential election to Franklin Roosevelt. He then spent World War II as a special assistant for the president. Republicans in Congress worked with President Roosevelt to create a United Nations.
4. Dwight Eisenhower refused to lower the WWII top income tax level of NINETY PERCENT until debts were paid off. His administration fought for the Brown vs Board of Education Supreme Court decision that ended segregation. Eisenhower worked to ends segregation in the armed forces and ended it in Washington D.C.
5. Republicans worked with President Lyndon Johnson to pass the Civil Rights bill.
6. Heck, Richard Nixon supported Affirmative Action, came out for national health insurance, and even toyed with the idea of a guaranteed income for all Americans.

That used to be the Republican party!!

So, Who Is To Blame?

The virtual collapse of the Iraq government has not hit the American people with resulting confusion and anger. Many now demand to know why this collapse occurred and who is to blame?

1. Dick and Don want to make clear they had nothing to do with the wolf blowing down the pig’s house.
2. George is in Texas chopping wood so leave him out of this discussion.
3. Republicans who voted to invade Iraq want the world to know that things were great when George Bush left the presidency. Since then, you know who is to blame for what happened.
4. The Iraq government blames lack of American assistance. Of course, Prime Minister Maliki turned down US offers for advisers.
5. Fox News is in a bit confused. Who the hell should they blame? Certainly, Fox News which backed the invasion has nothing to do with the current situation in Iraq.
6. Hillary was against it before she voted for it, and now wants everyone to know the Bush folk lied about the situation.
7. How about the American people who overwhelmingly supported this invasion?

The Dilemma Of Iraq Is No Mystery

We are pleased to report that leading experts on the Middle East are appearing on talk shows in order to explain to the American public that President Obama is THE villain in what is transpiring in the Middle East. HE is the one who created the madness of Iraq. Senator John McCain is demanding air attacks and troops on the ground. For some reason, not too many fellow Republican congressmen are getting into the “send troops to Iraq” proposal. Of course, Dick Cheney has informed the American people, once again, that Weapons of Mass Destruction WERE in Iraq and thanks to his brilliant ideas, America defeated Saddam Hussein, America defeated Osama bin Laden and America left a peaceful Iraq for newly elected President Obama. Oh, President Bush signed the agreement with Iraq for withdrawal of US troops by 2011. So, what does Cheney claim, Obama left Iraq and caused the subsequent collapse of its government.

President Obama has made clear that “no American firepower would be able to hold the country together.” He went on to point out the obvious. “We gave Iraq the chance to have an inclusive democracy, to work across sectarian lines.. and unfortunately what we have seen is a lack of trust.” He pointed out that Prime Minister Maliki had instituted program against Sunni Iraqis. Thus, Sunnis have no access to using the political process to deal with their grievances.”

Finally, an American president who is being blunt and honest about Iraq

Republicans Stand For Individual Rights

Anyone who reads material from the Republican party or who watches Fox News quickly understands that the party of Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt believes strongly in the right of an individual to control her destiny–and certainly her body. Florida Governor Rick Scott just signed into law HB1047 which now makes it a crime for women to abort a fetus is a doctor believes the fetus can survive. The new bill replaces the existing law which prevents an abortion if the woman is 24 weeks into her pregnancy. I assume the new law places the decision as to whether or not an abortion occurs in the hands of your friendly doctor. Oh, the new law makes clear if the doctor provides the wrong answer to a pregnant woman and says the fetus can not survive, that doctor can wind up in jail!!

Republicans believe each person has a right to carry a weapon.
Republicans believe each businessman has the right to determine if a worker has health insurance.
Republicans believe each wealthy person has the right to spend and spend in order to get his candidate elected.
BUT Republicans do NOT believe each woman has a right to decide what is done to HER body!!

Wisdom Of Chairman Dick

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has offered his wise words of wisdom to the American people. You know, the man who insisted that Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass Destruction, and it was imperative, and I mean, imperative, that America sent forces of mass destruction into Iraq. It was March, 2003, and UN inspectors asked for an additional three months in order to complete their investigation, but Chairman Dick, along with General Rumsfeld, and the dude from Texas, insisted the invasion HAD to occur in March! We all know the aftermath of this incredible blunder and we all know who is responsible–BARACK OBAMA!! Yes, Dick and Liz Cheney informed the Wall Street Journal that the culprit in Iraq was none other than BARACK OBMA!!

According to Chairman Dick, “rarely has a U.S. President been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many. The President is willfully blind to the impact of his policies.” As I recall, it was Dick and Don and George who pushed Nouri al-Maliki to leadership. Maliki is undoubtedly the most inept leader in the Middle East and his refusal to work with Sunni leaders has resulted in the current situation. As I recall, it was President Bush and Vice President Cheney who agreed to the withdrawal of American forces in 2011. As I recall, 4,500 Americans died during their watch and 40,000 were wounded.

But, in the end, says Dick, it is the fault of BARACK OBAMA!

Where Are Religious Leaders?

Hardly a day goes by without some example of human brutality or damage to planet Earth. Children are kidnapped in Nigeria or kidnapped in Israel, thousands just got shot in Iraq, millions go without health care or enough food to eat, but it is rare for any member of any religion to speak out. The so-called “religious right” in America are concerned about two males marrying, but have absolutely no concern that over thirty million Americans lack access to health insurance. Hundreds of thousands of young people in this country struggle to pay off debts while Wall Street billionaires get free handouts from the government to pay off their debts Heard any comment from religious leaders about this inequity? Thousands of Hispanic “illegal immigrants” are stranded, but how many churches have opened their doors to care for children?

The silence of imams in the Middle East and Africa is bewildering to me. I, a Jew, speak out more often and with more violence in defense of Muslim rights than most Muslim clerics. Boko Haram is a group of crazy Muslims, but how many Muslim clerics denounce the murder of thousands of Muslims by these nut cases? Let me make clear, it is not only Muslim clerics, but Jewish and Christian and Buddhist who remain silent in the face of atrocities. Heck,in Myanmar the assault upon Muslims is being led by Buddhist monks!

Oh, a word about planet Earth which needs some assistance to remain as planet Earth. I assume if there is a God up there in the sky, He must be pissed off as to what is being done to HIS planet! Just remember, those of the clergy, you guys had a chance to speak out for this planet and blew it. I sure as heck hope the Earth God is not into revenge!!

World Turned Upside Down

I gather there are still people who believe that some sort of sanity is present on planet Earth. Let me cite some facts which should dissuade them of such thinking.

1. George Bush ordered the invasion of Afghanistan. Then Iranian President Khatami assisted US forces and was rewarded by being branded asa terrorist by the American president.
2. President Khatami offered a compromise with President Bush that included ending pursuit of nuclear weapons. He never received a reply.
3. Saddam Hussein was wiped out and Shiites took over Iraq.
4. Shiites proceeded to persecute and imprison Sunni leaders.
5. Americans organized Sunni Awakening Councils to fight al-Qaeda.
6. Prime Minister Maliki then proceeded to disband these groups and put in prison its leaders.
7. Sunni Iraqis have drifted into the arms of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, (ISIS).
8. ISIS forces took over the city of Mosul and were warmly greeted by Sunni residents.
9. President Obama continually offered to assist Maliki but he refused to grant American soldiers the right to be tried in a military court.
10. ISIS forces are marching on Baghdad.
11. Iran has dispatched 2,000 troops to aid the Iraq government.
12. President Obama has dispatched the George HW Bush aircraft carrier to aid the Iraq government.

In other words, American and Iranian forces will be working together. When asked about this possibility, Iran President Hassaan Rouhani replied: “If we see that the United States takes action against terrorist groups in Iraq, then one can think about it.”

I wonder if Republicans in the US Senate will block US cooperation with Iran that is designed to aid Iraq??