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America Vs Human Rights

The vat majority of those who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 regarded his victory as one that would result in respect for human rights and the end of brutality in prisons containing those charged with crimes during fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan. It is clear that was a hope deferred. The United Nations human rights committee issued a damning report on the state of human rights in the USA. Among its targets is the infamous Guantanamo prison which still contains 150 human beings that the American government views as risks. It countered questions raised with the argument that detainees in this prison are being kept there “lawfully based under international and American law.” Just read the Bill of Rights which specifically states that people can be kept in jail for years without charges of crime being brought nor an actual trial. The Obama administration argues “continued lawful detention is necessary to protect against a continuing threat.”

OK, fair enough. But, if there was never a specific charge and never a trial to ascertain if the charge was viable, how does anyone know if Mr. X IS the guy who committed the crime? To claim “we think he is”is NOT in accordance with the US Constitution. The unresolved question is: will this damn prison ever close??

Republicans For Freedom Challenge Free Speech

The ongoing refrain of Republicans like Ted Cruz or John Boehner is that President Obama seeks to impose a dictatorship upon America and stifle the voices of freedom. His policies are portrayed as dictatorial and lacking in respect for individual rights. This has resulted in American voices for freedom to fight tenaciously for the right of free speech. Just check Fox News each night for those who stand for the right to oppose tyranny as represented by the figure of Barack Obama. Congressman Daniel Issa held still another hearing about the IRS and its war against Christianity and the Republican party. Once again IRS official, Lois Lerner, was being bullied about efforts by the IRS to prevent organizations which ostensibly were non-political to engage in political action efforts. Finally, Mrs. Lerner invoked the 5th Amendment. This led Issa to once again shout and threaten the woman.

Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings became tired of the assault upon Mrs. Lerner and took the microphone to explain his objections to the Issa line of questioning. At this point Congressman Issa cut off the microphone and ended the hearing. When Democrats complained to House Speaker John Boehner about this violation of freedom of speech, the defender of freedom of speech for Republicans made clear his support for Issa in halting Democrats from speaking!

Such is life in the bastion of freedom, Republicans in Congress

Agony Of Barack Obama

I have been able to hear or see State of Union presentations for over 75 years. On Tuesday night, President Obama came before Congress. He talked and talked as an audience sat quietly listening to words that few actually ever believed would result in action, if the word, “action” relates in any manner to new legislation. It is quite clear the Republican party has committed itself to a program of sabotage of any legislation that does not result in greater wealth and power to the wealthy. It is quite clear that Barack Obama has lost connection with members of the Democratic party and they simply do not regard him as a leader who will move the party and nation forward. So, what went wrong?

The problem began on election night of 2008. Barack Obama had a model as to how to confront a nation which had a collapsed economy and millions headed for unemployment–March, 1933 with the swearing in of Franklin D. Roosevelt as president. Instead of studying and adapting the famous 100 Days of FDR, Obama, for some strange and mysterious reason, selected Ronald Reagan as his model!! The FDR model was centered on two basic ideas: Banks, Wall Street and the wealthy were responsible for the Depression. Period. Secondly, the IMMEDIATE ISSUE WAS-PROVIDING JOBS FOR PEOPLE. Obama did NOT have his 100 days of action even though Democrats controlled both House and Senate. Instead, he ignored the job issue( Between March, 1933 and August, 1933, FDR provided work for FOUR MILLION JOBLESS PEOPLE).

FDR’s assistant was Harry Hopkins, a former social worker. As Hopkins once told an administrator who said the task could be handled next week, “people eat today, not next week.” Obama surrounded himself with Wall Street types like Geithner and Summers, there was no Hopkins to focus on needs of those without work who needed aid NOW.

Franklin Roosevelt was adored by those without work, Obama is regarded by those without work as not caring and only concerned with his relations with Wall Street. True or not, that is his image among those without work. FDR held news conferences three times a week, he got the message out about his concern, Barack Obama does not like press conferences and never has gotten the message out about his concern for those without work.

During the 100 days, there were laws to provide 1,000,000 young men work with the CCC so they could gain some money as well as pride rebuilding our forests. There were laws to provide jobs to men and women who build schools and hospitals and rebuilt ports as well as new airports. People had their faith restored in self. There was no Obama legislation to provide financial assistance to young people faced with huge student loan debts although hundreds of billions were available to save banks and General Motors.

In other words, Obama failed from day one to get across the image of a leader determined to help people NOW. Instead he pushed for health insurance, an important idea, but one that could have been initiated two years later. He failed to lead. He failed to communicate. He failed to pay attention to what mattered the most–JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!!

Now, few regard him as a leader who is concerned with the needs of those without. What is more ironic than a president who wanted to help those without now regarded as a leader who is only concerned with himself and his image??

Planet Earth Still Exists

I regret to inform members of the Republican party the sun is still shining someplace in America, roads are still filled with cars and people are shopping for their dinner. Oh, there is war in Syria, people are stuck in snow storms in Sweden and cricket is still being played in England. After dire predictions from the Republican party that democracy would end in America if the US Senate adopted the concept that it only requires a majority vote of 51 to pass something, a federal judge was actually nominated, voted on and confirmed with a vote of 56-38. Believe it or not, some Republicans actually voted to confirm Patricia Millet as a judge in the American court system.

Oh well, Marco Rubio is opposed to the confirmation of a judge from his state of Florida, most probably because he is black and gay, not white and Republican. It is time to end this system. One day Republican nominees will be confirmed by a majority vote and democracy will finally be practiced.

P.S. If Republicans had gained a majority next year, they would have changed the rules to ensure Republicans get confirmed. So much for the nuclear option.

Israel Lobby In US Congress

Historically, it is the responsibility of the United States Congress to focus on the national interests of their country, not that of the nation of Israel. After three decades of conflict with the nation of Iran, a group of five leading countries banded together to hammer out an agreement to cap Iran’s work on nuclear weapon development. It does place limits on this work, but to Senator Schumer and fellow Republicans and Democrats compelling Iran to halt work on nuclear weapons is selling out Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu terms the agreement an “historic mistake.” Israel President Shimon Peres disagrees, “the success or failure of the deal will be judged by results,not words.” Perhaps, Senator Schumer believes President Peres wants to sell out Israel?

Bibi Netanyahu has refused to work with Palestinians in order to reach an agreement. He has sabotaged the rights of Palestinians, he has insulted Palestinians, he has hampered a Palestinian government which seeks peace with Israel. THAT, is an “historic mistake!”

Come In, Says Iran

There is only one nation in the Middle East in possession of an atomic bomb and it’s name is not Iran. Israel has an atomic bomb, Israel refuses to allow UN inspectors into their facilities, Israel refuses to adhere to any international treaties pertaining to use of atomic weapons, and Israel is adamant that Iran must allow UN inspectors into their nuclear facilities. The government of Iran has agreed to allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA) to enter long-unseen nuclear sites -the key Gchine uranimum mine and a heavy-water reactor in Arak.

Talks have broken down between Iran and the six world powers. France wants the Arak reactor to completely shut down. The IAEA insists:”it is forseen that Iran’s cooperation will include providing the IAEA with timely information about its nuclear facilities.” I wonder if a similar request should be made to Israel?

McCain To Alexander-Resign!

Senator John McCain is still furious at actions by the National Security Agency which has intruded into the lives of Americans and made a mockery of our Constitutional rights to privacy. He said that Keith Alexander who heads the agency should assume responsibility for these violations of American rights. After all, Edward Snowden revealed thousands of documents under the watch of Alexander. As McCain noted: “we have a contractor employee, not a government employee, who has access to information which is, when revealed damaging to the standing prestige of the United States and our relations with some of our best friends.” He also poses: “why did Edward Snowden have that information?”

The entire episode is simply a combination of violation of human rights and an example of incompetence. The NSA might begin by restricing “secret information” to a small group. If hundreds of thousands have access, then “secret information” is no longer “secret.”

P.S. McCain also suggested that President Obama might apologize to world leaders for snooping into their private lives.

Sickness Is An American Right

The Republican party is very upset at the black dude who resides in the White House. They insist that every American is entitled to the right to get sick without the government interfering by forcing them to get well. Check the Constitution. We have the right to own a gun and we have the right to own how we deal with illness. Congressman John Boehner is going to fight for the rights of Americans to illness. Tea Party Republicans have some demands: end the Affordable Care Act, change our tax code to protect job creators, support the Keystone projectand many other such needs if America is once again to be a free nation. The US Senate will pass a bill that prevents defunding the Affordable Care Act. President Obama has made clear: “the Affordable Care Act is here to stay.”

The bottom line is that Republicans have a great fear–if people like having medical insurance, they will not support Republicans who do not like health insurance. Solutiion-deny them the right to health insurance so they can die earlier. This farce will continue. The ultimate Republican nightmare is having people get connected to health insurance, become healthier and finally realize the only Republican concern is protecting those with wealth.


Senator Ted Cruz of the great state of Texas is furious at the Democratic party.He claims that Senator Harry Reid “was using the threat of default to force Obamacare on the American people.” He went on to argue: “we could have avoided the spectre of and the countdown clock would disappear but(Senate majority leader) Reid would rather risk a government shutdown because he supports a law called Obamacare.” Let me get this clear. The United States Congress passed a bill that was signed into law and members of Congress are obeying the law.Huh? Oh, Senator Cruz argues the law was only supported by Democrats which means it is not legally voted into existence. There is something in the United States Constitution which says a bill only becomes a law if both parties vote for it.

Senator Cruz graduated from Harvard. I gather the Harvard Law School teaches an interesting approach to Constitutional law. Who is this nut??

Seventeenth Century Republican Party In Power

There are moments in 21st century life for a person who is trapped in the United States of America when one is left wondering how he got trapped in the past. I am often left with the feeling that we Americans in 2013 have been trapped in a time warp that left us stranded in the 17th century. How could men like Senator Cruz of Texas who graduated from Harvard with honors actually claim to be “educated?” They deny global change which some how is termed a “liberal idea” and argue the world is doing OK and just leave it alone. President Obama proposed to create an UNPAID position of “science laureate”of America who would travel around the country attempting to inspire children to become scientists. Republicans denounced this idea because it would lead to someone representing the American government who actually belives there is such a thing as “climate change!!”

The American Conservative Union(ACU) fears a scientist traveling the nation urging study of science is the first step toward the end of democracy in our fair land. Larry Hart of the ACU is worried that such a position is based on the concept that “science should serve political ends on such issues as climate change and regulation of greenhouse gases.”

It is now clear the Republican party of Teddy Roosevelt or Dwight Eisenhower who was the first president to push for science education has become the party of the Flintstones!