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My Imaginary Conversation With Barack Obama

I decided that since President Barack Obama will not talk to me or the American people, perhaps it was time for me to present the conversation that probably would have ensued if he did speak with me.

M: Mr. President, I twice voted for you in hope that you would create conditions for peace on this planet.

O: I spend every day and night focusing on how to prevent war in this world.

M: But, hardly a day passes without some evidence that our secret intelligence is spying on our allies. Why?

O: Sorry, that is a National Secret.

M: Are you saying it is a secret why we spy on our friends and allies such as in Germany?

O: I can not even admit that we know anyone in Germany, NATIONAL SECURITY

M: Do you admit Americans spy on other nations?

O: Sorry, the answer to that question gets into issues of NATIONAL SECURITY.

M: But, we do have the CIA and the NSA and they are spy agencies, correct?

O: I will acknowledge there are two organizations in our government named the ÇIA and NSA, but what they do is a matter of NATIONAL SECURITY.

M: Perhaps, you can provide the American people some examples of how these agencies protected the nation?

O: I can say they prevent terrorism, but I am, at this time, prevented from disclosing any other information–NATIONAL SECURITY.

M: So, they prevented terrorist plots in America?

O: Yes, but which ones or when is a matter of NATIONAL SECURITY.

M: Can you tell us anything about how our spy systems work?

O: As president of this great nation, I must protect it. But, any question you pose poses an issue of NATIONAL SECURITY so I must decline.

M: Are you allowed to say, goodbye to me?

O: I would love to say goodbye to you, but first must check with some people as to who you are and do you pose a threat to our NATIONAL SECURITY.

M: By the way, do you have clearance to deal with NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES?

O: Sorry, that relates to NATIONAL SECURITY.

Once We Were A Nation Together

Those born after the United States sent a man to the moon have never experienced the sense of pride that once upon a time was felt by ALL Americans. Regardless of whether one was a Democrat, a Republican, had white or black skin or opposed the president of the United States, there was a burst of pride in being part of a society which had just sent a man to the moon. The man on the Moon represented each and every single person in the United States of America. There was a sense that we could accomplish great tasks and change the entire world.

Of course, those born in the 1920s and after had also shared such experiences when we were ALL Americans. The day after Pearl Harbor when President Franklin Roosevelt promised we would defeat Japan simply reflected the feeling of ALL Americans who were confident of victory even though just a few days earlier millions had demanded no war. We had this feeling on June 6, 1944 when British and American troops landed on the shores of France because we ALL knew it was simply another step on the road to meet the gallant Russian soldiers fighting against Nazism.

Of course we had the feeling on the day war ended against Nazi Germany and the day war ended against Japan. WE, together with our Allies had triumphed over great odds. Today, as I write these words my mind wonders why this feeling is no longer present in America. We now inhabit a land in which we can’t even build a new tunnel under the Hudson River. We have lost the spirit of adventure and become a divided people whose hearts are filled with hate and anger.

I do not know if President Barack Obama could have been able to reach out to Republicans in some sense of comradeship. Perhaps, their hearts are too filled with hate. But, I do know that Obama never understood the importance of speaking WITH Americans to explain the need to work together. He never understood the importance of explaining the Affordable Care Act. He failed to hold weekly Press conferences which Franklin Roosevelt always offered. Perhaps, the division had proceeded too far. I do not know.

Coup Madness In Venezuela

At this moment in the United States of America the population is focusing upon basketball madness, but in the nation of Venezuela its government has devoted countless hours raising the specter of a coup by members of opposition groups seeking to overthrow its government. President Nicolas Maduro who barely won the presidency after the death of Hugo Chavez has since day one of his securing the position warned about coups, threatened those who dared to oppose him about being members of coup groups, and warned students in the streets who were protesting they were part of a coup to drive him from power. Yesterday, President Maduro uncovered or did not uncovered a plot against his regime.”Last night we captured three generals who tried to raise the air force against the legitimate constitutional government.” He further charged that these plotters had “links with sectors of the population.”

There is no doubt the link with “sectors of the population” refers to political opponents or student leaders of demonstrations. Frankly, we do not know if these generals plotted anything, but we do know that Maduro is frightened and confused. He has no idea how to lead a nation other than beating up opponents or throwing them in jail.

Cry For Israel

This blog is firmly convinced that the state of Israel has an important role to play in the Middle East. It currently has an opportunity to support creation of an independent Arab nation in Palestine which could work with Israel in demonstrating that Arabs and Jews can cooperate. However, there are elements in Israel whose idea of “cooperation” entails that Palestinians accept what they are given and cease complaining to the world. A new report by Amnesty International blasts the Israel government for allowing violence in the West Bank, not by Jewish civilians, but by the Israel armed forces. Philip Luther of AI makes clear ‘the report presents a body of evidence that shows a harrowing pattern of unlawful killings” that have led to the death of innocent civilians. It specifically cites the performance of Israel armed force as an instigator of such murders of the innocent.

Naturally, the Israel government cries, “anti-Semitism.” Each time any respected organization provides evidence of lack of respect for law, the instant response is “anti-Semitism.” Let me make clear that anti-Semitism IS an important factor among Arab nations. They have repeatedly allowed their anti-Jewish views to interfere with possibilities of compromise and resolution of problems. But, the death of 67 Palestinian children is a FACT. It is the responsibility of the Israel government when provided such evidence to convey a fact finding committee and either present evidence that proves no such killings occurred or to accept responsibility and make certain such activities no longer will occur.

For a Jews, that is the ONLY course of action!

Liberation Not Liberated

Ah, how I remember my student days in Paris back in the fifties when one could approach a newsstand and select from among over a dozen newspapers representing every political viewpoint under the sun. Unlike the world of the Internet, these papers were staffed by people who had studied and actually read books and magazines prior to writing about the issues of the day. Liberation was founded by the great French writer, Jean Paul Sartre asa left wing voice in France. Today, like most newspapers, it struggles for its existence with “ONLY” 100,000 readers. Just think, each day a few hundred thousand read articles from those with leftist perspectives. But, owners of the newspaper announced a plan that would cease publication of Liberation and utilize its facilities for other purposes. It would become a “social network” area in which there would be a restaurant, a TV studio, and facilities to encourage start up ventures. I assume reporters would become waiters wandering around talking left wing ideas with patrons.

Eduoard de Rothschild, from a family with a few bucks and part owner of Liberation made clear to the staff if they refuse the new idea, “what’s at stake is its death.” The staff responded with a statement: “we are a newspaper, not a restaurant, not a social network, not a cultural space, not a TV studio, not a bar, and not a start up incubator.”

Death of another newspaper.

Cry For Venezuela

Historically, the country of Venezuela was dominated by a higher class who regarded it was natural for those with wealth and the right social connections to run the nation and ignore those in poverty. This led to the arrival of Hugo Chavez over a decade ago. Hugo pushed forth his “Socialist” program of providing the poor greater access to government jobs and financial support. In the process of redistributing wealth, it led to a government in which the new elite consisted of those with power in the party and members of the military who were bribed with money and goodies to retain power for supporters of Chavez.

Chavez died a couple of years ago and was replaced by Nicolas Maduro, a poor speaker as well as an incompetent leader. The country has been plagued by rising inflation and a shortage of goods with all ills blamed on the Collusus of the north, America. Maduro just barely got elected and he has put the squeeze of those who oppose his brand of dictatorship. Thousands flocked to the streets in protest at the collapse of the economy and he has blamed this outburst of reality as a plot by opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez working with the CIA.

Sorry Nicolas, our CIA could not organize a rebellion of Boy Scouts. This is simply President Maduro using his power to buy off the people and end democracy. Lopez surrendered to the police. “I have nothing to hide. I present myself to an unjust judiciary. May my jailing serve to wake up a people.”

Sorry, this is one time those from the upper class have more class than those from the lower class.

Brave Scotland??

Many recall the Mel Gibson film, “Braveheart” in which courageous men of Scotland fought against the evil men of England. Today, there is a political party in Scotland which seeks to leave beloved England and become an independent nation. Jose Manuel Barros, President of the European Commission offered some words of advice to those seeking to leave one country and become a new country. “In case there is a new country coming out of a current member state, it will have to apply–this is very important–the application and accession to the European Union would have to be approved by ALL member states.”

Just remember that many European Union nations have groups within their boundaries that would like to leave. As Barros emphasized to the Scots, “It will be extremely difficult to get approval of all other member states to have a new member come from an member state.”

No membership in European Union would be a disaster for an independent Scotland. Stay with the Brits.

Cry For Venezuela

Let me make clear from the beginning that I support efforts in Venezuela to aid those living in poverty and those who are tired of men of wealth dominating the nation. Yes, Hugo Chavez did some important changes in the political structure of a society in which the wealthy dominated and most lived in poverty. But, with any change eventually becomes the reality that a new oligarchy will emerge, and that is the reality of modern day Venezuela. Those who portray themselves as “for the people” or “Socialists seeking freedom” have simply become a new regime whose only goal is POWER FOR THEMSELVES and give a few goodies to the poor to keep them happy. Venezuela is wracked by inflation, a shortage of goods and widespread crime which threatens the lives of both rich and poor. Oppositon to the regime of President Nicolas Maduro took to the streets in protest(Nick, remember the old days when you were in the streets protesting an oppressive government?). Naturally, the president sent in the police to break up protests led by “fascists.”

Rupert Colville, UN Commissionar of Human Rights sent a strong protest to President Maduro about his brutality against those who protested. “We are deeply concerned about the escalation of violence,and, in particular, the deaths of at least three people.” He wants those who committed these crimes to bye prosecuted. Sorry, Mr. Colville, the government is responsible for the deaths and how does a government prosecute itself??

Bigotry Wins In England

Once upon a time, the people of England lived among those whose ancestors came from places like Germany or France or such other lands. Of course, these migrants arrived in the noble island of England hundreds or thousands of years ago and thus since they came early were entitled to be termed the real inhabitants of the blessed island. Since the United Kingdom entered the European Union, it h as become necessary to allow people from your organization to migrate to the UK and take up residency. There are also those who come from members of the British Commonwealth of nations which includes folk whose skin is sort of darker than those descended from German folk and European barbarians. They is white folk, 100% of so pure. Of course, recent evidence reveals that most from Europe contain about 1% to 3% of Neanderthal DNA. I am confused as to whether this means someone with this in their body is white or whatever.

In recent years in England, the United Kingdom Independence Party)UKip) has burst on the scene of political action. They want an end to immigrants, at least those whose ancestors did not arrive hundreds or thousands of years ago. The UKip does not like the government of Conservative David Cameron since it supports continued membership in the European Union. Another by election was held, the Labor party won the seat. But, the UKip came in second beating the Conservative party and the Liberal party. I assume it received votes from those whose ancestors go way, way back.

Poverty Myths In America

During the Great Depression which began with the stock market crash in 1929, the unemployment rate was somewhat different than what modern Americans associate with poverty. Of course, there was no unemployment money coming in, Social Security only began in 1936, there was no government medical care programs like Medicare so people made do. Until, that magic moment, three months after President Franklin Roosevelt was inaugurated in March. Thus began the famous 100 days when government program after government program was unleashed and by the summer about FOUR MILLION WERE WORKING AT GOVERNMENT SPONSORED JOBS.

In other words, about 25% of those reading these words had relatives who only survived the Depression because there were government sponsored work programs. In other words, about 25% of those who read these words are descendants of POOR PEOPLE. So, let’s explore the meaning of being poor:

1. Poor people work their butts off because they are hungry and have to feed self or family.

2. Poor people do NOT receive government handouts like making their lunch tax deductible or the hundreds of tax write offs the wealthy possess.

3. Work helps an individual define the Self. It makes no different if wealthy or poor, we all need work in order to have a healthy self concept.

4. Yes, the boss created the company, but its success depends on those who work in the establishment.

5. OK, so five percent of those who are poor seek handouts. Exactly, what percent of businessmen seek government handouts?

6. Believe it or not, those who work at $7.45 an hour at McDonald’s take pride in their work.

7. To be poor means going to bed wondering if there is food in the morning for the children. That adds stress and anxiety to the individual. Hardly the way to keep physically or mentally healthy.

8. Poverty sucks as anyone who has been poor understands. It is NOT a goal, it is a consequence for living in America where those without money lack political power which leads to lack of economic power.

It is time to cease making those who are poor come across as lazy. After all, is that the way you want your grandparents depicted??