Category Archives: Socialists

Life In Putinland

There are stories that come from Russia which reveal the extent of how Vladimir Putin has transformed a budding democratic society into one where what the Great Leader says is truth must be the truth or decide to spend your life in some prison in Siberia. The entire staff of the State Central Museum of Cinema has resigned. Yes, the entire staff of trained professionals because they do not wish to work for someone who simply mouths of the ideas of Putin, the great expert on cinema. The entire staff claims that Putin appointed Lavria Solonitsya “has demonstrated her incompetence more and more.. the non-transparency of her decisions has come accompanied with a stubborn unwillingness to listen to the opinions of employees.”

What better description of President Vladimir Putin. Place an egomaniac in charge of the nation and he will appoint like thinking people to key jobs. Anyway, I assume these employees will be offered a nice job at a cinema in Siberia.

Let’s Secede

The recent defeat of Scotland’s effort to secede from Great Britain is simply one of a few dozen desires by people to secede from their mother country. Nationalism, the concept that diverse people could come together as part of one nation is a relatively new concept in human history. Yes, leaders like Alexander the Great conquered different peoples, but most retained their national identify although now part of an empire. However, the French Revolution ushered in the concept of allowing peoples to come together and form a “nation.” I recall in 1954 attending college in Paris, France and sharing a dormitory room with a French student. He quickly made clear to me that he was from Normandy, that was his identity.

The people of Catalonia in Spain were told by the nation’s Constitutional Court they could not have a referendum in order to vote for secession. As for the idea of secession, how about?

1. Encouraging the people of Texas to take a fling being on their own.

2. Allowing anyone who is a member of the Tea Party to become an independent nation. That means, no Social Security, no roads in front of their home, no Health care, no attendance for their children at public schools, etc..

3. Then again, what exactly does America lose if the great state of Mississippi is no longer with us?

Just Say NO!

For the past several months hardly a day has gone by without some story from Scotland how Scots hate the English and want to become their own nation. These stories depict a people living under the reign of brutal folk from the center of evil–London. The angry Scots demand FREEDOM. So, the world has been witness to ongoing attacks from those who shout, YES to freedom and those who shout NO to freedom. Sean Connery and other famous Scots have rushed to their homeland in order to join the forces of freedom. Of course, Sean will shortly be appearing in a film financed by the evil Brits and and make a few million pounds of blood money.

It is now apparent that after 307 years of living with the Brits most Scots have decided it is for their interest to remain a slave and enjoy any crumbs cast in their direction from the South of Great Brtain. By a vote of 55% to 45% the people of Scotland voted NO!

Just imagine becoming a nation without a currency, in which banks have departed, and so has the National Health Service. Any sane person would vote NO to this prospect!

A Chicago Tale Of Death

This is simply another tale of a man shooting another man in city of Chicago. The idea of someone getting shot to death in Chicago would not arouse the interest of too many people who inhabit that city of violence. Oh, the man who did the shooting was not a black or Hispanic young person, and the man who was shot was not a drug dealer or hoodlum. The shooting occurred in an office building in downtown Chicago rather on the streets of a slum where drug lords ply their trade. Regardless of where the shooting happened, reality is this is simply another manifestation of America’s love affair with guns. Oh, I forgot, guns do not kill people, but people kill people. Fifty years ago, this debate was central to conflicting arguments as to how to control automobile deaths. In today’s terms, that meant in 1950 about 70,000 died in auto accidents. However, past generations were not bothered by the National Rifle Association, and its bogus claims to “Constitutional rights.” The FEDRAL GOVERNMENT passed legislation compelling safety standards in automobiles such as seat belts, and the result was dramatic reduction in the number of auto fatalities. I vividly recall cries of “my right” not to be forced to wear a seat belt!

Believe it or not, common sense prevailed in the past unlike the madness which currently paralyzes the ability of government to control use of guns. Oh, in Chicago, a man working in a technology company who was demoted, went into the office of the CEO, shot and killed him, and then committed suicide. As one employee commented: “we don’t know what to make of it.” Actually, you do. Fight for gun control and help end the American madness with guns. How about introducing the Dodge City law back in the 1880s: NO GUNS ALLOWED IN TOWN!

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.