"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." Samuel Adams
Friday, March 10, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
Monday, February 6, 2017
In an interview Sunday, President Trump was asked how he could respect Vladimir Putin, being that he’s a killer. He answered, in part, “There are a lot of killers. You think our country’s so innocent?” A couple of points.
First, the interviewer never explained what he meant when he said Putin is a killer. Did he mean that Putin has actually placed a gun to someone’s head and pulled the trigger? Did he mean he had ordered the killing of certain people, particularly political opponents? Or did he mean that he has no problem with the concept of killing political opponents, regardless of whether or not he has actually done it himself or ordered a hit on a particular person? We can make assumptions here, but I’m not sure we have any direct evidence.
Second, would it be wise for the new president to condemn as a killer a leader of Putin’s stature right out of the box. That’s a pretty serious accusation. Trump has said he wants to try to form alliances with the Russians. Calling their leader a killer may not be a very wise diplomatic move. I suspect that if Putin proves to be a back-stabber, the president will not be shy about calling him whatever epithet pops into his head.
Back to Trump’s answer: “There are a lot of killers. You think our country’s so innocent?” In response I call a few names to your attention: Patrice Lumumba, Osama Bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki (16-year-old son of Anwar). Each of these people was assassinated by order of the President of the United States without due process because it was deemed to in the interest of national security. There are probably many others, and there are certainly many others who have been killed by the CIA or military, not because they were enemy soldiers in a declared war, but because their deaths were deemed to in the interest of national security. There is reason to believe the CIA attempted to assassinate Fidel Castro numerous times.
According to WikiSpooks.com, “The CIA has long had a policy of assassinating individuals for a mixture of reasons. Formerly, these attacks were covert, but increasingly, the US government is open about assassinating anyone whom it pleases. The official narrative, however, avoids the word assassination, preferring instead the euphemism “targeted killing.” Attacks are being made on individuals or leaders of quite small groups who are post hoc designated “terrorists.” Since 2011 there have been killings of nuclear technicians in Iran. Drones are proving increasingly effective at killing targets, and are even being programmed to make autonomous decisions about whom to kill.”
I am not necessarily objecting to this practice, but to be fair, there is substance to Donald Trump’s assertion that America is not so innocent. What one leader may see as a national interest may not be seen that way by others. I’m sure there are plenty of people in Yemen who consider Barrack Obama a killer. I’m sure there were plenty of Congolese in the early 60s who considered Eisenhower a killer. I’m sure plenty of Cubans wished they could have consider Kennedy a killer. Unfortunately for the people of Cuba, his CIA never succeeded.
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Excerpt from article on CNN Online: NFL legend Jim Brown stopped by Trump Tower Tuesday for a meeting pegged as a discussion about issues facing the African-American community, and he came away from the gathering with the President-elect having his admiration. "When he goes through what he went through to become the president, he got my admiration," Brown said. "No one gave him a chance."
A 1971 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and eight-time NFL rushing leader, Brown is well known for his work in the African-American community. However, as the subject turned to race on Tuesday, he revealed some lesser-known details. "The three greatest people in my life were white, OK. My high school coach, my high school superintendent, and my mentor in Manhasset, Long Island," he said.
So, in vocally supporting Trump, Brown sees no conflict of ideology. He maintains that his work focuses on the human race above all. "When I come out of the box, I don't come out of the box as racial," he said. "I look for good people and people that will be like-minded and help me try to do good for other human beings."
Though Brown voted for Hillary Clinton in November, he told CNN's Brooke Baldwin later Tuesday he left the meeting which also included Pastor Darrell Scott with a heart-warming sense of positivity.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Monday, November 14, 2016
After meeting with President-elect Trump last Thursday morning, President Obama told reporters, "I believe that it is important for all of us, regardless of party and regardless of political preferences, to now come together, work together, to deal with the many challenges that we face."
This is code language for: "We lost the election, so now we have to convince Republicans that they should give us an equal say in all decisions over the next four years. Those idiots have fallen for this ploy in the past, so we may as well try it again."
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
It seems as though Hillary Clinton may win the popular vote, even though Donald Trump will end up with a substantial majority of electoral votes. The founders created the Electoral College to prevent the large states from dominating the small ones, and this is exactly what has happened. As of 7:30 am on November 9, Clinton is ahead of Trump by about 134,000. But if we subtract New York and California from each candidates' totals, Trump is ahead by about 4 million votes. The Electoral College has prevented NY and CA from dominating the election and forcing a president on us that the rest of the country didn't want. Thank you, James Madison, et al.