This speech brought the lie that was the Reagan Revolution to a screeching halt for one brief, shining moment in 1984.
This speech brought the lie that was the Reagan Revolution to a screeching halt for one brief, shining moment in 1984.
"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." - Winston Churchill
What would you do if you found yourself standing face to face with people bearing signs accusing you by name of killing babies and encouraging the shooting of American soldiers? Might you lose your cool? Might you get involved in an exchange that would ultimately lead to anger or descend into the shouting matches we've been seeing at so many Town Halls lately?
Here is Joan Baez singing Diamonds & Rust.
"As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests." - Gore Vidal
A new study from Princeton spells bad news for American democracy—namely, that it no longer exists.
Asking "who really rules?" researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page argue that over the past few decades America's political system has slowly transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield most power.
The study: Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens has some sobering facts for American voters as we move towards a mid-term election that the corporate media is already declaring for the Republicans.
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Thomas Jefferson
The latest Supreme Court McCutcheon decision along with the Citizens United decision do more harm to The United States of America than any enemy that we have actually gone to war against.
...This includes Nazi Germany and The Empire of Japan, The Communists of The Cold War, The Koreans, The Vietnamese and The War of Terror.
And yes...I include the attacks of 911. We survived that day.
We will not survive this Supreme Court.
American University Speech
June 10, 1963
President Anderson, members of the faculty, board of trustees, distinguished guests -- my old colleague Senator Bob Byrd, who has earned his degree through many years of attending night law school while I am earning mine in the next thirty minutes -- distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen:
It is with great pride that I participate in this ceremony of the American University sponsored by the Methodist Church, founded by Bishop John Fletcher Hurst and first opened by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914.
This is a young and growing university, but it has already fulfilled Bishop Hurst's enlightened hope for the study of history and public affairs in a city devoted to the making of history and to the conduct of the public's business.
By sponsoring this institution of higher learning for all who wish to learn, whatever their color or their creed, the Methodists of this area and the nation deserve the nation's thanks. And I commend all those who are today graduating.
Professor Woodrow Wilson once said that every man sent out from a university should be a man of his nation as well as a man of his time and I'm confident that the men and women who carry the honor of graduating from this institution will continue to give from their lives, from their talents a high measure of public service and public support.
There are few earthly things more beautiful than a university -- wrote John Masefield in his tribute to English universities -- and his words are equally true today. He did not refer to towers or to campuses. He admired the splendid beauty of a university, because it was, he said, a place where those who hate ignorance may strive to know, where those who perceive truth may strive to make others see. I have, therefore, chosen this time and place to discuss a topic on which ignorance too often abounds and the truth too rarely perceived -- and that is the most important topic on earth: peace.
What kind of peace do I mean and what kind of a peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war, not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace -- the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living -- and the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and build a better life for their children -- not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women -- not merely peace in our time but peace in all time.
I speak of peace because of the new face of war. Total war makes no sense in an age where great powers can maintain large and relatively invulnerable nuclear forces and refuse to surrender without resort to those forces. It makes no sense in an age where a single nuclear weapon contains almost ten times the explosive force delivered by all the Allied air forces in the second world war. It makes no sense in an age when the deadly poisons produced by a nuclear exchange would be carried by wind and water and soil and seed to the far corners of the globe and to generations yet unborn.
Today the expenditure of billions of dollars every year on weapons acquired for the purpose of making sure we never need them is essential to the keeping of peace. But surely the acquisition of such idle stockpiles -- which can only destroy and never create -- is not the only, much less the most efficient, means of assuring peace.
I speak of peace, therefore, as the necessary rational end of rational men. I realize the pursuit of peace is not as dramatic as the pursuit of war -- and frequently the words of the pursuers fall on deaf ears. But we have no more urgent task.
Some say that it is useless to speak of peace or world law or world disarmament -- and that it will be useless until the leaders of the Soviet Union adopt a more enlightened attitude. I hope they do. I believe we can help them do it.
But I also believe that we must re-examine our own attitudes -- as individuals and as a nation -- for our attitude is as essential as theirs. And every graduate of this school, every thoughtful citizen who despairs of war and wishes to bring peace, should begin by looking inward -- by examining his own attitude towards the possibilities of peace, towards the Soviet Union, towards the course of the cold war and towards freedom and peace here at home.
First: Examine our attitude towards peace itself. Too many of us think it is impossible. Too many think it is unreal. But that is a dangerous, defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable -- that mankind is doomed -- that we are gripped by forces we cannot control.
We need not accept that view. Our problems are man-made. Therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man's reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable -- and we believe they can do it again.
I am not referring to the absolute, infinite concepts of universal peace and goodwill of which some fantasies and fanatics dream. I do not deny the value of hopes and dreams but we merely invite discouragement and incredulity by making that our only and immediate goal.
Let us focus instead on a more practical, more attainable peace -- based not on a sudden revolution in human nature but on a gradual evolution in human institutions -- on a series of concrete actions and effective agreement which are in the interests of all concerned.
There is no single, simple key to this peace -- no grand or magic formula to be adopted by one or two powers. Genuine peace must be the product of many nations, the sum of many acts. It must be dynamic, not static, changing to meet the challenge of each new generation. For peace is a process -- a way of solving problems.
With such a peace, there will still be quarrels and conflicting interests, as there are within families and nations. World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor -- it requires only that they live together with mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement. And history teaches us that enmities between nations, as between individuals, do not last forever. However fixed our likes and dislikes may seem, the tide of time and events will often bring surprising changes in the relations between nations and neighbors.
So let us persevere. Peace need not be impracticable -- and war need not be inevitable. By defining our goal more clearly -- by making it seem more manageable and less remote -- we can help all people to see it, to draw hope from it and to move irresistibly towards it.
And second: let us re-examine our attitude towards the Soviet Union. It is discouraging to think that their leaders may actually believe what their propagandists write.
It is discouraging to read a recent authoritative Soviet text on military strategy and find, on page after page, wholly baseless and incredible claims -- such as the allegation that American imperialist circles are preparing to unleash different types of war... that there is a very real threat of a preventative war being unleashed by American imperialists against the Soviet Union... (and that) the political aims, -- and I quote, -- of the American imperialists are to enslave economically and politically the European and other capitalist countries... (and) achieve world domination... by means of aggressive war.
Truly, as it was written long ago: The wicked flee when no man pursueth. Yet it is sad to read these Soviet statements -- to realize the extent of the gulf between us. But it is also a warning -- a warning to the American people not to fall into the same trap as the Soviets, not to see only a distorted and desperate view of the other side, not to see conflict as inevitable, accommodation as impossible and communication as nothing more than an exchange of threats.
No government or social system is so evil that its people must be considered as lacking in virtue. As Americans, we find Communism profoundly repugnant as a negation of personal freedom and dignity. But we can still hail the Russian people for their many achievements -- in science and space, in economic and industrial growth, in culture, in acts of courage.
Among the many traits the peoples of our two countries have in common, none is stronger than our mutual abhorrence of war. Almost unique among the major world powers, we have never been at war with each other. And no nation in the history of battle ever suffered more than the Soviet Union in the second world war. At least 20 million lost their lives. Countless millions of homes and families were burned or sacked. A third of the nation's territory, including two-thirds of its industrial base, was turned into a wasteland -- a loss equivalent to the destruction of this country east of Chicago.
Today, should total war ever break out again -- no matter how -- our two countries will be the primary targets. It is an ironic but accurate fact that the two strongest powers are the two in the most danger of devastation. All we have built, all we have worked for, would be destroyed in the first 24 hours. And even in the cold war -- which brings burdens and dangers to so many countries, including this nation's closest allies -- our two countries bear the heaviest burdens. For we are both devoting massive sums of money to weapons that could better be devoted to combat ignorance, poverty, and disease.
We are both caught up in a vicious and dangerous cycle with suspicion on one side breeding suspicion on the other, and new weapons begetting counter-weapons.
In short, both the United States and its allies, and the Soviet Union and its allies, have a mutually deep interest in a just and genuine peace and in halting the arms race. Agreements to this end are in the interests of the Soviet Union as well as ours -- and even the most hostile nations can be relied upon to accept and keep those treaty obligations and only those treaty obligations which are in their own interest.
So let us not be blind to our differences, but let us also direct attention to our common interests and the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's futures. And we are all mortal.
Third: Let us re-examine our attitude towards the cold war, remembering that we are not engaged in a debate, seeking to pile up debating points.
We are not here distributing blame or pointing the finger of judgment. We must deal with the world as it is, and not as it might have been had the history of the last eighteen years been different.
We must therefore persevere in the search for peace in the hope that constructive changes within the Communist bloc might bring within reach solutions which now seem beyond us. We must conduct our affairs in such a way that it becomes in the Communists' interest to agree on a genuine peace. And above all, while defending our own vital interests, nuclear powers must avert those confrontations which bring an adversary to a choice of either a humiliating retreat or a nuclear war. To adopt that kind of course in the nuclear age would be evidence only of the bankruptcy of our policy -- or of a collective death-wish for the world.
To secure these ends, America's weapons are non-provocative, carefully controlled, designed to deter and capable of selective use. Our military forces are committed to peace and disciplined in self-restraint. Our diplomats are instructed to avoid unnecessary irritants and purely rhetorical hostility.
For we can seek a relaxation of tensions without relaxing our guard. And for our part, we do not need to use threats to prove we are resolute. We do not need to jam foreign broadcasts out of fear our faith will be eroded. We are unwilling to impose our system on any unwilling people -- but we are willing and able to engage in peaceful competition with any people on earth.
Meanwhile, we seek to strengthen the United Nations, to help solve its financial problems, to make it a more effective instrument for peace, to develop it into a genuine world security system -- a system capable of resolving disputes on the basis of law, of insuring the security of the large and the small, and of creating conditions under which arms can finally be abolished.
At the same time we seek to keep peace inside the non-Communist world, where many nations, all of them our friends, are divided over issues which weaken Western unity, which invite Communist intervention or which threaten to erupt into war.
Our efforts in West New Guinea, in the Congo, in the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent have been persistent and patient despite criticism from both sides. We have also tried to set an example for others -- by seeking to adjust small but significant differences with our own closest neighbors in Mexico and Canada.
Speaking of other nations, I wish to make one point clear: We are bound to many nations by alliances. These alliances exist because our concern and theirs substantially overlap. Our commitment to defend Western Europe and West Berlin, for example, stands undiminished because of the identity of our vital interests. The United States will make no deal with the Soviet Union at the expense of other nations and other peoples, not merely because they are our partners, but also because their interests and ours converge.
Our interests converge, however, not only in defending the frontiers of freedom, but in pursuing the paths of peace.
It is our hope -- and the purpose of allied policies -- to convince the Soviet Union that she, too, should let each nation choose its own future, so long as that choice does not interfere with the choices of others. The Communist drive to impose their political and economic system on others is the primary cause of world tension today. For there can be no doubt that, if all nations could refrain from interfering in the self-determination of others, the peace would be much more assured.
This will require a new effort to achieve world law -- a new context for world discussions. It will require increased understanding between the Soviets and ourselves. And increased understanding will require increased contact and communication.
One step in this direction is the proposed arrangement for a direct line between Moscow and Washington, to avoid on each side the dangerous delays, misunderstanding, and misreadings of the other's actions which might occur at a time of crisis.
We have also been talking in Geneva about our first-step measures of arms control, designed to limit the intensity of the arms race and reduce the risk of accidental war.
Our primary long-range interest in Geneva, however, is general and complete disarmament -- designed to take place by stages, permitting parallel political developments to build the new institutions of peace which would take the place of arms. The pursuit of disarmament has been an effort of this Government since the 1920's. It has been urgently sought by the past three Administrations. And however dim the prospects are today, we intend to continue this effort -- to continue it in order that all countries, including our own, can better grasp what the problems and the possibilities of disarmament are.
The only major area of these negotiations where the end is in sight -- yet where a fresh start is badly needed -- is in a treaty to outlaw nuclear tests. The conclusion of such a treaty -- so near and yet so far -- would check the spiraling arms race in one of its most dangerous areas. It would place the nuclear powers in a position to deal more effectively with one of the greatest hazards which man faces in 1963 -- the further spread of nuclear arms. It would increase our security -- it would decrease the prospects of war.
Surely this goal is sufficiently important to require our steady pursuit, yielding neither to the temptation to give up the whole effort nor the temptation to give up our insistence on vital and responsible safeguards.
I am taking this opportunity, therefore, to announce two important decisions in this regard:
First: Chairman Khrushchev, Prime Minister Macmillan and I have agreed that high-level discussions will shortly begin in Moscow looking towards early agreement on a comprehensive test ban treaty. Our hopes must be tempered with the caution of history -- but with our hopes go the hopes of all mankind.
Second: To make clear our good faith and solemn convictions on this matter, I now declare that the United States does not propose to conduct nuclear tests in the atmosphere so long as other states do not do so. We will not be the first to resume. Such a declaration is no substitute for a formal binding treaty -- but I hope it will help us achieve one. Nor would such a treaty be a substitute for disarmament -- but I hope it will help us achieve it.
Finally, my fellow Americans, let us examine our attitude towards peace and freedom here at home. The quality and spirit of our own society must justify and support our efforts abroad. We must show in the dedication of our own lives -- as many of you who are graduating today will have an opportunity to do, by serving without pay in the Peace Corps abroad or in the proposed National Service Corps here at home.
But wherever we are, we must all, in our daily lives live up to the age-old faith that peace and freedom walk together. In too many of our cities today, the peace is not secure because freedom is incomplete.
It is the responsibility of the executive branch at all levels of government -- local, state, and national -- to provide and protect that freedom for all of our citizens by all means within our authority. It is the responsibility of the legislative branch at all levels, whenever the authority is not now adequate, to make it adequate. And it is the responsibility of all citizens in all sections of this country to respect the rights of others and respect the laws of the land.
All this is not unrelated to world peace. When a man's ways please the Lord -- the scriptures tell us -- he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. And is not peace, in the last analysis basically a matter of human rights -- the right to live out our lives without fear of devastation -- the right to breathe air as nature provided it -- the right of future generations to a healthy existence?
While we proceed to safeguard our national interests let us also safeguard human interests. And the elimination of war and arms is clearly in the interest of both.
No treaty, however much it may be to the advantage of all, however tightly it may be worded, can provide absolute security against the risks of deception and evasion. But it can -- if it is sufficiently effective in its enforcement and it is sufficiently in the interests of its signers -- offer far more security and far fewer risks than an unabated, uncontrolled, unpredictable arms race.
The United States, as the world knows, will never start a war. We do not want a war. We do not now expect a war. This generation of Americans has already had enough -- more than enough -- of war and hate and oppression. We shall be prepared if others wish it. We shall be alert to try to stop it. But we shall also do our part to build a world of peace where the weak are safe and the strong are just.
We are not helpless before that task or hopeless of its success. Confident and unafraid, we must labor on -- not towards a strategy of annihilation but towards a strategy of peace.
Well, the last November of President Kennedy’s life begins with the coup in South Vietnam that ended with the death of President Diem on November 2nd. It was a mess and the Kennedy Administration, once again seemed to have lost control of international events to the CIA and the Military.
What was Kennedy thinking sending Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. to Vietnam as his Ambassador?
What did JFK expect?
This is more proof for the President that Vietnam was a quagmire that the United States needed to extricate itself from. The White Tapes make that quite clear. It’s a pity that historians did not have access to those tapes until recently. It would have saved a lot of time and conjecture.
In Dallas, Lee Harvey Oswald spent a strange, but somewhat uneventful few weeks leading up to November 22nd. The Warren Commission has him still half-heartedly mixing with Anti-Castro Cubans, fighting with his wife, hanging out with Ruth Paine. Being bothered by that pesky FBI Agent James Hosty. Overall, a few reports of him acting strangely, but preparing to assassinate the President?
On November 18th, the Presidential motorcade route was published in the local Dallas paper. Any assassin working in the Texas School Book Depository would have been pleased that the President would be driven right under his window on Friday.
November 21, 1963: The War on Poverty begins…
“Stemming from a decision made in November 1963 to pursue a legislative agenda that economic advisers have looked over and reviewed. I have planned, the War on Poverty which consisted of a series of programs in the areas of health, education, and welfare. Today I asked the economic advisers to prepare "war on poverty" program for congress to review and pass in 1964.” – President Kennedy
The assassins had gathered, checked and rechecked their positions by this point. JFK was in Texas, heading towards Dallas.
Richard Nixon, was doing his damnedest to get out of Dallas before the shots were fired. Others appeared like ghouls in a cemetery. What was Ed Lansdale doing in Dallas? Frank Sturgis, E. Howard Hunt, Charles Harrelson; how many patsies were being set up?
And in Bethesda, Maryland, other ghouls were gathering at the watch tower. Curtis LeMay and his gang set the stage of the JFK autopsy.
My suspects come from a ripe list of the men JFK fired throughout his Presidency. It was an 'operation', not a lone gunman.
-General Lyman Lemnitzer: removed as the Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for his insistence on military action in Cuba and nuclear first strikes against the USSR. Responsible for proposing Operation Northwoods to President Kennedy.
He was responsible for the ‘Wanted for Treason’ leaflets in Dallas on 11/22/63.
Lee Harvey Oswald was accussed of shooting at General Walker in April of 1963. Practice with the Mannlicher-Carcano
-Alan Dulles, the Director of the CIA and his 2nd in command, Richard Bissell were fired after the Bay of Pigs fiasco. These guys and their friends were getting very good at overthrowing foreign governments by any means necessary. This group also brought the Mafia into their game.
-The group of Anti-Castro Cubans who were heavily funded by the CIA and promised by all the above mentioned that Cuba would be won back from Castro for them by the American military. (Nuclear missiles be damned).
As for Lee Harvey Oswald. Was he simply a spy in over his head? An America Marine who defected to the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, lived, worked and married in Russia and simply moved back to the United States… no questions asked, to find himself in the middle of the schemers and planners of the CIA’s efforts to overthrow Castro and take back Cuba.
Somehow, this guy gets set up as the patsy, taken completely by surprise it seemed on 11/22/63.
I would say Castro was to be blamed, thus all the Lee Harvey Oswalds in Mexico, trying to get to Cuba.
If Castro was to blame for the assassination of the President, there would be no holding back the United States Military from taking the island nation back for Democracy and Casinos.
The Military would be happy and revenged. The CIA would get to fulfill their primary needs of destroying a government for the good of the American Empire.
The Anti-Castro Cubans could calm the fuck down.
The Mafia could feel justified and empowered in its dirty dealings and clean-up operations.
And Nuclear Testing could continue. The Vietnam War could move forward. The War on Poverty could be swept aside for free-market economics to raise the tide for all boats. Maybe even nuclear war with the Soviet Union would be possible.
Alan Dulles and appointed to the Warren Commission along with Gerald Ford to investigate the Assassination of President Kennedy.
In 1975, President Ford appointed General Lemnitzer to the Commission on CIA Activities within the United States (The Rockefeller Commission) to investigate whether the Central Intelligence Agency had committed acts that violated American laws and allegations that E. Howard Hunt and Frank Sturgis (also of Watergate fame) were involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
And so it goes… Treason and stolen elections are the norm for Presidential campaigns.
The bad guys won on November 22, 1963 and we as a nation have been paying the price for it ever since. Our media was manipulated and manipulated us. We turned away from the New Deal and Peace.
And now, 50 years later, most of the world is turning their backs on us because we have become that frightening, bloated, undereducated, greedy, suicidal nation that President Kennedy hoped to avoid. We stagger around the planet with amazing military might, but to no real end. And no real end in sight.
The Horribles were let back in to roam freely in the Mansion and on the grounds and have poisoned the well for the world. The fate of America may be that the world will simply turn its back to the United States because they can no longer stand the sight of us.
The month of October was an interesting one in the life of President Kennedy and in the dramatic history of his short administration. By now events were in motion for his assassination in November, 1963.
On October 7th, he made good on signing the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in Washington, D.C.: "with our courage and understanding enlarged by this achievement, let us press onward in quest of man's essential desire for peace."
He also delivers two beautiful and meaningful speeches in October:
October 22, 1963 Speech Constitution Hall, Washington DC
On October 31, 1963 JFK gave his 63rd news conference. Here is a piece of that with some interesting comments about troop withdrawals in Vietnam planned for the end of the year.
In these late October days, the President and his advisers debate and plan a coup against President Diem in South Vietnam. The audio recordings and memoranda can be reviewed at this link: JFK and the Diem Coup in The National Security Archives.
I believe historians need to study these recordings and memos to look for clues as to the "Who" and the "Why" a decision was made to kill President Kennedy. The answer to this question is not an easy one to find. There are layers and multiple motives and many suspects. But by this point, the end of October, 1963, the decision had been made. President Kennedy would be assassinated in November in Dallas.
And what was Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who would be blamed for this murder up to this October, 1963?
October 1, 1963, still in Mexico, LHO pays the Hotel bill through that day.
October 2, 1963 - 8:30 AM: LHO departs on bus #332 for Texas.
October 3, 1963:
-1:35 AM: LHO crosses into the U.S.
-2:20 PM: LHO arrives in Dallas.
-LHO checks in at the YMCA. Later in the day, he files a claim at the employment office.
October 4, 1963: LHO applies for work at Padgett Printing Co. He makes a favorable impression, but is not hired because of poor references. Later, he telephones Marina and asks for a ride to Ruth Paine's home and is denied. He hitchhikes the 12 miles to Ruth's house.
October 7, 1963: Ruth drives LHO to the bus station, and he returns to Dallas to look for work. Later, LHO obtains a room at 621 Marsalis Street.
October 12, 1963: LHO advised his landlady that he was leaving for the weekend, and she stated that she didn't want him to return. LHO went to Ruth's for the weekend.
October 14, 1963: Ruth drives LHO to Dallas, where he later registers as O.H. Lee at a new rooming house on North Beckley. Later, Ruth mentions to a group of neighbors that LHO is having trouble finding work. One of the ladies, Linnie Mae Randle, mentioned a possible opening at the Texas School Book Depository; and when LHO calls the Paine home that evening, Ruth informs him of the opening.
October 15, 1963: LHO applies at the Texas School Book Depository and is hired.
October 16, 1963: LHO begins work at the TSBD.
October 18, 1963: LHO receives a ride from Buell Frazier to the Paine home, where a surprise birthday party is waiting for him.
October 20, 1963: Marina gives birth to Audrey Marina Rachel Oswald.
October 23, 1963: LHO attends a right-wing rally where General Walker is a speaker.
October 25, 1963: Michael Paine and LHO attend a meeting of the ACLU.
October 29, 1963: FBI agent James Hosty makes inquiries in the Paine's neighborhood regarding LHO.
Some interesting stuff from the official Warren Commission time line for Lee Harvey Oswald. Lot's of unanswered question, lot's of leads not followed up...
With the end of October, 1963 both President Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald have less than one month to live.
To Withrawal or not to Withdrawal... that is the question... (pun intended)
President Kennedy started the month of September, 1963 with a set of televised interviews with major television news anchors, Walter Cronkite of CBS News and Chet Huntley of NBC News. The interviews are a week apart and JFK gives two answers that historians wrestle over to the question about the future of Vietnam.
Interview with Walter Cronkite: September 2, 1963 for CBS News
MR. CRONKITE. Mr. President, the only hot war we've got running at the moment is of course the one in Viet-Nam, and we have our difficulties here, quite obviously.
PRESIDENT KENNEDY. I don't think that unless a greater effort is made by the Government to win popular support that the war can be won out there. In the final analysis, it is their war. They are the ones who have to win it or lose it. We can help them, we can give them equipment, we can send our men out there as advisers, but they have to win it—the people of Viet-Nam—against the Communists. We are prepared to continue to assist them, but I don't think that the war can be won unless the people support the effort, and, in my opinion, in the last 2 months the Government has gotten out of touch with the people.
The repressions against the Buddhists, we felt, were very unwise. Now all we can do is to make it very clear that we don't think this is the way to win. It is my hope that this will become increasingly obvious to the Government, that they will take steps to try to bring back popular support for this very essential struggle.
MR. CRONKITE. Do you think this Government has time to regain the support of the people?
PRESIDENT KENNEDY. I do. With changes in policy and perhaps with personnel, I think it can. If it doesn't make those changes, I would think that the chances of winning it would not be very good.
MR. CRONKITE. Hasn't every indication from Saigon been that President Diem has no intention of changing his pattern .
PRESIDENT KENNEDY. If he does not change it, of course, that is his decision. He has been there 10 years, and, as I say, he has carried this burden when he has been counted out on a number of occasions.
Our best judgment is that he can't be successful on this basis. We hope that he comes to see that; but in the final analysis it is the people end the Government itself who have to win or lose this struggle. All he can do is help, and we are making it very clear. But I don't agree with those who say we should withdraw. That would be a great mistake. That would be a great mistake. I know people don't like Americans to be engaged in this kind of an effort. Forty-seven Americans have been killed in combat with the enemy, but this is a very important struggle even though it is far away.
We took all this—made this effort to defend Europe. Now Europe is quite secure. We also have to participate—we may not like it—in the defense of Asia.
September 9, 1963 Interview on NBC News with Chet Huntley
MR. HUNTLEY. Mr. President, in respect to our difficulties in South Viet-Nam, could it be that our Government tends occasionally to get locked into a policy or an attitude and then finds it difficult to alter or shift that policy ?
THE PRESIDENT. Yes, that is true. I think in the case of South Viet Nam we have been dealing with a Government which is in control, has been in control for 10 years. In addition, we have felt for the last 2 years that the struggle against the Communists was going better. Since June, however—the difficulties with the Buddhists—we have been concerned about a deterioration, particularly in the Saigon area, which hasn't been felt greatly in the outlying areas but may spread. So we are faced with the problem of wanting to protect the area against the Communists. On the other hand, we have to deal with the Government there. That produces a kind of ambivalence in our efforts which exposes us to some criticism. We are using our influence to persuade the Government there to take those steps which will win back support. That takes some time, and we must be patient, we must persist.
Mr. HUNTLEY. Are we likely to reduce our aid to South Viet-Nam now?
The PRESIDENT. I don't think we think that would be helpful at this time. If you reduce your aid, it is possible you could have some effect upon the government structure there. On the other hand, you might have a situation which could bring about a collapse. Strongly in our mind is what happened in the case of China at the end of World War II, where China was lost—a weak government became increasingly unable to control events. We don't want that.
Mr. BRINKLEY. Mr. President, have You had any reason to doubt this so-called "domino theory," that if South Viet-Nam falls, the rest of Southeast Asia will go behind it ?
The PRESIDENT. No, I believe it. I believe it. I think that the struggle is close enough. China is so large, looms so high just beyond the frontiers, that if South Viet-Nam went, it would not only give them an improved geographic position for a guerrilla assault on Malaya but would also Live the impression that the wave of the future in Southeast Asia was China and the Communists. So I believe it.
Mr. BRINKLEY. In the last 48 hours there have been a great many conflicting reports from there about what the CIA [Central Intelligence Agency] was up to. Can you give us any enlightenment on it?
The PRESIDENT. No.
Mr. HUNTLEY. Does the CIA tend to make its own policy ? That seems to be the debate here.
The PRESIDENT. No, that is the frequent charge, but that isn't so. Mr. [John A.] McCone, head of the CIA, sits in the National Security Council. We have had a number of meetings in the past few days about events in South Viet-Nam. Mr. McCone participated in every one, and the CIA coordinates its efforts with the State Department and the Defense Department.
Mr. BRINKLEY. With so much of our prestige, money, so on, committed in South Viet-Nam, why can't we exercise a little more influence there, Mr. President?
THE PRESIDENT. We have some influence. We have some influence and we are attempting to carry it out. I think we don't—we can't expect these countries to do everything the way we want to do them" They have their own interest, their own personalities, their own tradition. We can't make everyone in our image, and there are a good many people who don't want to go in our image. In addition, we have ancient struggles between countries. In the case of India and Pakistan, we wound like to have them settle Kashmir. That is our view of the best way to defend the subcontinent against communism. But that struggle between India and Pakistan is more important to a good many people in that area than the struggle against the Communists. We would like to have Cambodia, Thailand, and South Viet-Nam all in harmony, but there are ancient differences there. We can't make the world over, but we can influence the world. The fact of the matter is that with the assistance of the United States and SEATO [Southeast Asia Treaty Organization], Southeast Asia and indeed all of Asia has been maintained independent against a powerful forces the Chinese Communists. What I am concerned about is that Americans will get impatient and say, because they don't like events in Southeast Asia or they don't like the Government in Saigon, that we should withdraw. That only makes it easy for the Communists. I think we should stay
We should use our influence in as effective a way as we can, but we should not withdraw.
So the debate rages... However, in my opinion JFK was speaking to the news media and sending a political message to the Communists in China, the Diem Government, his own National Security Team including the CIA as well as the American electorate, as Vietnam would certianly be an important topic in the coming Presidential Election of 1964. There were the public statements and there were the private statements:
During a meeting on September 10, 1963 regarding the civil war in Vietnam, President Kennedy expressed frustration with the conflicting reports provided to him by his military and diplomatic advisors and asked them to explain why their eye-witness accounts contrast so widely. General Victor Krulak and State Department Advisor Joseph Mendenhall were reporting to the President on their four day fact-finding mission to South Vietnam. Krulak’s view, based on his visits with military leaders was generally optimistic while Mendenhall, a Foreign Service Officer, shared his impressions of widespread military and social discontent.
According to the meeting minutes Krulak was on record as stating that “the Viet Cong war will be won (by the United States) if the current US military and sociological programs are pursued.” Meanwhile Mendenhall replied, “The people I talked to in the government when I asked them about the war against the VC, they said that is secondary now – our first concern is, in effect, in a war with the regime here in Saigon. (pause). There are increasing reports in Saigon and in Hue as well that students are talking of moving over to the Viet Cong side.”
These vastly different viewpoints caused President Kennedy to pause and then comment: “You both went to the same country?”
After nervous laughter, the President continued, “I mean how is that you get such different - this is not a new thing, this is what we’ve been dealing with for three weeks. On the one hand you get the military saying the war is going better and on the other hand you get the political (opinion) with its deterioration is affecting the military …What is the reason for the difference – I’d like to have an explanation what the reason is for the difference.”
The American government had long been a supporter of South Vietnam President Ngo Dinh Diem but policy makers were growing frustrated over the influence of Diem’s brother Ngo Dinh Nhu and his wife, Madame Nhu. In August, a month prior to the recorded meeting released today, Cable 243 had been issued authorizing the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, Henry Cabot Lodge, to pressure Diem to remove his brother Nhu; if Diem refused, the US would explore the possibility of alternative leadership. The issuance of the controversial cable caused infighting among the diplomatic and military advisors of the Kennedy Administration, which continued during the autumn of 1963.
The September 10, 1963 meeting continued with a presentation by advisor Rufus Phillips, which suggested various counterinsurgency efforts. Remarking on these recommendations, former Vietnam Ambassador Frederick Nolting asked, “What do you think will be the result of this? … ‘Cause what I’m thinking about is what happens if you start this and you get a reaction as expected from those that you’re encouraging, do you then get a civil war or do you get a quiet palace revolution or what do you think we get?”
Phillips answered that he believed it was still possible to split the Nhus from President Diem. He then commented: “When someone says that this is a military war, and that this is a military judgment. I don’t believe you can say this about this war. This is essentially a political war…for men’s minds.”
At a meeting the following day on September 11, 1963, President Kennedy asked Defense Secretary Robert McNamara if he thought that Diem’s reign was viable long-term. McNamara answered, “Mr. President, I don’t believe I can forecast that far ahead. I believe strongly that as of today there has been no substantial weakening of the military effort. I don’t know what the future will hold. I strongly support Dean Rusk’s suggestion that we proceed carefully and slowly here and this is quite contrary to what Ambassador Lodge has recommended.”
September 20, 1963 - President Kennedy addresses the United Nations General Assembly: "...For the value of this body's work is not dependent on the existence of emergencies-nor can the winning of peace consist only of dramatic victories. Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. And however undramatic the pursuit of peace, that pursuit must go on."
Later, President Kennedy decided to send Robert McNamara and General Maxwell Taylor to Vietnam. At the September 23, 1963 meeting, as Taylor and McNamara are about to start their mission, the President stated his hope that, based on what the two find, the US could “come to some final conclusion as to whether …they’re (Diem and Nhu) going to be in power for some time…and whether there is anything we can do to influence them or do we stop thinking about that.”
At a Cabinet meeting that same day, Undersecretary of State George Ball commented to the President on Vietnam, “It’s not an easy situation … what we want to do is to see if we can bring the situation about where the war can continue successfully and come at some point to a conclusion, because we don’t want to be bogged down in Southeast Asia forever.”
As September, 1963 drew to a close, the Vietnam debate raged on inside the Kennedy White House and reverberated through all the various Corridors of Power. Actions were being taken, unseen, and mostly unspoken, to change the course of history... or for some, take the wheel of the Ship of State into their own hands.
At the end of September, President Kennedy embarked on a 'Conservation Tour' and visited Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Washington, Utah, Oregon, California, and Nevada. Here is an example of him on this tour:
There are some hilariously sad photographic attempts to 'prove' Oswald was in Mexico and trying to get a Cuban Passport... but by the time that kind of proof was needed. There would be no investigation. And the Press, who once and to this day claim they loved JFK, are to blame as well as those that plotted and carried out and covered-up the assassination.
Here is some bullshit Warren Commission timeline of Lee Harvey Oswald for September, 1963:
September 17, 1963: LHO obtains a tourist card good for one visit to Mexico City from the Mexican consulate in New Orleans.
September 20, 1963: Ruth visits the Oswalds, and it is decided that Marina will return to Irving with Ruth for the birth of the baby.
September 23, 1963: Ruth and Marina leave for Irving.
September 24, 1963: Eric Rogers, a neighbor, sees LHO running to catch a bus.
September 25, 1963: LHO collects his unemployment check of $33. Later, he catches a bus bound for Houston. Late that night, he places a phone call to Horace Twiford, an official of the Texas Socialist Labor Party.
September 26, 1963 Early in the morning, LHO boards a bus for Laredo, Texas. He crosses the border into Mexico in the early afternoon.
2:15 PM: At Nuevo Laredo, LHO boards a bus for Mexico City.
September 27, 1963 10:00 AM: LHO arrives in Mexico City.
11:00 AM: LHO registers at the Hotel del Comercio, where he will stay for the duration of his visit.
11:30 AM: LHO makes his first visit to the Cuban Embassy, where he fills out the
application for a visa to Cuba. In the afternoon, LHO returns with passport photographs he had obtained. When LHO is told that the visa could take up to four months and was not possible without a Russian visa as well, he becomes angry. He walks a short distance to the Russian Embassy to inquire about a visa to Russia and is put off until the next day.
September 28, 1963 LHO returns to both the Cuban and the Russian Embassies with no success.
September 29, 1963 LHO probably attends a bullfight on this, a Sunday.
September 30, 1963 LHO phones the Russian Embassy one last time with no success. Later, he buys a bus ticket from Mexico City to Laredo, Texas.
So by September, 1963 the conspiracy is set in motion, Lee Harvey Oswald is being set up. A great, unanswered question is: Why him?
Who was Lee Harvey Oswald and why was he selected to be the patsy?
Who selected him, because obviously someone had made that decision already and was busy creating false evidence.
At the end of September, 1963 President Kennedy had less than two months to live.
August of 1963 saw Lee Harvey Oswald in New Orleans playing both sides of the Cuba issue and getting his face on TV. I believe the young CIA Agent believed he was infiltrating the far right-wing lunacy of Guy Banister, David Ferrie and looking into what the mob was up to, including Jack Ruby.
Meanwhile, in Washington, DC, President Kennedy was preparing to sign the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, dealing with the death of his third child, the newborn Patrick, and getting seriously down to work with his government advisers about the future of Vietnam. The debates were taped, so there is less room for speculation and second guessing of JFK's thoughts... but nothing was decided yet, except that the decision had not yet been made for war in August 1963.
Lee Harvey Oswald - August, 1963
Oswald gets a little TV time
August 5, 1963: LHO offers to help anti-Castro Cuban Carlos Bringuier in his struggle against Castro.
August 9, 1963: Bringuier confronts LHO when he sees him distributing FPCC literature on Canal Street. A scuffle ensues, and the two are arrested. LHO spends the night in jail.
August 10, 1963: LHO is interviewed by John Quigley of the FBI at LHO's request. A friend of the Murrets bails him out late in the afternoon.
August 12, 1963: LHO pleads guilty to the charge of disturbing the peace and is fined $10.
August 17, 1963: Bill Stuckey from radio station WDSU visits LHO and asks him to appear on the program Latin Listening Post. He arrived at the station at 5:00 PM and taped a 37-minute segment, which was cut to 4 and a half minutes and broadcast at 7:30 that evening.
August 19, 1963: LHO accepts Stuckey's offer to debate Bringuier on a live radio program.
August 21, 1963: LHO debates Bringuier and Ed Butler, director of a right-wing group, on the program Conversation Carte Blanche, which runs from 6:05 to 6:30 PM.
President Kennedy - August, 1963
August5, 1963: U.S. and Soviet officials sign the Limited NuclearTest Ban Treaty, agreeing not to test nuclear bombs in air, space, or water.
August 9, 1963: Death of Patrick Kennedy. Jack and Jackie's third child, Patrick, dies from a lung ailment only two days after his birth.
August 12, 1963: Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. sworn in as Ambassador to Vietnam.
August 24, 1963:DEPTEL 243, also known as Telegram 243, the August 24 cable or most commonly Cable 243, was a high-profile message sent on August 24, 1963 by the United States Department of State to Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., the US ambassador to South Vietnam.The decision to authorise the cable prompted significant infighting in the Kennedy administration.
This began on a Monday morning meeting at the White House on August 26. Kennedy was met with angry comments by Rusk, McNamara, McCone and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Maxwell Taylor, all of whom denied authorising the cable. Kennedy was reported to have said "My God! My government's coming apart."
Taylor felt insulted by the final line of the cable which asserted that only the "minimum essential people" had seen its contents. During an acrimonius exchange at a midday meeting, he condemned the cable as an "egregious end run" by an anti-Diem faction.
Hilsman rebutted Taylor by asserting that Kennedy and representatives of departments and agencies had approved the message. Years afterward, Taylor declared The anti-Diem group centered in State Department had taken advantage of the absence of the principal officials to get out instructions which would never have been approved as written under normal circumstances.
Taylor claimed that the message was reflective of Forrestal and Hilsman's "well-known compulsion" to remove Diem. He accused them of pulling "a fast one". Kennedy could no longer stand the arguing among his officials and shouted "This shit has got to stop!" Kennedy was angry at Forrestal and Hilsman; the former for what he deemed to be incompetence and Harriman for indiscretion. When Kennedy angrily criticised Forrestal for proceeding without gaining the explicit approval of McCone, Forrestal offered to resign. Kennedy acerbicly replied "You're not worth firing. You owe me something, so you stick around."
August 28 - The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom occurs in Washington, D.C., culminating in the now-famous I Have A Dream speech by Martin Luther King. Estimates of the number of marchers range from 200,000 to 300,000.
As 1963 moves into the Fall months, and November draws near, keep an eye on the players on the White House Tapes.
President John F. Kennedy's in July of 1963 saw him wrapping up his tour of Europe by visiting Italy and dropping in on the new Pope. He returned to America and tried to relax with his family as he finalized his speech to the nation on his Nuclear Test Ban Treaty with the Soviet Union.
A News Reel From July, 1963
Here is the video of one of the greatest and important speeches ever made by an American President. President Kennedy in America's living rooms talking about 'Peace'.
Address to the Nation on the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, 26 July 1963
Meanwhile... in New Orleans...
July, 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald's strange life goes into overdrive:
July, 1963 - Lee Harvey Oswald, in New Orleans starts a Fair Play for Cuba Committee and passes out pamphlets on the streets. He engages in fisticuffs with several anti-Castro supporters. He recruits nobody for his committee of one.
July, 1963 - Lee Harvey Oswald receives letter from the Department of the Navy refusing to overturn his undesirable discharge. Lee Harvey Oswald's request for a review of his undesirable discharge from the Marine Corps is denied.* He was livid. But Oswald brought it on himself. Although the Marines had initially discharged him honorably, it was later changed to “undesirable” after he defected to the Soviet Union and made anti-American statements to the press. Oswald had written letters in January 1962 to the Secretary of the Navy – John Connally – but was rejected. Oswald thought his defection and press comments were a separate issue from his time in the service.
July 19: Oswald is fired from The Riley Coffee Company.
July 22: Oswald Files for Unemployment Benefits
July 26?: The same day as JFK's televised speech, Lee H. Oswald's signature is written on the guest register at the American Museum of Atomic Energy in Tennessee on July 26, 1963. "USSR" is also written in, just to make sure that we know it's the right Oswald.
July 27: He makes a speech on The Soviet Union at a Spring Hill Jesuit Seminary College in Mobile, Alabama at the request of his cousin who was attending the school:
"Americans are apt to scoff at the idea, that a military coup in the US., as so often happens in Latin american countries, could ever replace our government. but that is an idea that has grounds for consideration. Which military organization has the potentialities of executing such action?" - LHO
President Obama has made two great speeches, once again. His comments on the George Zimmerman verdict, especially those concerning his memories of growing up black were moving, powerful and important. Americans don’t get such smart, thoughtful dialogue from our leaders. Instead, daily we turn on our TVs and let the corporate pundits fill our living rooms and our minds with their propaganda. As a nation, we think what they tell us to think. We do not question. President Obama made us listen and required us to think for ourselves about this issue: race in America; rare indeed from a modern President.
A few days later we got his economic pep talk to the nation in which he passionately spoke of his desire to help the Middle and Working Class in America.
These two wonderful speeches reached over the shoulders of the pundits and into our living rooms and shook us on our couches and rattled our kitchen tables.
But the problem with President Obama’s fabulous speeches throughout his Presidency so far… five years in, is there is never a follow up of action. It is a cliché’ but actions speak louder than words. I am afraid when the Obama Presidency comes to an end we will be left with a pile of paper, brilliant speeches, words that made us shiver and proud to have voted for him and words that gave us hope, but not much more than that.
At the beginning of the previous century, President Theodore Roosevelt mused on a life in politics: “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
After five years, I still don’t believe President Obama has stepped into the ring. His great speeches from the campaign and his first year yielded little action. The healthcare plan is a corporate guided trip through a maze that keeps us from universal healthcare as a nation. It offers little for the effort and if that is the result of his first four years, it is a minor achievement.
Words, speeches need to be followed up with actions. That action, in American politics is legislation. A legislative plan that follows through on the open punch of the great speech. The bully pulpit is not something that can work unless there is a plan of action when the President steps away from the microphone.
President Obama seems to think the job is done when his speech is over. This is leading us, so far, into a two-term, meaningless Presidency.
When President Kennedy addressed the nation in 1963 on Civil Rights. He followed that speech up with action. The legislation was sent to Congress. The National Guard went to Alabama. The Civil Rights Act was passed and signed by President Johnson in 1965.
When President Kennedy addressed the nation on the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, he followed it up with a treaty signed in Washington, London and in Moscow for a ban on nuclear testing in the atmosphere, in space, and underwater.
A pile of paper speeches is not a legacy. President Obama has three more years to enter the arena or leave us and history with an echo of lost words.
In the month of June, 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald's already strange, young life takes another bizarre turn as he was working at the Reily Coffee Company in New Orleans and passing out Pro-Castro leaflets in his spare time.
Here he developed relationships with Guy Bannister, David Ferrie, Clay Shaw and Judyth Vary... an odd bunch indeed.
Oswald spoke to friends and co-workers of dreams of going to work for NASA.
Oswald's time in New Orleans is the focus of Oliver Stone's film JFK.
Meanwhile, back in Washington, D.C. one of the most fascinating Junes in the history of America was unfolding:
"We face, therefore, a moral crisis as a country and a people. It cannot be met by repressive police action. It cannot be left to increased demonstrations in the streets. It cannot be quieted by token moves or talk. It is a time to act in the Congress, in your State and local legislative body and, above all, in all of our daily lives." Presdient John F. Kennedy, 6/11/63
June 10 - JFK's American University speech: U.S. President Kennedy chose to announce his decision to suspend nuclear testing and work towards a nuclear test-ban treaty with the other atomic powers, as part of the commencement address at American University in Washington. This is one of the greatest speeches made by an American President in the 20th Century. It rivals President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in its power and promise and defined a way forward for America and Russia out of the Cold War.
June 11 - JFK's Address to the American People on Civil Rights: JFK delivered a historic Civil Rights Address, in which he promised a Civil Rights Bill, and asked for "the kind of equality of treatment that we would want for ourselves."
Alabama Governor George C. Wallace stood in the door of the University of Alabama to protest against integration, and blocked James Hood and Vivian Malone from enrolling as the first African American students at the University.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara ordered that the Alabama National Guard be placed under the command of the federal government, and directed the 31st Infantry Division of the Guard to proceed to Tuscaloosa. Assistant U.S.
Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach approached Wallace and cited the U.S. District Court order of June 5, requiring that the students be allowed to register, and Wallace replied, "We don't need a speech here," and then read aloud a statement that he did "hereby proclaim and demand and forbid this illegal and unwarranted action by the central government."
Governor Wallace stepped aside at 3:40 that afternoon, after the Alabama National Guard commander, Brigadier General Henry Graham, told Wallace that the Guard would enforce the President's order and Wallace, who elected not to be arrested for contempt of federal court, stepped aside.
What would become the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was sent by President Kennedy to the United States Congress, and was introduced the next day in the House Judiciary Committee by U.S. Representative Emanuel Celler. The most comprehensive civil rights legislation in United States history, the legislation would be passed after Kennedy's assassination, with President Lyndon B. Johnson signing it into law on July 2, 1964.
And now to Vietnam...
June 11 - South Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc, committed suicide by self-immolation, burning himself to death at a major intersection in Saigon to protest the oppression of Buddhists by the government of President Ngo Dinh Diem. Associated Press photographer Malcolm Browne was the only journalist "to heed Buddhist advance notices", and his photographs brought worldwide attention the next day.
I believe this self immolation and the photo that went around the world was a last-straw motivating President Kennedy to find a peaceful solution to the increasing violence and confrontation in Vietnam.
Peace was not only possible in the month of June 1963, it was a moral imperative for President Kennedy. Peace at home, peace abroad had to be worked at, fought for. JFK started the fight.
June 26 - JFK visits West Berlin and delivers his now-famous Ich bin ein Berliner speech advocating representative democracy and capitalism as a replacement for communist regimes around the world.
In June, 1963 - the forces of good and evil in America were lining up for battle.
It was Bush v. Gore, which ended the Florida recount and decided the 2000 presidential election.
Looking back, O'Connor said, she isn't sure the high court should have taken the case.
"It took the case and decided it at a time when it was still a big election issue," O'Connor said during a talk Friday with the Tribune editorial board. "Maybe the court should have said, 'We're not going to take it, goodbye.'"
The case, she said, "stirred up the public" and "gave the court a less-than-perfect reputation."
"Obviously the court did reach a decision and thought it had to reach a decision," she said. "It turned out the election authorities in Florida hadn't done a real good job there and kind of messed it up. And probably the Supreme Court added to the problem at the end of the day."
I’m really feeling the ‘Generation Gap’ since I turned 50. I have young people who work with me and I just don’t understand them when they talk. Our cultural references are so different. Even Stars Wars doesn’t bind us, which was at least something I could share with people born in the 1980s. But it seems that those 25 years old and under are lost to me and frankly, I’m not interested.
I used to like to have some young people in the mix at work for their fresh outlook on things and their nature ability with the ever increasing technological updates that my line of work entails. But kids are not smart anymore. They may know the difference between mobile phones, and can even program them, but that doesn't make them intelligent, or interesting, it make them employable.
As for young people like the brothers who blew up the finish line at the Boston Marathon, I feel little human connection or empathy. At first I was struck by a pang of sadness when I saw how young the one boy was, but that left me the more he ran and rampaged. And now as we find out more about where they came from and the religious, political and social backgrounds of their homeland and their life in America, I know I will grow less attached and not care what happens to him. Sad for him and sad for me.
There is a violence in the air that surrounds young men, not only boys from foreign countries, but here in America and that violence goes along with an increasing lack of intelligence or maybe its common sense, or a sense of common decency handed down and taught by the generation before them.
Something is not being passed down to this generation of young people that was always a given in human civilization. Young people today, and this includes Americans, will not have it better than their parents. They may have a better quality TV or more interesting phones, but they have no hope for a better world. That is something given to them by their parents and family and community. That is what is gone.
The education we are offering is bad; in schools, at home and in life. There is more information available to young people but there is no one editing it and explaining it and filtering it through a prism of social norms that will lift them up and allow them to becoming function adults and take over the reins of society themselves someday. They just strike out and blow shit up. Well that can’t last.
It's a strange thing to write about an American President from the Democratic Party who is probably the best Republican President ever. Better than Hoover, Reagan and Bush, Jr. combined. Corporations must love him. How could they not?
This last listing is especially interesting because the Federal Aviation Administration seems to have given a corporation control over US airspace.
The list is long and the betrayal is deep and confusing coming from our Nobel Peace Prize winning, first black and Democratic President... a former U.S. Senator and community organizer and a guy who has a degree in the U.S. Constitution.
I voted for this guy in 2012 (it didn't count of course because when I got to the polling place, I was told there was a problem with my former address... not my current address... and I had to fill out a provisional ballot)... but my intention to vote against the Romney/Ryan ticket was strong and acted on... it just didn't count.
I don't understand where the hate from the right comes from for President Obama. Republicans should be in my face every time he signs a corporate sponsored bill or bends so far over backwards for bipartisanship that he snaps his spine... oh, wait... maybe he has no spine!
Here is a video the Federal Government says we are not allowed to make:
You seem to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.
Our judges are as honest as other men, and not more so. They have, with others, the same passions for party, for power, and the privilege of their corps....
Their power is the more dangerous as they are in office for life, and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective control. The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with the corruptions of time and party, its members would become despots. It has more wisely made all the departments co-equal and co-sovereign within themselves. -Thomas Jefferson
President Obama is spending the 10 anniversary of the Bush, Jr./Cheney invasion of Iraq visiting Israel. I don’t blame him for wanting to be out of the country. At least he is not in Oslo, Norway reminiscing about his Nobel Peace Prize.
If we think back and try to write an accurate history of the war, we will be lost in a quagmire similar to trying to explain the Vietnam War to ourselves. For the most part, Americans don’t want to hear it. And for those that do, it is very difficult to research the truth, because American foreign policy has very rarely been about the truth.
So, as your typical spoiled American, I ask: Where is my 25¢ a gallon gas? If that was a benefit I could see and feel in my wallet, then maybe I would be okay. But instead, I don’t pay 25¢ a gallon. I don’t pay $1 or $2 or $3 or $4 a gallon.
And all I am sure about is that somewhere between the collapse of the World Trade Centers in 2001 and now, I have lost most of the Bill of Rights under the Constitution. The Federal Government can do whatever it wants, to whomever it wants, whenever it wants and doesn’t have to tell justify it or even tell anyone about it… and this includes killing Americans.
So what do I have ten years after the start of the Iraq War? Not much and a lot less of it.
When Big Al talks, people listen. They may not admit it in public, like when we don't order a rare steak in a restaurant in front of a bunch of people we don't know... but people listen.
And who in America has actually asked what you think, lately?
Thanks for asking.
I love how the iPhone has allowed me to work from home or just not from the office. However, I don't love how people now assume they can reach me with work questions any time of the day or night... globally. I can work with people in Chicago, New York, London, Germany... but I do have to sleep and watch SMASH at some point without interruption. (see how easily we can get distracted on line)
I connect with my family, even the grandkids, from three thousand miles away. The kids are more interested in the technology than any real communication, but I would be missing them growing up if I didn't FaceTime with them.
Of course there is the parental worry that who else are their kids are facetiming with and why. It's all so instant and though a little less anonymous, still being able to connect with anyone, anywhere, anytime is not the same as wanting to or even being allowed to... or being able to.
And as for permission. That is an interesting concept when one is connected. Who am I allowed to connect with? Do I have a right to total privacy? Do the network’s corporate interests have a right to sensor me or what I look at? Is it their network? It is anybody's network? Is the network a 'Commons'? And if it is, is it national or international?
And should everyone, even if you are too poor to afford the network, have a right to connect?
FISA court rulings certainly muddy the waters of this issue on a whole other level.
What, for example does one do with information found on the network that reveals criminal behavior? Can I even read or watch it?
What if it is criminal behavior of my network carrier? Or my government? What if we found proof one Presidential candidate planned and successfully stole an election from the rightful winner... in China, or Venezuela or here in the Untitled States? What is our duty as citizens of this country or citizens of the world?
We may have to start clarifying or even re-defining words like Citizen and Commons, Rights and Freedom.
There is also the good side of Law & Order. How do we fight cyber-theft? The Banks have no answer when identity theft occurs.
What of patent rights and copyrights? Should I be able to pass on an electronic book I just read? I shared plenty of paperback books with family and friends over the years.
How do I feel about our hyper-connected future?
Let's start, like Al Gore is encouraging us to, by asking questions. Then maybe when we understand the questions we can begin to answer them together and share the results.
No one is heating up the tar, plucking the feathers off chickens and gathering the rails, either.
Oh, and no Corporate Person is paying taxes this year, including our national addiction, Facebook.
But you are.
This is the tinder for barricades, brothers and sisters.
A bon-bon from The Atlantic: "U.S. banks celebrated their second-most-profitable year in 2012 with a whopping $141 billion in net income last year. That's scarcely smaller than the record, $145 billion, set just before the crash, in 2006, according to the FDIC."
Just wait 'til the sequestration kicks in. Won't that be an "Aha!" moment.
See you at the polls in 2014!
"Nearly a quarter of the Northern Hemisphere’s land surface is covered in permanently frozen soil, or permafrost, which is filled with carbon-rich plant debris — enough to double the amount of heat-trapping carbon in the atmosphere if the permafrost all melted and the organic matter decomposed.
According to a paper published Thursday in Science, that melting could come sooner, and be more widespread, than experts previously believed. If global average temperature were to rise another 2.5°F (1.5°C), say earth scientist Anton Vaks of Oxford University, and an international team of collaborators, permafrost across much of northern Canada and Siberia could start to weaken and decay. And since climate scientists project at least that much warming by the middle of the 21st century, global warming could begin to accelerate as a result, in what’s known as a feedback mechanism..."
Wow, so basically Twenty-something couples who are starting families... your grandchildren will be fighting with wild animals for what water is left on the surface of the planet.... and we were warned.
You don't get more progressive than KPFA in Berkeley or KPFK in Los Angeles. So when those radio stations stopped begging for money for an hour and broadcast Peter Staudenmaier flapping his mouth about the harm conspiracy theorist do to the liberal and progressive agenda, I felt he was in need of a response.
It took the self proclaimed anarchist a while to get to his main point. He doesn't like Michael Moore documentaries, especially Fahrenheit 9/11. This in itself fires off a conspiracy theory: Any negative media about 9/11 must get beat down. Even our liberal icons must pay the piper and insult and, not try to refute, but mock any 9/11 conspiracy theory.
Mr. Staudenmaier warms us up to his theory with some really bad examples: The Reichstag Fire was a government conspiracy, you asshole. The Nazi Party was caught and called out, so it wasn't the Jews after all.
The Assassination of President Kennedy was not a random act of some 24 year old loner who decided to bring a rifle to work and shot the President as he drove down Main Street.
Lee Harvey Oswald was proven to be on the CIA payroll. He was a Marine who defected to the Soviet Union, changed his mind and moved back to the United States with a Russian wife, no questions asked. AND... the Dallas newspaper published the Presidential parade routed , unbeknownst to any loner who worked in the Texas School Book Depository, that routed was changed from whisking the President safely on to the Stemsons Freeway to making the right turn and left turn down a little side street and stopping directly in the line of fire… whatever that may have been.
50 witnesses said the bullets came from behind them on the infamous grassy knoll… 50 is a lot of people. (Mr. Staudenmaier really hates when conspiracy theorists use …)
Staudenmaier mumbles insults at Michael Moore's film and conspiracy theorists in general and says we are all simplistic and think the world would be a better place if the 'cabal' could be stopped.
Well, I do believe the world would be a better place if the conspiracy to steal the election of 2000 did not work and Bush, Jr. /Cheney did not enter the White House. Any arguments from the left?
I also think the nation would be a better place if Bush, Sr. never got anywhere near the White House and was not allowed to take part in any secret hostage negotiations with the Iranian Fanatical Islamic Government in 1979…
And yes, I believe the entire world would have been better served had JFK not been assassinated.
History is on the side of those labeled conspiracy theorists. It is amusing that even these liberal, left-wing radio stations felt obliged or were 'tricked' into broadcasting Mr. Staudenmaier's self immolation.
I hope Krugman is the one who is right: (from the NYT)
"On the day President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, an exuberant Vice President Biden famously pronounced the reform a “big something deal” — except that he didn’t use the word “something.” And he was right.
President Obama causes hysteria in over-reported fringe circles in this country, those force fed on FOX News and hate radio. He is a President that wanted to stop the divisive politics in America. He wanted to be transformational. He didn’t know what he was up against. But he does now.
A conspiracy about the events in Sandy Hook can be aired on radio, TV and on the internet, but a conspiracy about 911 and the Government can’t be discussed on even Pacifica Radio or Bill Maher’s Show; and that was from a President who stole his elections and lied our nation into war… but Obama is the one who can’t be trusted… he wants our guns to make us a socialist state.
Even this blog post gives too much credence to the right-wing fools, but they are dangerous fools. They were slightly diminished in the 2012 elections, but not destroyed. They will continue to try to wreck our Republic and lynch President Obama. They are evil, racist and wrong about everything. The ills of the America economic system started with the election of President Reagan and that spectacular failure culminated in President Bush, Jr.’s disastrous power grab. Republicans are evil.
President Obama inherited the American Nightmare. Unfortunately, he didn’t know how to react. He listened to the bankers and to Wall Street. They told him to be careful how he tread or the entire system could collapse….but it had already collapsed and President Obama’s inability to see that is his great failure. FDR closed the banks and opened them back up when he was good and ready and when the banks were good and ready… the American economic system, capitalism survived. Our nation came through the Great Depression and fought a two front World War… and that was followed by an economic system, guided on the principals of fairness set up during the New Deal that led us to our only true economic boom last century… ending in the 1980s with the Reagan Administration and the Republican takeover of Congress.
So Obama kept the thieves in his cabinet and in charge on Wall Street. No one went to jail. No lessons learned.
President Obama also listened too closely to the tired, old military industrial complex and kept some of the same players from previous times in his administration, who whispered in his ear all kinds of bad things only a President can hear about American security. President Obama was not equipped to understand what was being said to him and so he continued and expanded the military direction and drive that has gone around in circles since 911. No lessons learned.
As for Health Care, that is a story still unfolding, an example of what President Obama called his ‘long game’. What does that mean…? We will eventually be fooled into single payer national health care by this brilliant Affordable Care Act? Once again, I believe President Obama wasn’t equipped to understand and take on such an endeavor as national health care, so he listened to the experts… the Insurance Industry… check-mate.
And like the Sandy Hook conspiracy theories, the loonies and traitors in our society are just not going to cooperate and they will throw sand in the gears of the Obama Administration… waiting for 2016.
So as for the Second Term, I am worried because now we know President Obama and there is no game plan. He will not stop war. He will not stop Wall Street. He will not stop quibbling with the Republicans in Congress and before you know it… 2016.
Progressives, middle of the road Democrats, left-wing kooks all voted for President Obama, not because they believed in his policies, and wanted his First Term to continue, but because we were scared shitless of a Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan Administration. We knew instinctively that we wouldn’t have survived it.
The Second Term will be the same as the First. President Obama had his moment; his magic moment during his first 100 Days to change America for the better, be transformative and his actions spoke much louder than his words. The moment passed. I dread 2016.
...During the next nine months, however, the thrust of national strategy shifted away from conciliating the border states and anti-emancipation Democrats. The antislavery Republican constituency grew louder and more demanding. The argument that slavery had brought on the war and that reunion with slavery would only sow the seeds of another war became more insistent. The evidence that slave labor sustained the Confederate economy and the logistics of Confederate armies grew stronger. Counteroffensives by Southern armies in the summer of 1862 wiped out many of the Union gains of the winter and spring. Many northerners, including Lincoln, became convinced that bolder steps were necessary. To win the war over an enemy fighting for and sustained by slavery, the North must strike at slavery.
In July 1862, Lincoln decided on a major change in national strategy. Instead of deferring to the border states and Northern Democrats, he would activate the Northern antislavery majority that had elected him and mobilize the potential of black manpower by issuing a proclamation of freedom for slaves in rebellious states—the Emancipation Proclamation. "Decisive and extreme measures must be adopted," Lincoln told members of his cabinet, according to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles. Emancipation was "a military necessity, absolutely necessary to the preservation of the Union. We must free the slaves or be ourselves subdued."
By trying to convert a Confederate resource to Union advantage, emancipation thus became a crucial part of the North's national strategy. But the idea of putting arms in the hands of black men provoked even greater hostility among Democrats and border state Unionists than emancipation itself. In August 1862, Lincoln told delegates from Indiana who offered to raise two black regiments that "the nation could not afford to lose Kentucky at this crisis" and that "to arm the negroes would turn 50,000 bayonets from the loyal border States against us that were for us."
And it was time to call in General Grant to kick some ass.
President Obama's two major achievements so far has been to keep us from a a McCain/Palin Presidency and a Romney/Ryan Presidency.
It looks like his long game is going to be more of his mind-boggling attempts at bipartisanship with Evil.
Did Karl Rove get caught this time, committing treason? Congressional Hearing should be called and subpoenas should go out.
It is President Obama's duty to uphold the Constitution for future Presidents and the People of the Untied States of America.
If Anonymous is wrong or just plain lying... let's prove it.
Only Silver Point and Monarch could have kept Hostess out of liquidation and kept the Twinkie bakery ovens firing. But they were, ultimately, unable to reach a deal with the unions that represents the workers who make and deliver products like Twinkies, Wonderbread and Ding Dongs. Without large union concessions—what some would say, total union capitulation—the hedge funds decided Hostess would have to die.
This is America 2012.
We relected Presidnet Obama, not becasue we loved the job he did during his Nobel Peace Prize winning first term... it is becasue we needed to stop Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and the raging lunatics on the corporate right from destroying the American Dream.
Well, they are still at it after the election. It is time for President Obama to step up and actually do something, not just say something for all the people that sent him back to the White House for another four years.
It is because of stories like this Hostess scandal... this treasonous corporate behavior... that I hoped Richard Trumka or someone from the progressive left had ran a Democratic Primary challenge against Presiden Obama.
You know there are no Twinkies in Malia's and Sasha's lunch box.
Watching the realization that they have drunk their own poison at FOX News and in the Conservative Pundit world on Election Night is worth hitting the ‘Replay’ at least a dozen times.
What makes it so delicious is watching the poor conservative foot soldiers stunned that the heavens above America have not opened and God himself has not stolen the election for the 65 year old, rich, Mormon Mitt Romney and police sketch of a date rapist, Little Pauly Ryan.
The Republican Party and their Entrepreneurial Master Class have just spent four years hating women, poor folk, unions, seniors, veterans, scientists, doctors, nurses, teachers, anyone with Latino blood in them no matter what country they are from…including this one, African-Americans, college students, smart people… and did I mention WOMEN.
So if they are wondering why, how, when and where did they lose this election… look in the mirror. Turn on the TV. Read The Drudge Report… then kill yourselves; one massive serial kill.
Some clear simple sentences:
-President Clinton left the country with a surplus.
-President Bush, Jr. left the country bankrupt.
-President Obama has been trying to clean the Republican Entrepreneurs mess up.
-The Republicans in Congress have been trying to stop President Obama from cleaning the mess up.
-Mitt Romney lied his ass off all summer sucking up to Republican voters and spewing hate.
-Then Mitt Romney lied his ass off to the American Electorate in general and stopped spewing hate.
-FOX News helped Mitt Romney lie and spewed hate for him.
-FOX News viewers voted for Mitt Romney.
-Everyone else voted for President Obama.
And if you doubt what I say and want to see for yourself not only WHY Mitt Romney and the Entrepreneurs lost... but why I say Thank God! Mitt Romney and the Entrepreneurs lost... just watch this precious video.
I don't like that I gave in to the fear and paranoia on Election Day. As I walked to the polling place, I was filled with dread that it was really a matter of Republicans being able to steal the election that was going to decide our country's fate more than my vote.
As I stood in line at the grade school library at the end of my street, a young, white guy insisted two books, sitting on the shelves that featured President Obama on their covers be removed from the site of the election booths.
Then I was given a Provisional Ballot because my name was not on the Voter List.
I had a sinking feeling as I walked away from the Election booth. I grew depressed throughout the day thinking that maybe this was going to be the last American Election and that the People were actually going to vote away the Republic and let Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan into the White House. We were going to do it ourselves... National suicide... Capitalist Dictatorship.
But that did not happen. Americans, real Americans turned out at the polls and despite the treasonous attempts in Florida and Pennsylvania and Ohio, President Obama won big.
Real Americans in the weather ravaged States of New Jersey and New York showed up at the polls and re-elected President Obama... in numbers that could not be stolen.
I was never out there during the campaign singing the praises of President Obama. My car did not have an Obama/Biden bumper sticker on it. But I hate what Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan stand for. I fear it and I believe it needs to be stopped. And it was.
Good job America.
I was handed a Provisional Ballot and told to check back in 45 days to see if my vote counted.
That... on top of President Obama's concession speech in Des Moines last night.
DeRosaWorld predicts it is Romney/Ryan in a landslide.
I was listening to some swing-State political ads and the Republican commercials were blatantly playing to the racist, undereducated white American. I guess there are a lot of those because this Presidential race should not be close at all.
I have major problems with where President Obama decided to make his stand on the Conservative/Progressive scale. Progressives didn’t know anything about him and it seems we paid a big price for our blind support and his victory in 2008.
President Obama is the best Republican President since Teddy Roosevelt. His stands on Wall Street regulators, drone warfare, health insurance companies, oil drilling and global warming… the list is long… are all disappointments to this liberal.
The Republican opposition is treasonous and sinful, so I am not disappointed that McCain/Palin are not running the country… and Romney/Ryan are an even bigger insulting choice to lead this great nation.
I am not, however voting for a lesser of two evils.
There is only one evil in this election, the Republican Ticket. President Obama, in a better land and a more enlightened time, would not deserve a second term. I wanted a liberal primary challenge for him, but there is no hesitancy on my part to support and vote for the Obama/Biden ticket in 2012. It is a moral imperative.
The swing-State political ads the Republicans are running underlie the basic fault in 21st Century America. We are not an intellectual nation and the corporate sponsored Republican Party and mass media have misinformed the American people so completely and for so long now, that a large portion of the electorate proudly vote against, not only their best financial, social and community interests, They have Americans voting against their own spiritual, moral and physical wellbeing.
Folks who want to be part of a social conservative movement have no idea that abortion is not the only moral compass human beings can be judged on. The life of a child in the womb seems more important than the long life in this world.
If a child has a right to be born after the moment of conception, do we as a society have a right to guarantee a healthy, well educated, youth and a meaningful employed adult life with healthcare and social security waiting for them out here in their America?
Do morally good people pay taxes to godlike military budgets?
Do morally good people even play the stock market? It seems Jesus would be very interested in, god forbid socialism… but at least The New Deal.
America needed a strong, leftwing Democratic President in 2008. We didn’t get one, but we had the good sense to know the Republican alternative was wrong.
The pressure is on in American society. Our importance to anyone on this planet but ourselves is hanging in the balance. There is a clear choice between any Democratic candidate and any Republican candidate.
It is not a choice between two evils. It is a choice between a vote for common sense survival versus an evil that can only bring doom to us all.
Once again, the young President shows the world how to be President of the United States of America.
He had little more than one year to live... but during the Cuban Missile Crisis, he kept the Military Industrial Complex from taking over our government... at the time.
Shorter Debate #2:
Senior Citizen, Mormon, former Governor of Massachusetts and date-rapist look-a-like, Mitt Romney made shit up and lied and walked around the stage like a creepy, drunk Prep-School Dean at the Senior Prom.
President Obama did his best to win the white, male vote and failed miserably. He assumes Democrats will vote for him, but as we all know, assuming anything only makes an ASS out of U and ME. But at least this time he did call "Bullshit" when he heard it.
Look, Barack Obama seems like a guy who wants to help. Now that's not saying much after four years in the Office... but Mitt Romney is just a lying sack of shit and he does mean us harm... and Romney/Ryan armed with a majority in Congress... not an America I want to see.
The Space Shuttle Endeavour flew over my street Friday afternoon on its way to the Los Angeles airport.
The shuttle did a farewell tour of California and cruised around the skies over Los Angeles, sometimes as low as 300 yards off the ground, giving us all a great view.
Our local TV news covered it live, so we had a good warning when it would be over our neighborhood... the skies were cleared of all other air traffic and at about 12:30, me and some neighbors were out in the street looking up into the sky and suddenly Endeavour appeared, getting a piggy-back ride.
Some friends were on the 405 Freeway at the time, which is next to LAX, and traffic stopped (not an uncommon event) and watched the landing.
It was quite something to see and experience. A nice moment with the neighbors as well.
Los Angeles does have its moments.
"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what," Romney said.
It is sickening to hear Mitt Romney speak like this. He should step down as the Republican Party Presidential Nominee. He can not put his hand on a Book of Mormon and take the oath of office at this point.
I don't know what the procedure would be... Would Paul Ryan be elevated to Presidential Nominee and then appoint another Vice-Presidential nominee?
In 1972 George McGovern replaced his Vice-Presidential running mate, Senator Eagleton with Sargent Shriver, so there is some precedent for such a high-level maneuver.
She left out the treasonous trip George Bush, Sr. made on behalf of the Reagan campaign to keep the American Hostages until after Election Day, although the Iranians were trying to give them back in exchange for the freeing up of their financial assets so they could fight the Iran/Iraq war... but maybe the segment didn't have enough time to cover that with her.
Our Imperial Presidency is partly to blame for our Republic's demise, especially when we chose bad Presidents.
For future historians, the end of the Republic can probably be traced back to the assassination of President John Kennedy almost 50 years ago at the hands of his friends, yes Caesar-like. Is Ed Lansdale that different from Brutus?
Who set that motorcade route in Dallas?
Lyndon Johnson followed, a man whose internal corruption betrayed his dreams of being a noble imperial president like FDR, and instead transformed into a Caligula-creature, on his knees, mouth wide open to the assassins of his predecessor.
LBJ was followed by Richard Nixon, just five short years after JFK was shot in Dallas, and five months after Robert Kennedy was shot in Los Angeles. His political comeback corroded the office, taking good men like George McGovern and Sargent Shriver out of play. Nixon’s resignation fooled us into believing that our Constitution’s Checks & Balances were working. They were not. Nixon was the first, worst example of the Imperial Presidency gone wrong... but he wouldn't be our last.
Gerald Ford carried the football of deception as far down field as he was able before fumbling the ball to Jimmy Carter. Carter was a decent man, becoming aware of his imperial powers too late, and betrayed by the forces that never seem to leave our Republic's corridors of power... forces very jealous of usurpers to the thrown.
Then of course we had Ronald Reagan and the parade of ghouls, marching down Pennsylvania Avenue to a Hollywood soundtrack. He was the most imperial of the Imperial Presidents, leaving us torn and frayed after eight long years of bad policy, deregulation and an exhausted economy. The Imperial Presidency seemed to have a big stick again, and was using it to bludgeon, not our enemies, but us.
History becomes blurry at this point... I don’t understand how George Bush, Sr. let go of the Presidency. Did democracy actually work in 1992? Poor George Bush, Sr. who somehow was taken down by Bill Clinton before being able to manifest into the Anti-Christ.
When it was George, Sr.'s time to unlock the Gates of Hell, did his hand quiver, as it did so many times in his life during moments that required great personal courage, moral fortitude and a steady hand? He let the Ship of State be taken by that pirate, Bill Clinton.
But I remember below $1 gasoline and a huge Federal Budget Surplus…Gone now of course as is the stupid son, George Bush, Jr. and the king of the Horribles, Dick Cheney, who stole the White House and all the money, as America yawned… oh what horrors they unleashed as they finally brought the Republic crumbling to its knees in a smoking heap of lies and thievery and betrayal... Imperial indeed.
Now we have our second Happy Warrior, Barack Obama, a man of whom the press loves to print and repeat every vile slur his enemies can dare call him. He bailed out the banks and Wall Street. He saved the automotive industry. He tried to give us Health Care; he even hedged his bets and gave the next generation of Presidential assassins everything they asked for, two, decades-long wars, drones, torture chambers and fuck habeas corpus...and he killed Osama Bin Laden... It doesn't get more imperial than that!
But the evil eye of Mordor is upon President Obama now, the Republicans have staggered to their feet once again, Pheonix-like from the ashes… and Cokie Roberts wants to talk about Jimmy Carter.
Obama = Carter...
We need a new Reagan...
Let the free market stampede down the narrow streets of Lower Manhattan once again, like the explosive, collapsing dust of the World Trade Centers (including Building Seven), engulfing everyone and everything it meets in its grey, pungent, blinding cloud of death and dishonor.
The enemies of the Republic do not believe a few American lives are a small price to pay for just four more years of demagoguery. Four more years of war and corruption and economic suicide. They hate Americans. They hate you and me. They hate the Greatest Generation most of all for allowing an Imperial Presidency to save the nation and foil their free market dreams of an American Century of Corporate Facism.
They love money and power and greed. They believe corporations are people. They hate unions and the middle and lower classes who should not be allowed to gather in large crowds, or vote. Arbeit Macht Frei.
Are the Republicans and their supporters setting up America and President Obama for an October Surprise before Election Day?
Jimmy Carter comparisons repeated at the Republican National Convention and U.S. Embassy attacks. .. the foul political winds of desperate Republican politics are on the rise.
I fear for America. Who will stop the debris falling from the crumbling Republic? There is an October Surprise in the air...Our Party's second Happy Warrior, Barack Obama, a man of whom the press loves to print and repeat every vile slur his enemies can think to call him. He bailed out the banks and Wall Street. He saved the automotive industry. He tried to give us Health Care; he even hedged his bets and gave the the bad guys everything they asked for, two decades-long wars, drones, torture chambers and fuck habeas corpus...
But the evil eye of Mordor is upon President Obama now, the Republicans have staggered to their feet once again and a new October is approaching.
Obama = Carter...
We need a new Reagan...
Let the free market stampede down the narrow streets of Lower Manhattan once again, like the explosive, collapsing dust of the World Trade Centers (including Building Seven), engulfing everyone and everything it meets in its grey, pungent, blinding cloud of death and dishonor.
The enemies of the Republic do not believe a few American lives are too high a price to pay for just four more years of demagoguery. Four more years of war and corruption and economic suicide. They hate you and me. They love money and power and greed.
There is something evil hidden in the wind blowing through the streets of our Nation’s Capital this fall and I fear it will bring forth an October Surprise.
A last-ditch effort by federal and state law enforcement authorities to hold Wall Street accountable for nearly bringing down the U.S. economy is unlikely to lead to any criminal charges against big bank executives, according to a source close to the investigation.
Barring a "hail mary pass," said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is still ongoing, the members of a task force President Barack Obama formed in January to investigate fraud in the residential mortgage bond industry will instead most likely bring civil lawsuits against some of the banks involved, though it isn't clear when these cases might come.
That means any penalties for those accused of fraud or other misconduct would be measured in dollars, not jail terms..."
The Banksters you bailed out are not going to vote for you. They plan an Election Day celebration as they cast their ballots for Mitt Romney.
And your plan to turn Arizona 'blue' with your Department Of Justice's Sheriff Joe Arpaio strategy... not good... they are voting against you in November, too.
You should be practicing a little voter suppression of your own by having your DOJ putting these Enemies of the State in jail.
Oh, and then there was this... strike three... "Well, that’s that. The Justice Department has just formally ended their investigation into CIA “enhanced interrogations” without bringing any charges...
Here is a description of Labor Day from Forbes:
1.) Labor Day in Canada began in 1872 in Toronto but quickly made its way south to the U.S. Originally it began as a significant demonstration demanding rights for workers.
2.) The first U.S. Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, planned by the Central Labor Union. The Labor Day parade of about 10,000 workers took unpaid leave and marched from City Hall past Union Square uptown to 42nd street, and ended in Wendel’s Elm Park at 92nd Street and 9th Avenue for a concert, speeches, and a picnic.
3.) Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday in 1887.
4.) On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.
5.) What are we celebrating? The contributions and achievements of the 155 million men and women who are in the U.S. workforce.
6.) In the late 1800s the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks to eke out a basic living. Children as young as 5-6 years old worked in factories and mines.
7.) The year in which the 8-hour day was firmly established was 1916 with the passage of the Adamson Act. This was the first federal law regulating hours of workers in private companies.
8.) Traditionally people did not wear white or seersucker clothes after Labor Day as it unofficially marked the end of summer.
9.) The football season starts on or around Labor Day and many teams play their first game of the year during Labor Day weekend.
10.) Labor Day is viewed as the unofficial last day of vacation before the start of the new school year (and mourned my students all over). Stated differently, it is the Back-to-School kickoff (cheered by parents all over!).
Wouldn't it be a better America and a better world if Ronald Reagan was not elected President in 1980 and Jimmy Carter got a second term? It seems all our county's problems, especially the economic ones stem from the Reagan Revolution.
It's kind of like, in the light of history, George McGovern was the choice in 1972.
Al Gore in 2000.
So, in the light of history, Mitt, get your resume' together.
...Voters now have 10 weeks to get the cards. There are 71 DMVs serving Pennsylvania, and 13 of them are open only once a week. And in addition, voters requiring the ID will probably need to make more than one trip to the DMV. So for those without transportation, those who have difficulty speaking English, the disabled, the elderly, etc., there are still hurdles to overcome...