One of the bigger problems in the Stan is continuity. The Military come and go with a frequency that is mind numbing.
Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table at which he’s fed.
Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, Teach him taxes are the rule.
Tax his work, Tax his pay, He works for peanuts anyway!
Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat. Tax his ties, Tax his shirt, Tax his work, Tax his dirt.
Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, Tax him if he tries to think.
Tax his cigars, Tax his beers, If he cries tax his tears.
Tax his car, Tax his gas, Find other ways to tax his ass.
Tax all he has, Then let him know, That you won’t be done till he has no dough.
When he screams and hollers, Then tax him some more, Tax him till he’s good and sore.
Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave, Tax the sod in which he’s laid.
Put these words Upon his tomb, ‘Taxes drove me to my doom…’
When he’s gone, Do not relax, Its time to apply the inheritance tax.
Acidity in our body is linked to excess weight, pain and many health issues. Fortunately, making your organism more alkaline is very simple and easy. Making alkaline environment is in fact the opposite of acidic environment. Here are 10 simple natural ways that you can practice every day and they will alkalize your organism. At same time you will gain more everyday energy and vitality:
- The most important thing is to start your day with smile and with a large glass of water with the juice of a freshly-squeezed lemon. Lemons actually have the opposite effect on your body even they may seem acidic. Drink first thing in the morning to flush the system.
Another option is to drink one or two glasses of organic apple cider vinegar and water daily.
You should only mix one to two tablespoons of vinegar in eight ounces of water.
- Eat large portion of green salad tossed in lemon juice and quality olive oil. Greens (vegetable or fruit) are among the best sources of alkaline minerals, like calcium. Eat alkaline foods during the day like most fruits and vegetables. They sustain the body’s pH on a daily basis and keep balance in your organism.
- Your snack should consist on raw, unsalted almonds. Almonds are full with minerals that are natural alkaline like magnesium and calcium, which actually help to balance out acidity and in the same time to balance blood sugar.
- Drink almond milk and make yourself nice berry smoothie with added green powder like spirulina, or other greens. If you have choice between almond milk and cow’s milk, almond milk is better option.
- Go for a nice walk or some other exercise. It’s very important to be active. Exercise actually helps move acidic products so your body can better eliminate them.
- Breathe deeply. Ideally, choose a spot that has fresh, oxygen-rich air and go there whenever you can. While you are there, drink lots of water (and on daily basis as well) to flush the system of waste.
- Do not eat meat every day. If you can skip few days without meat it will be great because eating meat every day leaves an acid residue behind. We have a lot of vegan or vegetarian recipes for you. Alkalize your body!
- Skip dessert loaded with sugar and skip drinking soda. Sugar is one of the worst acidic foods we consume and our enemy. If you drink just ONE can of soda, you will actually need more than thirty glasses of neutral water to neutralize the acidity in your body!
- Add more vegetables to your diet. Be careful, potatoes don’t count. However, sweet potatoes are good choice but don’t make them with butter, use olive oil and Himalayan salt for baking. Peppers, Asparagus, squash, Aubergines, and other vegetables are also great choices.
- And last but not least: Add more sprouts to your daily diet. They are extremely alkalizing and rich in nutrients and energy-boosting enzymes.
I’m a White Dude. I’m not a Liberal. Not a Snowflake. Not a Leftist.
Nor am I a Conservative or Neo-Con.
I fall somewhere in the margins. I believe fully that the American Citizen should be legally able to own any and every Fire Arm that is owned by the US Government. That includes everything from a .22 Pistol or Revolver to a Browning M2 .50 Calibre Machine Gun. If the State has it, the Citizen should be allowed to have it. I’d even include Grenade Launchers and 90MM Recoil-less Rifles.
A Private American Citizen should be able to purchase and own Body Armor and Kevlar Helmets. All types. Again, if the State has it, the Citizen should be able to own it if they so choose.
I believe in the right of the Citizen to Self Defense. Against all enemies. Foreign and Domestic. We should be able to defend ourselves against local and State Police, the DEA, the ATF, the FBI, the CIA, al Qaeda, ISIS, Antifa, the Weather Underground, Ted Kazinski, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), AIPAC and any other organization that seeks to undermine our Rights as Human Beings.
Note: I left out the Black Panthers. I’ve researched the Black Panthers. They were not a Terrorist Organization. They organized themselves to fight against the Terrorism of the Local and State Police as well as J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI. The FBI has been a terrorist organization since they first handed the reigns over to Hoover. J. Edgar was nothing more than an American State Sponsored quasi-secular Osama bin Laden. The Panthers were not Terrorists. They were a reaction to Jim Crow era Terrorism directed against Black Americans.
I do not like Political Correctness. While I do agree that we should be sensitive to the pain that we may cause others, I will not alter everything about myself or my beliefs to satisfy the moronic hypersensitivities of the thousands of Special Interest groups that cling to the Leftist quasi-Marxist cultural authoritarians of the Democrat Party. The Democratic Elite do not care about these groups. They use these groups as wedges and cultural swords against all who dare defy the Power of the Democratic Party Elite.
Dare ye question Hillary or Chelsea Clinton and you shall surely have these sharp edged morons at your person, your career, your life. The Left as it stands now should be destroyed.
I abhor the Right Wing Xties. These people are not followers of Christ. They know nothing of the words or message of the man whom they call Jesus Christ. They know nothing of Constantine and the truth of how Christianity spread throughout the world. They think God worked mysteriously. No. That’s not how it happened. Christianity spread much as Islam did. By the sword. Through brutality, force, rapine and pillage.
The original Church (Cult) of Christ spread through the word. Through letters and gospel. That ended the moment that Constantine lied about seeing a cross in the sky at Milvian Bridge. It ended the second that God “spoke” to Constantine telling him to conquer in his name.
The great lie of Christianity is that Constantine, the Roman Emperor, saved the religion and raised it to Imperial power. If it weren’t for this event, Christianity would be another backwater religion in the lands of Islam. Christianity was saved by the very Empire who hung their Messiah from a pole at the behest of the Jews.
These are some of my beliefs. No, I’m not an Atheist. I refuse to label my beliefs. There may or may not be a God. If a God there be, he either cares nothing for human events or, if he is directing them, this God or Gods is a monster.
The history of the world is nothing but conquest, thirst for power, thirst for gold and thirst for land. Unquenchable thirst, it is. For the quest for power, gold and land never ends. Not even in this supposed civilized age.
This brings me to Islam. Islam arose in the deserts of Arabia. Muhammad walked to a cave, heard voices and exited the cave with a new message for his people. He attempted to preach that message and was chased from Mekkah with a few followers. He fled to Medina where he picked up followers overtook the power base and took the city for his own. He then returned to Mekkah at the head of an army. He conquered Mekkah.
From that conquest, he built an Empire based on cave ramblings which he called Islam (Isss-LAHM). Submission to Allah was required of every human being on Planet Earth. Muhammad had no idea of the size of the Earth at that time. He spread Islam by the sword. His armies conquered, raped and pillaged all over the Middle East. His soldiers were paid via plunder. They took from those whom they conquered. They took gold, silver, swords, land, women and slaves.
They gave those whom they conquered three choices:
1. Revert [convert] to Islam
2. Pay at tax (Jizya) to remain as they were and live under special rules as second or third class citizens in their own lands.
These are not the actions of a Religion of Peace.
Various Islamic Qaliphate conquered the whole of the Middle East, North Africa, parts of Eastern and Central Africa, Spain and Portugal, Eastern Europe, and much of Asia. There was a part of Vietnam conquered by an Islamic Kingdom called the Cham. The Cham didn’t arrive in the area now known as Vietnam and Cambodia and simply invite people in to create a new Kingdom based upon Islam. They conquered!
When they Leftist Cultural Marxists recite the Pledge to Islam and claim that it is a religion of peace, they fail to reconcile Islamic history with their errant claim.
Islam was born in blood. Islam rises now in blood. The bloody history of Islam is a deluge of violence, conquest, rapine, pillage and slavery.
Oh…and there is that Hijab. Supposedly, this is a symbol of chastity and closeness to God. God needs women to put on a veil to be close to them but men can be close to Allah in shorts and tank tops. How stupid are these women?
I often wonder if any of the members of the Democratic and Republicans are capable of critical thought?
When I reflect upon their attitudes towards God [the Gods] and religion, I come to the only possible conclusion.
Democrats and Republicans have been so brainwashed by the Public Education System that none of them are capable of independent thought. The Christian Right has been further dumbed down by Sunday School. The Left has been lobotomized by Political Correctness.
Neither the Party nor Candidate Matters.
Democrats and Republicans Are Controlled by the Same Money…
Cops aren’t just average guys. Cops have the power of life and death. They have qualified immunity. They have the authority to confiscate your property for any reason. This is called Civil Asset Forfeiture.
Stop trying to oversimplify an extremely complicated dynamic.
Marijuana has medicinal properties that people are using to improve the quality of life of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of your fellow citizens. Yet, the Police will brutalize you to enforce the immoral laws surrounding Marijuana and the War On Drugs. Children have been taken from parents by Police because those PARENTS were using cannabis products to help their children. This is immoral.
Cops have a choice. Instead, they hide behind the phrase “I don’t make the law. I just enforce it.” Nazis used that same excuse at Nuremburg. They were told that this defense was invalid. Yet, American Law Enforcement use this phrase daily.
Police are not your friend. Police aren’t your good buddy. They aren’t there to protect and serve you. Police are there to enforce the law. They do not care if that law destroys lives at the behest of Corporate Lobbyists. The Police will enforce any law. The Police will do everything in their power to enforce a law up to and including taking your life. No, Cops aren’t just average guys in uniform. They are average guys in uniform who have extraordinary authority and power. They have the power to take life and to do so with impunity.
What did Russia do that America has not done?
Election rigging or attempted election rigging? We have done it and do it still.
Influence peddling? We have done it and do it still.
Cyber warfare? We do it. Europeans do it. China does it.
Invading and annexing? We have done it. We do it. We will continue to do it.
Exactly what sins have the Russkies committed that the US and our CIA, NSA and Military not also committed.
I find it odd that Americans believe that the Russians are evil when they are doing nothing different from us.
Are we evil with our actions that are exactly the same as Russia’s actions?
Are we somehow the great and good nation whilst others are evil? US Foreign Policy has sowed chaos around the planet since World War II.
We have supported the most evil despots in history. We actually gave support to the Khmer Rouge while they were murdering millions as a way of poking at the Vietnamese. We weren’t going to accomplish anything with that bit of hijinx but we did it anyway. Those actions allowed the Khmer Rouge to stay in power and murder many more Cambodians who might otherwise have survived.
Americans love to look beyond our borders and conjure monsters whilst ignoring the monstrous actions of the officials whom they allow to run rampant committing terrifying atrocities around the globe in the name of Freedom and Democracy.
If Putin is evil. If the Russians are evil. So are Americans. So was Obama and Bush. So too then are we all.
You don’t trust them. Why should they trust us?
This only exists in the West.
These proud, Gay Muslims would be closeted and fearing for their lives in nearly every Muslim Nation on the Planet.
They would be in hiding in Iran.
They would be running for their lives in Afghanistan.
In Iraq and Syria, they’d need to dodge missile, mortars and Muslims. ISIS would torture and behead them.
In Lebanon, Hezbollah would murder them.
The Palestinians would rise up against them and stone them, hang them or force them to wield a knife against armed IDF soldiers.
These people cannot be serious. This guy is an exceptionally idiotic example of a “proud, Gay Muslim.”. If you are such proud, Gay Muslim Warriors, go to Pakistan and announce this as you do in the West whilst pretending that you are oppressed in America, Britain and Europe. You can use the experience to get a real feel for oppression.
IF YOU SURVIVE…
Proud, Gay and Muslim? You may as well say that you are proud, Muslim and Fuck Allah as you piss on the Ka’aba in Makkah.
The ignorance of the religious and the weakness of the mind of people who need religion never fails to astound me.
The “brave” Gay Muslim (in the photo above) can be unafraid because he lives in America. If he lived in the Middle East or Central Asia and stood about with that sign, he’d be dead.
Why are they telling Americans that they are unafraid? Let them travel to Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Iran or Pakistan and carry that sign around. These morons are fighting against nothing. They are protesting nothing. No one in America cares that they are Gay. Most people don’t care that they are Muslim. If he were truly unafraid, this coward would travel to Saudi Arabia and fight for his fellow LGBTQ’rs therein and to other countries where homosexuals are put to death via Sharia.
It’s easy to hold up this sign in a country which has free speech and where the right to assemble and petition the government is enshrined in its founding document.
Let us see these brave souls travel into danger and be unafraid in the face of certain death.
Liberals, Leftists, Conservatives, Neo-Cons, Neo-Liberals, Islamists, Pan-Islamists and everyone else concerned keep speaking of a long awaited Islamic Reformation.
Actually, that Reformation has already began and is ongoing. Except that Islam is going from a slumbering megalith to an extremist controlled ideology.Islam began a long sleep sometime in the 1700-1800 era. It went near comatose after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Two things occurred to awaken Islam:
Conflict in the Middle East predates Islam by thousands of years. This region is a crossroads of history. Traditions of hate, violence and war date back to before the Greeks and Persians to the earliest stories of the pre-Phoenician peoples. Expecting “Peace in the Middle East” One may as well search for the burial place of Genghis Khan. Find one; you may find the other.
None of this is to say that the United States or Britain is to blame for Islamic Extremism. Islam was born in blood. It will die in blood. Islam was spread via conquest. Muslims and Liberals love to deny this. However, the Islamic Empire spread from Medina to Andalusia (Spain) in an amazingly short period of time. None of these territories invited Mohammad, Abu Bakr or Uthman into their lands. Islam did not quietly knock and ask for admittance. Islam rode at the head of a world devouring empire. People “submitted” to Allah not because they suddenly saw the light. They converted or “reverted” because it was the prudent thing to do. If you were given the choice between conversion, death or high taxes and second/third class citizenship in your own lands, most would choose to convert.
Islam is a violent Abrahamic religion. All three of the religions spawned by Abraham are violent and full of blood lust — Xtianity, Judaism and Islam.
The Extremist Muslims are following the path of previous Muslims including that of Mohammad. Denial of this is denial of historic reality.
Islam is violent. It also knows peace. However, like Xtianity, the majority of the religions is about purifying the world and making it ready for God/Allah via force.
Same God, same violence, same hatred for the non-believer. Muslims choose which path to follow. Those who choose violence choose that path regardless of outside influence. They would choose that path even if the US and Britain had never existed as neither existed when the Islamic Empire first invaded Europe, Africa and Asia.
I don’t think the US needs a plan to defeat ISIS.
Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Iran all need a plan to defeat ISIS.
We should let them take the lead. The onus for the fall of ISIS should be on them.
Only when they have taken the lead and committed forces should the US provide support.
The initiative and the majority of forces and funding should come from Saudi Arabia.
The US is not truly threatened by ISIS. We are only threatened in so far as we allow that threat to come to our shores. We are only threatened in so far as our proximity to ISIS.
ISIS is no existential threat to the United States of America.
I don’t care who is in charge of the Middle East. ISIS and Saudi Arabia are two of a kind. If ISIS were to gain the upper hand and defeat the Saudis, we would treat with ISIS in the same way that we treat with Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia and ISIS are the same evil. They are the same immoral, uncivilized, hyper-religious form of scum.
If ISIS were to win, eventually, they would calm down and realize that they needed to do business with the West. The radicals only hold onto power for a generation or so.
I find it hilarious that the Left claim to desire Gun Control to “save the children” whilst simultaneously advocating for the killing of children via abortion. This is a prime example of cognitive dissonance. It’s worse than Christians who claim to love all of mankind whilst calling homosexuals abominations.
Humans are utterly stupid.
Pro-Choice Abortion Activists are hypocrites. They advocate the choice for women only. If they were truly pro-choice, that decision would be extended to the man as well.
If the Male is forced to fund the birth and life of a baby which a female chooses to bring into this world despite said male’s wish that she not do so, the female should be forced to obtain the male’s approval to kill the baby.
Fair is fair.
If it is a female’s choice to have the baby, the male should have the same choice. A male should be able to say; “No, I don’t want that baby. If you decide to bring this baby into the world, I want nothing to do with it. You raise it as your own and leave me out of it.”
There is no difference.
Why should a woman be beholden to the wishes of a man? Why should a man be beholden to the wishes of a woman? Each should be given the choice. If a woman becomes pregnant, the father should be able so refuse the baby. It would be a kind of legal if not biological/medical abortion.
If one is pro-choice but one is for forcing a man to pay for a child which he does not want, one is pro-convenience for women. A man should be forced into fatherhood no more or less than a woman should be forced into motherhood.
Pro-Choice is Pro-Choice. Anything less is simply hypocrisy. You are not Pro-Choice.
I near people say some form of this all too often.
I don’t get it.
I like him.
He’s a character actor. Nothing wrong with that.
John Wayne was the same. Stoic figures and such.
I don’t get the “I hate ………” actor or music group.
OK. Don’t spend your money to see their movies and STFU.
What have you created? What have you done in your life? What have you done with your life? Who have you touched? How many lives have you touched in a positive manner?
If you can’t answer those questions and say that you’ve accomplished any of these things, you should really fuck off somewhere and figure out why you have wasted your life whilst the people whom you are whinging and moaning over have done SO FUCKING much more than you.
Last thing. If you are a Celebrity Worshiper or someone who pays so close attention to the lives of Actors, Musicians and other celebrities whom you do not personally know and have come to hate or Love them, you need to get a life.
P.S. this is directed at no one in particular. Pls feel free to take offense but only if you are guilty of being a selfish shit?
Look. It started out as a good idea. The Good Idea Fairy came along and popped some politico on the head and BAM! Civil Asset Forfeiture was born. It didn’t take long to become a perversion of justice and a legal State backed scam designed to steal from the citizen for the profit of local, State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies.
The problem is that it was created in support of the War On Drugs. The War on Drugs is a lie. It is based on Nixonian lies and bigotry. Nixon wanted a way to target his enemies whom he characterized as “Niggers, Spics and Hippies.” Drugs was his path to doing that. He would use the Drug War to strike at his enemies. Of course, he targeted the drug of choice of the poor and middle class — marijuana.
Prior to Nixon lies that created the war on drugs, there was the Corporate War on Hemp. They lied about the effects of marijuana in order to get Hemp outlawed. Hemp had no THC but it was added to all of the bills because it was in the same family. Hemp is an amazing plant. It could replace paper as well as many products made with petro-chemicals. Dupont and other Corporations could not have that. They wanted those Big Oil Profits and the Lumber industry wasn’t going to lose money to hemp either. The first “war on drugs” was born out of that. Big Chem bribed and lied congress into passing anti-marijuana legislation.
100 years later, the lies that created the initial war on drugs combined with the Nixonian enemies list produced war on drugs is still destroying American lives as well as lives across the world.
The US has sent out its messianic missionaries in the INS and DEA to force, bribe and otherwise cajole most of the world into joining the farcical, windmill tilting War On Drugs. Billions and Billions have been spent to stop drug use with the result that more people are using “illicit” drugs than ever before.
The War On Drugs is a huge…no, a YUGE waste of time, effort and resources.
This is where Civil Asset Forfeiture comes into the picture.
The Feds decided that they could take the property of “Drug pushers.” They’d do so based on suspicion alone. No warrant necessary. No due process necessary. They could and do take the property of American Citizens and others within the United States whilst wiping their feet on the US Constitution which is supposed to protect against such unlawful and extra-constitutional seizures. The Fed doesn’t care.
They used Civil Asset Forfeiture to bribe local yokels and large cities into going along with it by “profit sharing” the property, cash and other possessions of the people from whom they extra-legally seized these items.
Local Cops went along because they got cool toys and trips to the Bahamas and end of year bonuses and pay raises. The beauty of Civil Asset Forfeiture for Law Enforcement is that the law states that your property only has to be SUSPECTED of being used or gained in association with Drug Crimes. No proof necessary. Any Police Officer can make a claim. They can take your property. The burden of proof is on you. You must travel to special courts set up for Civil Asset Forfeiture alone. You must spend thousands of dollars to prove that the seized items were lawfully gained and possessed. There is no presumption of innocence until proven guilty. In these cases, your property is guilty until you spend thousands to prove that it was innocent. This is criminal behavior of the State. This is the act of a Police State. This is what I would expect in China, Saudi Arabia or the Soviet Union. I would never expect this kind of criminal behavior out of the United States of America where we are told that we are a Nation of Laws.
You can google all of this. It is right there in black and white.
In the meantime, during the whole of the War On Drugs, the CIA has been using the very people who import drugs into the United States and the Drug Profits from those sales to fund covert operations in places like El Salvador, Iran, Honduras, Panama and Afghanistan. (All available on Google if you want to read about it.) A number of good, well researched books have been published about this. A number of good people have been destroyed for writing about this.
Civil Asset Forfeiture is unconstitutional. It is a crime against Liberty. It is nothing more than Highway Robbery with the Police wearing the Black Hats.
US Department of Education established in 1979 by Jimmy Carter.
The US now spends more money per student than any other Nation in the world. For all of that, the US now ranks somewhere between 17th to 35th in Global Education Rankings on scholastic achievement.
In 1978, the US was Number 1.
Among adults age 25 to 34, the U.S. is ninth among industrialized nations in the share of its population that has at least a high school degree. In the same age group, the United States ranks seventh, with Belgium, in the share of people who hold a college degree.
By both measures, the United States was first in the world as recently as 20 years ago, said Barry McGaw, director of education for the Paris-based Organization for Cooperation and Development. The 30-nation organization develops the yearly rankings as a way for countries to evaluate their education systems and determine whether to change their policies.
The Democratic Party was paid off by Teacher’s Unions to create the Department of Education. The US has been on a free fall in education since.
Abolish the Department of Education. Push Education back down to the States. Centralization of Education is a mistake. It’s a tragedy. No two people learn the same. No two people test the same. You cannot standardize education. We learn differently. We process differently.
The current education system is akin to grabbing a million squares, triangles, circles and ovals and smashing them into star shaped slots.
The American Education Department destroys more than it creates.
“We live in a globally competitive knowledge based economy, and our children today are at a competitive disadvantage with children from other countries,” Duncan said. “That is absolutely unfair to our children and that puts our country’s long term economic prosperity absolutely at risk.”
The Left is going crazy over Betsy DeVos. I can’t see how she can do any worse with the Department of Education than anyone since President Carter established the failed institution.
This is a Ford Ranger (LTV) Ambulance in the Afghan National Army (ANA)
This is not! lol
Andrew Bacevich: I think the place to begin is to remember that Barack Obama made two promises. The first promise was to end the Iraq War, which he dismissed as “the stupid war,” and the second promise was to win the Afghanistan War, which he described as “the necessary war.” Lo and behold, here we are eight years later and he has been unable to deliver on either promise. I don’t believe that those two failures alone should fully define or inform our judgments as to his success or failure as a president, but they have to constitute two very big black marks on his record.
When I look beyond those two failures, it seems to me that the record is at best mixed. To his credit, he gave up on George W. Bush’s illusions of being able to bring that part of the world into conformity with American wishes by simply relying on American military power. He gave up on the “invade and occupy to transform” model that President Bush pursued first in Afghanistan and then in Iraq. We can credit President Obama with reducing the costs sustained by the United States in terms of Americans being killed and the number of dollars being wasted.
However, he has not devised any kind of a coherent strategy to bring about the restoration of stability in the Greater Middle East. One thing he has done that may hold hope for the future is the Iran nuclear deal. That deal eased pressures from hawks to attack Iran in order to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. It also creates a decent possibility of bringing Iran in from the cold and thereby resetting the region in ways that could—emphasize “could,” no assurances—10-20 years from now, facilitate the restoration of something approximating stability.
John Mearsheimer: I agree with everything Andy said, but I’d like to build on it and come at it from a slightly different perspective. My position is that the United States is much worse off today than it was in 2009, when Obama became the president. Just to focus on the Middle East, where Andy focused most of his attention, I think it is quite clear that, except for the Iran nuclear deal, under President Obama we have helped create a zone of disaster in that region of the world. Obama is principally responsible for getting the United States involved in Syria—although we didn’t use military force there, we have played a key role in the effort to overthrow Bashar al-Assad, which has failed and has created a disastrous situation. We also played a key role in bringing down Muammar Qaddafi in Libya and helped turn that country into the Wild West. And the situation in both Iraq and Afghanistan continues to be basically terrible, certainly from an American point of view. So, we’ve made a giant mess in the Middle East. It started under Bush, but it’s continued under Obama.
When you look beyond the Middle East, there are all sorts of reasons for concern. I believe that the Obama administration is principally responsible for the mess that we’re now in regarding Russia, which is mainly about Ukraine. I believe the Obama administration was asleep at the switch, not paying attention to what NATO and EU expansion—and promoting democracy in places like Ukraine and Georgia—meant to the Russians. The end result of our unrelenting policy to try and make Ukraine and Georgia part of the West is that we caused a major crisis with Russia, which is not in the American national interest. It would make much more sense, from our perspective, if we had good relations with the Russians; but of course we don’t, and I think the principal reason is because of the West’s foreign policy—and the main force driver there has been the United States.
AB: One reason for optimism is that Trump will not be unconstrained. Whatever his reckless and irresponsible inclinations, he’s going to meet resistance—some of it domestic, some of it from abroad. One reason for pessimism is that Trump shows little ability or even inclination to appreciate the forces in play that are changing the international order. The world is remarkably fluid. His perspective is static—stuck in some past that doesn’t exist and may never have existed.
Judah Adunbi has spent the greater part of a decade trying to improve relations between police in southwestern England and the members of his Afro-Caribbean community. Still, all the advocacy and the meetings with police were ineffective in getting the 63-year-old dreadlocked man out of the predicament he was in earlier this month –…
“I want to be part of the right slanted movement in ruling our democratic republic. I believe the ‘movement’ is by the ‘salt of the earth’ persons who believe in God and the freedoms of citizens of any country.”
Elected Representatives serve.
Christianity is a personal choice. It is not a State mandate. Religion is of conscience. It cannot be forced upon a people or a person. One must accept Christianity for it to be a reality. If Christians force their religion upon humankind via State Force, they are no better than the Soviet Communist or Wahhabi Islamist.
I’m not certain why American Christians cannot comprehend this.
I was fairly certain that Hillary had lost when she was nominated. Back around September of last year, I knew that Trump would be elected.
Conservative Christians did not win this election. Liberalism was repudiated by a slight majority with the election of Trump. More people, in my opinion, voted against Hillary than for Trump.
I have seen wisdom come from both the Left and the Right. I have witnessed it elsewhere as well. There is wisdom in the philosophies of Buddhism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Wicca, Conservatism, Communitarianism and Communism as well as Liberalism and Christianity. I have witnessed it. There is wisdom in humanity.
The Liberals should back off. I said the same thing of Conservatives in the Obama era. I warned Liberals to be wary of their vindictiveness and to be especially careful with the precedents set by their Dear Leader Obama. None heeded the call. Now they will reap what they have sown.
Such is the way of the world. The masses rarely ever learn. Four to Twelve years from now, the pendulum will swing back to the Liberals. Will Conservatives have learned the necessary lessons or will they be as arrogant as they and their Liberal counterparts have always been.
I think the arrogance will remain. The Right and Left have become blind and deaf to all others. This is why they constantly lose Middle America and find themselves out of office and in the minority so often. The Democrats and Republicans never learn. They are 20% or so on either side of the political fringe. The Great Middle swings back and forth as they have no other choice. They tire of one and flock to the other. They tire of that one and flock to the other side. This has been American Politics since the founding of the two party system.
Elected Representatives do not rule the American Republic. Elected Representatives serve. When they fail to serve, they are voted out.
Those who seek to rule are no better than the despots of Saudi Arabia.