Domestic policy

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Islamophobia: It appears to be alive and well in America!

In all of my 70 years, I have never seen such hatred in the past several months against Islam in general! I grew up during WW II when the Japanese were referred to less than human and American Japanese were interred in concentration camps during the War. After WW II, Sen. Joseph McCarthy had us looking for Communists everywhere, while many innocent people had their lives crushed. During the Vietnam War, anti-war protesters were beaten in the streets and called traitors. President George W. Bush gave probably the best speech in his life to the nation on the night of September 11th. When addressing the world’s Muslim people, “I also want to speak tonight directly to Muslims throughout the world. We respect your faith. It's practiced freely by many millions of Americans and by millions more in countries that America counts as friends. Its teachings are good and peaceful, and those who commit evil in the name of Allah blaspheme the name of Allah.” Have we forgotten that night and how it united the nation, as well as the World! It appears that we have!

The Anger In America: It’s The Economy, Stupid!

There is more anger in America today than any time other than the Viet Nam War. Those of us who lived through it saw rioting in the streets and a truly divided nation. There was no question as to what that anger was directed to: The War! Once again, Americans are angry! They have good reason to be, but they brought it on, in part, by themselves. The “average American” was sold a bill of goods that promised them “The American Dream” but they became the victims of corporate greed and that of their own.

Disaster in the Gulf: Why does it appear that everything we try to do turns to shit!

What appeared to be a leak by BP in the Gulf of Mexico is now probably the worst ecological disaster of our lifetime! Unfortunately, there appears to be no immediate solution to stop it. The only way to stop it is to drill a relief well, which may take several months to drill, as it may have to down as much as 13,000 feet to intercept the existing well. In the meantime, it is estimated that between 250,000 to 1,000,000 gallons of oil a day is spilling into the Gulf of Mexico. What have we let loose?

Congress and the Health Care Bill: This performance is right out of “Comedy Central”!

With the performance by both the Democrats and the Republicans over that past several weeks, it’s definitely time to change back to an Independent! Never in my near 70 years have I seen such a debacle in Washington, D.C. Both Parties have shown their true colors. The Democrats have absolutely no backbone and the Republicans have the biggest brass balls in town.

The Obama Presidency: Is The State Of The Union in a State Of Gridlock!

It was a little over a year ago when the most of nation felt that the hands of government had been handed to a President that would set us towards a new direction, even in an economic crisis. A year has passed and the nation seems to be no better off and its government in total gridlock.

The Senate Health Care Bill: Is a half a loaf better than none at all?

I’ve been biding my time on this one as the Senate has continued to strip all of the “Reform” from H.R, 3962, passed on November 7, 2009. The U.S. Senate continues to obstruct any meaningful reform for the General Public, whether it is The Credit Card Holder’s Bill of Rights or the Health Reform Act of 2009. In nearly every case, 100 men and women, elected by their constituency, have blindly followed the money trail left by the Lobbyists of Corporate America to screw the American Public!

President Obama and Health Care Reform Act: The honeymoon is over so it’s time for some “tough love”!

We have come to the end of the road as far as any bi-partisan Health Care Reform! First of all, there was never going to be any give by the Republicans on this issue, or for any other. For the past nine months, I’ve watched President Obama attempt to deal with not so “loyal opposition” in an attempt to reach a bi-partisan Health Care Bill.

“The Birthers” on Obama’s citizenship! Give me a break and get a life!

This is the first time RPO has chosen to re-run an article that is just one year old! It was regarding an idiotic notion that then Presidential Candidate Barack Obama was not a U.S. citizen. There are now enough of these idiots to actually give them a name….The Birthers!

Bailed out banks response to the U.S. taxpayer: You play ball with me and I’ll stick the bat up your ass!

Just in case you haven’t looked at your latest credit card statement or that letter in fine print from your bank regarding your credit card that you tossed away, there is a good chance that your interest rate just went up! The banks that you and I have just bailed out to the tune of nearly $200 billion taxpayer dollars are arbitrarily increasing their interest rates on nearly any account they decide is delinquent, endanger of default or in good standing!

We need some humor in Congress: For Al Franken, it’s been a bad joke so let him be seated as the junior Senator from Minnesota!

For the past five months, the battle for the Senate seat between incumbent Norm Coleman and upstart Al Franken has made Minnesotans blurry eyed, as they’ve counted the votes five ways from Sunday! It may be one way to survive a miserable Winter in the North Country, but the Court has declared Al Franken the winner by 312 votes out of nearly 3 million votes cast.

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