This coming Presidential Election is probably the most important and significant election in our lifetime. This is not a beauty contest! Whoever wins the election will set the direction of this country for the next twenty years. At this point in time, there should be NO undecided voters! If they are, then they are, then they have been living on some island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, or in a coma for the past decade! The choice is whether we continue into the Twenty First Century or do we go back to the Nineteenth or early Twentieth Century! Although the Economy is forefront in the mix, but we are a divided nation and the real debate is not only on the Economy but also on Social Issues.
The Senate race in Massachusetts is different than any other Senate or Congressional race in the country. The reason is that the Republican incumbent, Sen. Scott Brown appears as what once was the noble tradition of being a “Moderate Republican.” That breed of Republican is long gone and in its place is a far Right Conservative who makes Barry Goldwater look like a piker! Who is Scott Brown? Elizabeth Warren represents what many voters have looked for in a candidate. That is someone who has not been tarnished by Washington and truly represents the principles of the Democratic Party. You know exactly who she is.
I have chosen to re-write an article I wrote back in October of 2007, as what I said then is just as pertinent now as it was then. Only some of the issues and talking points have changed. Back in 2007, I was discussing the decline in American life expectancy and education. Now, with the upcoming election, moral issues and the role in government have taken the headlines. In particular, the rights of women have become one of the major issues of this campaign and what is the role in government in our everyday lives. The nation appears to be divided on these two issues and we should have a better understanding how we got here and why.
When you turn in the news, whether it is local or national, do you feel that you might be missing something? Perhaps not, if you have already been brainwashed into believing that what you get for news today is complete and comprehensive. If you do, then please join me at shouting out at “the Media” for packaging the news into news bites and fluff, which gives us nothing except the same garbage, whatever station you turn to.
It’s time again for RPO to give some advise to the GOP, not that they want any advise from me! Nearly all of the candidates have more baggage than you’ll find on the Orient Express! After watching most of the debates, I feel that I’ve been thrown back in time watching “What’s My Line?” with John Daley. If the Republicans seriously want to win in 2012, they’re overlooking the only candidate who can bring in the Independent vote. That’s Jon Huntsman!
What I am about to write in this article is not a proven fact. History may decide whether it is, but as we continue to live through this crisis, the evidence is there to make the assumptions that I’m about to lay out. Looking back over 40 years, all the moves made by both Wall Street, Corporate America and the U.S. Government are there to be interpreted and the more you look at them, they loom larger and larger, leaving room for little doubt that this was “The Plan!”
I’ve been so disgusted with what I’ve seen over the past several months that the last thing I wanted to do was even think about how foolish our government has acted! I just can’t take it anymore. The only comparison I can come up with is “The Three Stooges”, which were popular in the 1930s and 1940s. It was pure slapstick. You didn’t have to think about it! In the midst of the worst crisis since the Great Depression, we get a comedy act!
If anyone was wondering why RPO has been silent for the past two months, it’s due to my toxic reaction to statin drugs for elevated levels of cholesterol. For the past four months, or more, I’ve been suffering from a toxic reaction to Simvastatin, the generic form of Zocor. It took three doctors to diagnose it, as when you get old as dirt at my age, they kiss you off by telling you its arthritis. By the time I was diagnosed, I could barely walk and the pain in both my shoulder and arms was unbearable! One little pill that I was taking for 10 years turned out to be the cause of this suffering! And guess what…..It’s the most popular drug on the market and prescribed for more people than any other drug!
For over forty years, I was a Republican. In fact, I was a Goldwater Conservative and argued in my high school Current Affairs class that I should be allowed to read the then conservative Los Angeles Times, rather than the required liberal New York Times! That was in 1957! So here I am now, in front of my keyboard, trying to defend Democrats and save their seats in Congress! The strangest of all is that my politics haven’t changed that much! Just as strange is that Democrats continue to act like Democrats while the Republicans take the vote and laugh all the way to Washington!
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!