Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

“About Yesterday”

Yesterday was Veterans Day, a day of honor!

Since November 11th 1918 — the end of World War I — Americans have honored veterans who served our country to preserve and protect our freedoms. It was an honor to serve in uniform and the people of a thankful nation proudly acknowledged their service.

Veterans had a revered place in our society after World War I and again after World War II. They were celebrated for their heroics and sacrifices to keep America safe. Gestures of thanks were honest and heartfelt.

On this day in the past Veterans were respected.

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“The Hidden Costs of War”

The cost of war does not end with the conflict!

In October of 2007 I submitted this article to the New York Times Opinion Section in hopes they would reprint it to let all Americans know that there is a cost to every war that those that wage war do want exposed to the American people. It is a cost that should enrage everyone and is passed down to our children and grandchildren. The burden I wrote about then has more than doubled since it was written. Here is that article:

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A dead U.S. soldier costs less than a disabled one.

It is an unfortunate truth—a callous statement—but a reality of the hidden costs of the occupation of Iraq; an occupation that has destroyed lives and families and cost over $450 billion in American treasure thus far.

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“A Party Without a Soul”

The party of family values searches for a new life force.

The Republican party is fractured and dying and they don’t seem to know why, or how to correct it.

At their annual meeting they tried to pull together the party’s dysfunctional factions, an attempt to renew the party after their stunning failures in the recent election. Demographics have changed but the Republican Party hasn’t.

Is there something they’re missing?

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“Why We Can’t”

There’re many things we can’t do and as many reasons why we can’t.

The United States is struggling with issues that we were leaders in not so many years ago and we don’t know how to fix them, or how to regain our status.

We’re a country in disarray, floundering: economically, politically, educationally, medically, and scientifically. We’re also deficient in humanity, honesty, integrity, and responsibility.

True, globalization has dramatically changed the way we deal with some aspects of our lives collectively and personally. But our problems can only partially be blamed on globalization.

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“No Longer Supreme!”

This article on the Supreme Court has been posted to The Huffington Post.

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Respect for the judicial black robe is eroding!

Recent decisions by the Supreme Court have brought the integrity of this court under scrutiny.

From Bush v. Gore, to eminent domain, to Citizens United, to body searches, to ethics problems, a greater number of the nation’s highest court’s rulings defy common sense and judicial principles.

And it could get even worse!

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“When Right Is Wrong”

The American way of life has changed dramatically, the result of three decades going in the wrong direction.

Economically we’re setting records; contradictory indicators of wealth and poverty, production and unemployment, and corporate growth offset by small business decline.

The economic picture is vividly uncertain and Congress added to the unpredictability with their obfuscation of the payroll tax — finally passed under pressure.

When, then, can we expect recovery?

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“Not the America I Envisioned”

This article was posted at The Huffington Post on 11/22. To read it there click on the link provided here.

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This is not the country I grew up in…

…nor is it the country I want my kids and grandkids to grow up in.

This country, America, has become ugly, and it’s my generation that has made it this way.

With the incredible amount of corruption and deceit that has overtaken the nation it no longer resembles the great country our forefathers envisioned over 235 years ago.

As we age we remember the good times and suppress the bad. The ‘good ole days.’ Nostalgic remembrances of happy times of our youth and carefree young adulthood. This phenomenon helps us cope in later years with a world that seems to speed up; a world that threatens to leave us hopelessly behind.

And the world is definitely racing ahead.

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“An UnTea Party Revolution”

New article has been posted on The Huffington Post. Read it on HuffPost by clicking on the link.

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Stop the revolution, I want to get off!

Revolution is nigh and this time it’s not the product of the misguided anger of the Tea Party!

This one is ‘real.’ Not manufactured. A protest the right loves to hate.

Armed with legitimate complaints, too many to count, people — ignored by an uncaring Congress — have taken their concerns to the street.

It started with the occupation of Wall Street, spread to more than 100 cities throughout the United States, then to cities all over the world.

Is this a populist movement?

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“Key Elements to Lowering the Deficit”

This article was posted on The Huffington Post 9/6/11. To read it on HuffPo click on the link.

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Nearly everyone agrees — the deficit is a problem and must be fixed.

Fixing this recessionary deficit will take time. Lots of time… and sacrifice. Lots of sacrifice!

There is no agreement in Congress on how deficit reduction can be fairly accomplished but, honest discourse is an absolute necessity. A few reasonable adjustments could put deficit reduction on a positive path in the short-term. There is much more involved in developing a long-term solution, but it’s also easily achievable.

Short-term, seven key elements must be considered including raising taxes and closing loopholes to increase revenues. Anyone who tells you we have a spending problem, not a revenue problem, and refuses to raise taxes is either ignoring the truth or stupid.

What will it take to restore fiscal responsibility?

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“Send In the Clowns”

Posted on The Huffington Post on Tuesday, August 3rd. Click on link to read it on HuffPost.

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Republicans seem to be getting crazier with every election!

Tennessee Representative, Marsha Blackburn’s, appearance on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell a week ago on Monday night begged the question—what is wrong with the Republican Party?

The party that collectively invokes Ronald Reagan at every possible opportunity would have difficulty nominating the Gipper to represent their ideals today. He would be too moderate for the scattered, displaced, sometimes on the edge of insanity, Republican Party.

What has caused this extreme change in the Party of Lincoln?

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