Blind Populism – 2016


The Democrat-Republican, left-right, Atheist-Cleric dichotomy is a farce.

Political elites know human beings are more inclined to “defend” something than to attack it.

So they create a delusion of competition between theories, such as atheism and religion, which appear to be opposite, and lets say, communism and libertarianism, or democracy and republicanism, so as to keep constituencies controlled and voting for the supposed “opposition”.

But in reality, all of these guys, atheists, clerics, libertarians, socialists – they are all more concerned with promoting their “belief system” or the “lack thereof” than pointing out what is right or wrong, from a rationally based moral system.

These guys, Ben Carson, the Young Turks…they will all promote their bigotry with a slight hint of moral discourse but they will ALWAYS fall short of addressing the main global issues facing us from an impartial standpoint because it threatens their social status and employment.

This applies to Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter, Donald Trump, Glen Beck & Hillary Clintons (neo-cons and/or closet conservatives)

It also applies to the Bernie Sanders, Bill Mahers & Salman Rushdies (populist socialists and/or militant atheists)

You see I put my faith in less ideologically inclined individuals. I prefer to trust individuals of conviction and moderation; those who understand the complexity of human nature. These figures tend to be closer to the “ideological center” of the political spectrum, preferring the wisdom of moderation over the perhaps shortsighted instant-gratification of ideological-populism.

To be frank, of the three contenders, the one who exhibited this type of humility the most was Governor Martin O’Malley, who is least likely of them to win.

He was the only contender to say “Black Lives Matter”.

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Benghazi


I wish Congress could, instead of sitting down the Obama Administration, sit down the Bush Administration and ask them why they lied to the American people and the whole world for that matter about the existence of WMDs in Iraq? Perhaps Congress could also ask the Bush Administration why Saudi Royalty received such exceptional care and concern during moments surrounding the 9/11 attacks?

These questions are not just for the Bush Administration though. These questions are for all the far right, conservatives, and all these extreme political ideologues who care more for their personal gains and opinions than for human dignity. And they dare to call themselves believers in God. What a shame.

American Utopia?


America is the Utopia of the 21st century. It is the ideal democracy although within it there are forces determined to take advantage of it. What fascinates me is American Exceptionalism, this idea of being favored, special, different, than the rest of the world. On one hand, it is the most beautiful political drama. On the other, it is an ugly tragedy. Still, America holds firm.

The startling question I have is what is the reason for this exceptionalism. I would argue it has much to do with religion, capitalism, and individualism.

It could be argued that other parts of the world exhibit these characteristics like Europe, Japan, Brazil, etc. But I find individualism a fleeting ideology in the world — a struggle rather.

America, is the last stronghold, or perhaps the most powerful one. That is a double edged sword.

I have faith in America though. Let’s see what comes in the future.

President Obama tells Congress to give immigrants U.S. Citizenship


 

In his first State of the Union Address this year, President Obama asked Congress to finally solve the immigration problem in this country.

Obama expressed his belief that hard working immigrants should be rewarded, not punished, for working hard and contributing to American society.

Most of them, he said, were brought here at a young age. It is not their faults they are not U.S. citizens. To deny them the right to live in this country is to deny them the right to stay in their home.

He then went further and said:

“Send me a law that gives them the chance to earn their citizenship, and I will sign it right away.”

On a personal level, I completely agree with the President.

As an immigrant myself, I know the difficulties of trying to become a U.S. citizen. Because of my struggle, I sympathize with other immigrants.

I believe that Americans should really try to understand that the immigrants in this country are hard working human beings who are simply seeking ways to improve their lives in ways they usually can’t in their own homeland.

The idea that these people should fix their home country’s problems is understandable, but the thought of sending people back on a such a massive scale is not only impractical – ┬áit’s inhumane.

As Obama said in his speech, the border is now more tightly secure than ever before. Therefore, public officials have no more excuses as to why they cannot tackle this issue in an appropriate and just fashion.

I believe that immigrants with clean records, who are merely seeking a better life in this country, who live here and want to contribute to this economy should be granted U.S. citizenship or at least be given the opportunity to work here as well as the reassurance that they can some day receive citizenship status. I think there is no use in fighting this anymore.

Now that the border is more secure than ever, there are no excuses to delay this process any longer.

Why didn’t the U.S. Media air the full interview between Barbara Walters and Bashar al-Assad?


by Siegfried Woldhek

It’s been a few weeks since the interview between Barbara Walters and Bashar al-Assad was aired on national television, but the question of why the U.S. media didn’t air the full interview still remains in my head today.

It boggles my mind that the version aired on American cable was only a segment of the entire interview, not to mention that it was chopped up to bits. Some of what I thought were the most important parts of the interview were left out.

If the U.S. government is confident that it has taken the right position on Syria, why can’t all the footage of such an important interview be shown to the American public? Is it possible that the entire interview might give viewers a different perspective on the Syrian president and the events unfolding in his country?

I can’t be so sure, but there is no reason to fully dismiss the possibility.

Regardless, it is very unusual that ABC would air only a small portion of the interview. The version shown on national television was only 10-15 minutes long; the one I saw was about an hour.

Sounds like a lot of editing to me.