5/19/16

No Time For A Revolution

As far as I'm concerned, Bernie Sanders is no longer a viable presidential  candidate. His campaign has boiled down,at least in my opinion, to a greedy power struggle no matter the cost to the future of this country. Nothing short of a revolution would see his solutions to the issues implemented. This country was born from a revolution and has evolved through hard work in legislative halls into a super power. One birth is enough. There is much about Bernie Sanders position on issues that I like. His strategy in the closing months of the primaries however is the strategy of an egotist - not a statesman. I'm not enamored with Hillary Clinton but comared to The Donald she is a winner. It is time that Sanders comes to the same conclusion.

5/13/16

A Stink To Rival The Cicadas

In about two weeks the Cleveland area will be subjected to the deafening sound of the 17-year cicada. According to the latest reports the nuisance will be gone by the time of the RNC convention in July. All that will remain will be lots of dead bugs and and the stink of shells. I firmly believe that these reports are a bit premature. The 17-year cicada may be gone by July but another loud, obnoxious creature which goes by the name of Trump will invade Cleveland in July. After a few days of screaming and roaring it will be gone and only a stink will be left behind. If only we could build a wall.

5/6/16

May God Have Mercy On Us

One of the lessons of Campaign 2016 may very well be that it is time for change. Not the change that the Democrats and the Republicans talk about which is political garbage but the change that disillusioned voters have inferred by their support of a demagogue like Trump and the Don Quixote like Bernie Sanders. The country needs a new political party which can challenge the stodgy Democrats and Republicans without resorting to misguided showmanship. Bernie Sanders' campaign demonstrates that we are ripe for political change. It will not happen without pain. Unfortunately that pain may very well be a President Trump. May God have mercy on us.

4/15/16

Go Obama! Go!

Not having to face a re-election campaign can do wonders for a sitting President's approval rating and  legacy. Obama has been on a tear issuing executive orders and taking positions all designed to benefit those in need of a champion - the Mr. and Mrs. John Does. He has proven once and for all that he has calgione . Shining example, he now advocates the elimination of the forced leasing of cable boxes. This ripoff by cable companies costs the consumer over $200 per year. For what? An antiquated piece of electronics. One has only to look at the history of the telephone to appreciate what the end of leasing can mean for cable boxes.

Enough about cable boxes. The purpose of this post is to put forth a proposal that the term for POTUS be limited to one term only for six years. Not faced with months of political maneuvering a President could concentrate on governing. At least it would get us closer to the benefits of a parliamentary  form of government.

Obama has eight months left to work on his legacy. I have the felling that at long last we have the President we thought we elected in 2008. Bravo Obama!

4/7/16

Time For Freedom From Relgion

We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression--everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way-- everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want . . . everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear . . . anywhere in the world.--President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Message to Congress, January 6, 1941

So spoke FDR seventy-five years ago. We have accepted these essential freedoms up until recently. Now a fifth freedom has become a popular buzz word in some parts of this country. Apparently the holier than thou citizens of some states  like Mississippi and North Carolina have taken it upon themselves to blatantly discriminate against the LGBT community. Of course they have had a lot of practice in denying civil rights to anyone that is "different".

Before this fifth freedom gains more steam, I propose that we start a movement for the adoption of yet another freedom. It is essential that the freedom from religion be made part of the fabric of The United States of America. One should worship whatever God or idol one pleases but do it in a church, temple or mosque - not in a legislative chamber. The separation of church and state must be preserved if this nation is to reap the benefits of the Bill of Rights.