"Throughout the 20th century, small groups of men seized control of great nations built armies and arsenals and set out to dominate the weak and intimidate the world.
In each case, their ambitions... had no limit."
I wish I had a better sense of who he was talking about... The election debacle is still in my mind.
Last night, after hearing The State of the Union Address (quoted above) the program and server I use to create this ongoing daily project was, for whatever reason, down. Could have been a good thing; I was, for the most part, in a state of overwhelming disbelief compounded by an actual fear for us, our country, our world. If you have been reading this daily you'll know what I mean; from hearing his spin on taxcuts that will plunge us into deeper debt to the pharmaceutical plan for the elderly that will only help people that can afford to join an HMO and leave their Medicare program (both were touched on during Mr Locke's response), the truth was forgotten as the partisans stood up and clapped, again and again . Mr Bush may not have out and out lied but he did commit the sin of ommission. Early and often as the saying goes... and the speech went. Here is some perspective .
Where is the money going to come from to fill out Mr Bush's grocery list of spending? Like page torn from Mr Reagan's presidency, again I saw "Tax and Spend" combined with great communication skills; you know; the going on about evil and American righteousness and force - a posture well suited to influencing folks who ask no questions, who believe the little bit of evening news that they take in. People, like us, who believe in America and its promise, but they believe unquestioningly in the present administration as well as in the media. A quote from Rupert Murdoch "The truth is that authoritarian countries can work." (the Murdoch link is germane, and not very long)
About N. Korea Hmmmmm....
Nukes at home..
Norman Schwartzkopf - another American with questions ( long, but please read...)
It is up to us, we people who like Stormin' Norman S have questions. Patriotism is loving your country enough to look deeply into what it is doing in your name, and why.
"Once again, we are called to defend the safety of our people, and the hopes of all mankind. And we accept this responsibility." Yessir, Mr President. That's what this blog is about, it is that sort of tool.
Thank you Mr Locke for throwing out some actual figures out about the tax cut. And mentioning the airport screener issue and the medicare for older folks facts.