Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Huckabee: Won't Shut Pulled Pork Hole

"This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven." Same man who once said: "Fear is a very explosive emotion, but it has a short life span." And they say the Democratic candidates have been all over the map in the course of their careers. Give me an effin' break.

Mitt Romney once speechified: "Internationally, President Obama has adopted an appeasement strategy. He believes America's role as leader in the world is a thing of the past. I believe a strong America must - and will - lead the future." John McCain's intentions regarding Iran weren't at all subtle either.

If only our president could be more like Nixon and Reagan who "appeased" the Chinese and the Soviets respectively but called it "iron will" or some such. 

Schoolchildren study the post-war (WWII - they do tend to run together) memories of Neville Chamberlain and the fate of caving in to an expansionist dictator.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Rick Perry: Poet Lariat

Still Life with Road Apples

those of you
that will be twenty-one
by November 12th
I ask for your vote

dark economic clouds
are dissipating
into an emerging blue sky
of opportunity

flying C-130's
all around the globe
I truly appreciated
the blessings of freedom

freedom of religion
doesn't mean
freedom from religion

Juarez is reported to be
the most dangerous city
in America

George W. Bush
did a great job
in the presidency
defending us from freedom

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Fear and Deceit on the Campaign Trail 2016

I pledge allegiance to the republic.

The United States of America: one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

I wonder how well the crop of candidates for the most powerful office on the planet would fare in a return to high school civics class. It might prove an adventure in malicious hyperbole to substitute 4th grade social studies in said pondering (though I can think of a number of them who might benefit from that kind of generosity) so I won't. "Unelected judges" - "criminalization of Christianity" - "erode our right to religious liberty" - "legislate from the bench" - "only the latest example of an activist Court" - I mean come on!

14th amendment much? Heard of it? No? I don't believe you.

Forgetting for a moment the altogether high bar of wisdom to know the difference, our politics are constrained by what is and isn't possible under statutory and case law. More than just from celeb du jour the Donald, the citizenry is continually under bombardment by claims of the way things are which historically have proven more popular than good for the republic.

Roads, schools, airports, stadiums, libraries, regulations against the excesses of unbridled profiteering and environmental damage, standards for safety, retirement security, health care for the disabled and near indigent, utility rights of way (this list is glaringly incomplete) are steeped in "socialness," a term I prefer to "socialism" by removing the specter of full-blown Leninism or anti-capitalism in pursuit of an eventual state owned means of production. Had we had more of it the past 50 years, our atmosphere might be suffering way less Venus envy.