I’m going to make this very clear, I feel like I’m reliving the 1960s. I don’t see why we have to let this kind of nonsense happen. There’s no reason that America, or any other nation, should be arming its citizens to the teeth. This is exactly why I think that gun control is so desparately needed. Anyone who wants a gun to either protect themselves, or to hunt, should have that right. After all, we have the 2nd Amendment for that reason. However, I don’t think that people need assault, automatic or semi-automatic weaponry, nor do I think that people should be allowed to own guns in an unlicensed fashion. If you want to own a gun, simply take the necessary tests to receive a federally issued (not state-issued) license and have your gun registered in a federal database. I think that makes a lot of sense, and I also think that it will do the country some good. Let’s make America safe and secure for the next generation, and not one that allows yahoos to get guns and kill innocent people for their own sadistic pleasure.
How the heck is this reality shaping up? I understand that people are pissed and frustrated about the economic situation and not having their voices heard. I feel that way myself, but I don’t think we need to go to crazy extremes just to get our voices heard, nor do I think we need to engage in divisive politics in order to get to the top.
Well, now that the Far-Right is in power, or at least controls the House and has a stronger presence in the Senate, I can see their crazy ideas coming out into the light. Who the heck will benefit from a flat tax or from shutting out all immigrants from coming to this country? And lastly, what is the reason for trying to prevent African American and other minority communities from voting, or stripping union rights? I honestly don’t see the logic in it, unless you’re trying to take out the Democratic base for the 2012 election cycle.
This is the problem I have, the Far-Right is using our current crisis as an opportunity to drag America backwards to the 1830s. I would not even be surprised should they try to reinstate slavery again, or make it so that we can rescind citizenship to those who are not White and Christian. I have to say, this is complete horseshit.
The Far-Right’s bullshit has me ready and willing to put my full effort into get getting President Obama re-elected in 2012. Yeah, I can say that our president has made some decisions that I don’t particularly agree with, but I can say that he’s also done what he could considering the circumstances as well. I personally think he did not go far enough in some instances, such as Healthcare and Wall Street Reform. I think those bills needed to be made stronger. However, I still think that he’ll be better than the yahoo that comes out of the Republican nomination process (which my instict tells me is Perry).
I don’t believe this, Pres. Obama goes out of his way to try to end the ongoing dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, and at every step, PM Netanyahu continues to fight him. I don’t know how Israel can think that by putting off the peace process and demand that it get recognized not as a state, but a Jewish state, when that was not a part of the initially agreed upon text. I think for the Arabs to complain is more than legitimate, as Israel has been dragging its feet for the past year or so.
As for the Arab side process, I think that Pres. Abbas needs to realize that by daring Israel to annex the areas the Palestinians want for a state is only giving the Israeli radicals and settlers what they want, the right to oppress the Palestinians without any kind of rebuke from the international community. Additionally, it is going to damage Obama’s credibility as an even-handed broker, working to bring both sides together. Abbas should not give in or cave, he should continue to fight for Palestinian sovereignty and call for Israel to end the construction of settlements. As long as he continues to work in tandem with the Arab League, and the UN, that should provide him enough political cover to make the hard choices necessary to create a Palestinian state.
As for President Obama, he needs to be more vocal. He really needs to display more disapproval of Israel’s severe misbehavior on the international scene. If he doesn’t start showing America as being more assertive, it’ll only show that America will always turn a blind eye to any of Israel’s consistent flouting of international law with its settlements. Not to mention, it will forever damage America’s role as an honest peace negotiator in the eyes of the Muslim world. Now is not the time to give in to Israeli demands, Mr. President. Today is the day that, politics aside, someone can actually make a situation a lot easier for a nation with no homeland. The last thing we need to do is treat a humanitarian crisis as a military conflict, and this should be your consistent message to Netanyahu. Where are you now, Mr. President? We need someone of your standing to go out and really create a fuss. We need you to remind Israel that its actions are alienating its one true ally in a world where everyone else remains extremely critical.
One more note to play before concluding. Iran has been causing more hell than Israel, which is something I do recognize off-hand. They still provide support to various militias in the Mideast, such as Hamas and Hezbollah. Not to mention, it’s this kind of backing that’s keeping the Arab states in a constant cycle of fear, more than anything else. I don’t see how everyone is blaming the Arabs for all the violence directed towards Israel, or more specifically how there’s state funding from the Arabs. Let me be clear on this, outside of possibly Syria, the Arabs are largely content on leaving Israel in peace. Most have become resigned to the fact that Israel is not going anywhere anytime soon, and are still trying to settle old disputes and extend diplomatic recognition. However, they’re not venturing anywhere near the final step of recognition, not only because of the settlements, but because of Iran’s meddling in their affairs. Most Arab states fear a revolt from Iran, so they largely stay quiet. Which brings me back to my original point, which is that if anyone is causing trouble for Israel these days on a state-based level, it’s Iran. The Arabs see the militias largely as an unnecessary hindrance to peace and are making it clear that their aims don’t reflect Arab nationalism. Iran doesn’t and that’s how these groups are still able to operate.
To conclude, this process does not seem to make itself any easier to work with. Now matter how many steps forward are taken, we always have to take about four steps backward to compensate. I don’t see how in a world where people can agree on a consensus gap of 95%, can kill each other of the remaing 5%. Oh wait, I remember, it’s because of extremism.
The Republican Party, has over the last year, been going balls to the wall over its hatred of our President. Let’s face it, a Southernized Congress will only try to bring back Jim Crow and look to make America a Christian nation, with no room for free expression. This is not what we need, as they are nothing more than extremists. It’s only their way or nothing, and if you don’t like that, go elsewhere.
At the same time, their economic policy is you are on your own if you can’t find work. We need to extend permanent tax-breaks to our corporate cronies and keep the offshoring break legal. It’s wealthfare for the top. Don’t worry, you will be subsidized if you are in the wealthiest 1-5%. This is just ludacris!
We need to keep the Democrats in charge for another 2 years. They’re the ones with the ideas, not the Republicans. The Republicans only want to piss you off to the point that you’ll give up your rights. Also, they wish to enshrine division & hatred.
As many of you are aware, Barack Obama has recently become the 44th President of the United States of America. Although it is early in his term, I think we can expect great things from him and hold true to his enthusiasm that if we’re doing community service, that we can do just about anything. My only hope is that he can keep us inspired to what we, as Americans, can do to get ourselves out of this whole we’re in. If it’s done at the microeconomic level and expanded upwards, I think that that may do the trick. You can’t do it from the top down.
The good part is that partisan politics is now a thing of the past, and lately I’ve seen both political parties go more towards a bi-partisan path to solving the nations problems, even if they don’t agree on some of the details.
To Pres. Obama: I hope that with your guidance, we can find a new way to define the United States of America as a nation and who we are as a people. I find that you are on the ball when you said that we will not apologize for our way of life. I agree whole-heartedly with you on that statement. Mr. President, your election has inspired such good-will and hope from both within and for our nation. You have become the very calming of the storm that is needed after the turbulence of the 1990s and the Bush years.
To my friends here and abroad: I think that with this underway, we shall see a small era of peace and hopefully a new vision of how the United States of America will in fact define itself as this century unfolds itself. I think that we shall see the USA start to regain its reputation after being humbled down. You may not see the US Military dictate US Foreign Policy as much and that it will be instead be dictated by the US State Dept, which is where that responsibility belongs, more often.
Just to be clear, I don’t know how these years will turn out, but I have a sense everything will get back to normal. I think that Pres. Obama will do whatever he can to make sure this country can be all that it can. If you are worried that the Republican party will make some surprise comeback, I do not see that happening in 2010. The most likely time the Republicans will come back is maybe around 2016, maybe later. As long as Pres. Obama holds the White House, I think the Republicans will be reassessing their values and their core beliefs of low taxes and limited government. I now think that the Republican party will have to move towards the center, as the Democrats have under our president, in order to make themselves electable.
Then again, we shall see what the future bestows on us.