Friday, November 28, 2014

World Order Wars Benefit Powerful Wealthy People, Not You and Me

Our government lies, saying and doing anything to justify their actions. Lies, purposeful misinformation, told in order to drag us into war are most egregious. They tell us, from World War I to Iraq and now Syria, that war is necessary to protect our freedom and democracy. “Freedom is not free.” Wars are necessary to achieve world peace. To do anything else other than forceful intervention is appeasement. Only the United States is capable of maintaining world order.

The facts are that U.S. intervention in World War I helped Hitler rise to power and World War II, intervention in Southeast Asian affairs led to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and intervention in the Middle East led to war and all the problems we have in Iraq and the region.

In President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, he said, “America led the world in constructing an architecture to keep the peace.” Adding, “A decade into a new century, this old architecture is buckling under the weight of new threats.”

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tomas Young, for That I Am So Sorry

This is Tomas Young
Screenshot of YouTube Video ‘Remembering Tomas Young’ 
by Amanda Young
Following the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Tomas Young wanted to defend his country. He joined the Army expecting to fight in Afghanistan, but instead deployed to Iraq. There, on April 4, 2004, a bullet ripped through his spine and paralyzed him from the waste down. After more than 10 years of suffering, as a result of fighting in a war that should have never been, Tomas succumbed to his wounds and died on November 10, 2014. Tomas was 34 years old.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Reflection: Armistice Day, ‘The War to End All Wars,’ Now Veterans Day, A Different Intent

The Armistice/Remembrance Day Poppy
(Poppies still proliferate World War I battlefields) 
I remember when Armistice Day was dedicated to the pursuit of world peace. But today, Veterans’ Day is a very different celebration than what was then Armistice Day. Veterans Day has evolved to a day we celebrate by venerating our veterans, overwhelming idolizing our war’s combat veterans, in doing so, glorifying war.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Free-Market Capitalism Is Only Tolerant Of Those Who Are Capable Of Achieving Success

of a homeless mother with her children
In America, 3.5 million are homeless; over a third are families; over 1.6 million are children. Of the 1.6 million, close to 1.3 million are homeless students enrolled in our country’s public preschools and grades K-12.

In a country that touts family values, places values on education and equal opportunity, that should be unacceptable, yet it’s not.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Yes, We Can Have Immigration Reform; all that’s Needed Is a Change of Attitude

Immigration is not the problem that it’s drummed up to be. More than anything else, it’s an attitude problem of how we perceive immigration (documented or undocumented), in particular of those from south of our border.