Burch: The viceman cometh

Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 9:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

If Newt Gingrich has any chance of being the last man standing in the Republican presidential primaries he will have to win southern states, so Tennesseans should soon be subjected to the Newt-onian physics of bombast, hypocrisy and utter disregard for reality.

Gingrich sounds like a Charles Dickens villain, but compares poorly with Ebenezer Scrooge, who was at least honest about his disdain for the poor and didn’t pretend to try to “help” them while getting rich at their expense.

But I doubt that even Dickens could have conceived of a character like Gingrich — a hypocritical egoist who criticizes the “work ethic” of poor darker-skinned children, then imperiously commands them to push industrial-sized mops without pay, while he and his rich cronies line up to “earn” millions via blatant influence peddling.

How can someone who was ejected from Congress and fined $300,000 for multiple ethics violations lecture poverty-stricken children? And of course that fine was just a drop in the bucket to a man who, according to the New York Times, earned at least 38.6 million dollars for “consulting” work he did for Freddie Mac and various health care companies.

Gingrich’s flagrant hypocrisy was also self-evident when he tried to impeach Bill Clinton for having an extramarital affair while he was doing the same thing himself. Why do “family values” only apply to other people, in the endlessly strange world of conservative Christian morality?

Fly me to the moon! Gingrich claims to be a “big idea” man, but his big ideas are often erratic to the point of being completely contradictory. For instance, he claims to be a fiscal conservative, but he wants to build a colony on the moon, which would surely cost trillions of dollars. He also seems to be opposed to reducing our military budget, calling plans to sequester $600 billion from the defense budget “totally destructive” and “very dangerous to the survival of the country."

But hawks like Gingrich never mention that fact that our navy is larger than the next 13 largest navies in the world combined or that the second-largest air force in the world is our Navy’s. As Ron Paul has correctly pointed out, we have a huge, far-flung military empire that we don’t need and can’t afford, and which only makes us less secure when alpha males like George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld seize opportunities to “advance American interests” through weapons and drones.

Gingrich claims to stand for "American exceptionalism vs. the radicalism of Saul Alinsky." But by “American exceptionalism” he seems to mean disdain for anyone who is poor and non-white, favoritism for rich white men like him. It’s hard for me to see Gingrich as anything but a lackey for the 1 percent who butter his bread. He strikes me as a man who will say or do nearly anything to achieve his personal goals of wealth, power and ego gratification.

The only large group of people potentially dumb enough (or deluded enough) to help him gain the presidency are southern conservatives for whom faith trumps facts and reason. As a recent New York Times editorial pointed out, “Newt Gingrich’s victory in South Carolina turned on an almost comically broad deception, an inversion of the truth in which the insider whose personal wealth and political experience are entirely creations of Washington becomes the anti-establishment candidate. That it worked speaks poorly of voters who let themselves be manipulated by the lowest form of campaigning, appealing to their anger and prejudices.”

Gingrich operates by the motto: “Do as I say, not as I do myself.” For instance, he blasted Mitt Romney for having investments in Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. But Romney’s research team quickly determined that Gingrich had publicly disclosed the same holdings. When Romney revealed that the would-be emperor was both clothes-less and unwittingly hypocritical, Gingrich’s campaign went into yet another tailspin. It takes irrational voters to elect erratic leaders, so Mr. Gingrich’s only remaining hope is probably to sweep the Bible Belt.

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

 

71 Comments on this post:

By: yogiman on 2/3/12 at 1:42

Please excuse me, Mike, but did my ears hear Newt Gingrich differently than yours? I heard him speak of children working to earn a little money (which makes sense because it is so much better than a free allowance), but I didn't hear him specify a race factor in it. Don't poor "lighter- skinned" children deserve to work for pay as well as "darker-skinned" children? And when did he "command" they push industrial mops without pay?

I do agree with you on the one issue. He is an egotistical impervious posterior; just like all other politicians I can think of except Ron Paul that I can think of.

How many people do you know of who went into any branch of our Capitol only with the intention of serving the nation for the people? They are few and far between if there is any.

By: yogiman on 2/3/12 at 2:00

Not to change the subject, but with so much of the actions being taken against religion in our nation I'd like to remind you today, Feb 3, 1943, is the 69th anniversary year of the sinking of the Allied ship U.S.A.T. Dorchester.

The ship was struck by torpedoes from a German submarine and sank in 27 minutes. It had 902 service men on board and only 231 survived.

But the point I'm making is: There was 4 chaplains on board the ship in 4 different religions. They all gave their life jackets to four men who didn't have one and were last seen standing on deck, linking their arms with their heads bowed in prayer together as the ship sank.

This nation was founded on a religious basis and we now have a government and many others who are anti-religious.

Could that be why Barry Soetoro was brought into the White House? To wake the People of America up? I sure hope they are awake this year and won't let their votes be bought by usurpation.

By: Loner on 2/3/12 at 6:20

Good morning, Nashville!

Another excellent missive from Nashville's Mike Burch; thank you, Mike Burch.

Mike hit upon most of the same criticisms of Newt Gingrich and his base of support that I also would have mentioned.

Newt is a working euphemist....a man who survives on euphemisms. He denies being a highly paid lobbyist, after he was thrown out of office; Newt coined the dubious euphemism of "historian", to describe his lobbying work for the two problematic mortgage giants, Freddy and Fanny Mac.

Newt has eagerly accepted the support of dual allegiance types, like the Adelsons, who gave ten million dollars to the Super-PAC supporting his bid for the WH. In exchange for that tainted support, Newt has promised the Adelsons that he would order the US Embassy be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as his first order of business, on day one....this would legitimize the 1967 Israeli land-grab and the 40+ years of brutal occupation.....the flimsy facade of America being an "honest broker" would vaporize at that point.

The Israelis have effectively purchased the influence of a potential US President for a ten million dollars....Newt is rather expensive but affordable, considering what a POTUS can do for foreign investors and foreign parasites who rely on generous US foreign aid.

Newt's a Wheeler-Dealer...he enjoys life in the fast lane...nice suits, personal hair stylist, 5-star restaurants, top-shelf hotel accommodations, fawning Barbie Doll groupies, media attention and of course, the bribe money.

Newt appeals to Southern hypocrites, white racists, the 1%ers, the Muslim-haters and the Israel-firsters. Newt would be a willing submissive to the War Super Lobby: Defense, Israel & Energy, (DIE).

By: ecampf on 2/3/12 at 6:50

Just to get this clear, if, god forbid, a majority of Americans are struck senseless and voted Newt in as President, would Callista be the First Lady or the Third Lady?

By: Loner on 2/3/12 at 6:56

Good question, ecampf....since Newt, a married man, was screwing Callista the Coiffed by night, while impeaching Bill Clinton , for a BJ, by day, we can conclude that Callista would qualify as the First Slut....Newt would be the POTUS, Callista would be the FS....hope that clears things up.

By: dargent7 on 2/3/12 at 7:45

Great "hit" piece. But, Gingrich 'won" S. Carolina and had 500,000 votes in FL to Romney's 750,000. Still, who'd vote for this bloated piece of crap?
He lies at every turn. Adultery? "I cared about America that much".
"Spanish is the language of the gutter"? "I didn't exactly say, Spanish.."
Colonize the Moon in 8 years? Make it the 51st state?We'll never go to the Moon again. Why?
All I want is for him is to lose, big, then go on Nutisystems and drop 100#'s.
That, I can believe in.

By: govskeptic on 2/3/12 at 7:47

While a supporter of Romney myself, I find information enclosed in this letter
as misrepresented with information along the same lines of watching an
episode of the Rachel Maddow show! Of course, we all know this is only
a precursor by Mr. Burch and TCP as to any Republican candidate and the
same will follow toward the final nominee by this party.

By: yogiman on 2/3/12 at 8:16

Good point on Gingrich being "bought out" and a liar, Loner. But, can you name any president before him that wasn't "bought out" and caught in lies?

By: global_citizen on 2/3/12 at 8:34

Some distortions of history continue to persist, particularly because some people prefer to steer the collective memory in a deceptive direction.

Bill Clinton was NOT impeached for having an extramarital affair. He was impeached for lying under oath. No amount of historical revisionism changes the facts.

By: global_citizen on 2/3/12 at 8:42

"This nation was founded on a religious basis"

Yogi, you think if you repeat this often enough it will become true?

"the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion" - Treaty of Tripoli, 1797 (ratified unanimously by Congress)

By: dargent7 on 2/3/12 at 8:49

Anyone who believes it was "right and just" to humiliated Bill Clinton about his bj from Monica should declare themselves unfit for human existence.
And you fools exude excitement that you "got" him on lying about an extramarital affair "under oath" Yet, GW Bush lied thru his teeth during the State of the Union.
Not just in front of his daughter and wife, but the entire country and planet.
And what puts lead in your pencils? A war with Iraq under false pretenses.
Let's see....a consentual affair, vs. 300,000 people killed all in the name of 'freedom".
Gee. Let me think. about it, awhile.

By: conservarage on 2/3/12 at 8:53

who does this idiot get his stuff printed all the time? are there no other submissions?

btw: i am a romney supporter, so zip it.

By: bfra on 2/3/12 at 9:09

Supporting romney sure isn't anything to be proud of!

By: Ask01 on 2/3/12 at 9:11

An observation, if I might.

Many are debating Newt, Romney, and the other Republicans as if they are certain to be elected. I believe many are overlooking the Democratic Party, and the effect the nations financial woes will have on the coming elections.

Conventional wisdom is, the economy and unemployment being key, sitting presidents suffer when times are bad. I wonder though, how many of those bad off, blaming big business, corporate greed, and the rich for their woes, regarding the Republican Party as emblematic of the rich and business concerns will revolt and not only return Obama for a second term, but turn out republicans in favor of democrats whom they might see as more sympathetic?

The failure of republicans and democrats to compromise could go either way, but with the mood in the country being what it is, Newt and Callista shouldn't be too concerned about picking out drapes just yet.

By: yogiman on 2/3/12 at 9:23

dargent7,

RE: Your 7:49 comment about Bush lying through his teeth in a 'state of the union' address. Which one of his SOTU addresses was you "talking" about, and what did he say that you can prove he was lying?

By: bfra on 2/3/12 at 9:25

Anytime Bush opened his mouth he was lying. So pick any speech, that will cover it!

By: Captain Nemo on 2/3/12 at 9:33

Mike life is often stranger than fiction and Dickens could never envision a stranger life form than what lurks in Gordonsville, Tennessee. But enough time wasted time on nothing.

It is said the Trump only does something if it befit him. The reason Donald Trump pick Romney is that Ginrich has an ego that over shadows his on.

My question for ecampf is; will there be a fourth Mrs. Ginrich? lol

By: sidneyames on 2/3/12 at 9:34

Loner, on line this morning I read that Obama is stating that his policies are "bibical" and in line with the teachings of Jesus. I am totally amazed at his turn around. He stated that since his meeting with Billy Graham, whom he felt compelled to 'pray for', he has been on his knees. And to think, all of this coming from a man who never "heard" his pastor damming God from the pulpit. Next thing you know, he will declare himself the new Messiah. Oh yeah! He's already done that. O'drama has stepped up his plan to win the south by declaring himself religious! Well God Bless his pea-picking heart, as Tennessee Earnie Ford would say. You gotta love the man for trying!

By: bfra on 2/3/12 at 9:34

Nemo - With Newt's track record, there probably already is one waiting in a motel room somewhere.

By: dargent7 on 2/3/12 at 9:35

The 2003 Address before he launched "Shock & Awe", Desert Fox, Desert Shield, Operation: Iraqi Freedom.
All, 100%, bullshit.

By: dargent7 on 2/3/12 at 9:36

Tennessea Earnie Ford? I always quote Art Linkletter.

By: Loner on 2/3/12 at 9:38

Congress was out of line to even ask Bill Clinton about his private sex life...Bill should have gotten up and walked out of the room when the out-of-bounds question was asked, instead, he told a white lie, to protect his lover and his wife from unwarranted embarrassment....if Clinton had then called a press conference and took his case to the American public, he would have been given a pass on his personal sex life, IMO....unfortunately, I was not on Bill's staff at the time...the rest is history...and hypocrisy.

Junior Bush lied about the reasons for going to war...Clinton lied about a marital tryst....Bush was re-elected...they impeached Clinton.....so much for the "high crimes" language in the Constitution...the Republicans have made a mockery of those words.

By: bfra on 2/3/12 at 9:39

Tennessee Ernie Ford would be ashamed of trolls quoting him!

By: Loner on 2/3/12 at 9:46

Oh yeah...all of our elected officials are doing the work of Jesus of Nazareth...except for the Jewish bloc...they are working for the God of Abraham. The Christians act as smug and useful idiots for Zionist Jews and the Jewish State theocracy, as they attempt to induce the 2nd Coming of Christ...the legally executed Jewish heretic, from Nazareth, Palestine....oh yeah, the mass hysteria is now in the halls of Congress and the White House....holy war with Iran is just around the corner.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/3/12 at 9:47

By: sidneyames on 2/1/12 at 3:43

Loner, it's some sort of double standard to have her embarrass and humiliate him just because he does not believe the way she does. I mean, think about this: If I own a restaurant and a gay person comes in, am I allowed o say "hey, I do not agree with your life style or your views on sex, so I'm refusing to serve you and get your butt out of my establishment". DUH!!!! I hope he can prove that it was a violation of is civil rights to not be allowed to eat where HE CHOSE TO EAT. AFTER ALL, ITS A FREE COUNTRY!
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Old sid makes her hypocritical stand for a man that would demonize others.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/3/12 at 9:50

sid-

"Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car."

By: Captain Nemo on 2/3/12 at 9:51

There used to be a street named after Chuck Norris, but it was changed because nobody crosses Chuck Norris and lives.

By: Mike Burch on 2/3/12 at 10:30

Loner,

You made a very good point:

Newt has eagerly accepted the support of dual allegiance types, like the Adelsons, who gave ten million dollars to the Super-PAC supporting his bid for the WH. In exchange for that tainted support, Newt has promised the Adelsons that he would order the US Embassy be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as his first order of business, on day one....this would legitimize the 1967 Israeli land-grab and the 40+ years of brutal occupation.....the flimsy facade of America being an "honest broker" would vaporize at that point.

Moving the American embassy to Jerusalem would be a terrible mistake, in my opinion. The U.S. should not support Israel's blatant system of apartheid and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. For the sake of a few racist, religion-mad Jewish robber barons (most "settlers" only move to Occupied Palestine because they are given huge financial incentives to do so), Americans suffered through 9-11 and two horrendous wars.

If we want peace, we need to listen carefully to the what Muslims are saying. They want equal rights and justice for Palestinians. They want the US to stop funding and propping up dictators and fascists. They want the US to stop using its military to bully Muslim nations into submission. If the US were to do those things, we would have the chance to save multitudes of lives and trillions of dollars.

But politicians like Gingrich will take a few million dollars in bribes, then hand Israel billions and mortgage our future and the lives, health and mental well-being of our soldiers (our own children) to an insane cause. Israel doesn't need land in the West Bank. Land it stole by force in 1948 still lies fallow to this day inside the borders of Israel.

For Americans to participate in the ethnic cleansing of millions of innocent people, so that a few robber barons can acquire "free" land they don't need ... well, it is both sickening and literally insane. That our political system can be so easily manipulated is very disturbing. We only get one vote in each election, and I for one will be voting for Democrats because, however imperfect the politicians, at least the party's goals make more sense than the GOP's. I just hope that one day a US president will have the courage to be honest with the American public about why 9-11 really happened, and what we need to do if we want peace.

By: Mike Burch on 2/3/12 at 10:54

Yogi,

I did make a mistake when I said "without pay" so I stand corrected, thanks to you.

But I believe Newt Gingrich's record of lecturing poor black people about their lack of "work ethic" (including schoolchildren) while taking billions of dollars in what appear to be handouts for blatant influence peddling, speaks for itself.

Sometimes we have to "read between the lines" and consider what people do, after they deliver sermons to other people. So I will stand by what I wrote as reflecting the reality, although other people are free to disagree with my impressions of Gingrich.

It's interesting that the newt is the kissing cousin of the chameleon, a salamander that changes its colors at the drop of a hat.

By: Mike Burch on 2/3/12 at 11:03

Yogi,

I think some presidents were obviously better than others in regard to duty. Here are some presidents who seemed more intent on serving their country than in ego gratification and taking bribes:

George Washington (who could probably have been made the equivalent of a king)
Abraham Lincoln
FDR
JFK
Ronald Reagan
Barack Obama

I don't think anyone can realistically say that they put their egos above their country. The worst president in this regard was George W. Bush, a child of privilege who thought his s*** didn't stink. His presidency was a disaster. Gingrich has an even more towering ego, and shares a similar disregard for facts and reality, so I shudder to think what a Gingrich administration would produce.

By: dargent7 on 2/3/12 at 11:10

Big Mike: Having a conversation with the "Manson Family" (values) would be more productive than talking to Paul Wade.

By: dargent7 on 2/3/12 at 11:12

"Gingrich will never become President". Nancy Pelosi.

By: Mike Burch on 2/3/12 at 11:14

Yogi,

Here's the real irony. The presidential race will probably come down to Barack Obama versus Mitt Romeny or Newt Gingrich. Will you do what is best for the country, or vote for:

(1) Newt the political chameleon, who has taken millions in bribes and wants to build a colony on the moon and move the US embassy to Jerusalem, perhaps triggering World War III, because the Adelsons put millions into his Super-PAC? Will you vote for a man who sells out the lives of ordinary Americans for a foreign interest?

(2) Mitt Romney, who according to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other reputable sources, has a Cayman Island IRA that's worth up to $101 million dollars, which seems to suggest that he has sheltered nearly half his fortune from any taxes whatsoever, dropping his real tax rate to around 7%.

Will you vote for a man of integrity for president, by voting for Barack Obama, or will you vote for men who make millions by looting the system?

Surely in your heart you know that Barack Obama is the best man of the three, by a long shot. Will you do what is best for your country, and give it the best possible chance of recovering from the wounds inflicted by GWB, Cheney and Rumsfeld?

I hope you will do what is best for your country, and vote for the best man for the job who has a legitimate chance of winning the coming election.

By: Mike Burch on 2/3/12 at 11:25

Everyone,

I would be surprised if either Romney or Gingrich gets elected, when push comes to shove.

Romney's tax return suggests that he has a Cayman Island IRA that's worth up to 101 million dollars. Since the maximum IRA contribution is a few thousand dollars per year, unless he can provide evidence otherwise, it seems he may have put all his Bain assets in offshore IRAs at ridiculously low evaluations. Once the appreciation of those assets was sheltered from taxes, "suddenly" the assets were worth huge amounts of money. Whether this is "legal" or not, I can't say, but I know from the expression on his face when he was asked to release his tax returns that he knows what he did is wrong in the eyes of the public.

According to the New York Times, Gingrich has taken at least $38.6 million dollars in "consulting fees" from Freddie Mac and healthcare companies. Unless he can prove that he did meaningful work that justifies that kind of money, it seems safe to assume that this was more influence peddling on his part.

Will Americans vote for a man of character, or for men who treat the system like a giant moneymaking machine? What is Romney's real tax rate ... probably closer to 7% than 14%, since he didn't pay taxes on a large hunk of his fortune. What does Gingrich have to offer, but a huge ego, erratic ideas, and the promise that he and his cronies will laugh all the way to the bank, at our expense?

By: Mike Burch on 2/3/12 at 11:54

For southerners, I think the question may boil down to:

Will we cut off our noses, to spite our faces?

All the GOP has to offer is more favoritism for the super-rich at home, and more wars abroad. Gingrich will take a few million dollars from Israeli interests and push us closer and closer to World War III. Romney is probably not as bad as Gingrich, but he seems to be disconnected from average Americans and will no doubt continue military aggression abroad and favoritism for his rich buddies at every turn. Both men adhere to a failed ideology: that if the rich are given free reins, some of the money will "trickle down" to the lower income classes. But when times get tough, the super-rich just hoard their money and they don't need to spend anything but a small fraction to live like kings.

At least the Democratic party understands the problems and is trying to deal with them rationally. The GOP has chosen to live in a fantasy world where if we just win the next battle and protect the rich from taxes, money will suddenly start falling from trees and other Americans will benefit, as if we're scavengers.

To vote in presidents who subscribe to blind faith in things that make no sense is to court disaster. I don't agree with Barack Obama on every issue, and I strongly disagree with him on the use of our military to police the world, but considering the other choices, my decision is simple. And until the GOP comes to its senses, I think we need a Democratic majority in both houses as well. How we vote in the coming elections will determine what happens next.

Germans once voted for an egoistic loudmouth, who promised them the moon, and those who lived, lived to regret it.

By: Ask01 on 2/3/12 at 11:57

I'd like to point out that anytime a politician speaks, someone is being lied to.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/3/12 at 12:18

Isn't it funny how the word 'politics' is made up of the words 'poli' meaning 'many' in Latin, and 'tics' as in 'bloodsucking creatures’?

By: yogiman on 2/3/12 at 12:19

Mike,

The first rive of those men in your 10:03 post were natural born citizens and were in that office legally. Barack Obama isn't a natural born citizen and isn't legally eligible for that office.

And as I have posted before, if this allowed to continue without any corrections through this next election, you can kiss the USA goodbye.

But to say he's a good president after he has put this nation deeper into debt that all president's before him combined; that makes him a great president? Gimme a break, Mike.

He hasn't, and won't, but as I have posted before; if Barry Soetoro would simply prove he is in that office legally I'd say: Welcome aboard, Mr. President. But until he does, I cannot consider him as my President.

By: yogiman on 2/3/12 at 12:20

Sorry, I missed my count. I meant five of those men...

By: Captain Nemo on 2/3/12 at 12:21

Yogi, do you get the full effect of Alphabet soup?

By: Loner on 2/3/12 at 12:33

Thanks for the reply, Mike.

By: yogiman on 2/3/12 at 12:39

Mike,

The game ain't over yet. We still have a few more months before the election unless we get placed under martial law.

Be to take a pick between Romney, Gingrich or Obama? You make the comment about voting for a man of integrity by voting for Obama? Lordy, Lordy, Mike. Gimme a break.

As I have posted before, Obama is the best actor and liar I have ever seen on TV.

And yes, I will do my best to give this nation a break and vote for whom I think will be the best man for the office but I insist they be in there legally.

And putting a new man in the Oval Office is like a marriage: You never get to really know your new spouse until you marry them, regardless of how long you dated them (or in today's ways of life), lived with them.

People are too often disappointed. That's why there is so many divorces today. i.e, If it don't work, we can get a divorce. True love, huh?

By: Mike Burch on 2/3/12 at 12:47

Ask01,

I think some presidents were clearly better at saying and doing the right things, than other presidents. And it is a tough job to stand on ideals and represent the American people, when so many Americans have the wrong ideals, or are so confused that they can't differentiate right from wrong.

A good example is our Middle East policy, which is largely driven by the idea that Americans must support Israel, no matter how horrendously Israel treats Palestinians, because if we don't support Israeli apartheid and ethnic cleansing, Jesus Christ will return to kill us and send us to hell, along with Einstein, Gandhi and billions of other human beings.

Why would the Prince of Peace reward people for practicing apartheid and ethnic cleansing? Would Jesus drive Palestinian farm families and their children from their homes, leaving them homeless and destitute?

But a large portion of the American public is unwilling to hear anything bad about Israel. If an American politician stands up and tells the truth, how can he get elected? If President Obama tells the truth and loses the election, we end up with someone like Newt Gingrich, who will sell America down the river for a few million dollars in "donations" from pro-Israel interests.

So it's a complex problem, with the ignorance and gullibility of a large portion of the American public playing a huge role. Ironically, Christians are the main group of Americans who make peace in the Middle East impossible. They turn our politicians into liars and hypocrites. Whatever happened to "blessed are the peacemakers"? No people on earth are more warlike than conservative Christian hawks. And yet in the Bible the Holy Spirit was symbolized by a dove, and the early Christians were flaming liberals, giving everything but the shirts on their backs to help the poor.

It's easy to blame politicians, but even a decent man like President Obama has a hard time speaking honestly, because so many Americans don't want to hear the truth.

By: Mike Burch on 2/3/12 at 12:49

Nemo,

Good point! Those nasty little tics can suck the lifeblood out of the polis [body of citizens].

Mike

By: Captain Nemo on 2/3/12 at 12:57

That is true Mike, if any politician was to speak the truth, they would never get elected.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/3/12 at 1:12

I have a rule that I go by and that is any candidate says that they will not raise tax, I want vote for them. My reason is that they have just tied their own hands behind their backs. They don’t know what the cost of running a government may bring in the future.

Like Bush 42 No new taxes and then he had to break a promise and raise taxes. I don’t fault him for doing that, because he had too. But to others he broke a promise.

By: Mike Burch on 2/3/12 at 1:21

Loner,

I always read what you say with interest. It seems we share similar views in a number of areas, such as the need to end our government's horrendous injustices in the Middle East. Today as a nation we understand why Sitting Bull, a man of peace, finally chose to go on the warpath. But as a nation we seem to be blind when the same things happen to Palestinians, for the same reasons. So as a nation we fail to understand why 9-11 happened, and the subsequent wars, both of which could have been avoided if our government had only practiced what it preaches to the rest of the world: equal human rights and justice.

I'm an editor and publisher of Holocaust and Nakba poetry, so I have studied and understand the root causes of such catastrophes. And I own a computer software company, so I'm pretty good at logic. I decided to become an activist not only because I care about what happens to oppressed people, but out of self-preservation. All Americans need to think carefully about what happens when our government funds and supports the fascism of nations like Israel, which pretend to be our "allies" in order to get billions of dollars in financial aid and advanced weapons, which they then use to conduct reigns of terror, with the "chosen ones" treating everyone else like serfs or animals.

Israel needs the US far more than the US needs Israel. So all we have to do is put our national foot down and say, "No more money or weapons unless you treat Palestinians as human beings with fully equal rights to Jews. On this planet, that means becoming a civilized nation and establishing fair laws and courts, or unconditionally granting them independence (just as Americans once claimed unconditional independence from England)."

But no sitting American president and few high-ranking American politicians other than Jimmy Carter have ever come out and made the obvious case against Israel. Instead, politicians seek pro-Israel votes and money, while our children die in unnecessary wars and we drown in debt.

I find it hard to credit the idea of "American exceptionalism," when in reality the US has created three Holocausts: those of Native Americans, African American slaves and today the Palestinians.

While we have freedom of speech, people of conscience should try to make other people aware of the truth, and do what we can to change our government's stupid, evil policies and actions. People of faith should reexamine their beliefs and ask simple questions such as, "Do I really think that Jesus would have wanted Palestinian children to be made homeless and destitute, so that robber barons can steal the land from under their feet?"

As a philosopher once pointed out, if we don't learn from history we are doomed to repeat it. Today as a nation we are repeating the errors that led to the Trail of Tears and massacre after massacre, American slavery, and the Civil War. These catastrophes began with the idea that white Christians were "exceptional" and that other people were insects to be swept from their native land and either exterminated or enslaved. But obviously the victims would never accept this bizarre idea, and we can't expect billions of Muslims to accept it either, particularly since they have seen what white Christians on the warpath are capable of doing to other people.

Most Muslims have much clearer vision about these things than the average American, who knows the cowboys were more at fault than the Indians, but can't understand that the same thing is also true in the Middle East.

If we want peace, we have to understand how other people think and feel. People who live in fear and despair often understandably decide to attack their oppressors. We as a nation need to see that we have been the oppressors, more than once, and understand that if we want peace, we cannot use our money, power and global influence so unjustly.

If we won't do what is right because it is right, still we need to do what is right out of self-preservation. If I beat a man's mother, wife and sisters, I have to expect him to attack me, if the law won't defend them. This is the root cause of 9-11, and until the American public and American politicians accept the truth, and remedy it, we will always risk more attacks like 9-11, and more wars that we started as a nation.

By: Ask01 on 2/3/12 at 1:38

Just a reminder, since Jesus has been brought into this political discusion, for those who forgot or didn't realize, accounts from biblical writings indicate Jesus was a practising Jew, observing Passover and other celebrations of the faith.

If anyone is interested.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/3/12 at 2:16

He sure is not a Christian Ask01, that for sure.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/3/12 at 2:21

I have given up on people doing the right thing Mike. They are too self-centered and don’t take the time to understand any reasoning. It is easier to hate than not. It is easier to judge than to understand.

“To every answer you can find a new question.”
Yiddish saying-