I never said I'm a Republican or had any affiliation with the GOP. Besides the GOP is out of power right now. The Democrats control the House, the Senate, and the White House. As such, it makes no sense to write a reply to my post about Republicans. As to why their are no African Americans in the Senate representing the Republican party, this is a problem for them to address. The point I was making was that America is still be accused of being the most vile, evil, and racists entity on the planet. Whether or not Republicans are racists are not is another matter. Given the fact that the voting public has thourogly rejected Republicans, the moniker needs to go away.
As to how Republicans can correct the problems you bring up, this will be up to Rick Moran and other leaders of the Republican party to address. I think a frank dialogue between all affected parties will need to take place but this is for them to decide. In my post, I was not referring to Republicans but to America in general.
The point is that the accusations that America as a vile racists country needs to stop. It is no more or less so than any other country. This is especially so given your assumption that Republicans are racists. Americans have thourogly rejected Republicans, yet the accusations continue. Even the recent victory of Scott Brown occurred because he appeared to run on a platform that distanced himself from the Bush era of Republicanism.
Btw, I'm not really interested in what happened in 1957 or 1960. I had no influence on it nor did most people of influence today. Also, as DNA evidence acquits more people of all skin colors they will be set free from prison. This is as it should be. America is very much a work in progress as are all societies. Credit should be given where it is due.Comment Posted By B.Poster On 12.02.2010 @ 15:21
While the proposals by Mr. Ryan appear to be a step in the right direction, it may already be to late for the nation to avoid bankruptcy. In addition to what Mr. Ryan proposes, I think an area that needs to be looked at is making government more efficient. If we could do this, we may be able to substantially reduce costs without cutting anyone's benefits.
"A nation that defeated fascism, communism, and can rise above its own sordid past and it elect a black man can do any thing it sets its mind to." Lets take each of these one at a time.
The defeat of fascism was a team effort. The most important contributor to this was Soviet Russia. Without Soviet assistance it is unlikely that Fascism could have been defeated. For example, we seem to credit D Day as being perhaps the pivotal point in defeating Nazi Germany. Had the invasion of D Day failed or not been done at all the Nazis in France would have fallen from the East. It might have taken a bit longer but Nazi Germany would have been defeated even without American assistance. While American actions were certainly helpful, they were not mission critical to defeating Fascism. It is to the Russians that we primarily owe the defeat of Nazi Germany to. Without them Hitler may have realized his dream of a thousand year reign of Nazism. In summary, while America was an important member of a team of nations who defeated Fascism, it cannot take sole credit for this nor was its part in this the most important part.
Communism has not been defeated. It is now stronger than ever. With China on the rise and with Russia resurgent we cannot say that Communisim has been defeated. With former KGB officials running the Russian government I don't think it is safe to say that the goals have changed only the methods may have changed some. Russia and China are now both more powerful than America in most ways that matter. As such, I don't think we can say Communism has been defeated.
As to rising above our own sordid past, I can only hope so. I'm getting sick and tired of being reminded on a daily basis about what an evil and racist country America is. If I only listened to our talking head pundits, I would think America is the greatest incarnation of evil ever in the history of the human race.Comment Posted By B.Poster On 12.02.2010 @ 12:58
"...no self respecting first world country would be caught dead accepting loans from the IMF..." Greece could ask the IMF for help today and have the funds available by the end of the week but they want do this. They'd rather go under? The reason such "things are not done" is because of a fundamental hatred for America in the leadership circles of Western Europe.
For what its worth the Americans cannot afford to do this either. We are up to our eyeballs and beyond in our own debt. I think America would do well to withdraw from the IMF entirely. At a minimum, no more American tax payer dollars should be submitted to the IMF for a minimum of two years. This should allow us the time necessary to conduct a top down review of all foreign policy expenditures so we can make the proper decisions as to which programs we are able to continue and which ones serve American interests.
As has been pointed out in the thread, it appears that Germany has elected not to participate in the bail out. This appears to be a wise decision on their party. Why should they risk injuring their citizens in this project?Comment Posted By B.Poster On 15.02.2010 @ 11:09
"Privately they wish the arrangement to continue, while publicly they assure their restive left wings they want the nukes out." With all due respect this is a fundamental misread of the situation. Both publicly and privately they want the nukes out. Especially now more so than ever. They simply like the money we are no doubt paying them. Also, it gives them opportunities to say they are standing up to the hated Americans. This scores points with the restive left wings.
Western European leaders view America as a strategic competitor. As such, they wish to see it undermined in any way possible and will stop at nothing within their power to undermine its interests. If some thing bad should befall America, there would be celebrating among Europe's leaders. It may not be done publicly, however, there would be at least private celebrations if some calamity should befall America.
Also, Western Europe is heavily dependent upon Russian oil and Russia behaves as though America is an enemy. By undermining America's interests, Western Europe is more likely to remain in the good graces of Russia and from their perspective, Russia acts as a bulwhark against America.Comment Posted By B.Poster On 8.02.2010 @ 15:49
Tne peace activists are worried about the wrong nuclear arsenal. They should be worried about the Russian nuclear arsenal. The Russian nuclear arsenal is the largest and most advanced in the world. Also, Europe's dependence on Russian oil means the Russians can pretty much black mail the Europeans any time they wish. Western European leaders and the peace activists have mis identified who the real threats are.
If we are going to remain a major world power we are clearly going to need forward based nuclear war heads some where. Also, our nuclear arsenal and our conventional forces will need to be upgraded and increased substantially. The biggest threats to America stem from Russia and China, especially Russia. Unless our nuclear and conventional forces are substantially upgraded and vastly increased in numbers, we will continue to trail Russia and our forces will continue to be inadequate.
Doing this upgrade will cost a great deal of money. Unfortuately we may not have it right now. If we can't do this, the other option is give up trying to be a major world power. Actually this may be our only viable option at this timeComment Posted By B.Poster On 5.02.2010 @ 22:21
Certainly allowing the private sector to be more involved in space travel and exploration is a step in the right direction. I just hope the Government is smart enough to stay out of the way of the private sector here.
While this is a step in the right direction there is still much to be done. For example, we need to focus more on space based weapons. This is especially the case if we want to remain a major world power. With the Russians and the Chinese actively weaponizing space and the United States largely standing pat in this area both countries have taken the lead over America in this area. This will need to be reversed. Real leadership from both political parties is needed here, if we are going to reverse this.Comment Posted By B.Poster On 4.02.2010 @ 00:13
Clearly the issue of the owners of foreign corporations who are hostile to US interests attempting to influence elections is an issue that will need to be addressed. At the same time we should not usurp the rights of corporations to get their point of view out either. Unfortunately both major political parties seem to be beholden to foreign interests. As such, I don't expect either major political party to make a serious effort to deal with this.Comment Posted By B.Poster On 25.01.2010 @ 11:40
Apparently Mr. Olberman and others think that free speech does not apply to those who disagree with them. It only applies to them.
I think they see the people who work for corporations or in the private sector, most private sector jobs are corporate jobs, as sub human. The only humans are those who work in government, education, or for the media and these groups are only human if they hold a leftist view point.
In summary, corporations and labor unions have a right to defend themselves. Apparently Mr. Olberman thinks it okay for media elites to slander corporations without these groups having the right to defend themselves. Thankully it appears that corporations and the people who own them or work for them will now have this opportunity.Comment Posted By B.Poster On 23.01.2010 @ 12:15
The proposed regulations appear to be a positive step. In fact, these things seem like experential common sense. While, these appear to be good regulations for the long term, there are short to mid term issues that need to be addressed. The primary problem right now is the banks aren't lending like they should be. Something needs to be done to get them to lend again. Perhaps tax credits or other tax incentives to the banks might work here.Comment Posted By B.Poster On 22.01.2010 @ 10:16
The following link illustrates what can happen when a nation is indiscriminate in who they let into their country. www.flynnfiles.com/archives/world_events2010/panic_room_indeed.htmlComment Posted By B.Poster On 22.01.2010 @ 15:53