By John Grant, This Can’t Be Happening, 9/18/15
The United States of America ain’t what it used to be. The expansive, frontier energy of our past is a lost dream. Good fortune is assumed, taken for granted, leading to laziness and arrogance. Imperialism on the down-slope is not pretty. The long, festering list of shortcomings symbolized by the nation’s neglected infrastructure has a cost. For someone like Donald Trump, it’s an opportunity.
The rocket-like advance of technology dazzles us as it gnaws away at the dignity and integrity of our lives. Fear of the other and outsiders rules from the NSA down to local police departments; it’s a favored flogging topic for pandering politicians. Power is never static. The world created out of the ashes of World War Two — when the US assumed the mantle of top dog — is shifting before our eyes. People dream of getting it all back in the box. Formerly colonized nations now compete directly in a globalized capitalist market against former colonizers. Resentment from abuses of the past strain relations. This is especially true in the Middle East. Citizens flee for their lives into the perceived safety of Europe from the confusing wreckage that was once Syria. And let’s not forget Iraq and Afghanistan as they both try to sort out the aftermath of US intervention and occupation….
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by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, 9/19/15
Some Republicans are loyal to their party because their ancestors fought for the Union, others because their ancestors fought for the Confederacy.
Democrats: the coalition of groups that vote every 4 years.
The Republican big tent: rich people who want to make themselves even richer and non-rich people who plan to get rich by winning the lottery.
Democrats believe so much in helping the disadvantaged that they want the rich to have the honor of paying for it.
Both parties are against gerrymandering that’s done by someone else.
Candidates of both parties snap toothlessly at the Wall Street hand that feeds them.
Independents are so opposed to the political system that they perpetuate it by dropping out of it.
Politicians would rather stick with people who do vote than make voting easier for people who don’t.
by Lawrence Davidson, To the Point Analyses
Part I – Varying Goals
Back on 1 May 2015 I wrote an analysis on “Changing Alliances and the National Interest in the Middle East.” In this piece, which can be found on my website, tothepointanalyses.com, I made the argument that, at least since September 2001 and the declaration of the “war on terror,” the defeat of al-Qaeda and its affiliates has been a publicly stated national interest of the United States. This certainly has been the way it has been presented by almost continuous government pronouncements and media stories dedicated to this “war” over the years.
Given this goal, it logically follows that, with the evolution of al-Qaeda-affiliated organizations such as the so-called Islamic State (aka ISIS or Daesh) and Jabhat al Nusra (aka al-Qaeda in Syria), those who also seek the destruction of such groups are America’s de facto allies in the “war on terror” and warrant our assistance. Likewise, those who openly or clandestinely support these religious fanatics are opponents of a central U.S. national interest, and their relationship with the United States should at least be open to review.
Then comes the shocker. Who has been and continues to actively oppose these al-Qaeda derivatives with soldiers on the ground? It turns out to be, among others, Iran, Hezbollah and Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian government. Who are clandestinely aiding the al-Qaeda enemies of Washington? It turns out to be Israel and Saudi Arabia. …
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I urge you to please donate to Kayla’s Hands, the organization established by Kayla Mueller’s family to fulfill her dreams, cut short when she was kidnapped and killed by ISIS. Kayla was a wonderful young woman whose story touched me so deeply. I want to do everything possible to make sure her life’s purpose is continued. Evil cannot end the beauty of this young woman.
Recently, several young Yazidi women who were also kidnapped, raped repeatedly, and brutalized by ISIS have informed the world of Kayla’s courage while they endured the worst one can suffer together. They said she tried not to cry or be weak in their presence, so as to give them courage. Recently, the news has come out that Kayla did not die in a bomb attack as previously reported – but at the brutal hands of her captors and rapists. Those Yazidi women who survived are telling her story now.
See www.kaylashands.org and in particular watch this video of Kayla so you’ll get to know her.
Kayla gives me courage. I hope all of you will help carry out her work by donating to the organization her family has established in her memory. Please donate generously now. We all look for places to “make a difference” – this is where you can. And, again, watch the video.
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