Monday, May 30, 2011

Israel, Palestine, President Obama and American Policy

When Republican Eric Cantor invited Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress I was appalled!  Before you decide that I'm anti-semitic, let me state emphatically, I hate no one based on their color, religion, sex, national origin, political beliefs or physical stature.  Rather, I happen to be a rather soft hearted individual, prone to stick up for the underdog against the oppressor.  I dislike Netanyahu, not because he is an Israeli, but because he is a bully!  He isn't the first of his religion to oppress the Palestinians, and he probably won't be the last.  He has, however, brought this oppression to a new high, insisting that the Israelis are being persecuted by the Palestinians.  The Palestinians throw rocks and hand-made rockets, the Israelis use tanks and bombs and rubber bullets and REAL bullets, keeping supplies like food and medicine from reaching Palestine.  That Cantor invited him is a slap in the face of our President Obama and also every citizen of the U.S. who believe that both Palestine and Israel have the right to self government and self determination.

I also believe that the time has come for America to cut off any and all military aid to Israel.  The fact that my tax money is being used for the brutalization of the Palestinians is untenable!  In my opinion, the United States has made some very big mistakes in foreign policy, our unprovoked attack and destructive war on Iraq and its citizens comes to mind.  Unfortunately, I could fill this page and many others on American overreach and domination in the world, but I will try to concentrate just on the Israeli/Palestinian matter.  How do you defend a policy that discriminates against one group of people at the bargaining table while offering help to the ones who are occupying them?   This is not a practical way to forge peace, it only further deepens the divide between those two peoples.  The fact that one of President Obama's advisors, Dennis Ross, is also the co-founder of AIPAC, a lobbying group for Israel, seems more than just a little bit of a conflict of interest!  Why he was chosen to be an advisor is a mystery to me, but I feel like President Obama has been getting the wrong advice.

I do know, that when I saw the members of Congress applauding Netanyahu's speech, it made me wonder if I was Alice in Wonderland and had passed through the looking glass!  Our own country is in dire need of so many things, infrastructure repair, to name one, and we send money to Israel to oppress and kill Palestinians.  Our politicians want to cut any program that helps ANY citizen in America, only to fund Israel and it's demands.  It is way past time to ask our politicians exactly who they work for.  Is Eric Cantor an American or an Israeli?  Does President Obama think that the children of the Palestinians are any less precious than those of the Israelis?  Do the children of Americans even have a say in all of this?  Is this still the United States of America?  If so, I think that we must demand that some common sense enter our foreign policy debate!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Cheney And Simpson Just Won't Go Away!

  Two of our former politicians, Dick Cheney and Alan Simpson are back in the news.  While reading Huffington Post, I read an article about former Vice-President Dick Cheney who is apparently contemplating whether or not to have a heart transplant.  He has had a pump type implant which moves blood through his body while not registering a heartbeat like normal people.  He is having a problem making up his mind. Either way, the first thought that came to my my mind was, what a waste of a good heart...swiftly followed by what a heartless bastard he is in the first place.  Then, as I pondered on it, I said to myself that if I were an organ donor and were to have my heart transplanted into Dick Cheney, pure and simple karma would dictate that the heart stop beating.  So, after all, my first thought was the correct one for me, what a waste of a good heart!

  Next, the old goat Simpson!  You know, he's the one that thinks that older folks who draw Social Security are a drag on the economy, calling it a "Ponzi" scheme.  He was appearing at a forum held on Social Security and gave the old one arm salute to the people from AARP who were also at the forum, calling them a business not a senior advocate group.  For those of you too young to know what a one arm salute is, it's the ancient version of flipping someone the finger implying that they should go fuck themselves.  A reporter/blogger from Huffington Post asked him some questions about Social Security which got l all torqued off and he ended up saying some really stupid stuff, as is his usual routine.  Within an hour of it being posted on HP, there were 2000 comments on the old croaker, most of which agreed that he should just fade away.  What a lovely thought, but alas, even though he will be 80 years old in September, he shows no sign of being smart enough to take the hint.  When President Obama appointed him to the fiscal deficit commission, I thought he made a mistake, but after seeing just how people got active when the old geezer ran his mouth, I started to think that maybe he did it on purpose.  When you have this ignorant, biased and militantly caustic, greedy guy spouting off about older working folks relying on the government, people pay attention and start to fight for their rights!  Pissed off people are very effective at standing up for themselves!  If President Obama planned it, it was a brilliant political move, and if he didn't, we still reap the benefits of the spectacle he creates so that is good.

So, it is what it is...just makes me wonder why our lovely state of Wyoming has to be known for having these two as citizens!  All states have their own share of goofy folks, but these two are just downright mean spirited.    It's as though they hate for anyone other than them to have anything good.  I think that's one of the symptoms of being a narcissist, but I'm no therapist, just a woman who believes that all people have to right to live decent lives.  Anyhow, I sure hope that they fade away soon and quite using the common oxygen on the planet.  I'm sure there's a couple of people somewhere who are more deserving than they to benefit from breathing.

  Does that make me sound mean?  Good, I meant it that way!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Osama bin Laden Gone, Time For Troops To Return Home

May 1, 2011, Osama bin Laden is shot in the head and later buried at sea.  Navy Seals did what they are trained to do and did it well!  The country where he was born would not accept the remains of his mortal body, hence the burial in the Arabian Sea.  It seems ironic to me, that the country which enabled him to be trained as a jihadist during the Russian attempt at invading Afghanistan, was the same one that delivered that final bullet to the head.  I do hope that the families of those killed in the World Trade Center can now find some peace of mind now that this evil voice has been stilled.  There is much evil in this world...I hope that the remaining evil will also be brought to an end.

Now that the main reason for our occupation of Afghanistan is dead and gone, it would seem that this is a perfect time to declare an end to the occupation and bring the troops home.  If the government has another reason for being there, then they should be honest about it and declare what that reason is.  We have wasted many young lives of our military and destroyed so much for the people of Afghanistan who deserve to be left alone to decide what they want.  I do not want to forget that so many innocent Afghanis, who never had anything to do with bringing down the Towers, were killed just for being a citizen of their home country, much like those that died that September day in the World Trade Center.  All innocent victims, regardless of the country of their birth.  My hope is that some time before I leave this mortal world, humanity will find some better way of dealing with each other than by wanton and random murder.  If history holds any lessons, now would seem to be the time to learn them!

I have always been a dreamer, one of those people who feels the pain of others and not only tries to understand it, but also tries to make the hurt go away.  My dream is for a peaceful world, where children of any country can play and learn together...where their parents can do the same, in tolerance and understanding of one another, not in war and destruction.  I hope I live long enough to see that!  Peace would be such a beautiful way for our world to come together in the brother and sisterhood of all human beings to live together.