Category Archives: freedom of speech
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens_United_v._Federal_Election_Commission: The Court overruled Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce, which had previously held that a Michigan campaign finance act that prohibited corporations from using treasury money to support or oppose candidates in elections did not violate the First and … Continue reading
ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper wrote the following article (March 02, 2011 5:36 PM), wherein he quotes Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: Sec. of State Hillary Clinton: Al Jazeera is ‘Real News’, U.S. Losing ‘Information War’ …Viewership … Continue reading
We need to see the “big picture” here…. The problem with the U.S. supporting Mubarak is that, as of late, his human rights record is atrocious. I realize that we support many other oppressive/suppressive regimes around the world, but we … Continue reading
I was rereading some of my old mail in order to clean out my inbox when I came across this. Seeing what has transpired in the Middle East (Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, etc.) over the past few weeks brings these concerns … Continue reading
Abandoning our democratic values in exchange for the delusion that we are safer is the greatest “win” the terrorists could have hoped for…. and we gave this to them out of fear…. Continue reading
Every town hall I have seen on the tube shows people screaming at the politicians or other presenters about unrelated issues or making wild accusations like the Palin comment about “death panels,” which is not just incorrect, it is grossly misrepresentative and a completely irresponsible remark for a former Governor and Vice Presidential candidate to make.
The bottom line is that we need information. I believe that Obama made a mistake to not have a solid plan to discuss before holding these town hall meetings. However, these meetings could be effective if they were used to discuss possible provisions, their pros and cons, and find out from the people what they need and want rather than dictating to them what the administration thinks they need and want. Timing is everything. Preparation is the next most important thing, and the administration blew it on both counts.
But it is not too late for the American citizens to stand up and take the issue back from the special interests and insist on sanity, clarity and truthfulness. We need to get the country focused on solving problems rather than acting out anger and ignorance, because whether you like any of the bills proposed or not, healthcare is the one singlemost important issue that prevents American labor from being competitive internationally. Continue reading
Comedy is a very valuable reflective and introspective tool in our society. Comics can make us laugh at ourselves or, at least, not take ourselves so seriously. Comics can put the world in perspective when we get too caught up … Continue reading
The greatest problem our nation has is not the economy or health care or any other issue like abortion or gay marriage. It is the fact that our government is not operating effectively. And the gridlock in our government that prevents it from operating effectively is directly due to the polarization in our society and the concept of moral absolutism that prevents compromise and views it as weakness.
Polticis is the art of compromise. Knowing which points are negotiable and which ones aren’t is the job of the politician. And until we get over ourselves and our image of ourselves are morally superior and, therefore, entitled to absolute rule, it is not going to get better any time soon. Continue reading
When our founding fathers wrote the Constitution of the United States, they were writing this document from the worldview of immigrants who had fled their home country because of tyranny. Tyranny came to our founding fathers in many forms, but … Continue reading