We Are a Bundle of Contradictions
We live in a world of confounding contradictions.
We call ourselves a peace loving people yet we continue to engage in far flung wars. Domestically, gangs, guns and drug dealing proliferate. This is not a recipe for peace by any measure.
Nearly half of us say they are morally against the death penalty. Yet, a jury in Boston – a decidedly anti-capital punishment region of the country – sentenced to death the surviving Boston Marathon Bomber, 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnav. [click to continue…]
Clinton: E-Mailgate Only a matter of “Convenience”
I’ve got two people I’d like to bring together on behalf of the voters of the United States of America. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Preet Bharara.
Clinton of Chappaqua, New York wants to be President. She has already served as a U.S. Senator and Secretary of State but there is no doubt that for years she has been positioning herself to be president. First time around a little known U.S. Senator named Barak Obama got in her way.
These days, even though Clinton still hasn’t officially declared she’s running for president, she seems like a shoo-in to be the next democratic nominee. [click to continue…]
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu
Okay, so let me get this straight. We need to add the conflict in the Middle East to the list of things our politicians cannot agree upon. Is that right?
Our schismatic U.S. Congress – the body that makes the laws we are all bound to live by – can’t agree on what to do about immigration, long overdue tax reform, environmental issues, economic policies, budgetary matters and now they’re also divided on how to treat Israel — our strongest ally in the never ending war of ideologies in the Middle East? Really? [click to continue…]
State of the Union Speech – January 2015
As a young radio reporter on Capitol Hill I used to be full of anticipation for the annual State of the Union address. Fresh notebook on hand I’d dutifully mark the highlights of the speech and plot out what portions to report to the public.
My desk under the Capitol dome was just steps away from the House chamber where the country’s political elite gathered each January to hear the president’s national report card. For a kid from Albuquerque it was always a heady experience.
Today, at home, I still take State of the Union notes and count the number of times the crowd breaks into applause. Old habits are hard to break. [click to continue…]
World Peace – Sadly, Not in Our Lifetimes
Don’t bother wishing for world peace in the year ahead. It is never going to happen.
There will always be pockets of turmoil and terrorism. Innocents will continue to lose their lives in places like Syria, Pakistan, South Sudan and, yes, here in the United States – in the violent, gang controlled neighborhoods we’ve ignored for too long.
For 2015, I’m going to wish for smaller miracles, things that could actually happen if we could only find the resolve to fix our problems.
I hope in the coming year law enforcement officers find themselves in fewer circumstances [click to continue…]
Founding Father, Franklin
Following my recent column about racial tensions in America I got an e-mail from Gary L. Hoe, of Albuquerque, which made me re-think what our founding fathers had in mind when they established this country.
Hoe reminded me of a quote from Benjamin Franklin, attributed to the statesman as he left the secret confab which hammered out the U.S. Constitution. Asked by a woman what kind of government had been decided upon – a republic or a monarchy – Franklin replied, “A republic, Madam, if you can keep it.”
Somewhere in the 227 years since then many Americans have adopted the idea that we are a democracy not a republic. Nothing could be further from the intent expressed at that Constitutional Convention in 1787. [click to continue…]
AG Holder Resigns, Suspicious Timing?
When someone decides to retire they tell the boss and within a few weeks there’s a party, maybe a gold watch, and they’re gone.
Not so if you are Attorney General Eric Holder.
Holder recently announced his retirement as the nation’s top cop but promised to stay on until a replacement is confirmed by Congress.
Here’s a double barrel prediction: Holder isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and there could be big political fireworks ahead. [click to continue…]
U.S. Airstrike Against ISIS at Mosul Dam
Let’s not kid ourselves. We are back in the business of war again.
Oh, the politicians can call it whatever they want — like a counter-terrorism campaign — but when U.S. fighter plans are dropping bombs on ISIS forces in both Iraq and Syria we are at war.
When we send Navy vessels out to sea to facilitate the fight we are at war.
When we are simultaneously attacking a secondary group of Muslim extremists calling themselves Khorasan we are, in fact, engaging in a multi-level war.
Washington might cling to the belief that absent battalions of boots-on-the-ground it isn’t really a war. But the fact is, we already have plenty of troops on ground in that region (left over from past conflicts) and what are called “advisers.” [click to continue…]