There is a deep chasm–no a ravine–that defines politics in Washington. It creates gridlock in place of governance, and the reason has to be more than simple partisan differences Republicans have with Democrats led by Pres. Barack Obama.
The stark differences oozed to the surface June 20 when the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 23-17–strictly along partisan lines–to recommend that the full House hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena that he hand over thousands of documents pertaining to “Operation Fast and Furious.”
The Fast and Furious operation was a gun-running scheme which allowed illegally purchased guns from the U.S. to be smuggled across the border to Mexican drug cartels, Continue reading
Even before there was a divisive Tea Party movement in this country, Black and White Americans remain far, far apart regarding the aftermath of slavery. But long, long before there was a modern Tea Party movement, there was “Juneteenth.”
Black folks are increasingly demanding, first an apology from White Americans, and then some form of reparations payments. Those demands are long overdue.
The Juneteenth holiday punctuates the validity of those demands. Juneteenth is June 19, 1865, the day a column of Union troops arrived at Galveston, Texas and read the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves in Texas two years and six months after it was proclaimed, and one year and two months after the conclusion of the Civil War which presumably decided the issue of slavery permanently.
White folks think that they have already done enough to make America an egalitarian society without recognizing that the nation’s wealth was created by the free, forced labor of African slaves. Continue reading
With Europe–led by Spain, Greece, and Ireland–teetering on the precipice of financial disaster, can the United States be far behind?
“We can’t wait,” Republicans in this country seem to be snickering in their covens. And with the victory last week of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker against pro-union opponents who forced him to defend himself in a recall election, the once flaccid GOP is now energized and smelling the possibility they might even win back the White House in November.
What that means is that nothing which might ease the economic pain facing people in this country will get approved in Washington. Continue reading
Is there a “drone” in your future? Indubitably!
What’s a drone? The first definition of a drone is a male honeybee that has no sting and gathers no honey. Then there’s the definition of a parasite that lives on the labors of others. The drone I’m wondering about coming soon into all our lives is an unmanned aircraft or ship guided by remote control. Indubitably.
What’s indubitably? That means something that’s too evident to even be doubted.
In Afghanistan, and especially in Pakistan, and Yemen where the U.S. is supposedly not at war, remote controlled drone aircraft have been doing a lot of the war’s “heavy lifting,” that is killing targets without even the possibility of casualties by U.S. military forces. In war terms, that’s like going to Heaven without having to die. Continue reading