Governor George Wallace trying to make the case that police brutality was just as common in the North as it was in Alabama. What he didn’t show however was demonstrators being beat up and beaten simply for marching for civil rights for Americans who were simply denied those rights because of their race and complexion. Or people in the North being hosed down by policemen, or being attacked by police dogs again simply for marching for civil rights that were being denied.
Archive for July, 2014
Posted in George Wallace, tagged Alabama, Alabama Civil Rights Marches, CBS News, Civil Rights Movement, Dixiecrats, Face The Nation, George C. Wallace, Governor George C. Wallace, Martin Luther King, Nationalism, Nationalists, Right-Wing Democrats, Southern Caucus, Southern Democrats on July 31, 2014| Leave a Comment »
Samuel Wilson: Video: CBS News: Ronald Reagan Debates Representative John Anderson For President, September 21, 1980
Posted in Political History, tagged 1980 Presidential Election, Bill Moyers, CBS News, John Anderson For President, Representative John Anderson, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan For President, Walter Cronkite on July 30, 2014| Leave a Comment »
It seems strange to me that President Jimmy Carter would turn down a chance to debate Ronald Reagan in 1980. Even with a third-party candidate like Representative John Anderson in the debate. Because Jimmy Carter was the underdog in this race even though the polls were close for most of the election. But with the situation of the country with the economy and the Iranian hostage situation with all of those Americans being held hostage in Iran and Russia on the march in Central Asia.
President Carter was the underdog in this election simply because of the situation of the country under his watch. And the fact that millions of Americans were looking for new leadership and taking a long look at Ron Reagan and perhaps even Representative Anderson. President Carter needed to take advantage of every opportunity that he had to convince Americans that he deserved another opportunity as President similar to George Bush in 1992 and he didn’t take that shot.
Posted in Opinion, tagged Center-Left, Constitutional Rights, Individual Rights, Liberalism, Liberals, Liberals Values, Thom Hartmann, Thomas Ricks, United States Constitution on July 29, 2014| Leave a Comment »
Politico Magazine: Opinion: Thomas E. Ricks: Why Am I Moving Left?
I can see why the last thirty plus years would move someone who is not a radical-rightist would move someone Left politically. Probably to the center-left because it is hard to imagine someone on the Right moving to the far-left for obvious reasons. But in Tom Ricks case I can see why he has moved left. Because he sees the current situation of the country and the people who have been in charge and thinking that something has to change and get those people out of power. Who seem to believe that the wealthy should do well even at the cost of everyone else and somehow that will trickle down to the rest of us.
Or no limits on campaign finance to the point elections are won in a lot of cases based on who has the most money to finance the biggest smear campaign against the other side. Or the Second Amendment rights at all costs. For me those issues are examples of why I’m a Liberal, but I just didn’t suddenly come to liberalism. I’ve always believed in equal opportunity and that opportunity needs to be expanded to people who need it. I’ve always believed in the Second Amendment to go along with gun control. Not gun prohibition which is different. Because I don’t believe criminals and the mentally handicapped have a constitutional right to own possess, and fire guns.
I’ve always believed in civil and equal right for all including for homosexuals. Because we are all people and should be judged by our character and be judged based on how interact with others and our personal and professional qualifications. Not by our race, ethnicity, complexion, religion or sexuality or gender. I’ve always believed in civil liberties and personal freedom in general. Because it is not the job of government to run our lives for us and try to protect us from ourselves. And if anything the nanny state has gotten bigger the last fifteen-years or so.
These are just some of my liberal values, but these are American values as well. The Constitution is a liberal document whether today’s so-called Progressives and hyper-partisans on the Right want to believe that or not. So I can see why Tom Ricks would just suddenly realize that the Left may be right for him. But you would think more Americans would understand these values as well.
Whatever Andrew Sullivan is calling himself these days, I still consider him to be a Conservative. Conservative Libertarian even if that makes you feel better. Because similar to Barry Goldwater it is not that conservatism has changed, but similar to liberalism it is the people who call themselves Conservatives or Liberals that has changed. Using the old labels and throwing out the classical ideology and putting in something that is more comfortable with their ideological perspective.
Today’s Conservative is someone who’s supposed to believe that the Federal Government should decide who can and can’t marry.
That deficits and debt doesn’t matter except when there is a Democratic administration.
That tax cuts automatically pay for itself.
That America can afford to and must police the world.
Security before liberty.
That expanding government into the economy is a good thing if it is done with private market principles.
The Second Amendment is not only absolute, but the only absolute Constitutional Amendment that we have. Meaning it isn’t subjected to any form of regulation.
That there’s so such thing as waste in the Defense Department. Even though it is a government agency run by bureaucrats. And no limits to what America can spend on defense.
Corporation’s are people.
Andrew Sullivan’s politics hasn’t changed. He believes the same things that he did probably twenty years ago. But what has changed is the Republican Party and the broader American Right. To the point that Sullivan looks moderate to liberal or libertarian by comparison. But conservatism today is what it was when Barry Goldwater put it on the map in 1964. That big government is government that interferes in the economic and personal affairs of Americans. Whether it is taxing a lot of their money from them to spend on their behalf. Or trying to run their personal lives for them.
The modern rightist or Republican or what I call rabid partisans on the right do not resemble what it means to be a Conservative. Because as much as they may talk about how much they love the Constitution they spend as much time trying to change it. Instead of being about conserving individual freedom both economic and personal. Limited government, that government closest to home is the best government. Defend America first with a limited foreign policy. Not try to police the world ourselves. And keeping spending down so we don’t rack up large deficits and debt.
The rabid partisan is against Barack Obama no matter what even if they are actually in favor of it. Instead of fixing problems looking to blame President Obama for everything that has happened since the Earth was created. It is not that conservatism has changed, but the far-right that used to be so small in the Republican Party that they looked like a group of people who want to outlaw eating meat. Where today they have enough power to decide if the Republican Party can win elections or not. Sullivan is still Sullivan, but his party has changed.
PBS: NewsHour- Shields and Brooks on President Obama’s Handling of the Border Crisis, Mideast Violence
Posted in Shields & Brooks, tagged David Brooks, Gaza, Hamas, Immigration, Israel, Mark Shields, Mideast, Palestine, PBS, PBS Newshour, President Barack Obama, Texas Border Crisis on July 25, 2014| Leave a Comment »
As far as the border crisis the issue I believe is fairly simple to resolve. Governor Rick Perry finally called up the Texas National Guard after claiming for weeks he wanted to do that, but never actually acting on it. The President has sent up a bill to Congress to deal with the humanitarian crisis and get the Border Control the resources it needs to help secure the border. The Senate plans to take it up before Congress goes on recess, but will probably pass a smaller bill. The House doesn’t seem to have the votes to do anything about it.
As far as Gaza, Israel and Hamas. Again I covered this yesterday, but as long as Hamas is in the picture there will never be peace between Israel and Palestine. Because Hamas doesn’t want peace and their only goal is for the destruction of the Jewish State of Israel to create a united Palestinian Islamic State. And as long as they are strong enough to hurt Israel they are going to do exactly that. Israel will certainly never surrender and the only way you get Hamas to end their part of the conflict. Is either destroying them, or making them weak enough where they feel they need a short-term peace.
RAND: Blog: With the Death Toll Rising in Gaza, is There Any Hope For Peace?
Here is one of the few times that I’ve ever agreed with Senator Lindsay Graham on anything. As long as Hamas is part of any Palestinian government there will never be peace between Israel and Palestine. Because Israel will always feel the need and rightfully so to occupy at least parts of Palestine especially Gaza in order to make Israel as secure as possible. So if you want peace between Israel and Palestine, you need to get Hamas out of the picture as part of any government coalition and treat them like the terrorists that they are.
I don’t claim to be an expert on Israel and Palestine because I’m not. But I believe I have a short-term solution in how to end the conflict there. You make the West Bank an independent country from Israel which would be Palestine or the early days on an Independent State of Palestine with the West Bank Palestinian government in complete control there of the governing there. Including security, armed forces, foreign relations, their own currency there.
Then Israel working together with Palestine and perhaps in coalition of NATO they takeout Hamas in Gaza so Hamas is no longer able to control Gaza in any way. And once Hamas is out of picture Israel and Palestine can once again talk about the final solution and territorial rights of both countries with the West Bank and Gaza now under complete governing control of the Independent State of Palestine. With Hamas out of the picture as part of any governing coalition.
Foreign Policy: Opinion- Tom Ricks- Want a Better U.S. Military? First Make it Smaller: Why America Can’t Afford to Police the World
Posted in Foreign Policy, tagged American Military, American National Security, European Defense, Japanese Defense, Korean Defense, National Defense, Police the World, Saudi Defense, Tom Ricks on July 24, 2014| Leave a Comment »
If you truly believe in a strong American military and that it is essential for not only America to be safe, but for us to play our part in seeing that the rest of world has a shot at living in peace and you are not part of the anti-military far-left, or anti-military libertarian-right, or the America police the world Neoconservative Right, then you believe there are and has to be limits to what we put our military and our service people through in seeing that we accomplish those goals of a secure America and a safer world.
Theoretically any country that controls it’s own currency which is most of the world outside of the European Union can borrow and print money indefinitely to finance their military and other governmental operations. Well until their currency is so weak that it becomes essentially worthless. Borrowing money is just that and when you run up debt you have to pay that back even if it is a little bit at a time. Even if your national government doesn’t pay the debt back that debt gets passed down to its taxpayers in the form of higher interest rates. Everything that government does has costs including the military.
And based on this when countries figure out their national budgets every year they have to look at what they need to finance. The money available to finance those operations including the military and what they can afford to spend on those public investments. The military is always part of any national budget and the key word being budget. Even the United States has to budget it’s military and we simply can’t afford to police the world anymore based on previous debt we’ve already run up and the current shape of our military.
Which means other countries especially developed countries have to play their part in securing their own national defense. And I’m thinking of Europe, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Korea to use as examples. Which means American taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for the national defense for people who aren’t willing to pay for their own national defense. And I’m thinking of Europe especially, but Japan is another big one. And what we should be telling those countries is that “we still want to be your allies and work with you and even help you be able to defend yourself like with training and equipment. But those things aren’t free and you are going to have to compensate us for those resources”.
We should get our military out of Europe and Japan and even Saudi Arabia and Korea and perhaps have a fleet of ships in the water nearby in case there are some new developments and threats that emerge in those countries. That no one could see coming that would pay us to do for them. But America has its own problems and we need to be rebuilding America and getting our own economic and fiscal houses in order and demanding that countries that can afford to pay for their own national defense do exactly that.
Hill Center DC: Tom Ricks- U.S. Military Leadership in Decline