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Over the summer of 2010 I began to ask myself, "what do you do if two of our Rights, as citizens of these United States, are diametrically opposed?" I came to the only viable conclusion: you compromise. Our great Nation works when there is compromise.

Right now most of you will agree with me that our political system is broken. What we currently have is: the politics of destruction; special interest groups who have the power and money to dictate policy; politicians who must spend their time raising money for the next election instead of doing the People's business; and, there are those who are so concerned about getting re-elected they cede their responsibilities to the citizenry to those groups making the loudest noises and the greatest threats.

The attacks that we were inundated with during the this election cycle belittled the democratic process. Shame on everyone involved. And, shame on the political obstructionists who are more interested in gaining and maintaining power than doing the people’s business. During these very difficult times all of us should be supporting our President. The challenge for all of us is, how do we improve upon this imperfect union that we call the United States of America? One thing I know for is not by dividing us.

I can remember when I was sixteen years old there was a day when my father called out to me, "Jackie, come quickly. You have to hear this. It's Winston Churchill. Come listen." I raced to the radio and for the first time heard a recording of Churchill's speech to a Nation standing alone against the greatest evil the world has ever known: "...we shall defend our island no matter what the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; and we shall not surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until in God's good time, the New World, with all it's power and might, steps forth to the rescue and liberation of The Old."

That day my hero was born. Where are our heroes today? jkt

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Oh, Brother

The Columbus Dispatch reported today:

"It's party time in India because of Gov. Ted Strickland's loss to John Kasich. So says The Pioneer, an Indian newspaper. Strickland angered some Indian government and business officials by banning outsourcing of jobs under contract by state government to foreign countries. The Indian government vowed to complain to U.S. international trade officials.
"A cheer may well go up in India over the outcome of a US gubernatorial face," The Pioneer wrote. "Despite President Barack Obama making a number of visits to shore up his prospects, Strickland ended up losing the Ohio race..."

In September I wrote:

"The Huffington Post reported today that the "Senate Republicans beat back an effort by Democrats to end tax breaks for companies who send jobs overseas only to import the products back into the United States. The bill included a payroll tax holiday for companies that bring jobs back from overseas, ended tax breaks for plants that shut down to go elsewhere, and blocked companies from deferring their tax bill year to year by keeping money out of the U.S.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which represents businesses in the United States, has aggressively fought the effort to reduce outsourcing. In 2004, Chamber head Tom Donohue made the case that outsourcing shouldn't be a concern because only "two, maybe three million jobs, maybe four" would be lost.

During the debate over the stimulus, the U.S. Chamber also fought efforts to include a provision that would encourage taxpayer money to be spent on products made by domestic companies. It opposed the outsourcing bill, arguing in a letter to the Senate that "replacing a job that is based in another country with a domestic job does not stimulate economic growth". Really?

Our workers, the most productive in the world, do not deserve to be abandoned by Big Business in their time of need. It is time to bring the jobs home."

Since John Kasich won the gubernatorial election, I think we all know how this is going to work out for the American worker.

A New Political Party

Now that we are at the end of this election cycle I am convinced, more than ever, that the United States is in need of a new political party...a party that represents the Center. The Left and Right have become so radicalized they no longer represent the majority of the people. I'm not talking about a Green Party, a Libertarian Party or a Socialist Party, each of which pulls in about 2-5% of the vote. In this technological age, it should be possible to form a national movement... a new political party.

During the months running up to the election I began to ask myself, "what do you do if two of our Rights, as citizens of these United States, are diametrically opposed?" I came to the only viable conclusion: you compromise. Our great Nation works when there is compromise.

So, upon this foundation a new party shall be born.

(to be continued)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Education & Democracy

Our educational system is failing and is a root cause of the decline of this country. Not only is our country in danger economically, but an uneducated citizenry puts our Democracy in grave peril.

Corporate America can pour all of the money in the world into elections, but it is successful only if the majority of the voters believe the propagandists who use subterfuge to "create false realities". That is where education comes in. It is a sad statement on the condition of our schools, that only one third of them even teach Civics. Is it no wonder we are where we are?

I am amazed that voters continue to buy into the cacophony that has replaced civil discourse in this country. Have they forgotten the 8 years that preceded President Obama's two years in office? Why would they, once again, hand our country over to the pro-business, pro-rich, pro-war politicians who brought us to the brink of disaster?

If we do not educate future generations, the ideals upon which our country was founded will continue to wane and our place in history will have passed.