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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

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Destroyer & The Appeaser

It is a known fact that the Republican Party's plan, for decades, has been to bankrupt the country so that there would be an excuse to do away with the social safety nets put in place by Democrats... unemployment compensation, social security, Medicare, Medicaid and the minimum wage, to name a few.

In Geoge Bush, they found the perfect instrument of destruction. It has now come to fruition. And, at every step the Democratic Party has folded.  Democrats have become the modern day equivilant of Neville Chamberlain. Barack Obama is not the great compromiser, as he sees himself. He is an appeaser.

You will notice in the bi-partisan commission's recent proposal to lower the budget deficit, the recommendations include cuts in social security, a rise in the retirement age for social security recipients, an increase in Medicare costs for the elderly. There is no recommendation to raise taxes on the wealthy. There is no recommendation to raise taxes to pay for two wars, which to date have been funded by borrowing billions. There is no mention of shared sacrifice. The middle class and the least among us will be the ones paying.

At sixteen, I "met" my hero. Where are our heroes today? jkt