Closing Thought–28Nov16

On “Political Correctness”……………

Let me say in the opening here that I am NOT a fan in the WaPo…..but from time to time they do offer some sage thoughts….

For several years now the Right has been employing a word game with opinions of anyone that does not agree with them….”political correctness”…..

A former Sec of the Treasury has offered up an op-ed on the subject……

I will never again use the term “political correctness.” Whatever rhetorical value the term may have once had is far more than offset by what has been unleashed in the name of resistance to it since the presidential election.

I have made no secret over the years of my conviction that the sensitivities of individuals or members of various group should not be permitted to chill free speech on college campuses. I have the scars to show for speaking out against overdoing the idea of microaggression, the regulation of Halloween costumes and the prosecution of students for taking part in sombrero parties – all of which have struck me as “political correctness” run amok.

Source: Larry Summers: ‘Political correctness’ has become a codeword for hate – The Washington Post

I am sure that my Right readers will say that this is just a way to explain the opinions of those on the Left…..if so then it is a short cut because they have very little to offer as an argument…..

I am sure I will hear from them on this…..

I await the onslaught.

The Tragic Failure Of Real Conservatism In The Republican Party And The Best Hope For Tomorrow

This “press” is of an article, an op-ed, written by a loyal reader and friend of IST, The Ripening Wanderer……we may not always agree but in this case we do….I also see a loss of true conservative thinking…..replaced with issues that have NOTHING to do with governing.

I feel that his thoughts should be widely read…..we live in a partisan nation and that will NEVER change until more people understand the real differences in the political thinking…..

I do not see socialism hiding behind every liberal and I do not see fascists behind every conservative….what I see is a serious lack of understanding by the people of political philosophy….nothing will change until the people realize their differences and stop insulting each other and learn to work together….

I do NOT see any of the two parties working in the interests of the people….that must change or nothing will change….change that thing that all Americans vote for but never get……

My Dad was a staunch Republican all his life but if he were alive today I doubt he would give them the time of day. —– You see my Dad was a Conservative Republican and from what I have …

Source: The Tragic Failure Of Real Conservatism In The Republican Party And The Best Hope For Tomorrow – THE RIPENING WANDERER

Again I do not see Trump as the hope that is needed….but I guess anything is possible…..especially in the minds of the voters.

When this is over, you will have nothing that you want

Does anyone remember the Prairie home Companion?

It was a very popular radio show done by Garrison Keillor….a little slice of Middle America….down home humor and observations (is it still airing?)…..it seems that this gentleman has something to say to Donald J. Trump in this op-ed…..

The cap does not look good on you, it’s a duffer’s cap, and when you come to the microphone, you look like the warm-up guy, the guy who announces the license number of the car left in the parking lot, doors locked, lights on, motor running. The brim shadows your face, which gives a sinister look, as if you’d come to town to announce the closing of the pulp factory. Your eyes look dead and your scowl does not suggest American greatness so much as American indigestion. Your hair is the wrong color: People don’t want a president to be that shade of blond. You know that now.

Source: When this is over, you will have nothing that you want – Chicago Tribune

I was never a fan of the show….it was a bit too slow for me….but he has done a good job with his op-ed…..

I am shutting it down for the day….let the long weekend begin….may you all have a wonderful time this holiday….we will get it on next week…tah tah…

By the people, for the people

I read a lot of news from different sites, unlike many these days I like a true perspective and not regurgitation of corporate tools….one I read regularly is France’s Le Monde and recently I read a great article about the 2016 elections in the US…..

Berlin’s Reichstag was rebuilt with a glass dome, a symbol of transparency following the nightmare of two totalitarian regimes. So it was fitting that in May — as President Barack Obama travelled to Europe to sell a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) drafted in consultation with corporations and not the public — that leaked TTIP documents were projected onto the Reichstag by Greenpeace activists with the headline ‘Democracy needs transparency’.

Why is TTIP, the neoliberal free trade treaty that America is aggressively pushing in Europe, so non-transparent, and apparently undemocratic?

Source: By the people, for the people, by Stuart Braun (Le Monde diplomatique – English edition, July 2016)

This election will be the worse one in US history (maybe that is a bit of a stretch but it sounds good) the losers no mater who wins is the American people….the humorous part is they f*cked themselves……

Nation is paying a heavy price for knee-jerk military spending

My readers do not need to employ a mystic to tell them that I am a devout opponent of the Military-Industrial Complex (M-IC)……wars will always be fought but I despise the idea of this action being a money making proposition……

I am also an opponent of knee-jerk reactions to world affairs and that is what we have had in our foreign policy for damn near 50 years…..and this election is built on knee-jerk reactions to situation and issues……

I write a lot of op-eds deriding war……and when I find someone that has a cogent opposition I like to pass it on to my readers….and I found a pretty good article recently……..actually it is an op-ed…..

The US is reacting to a situation…..there is little to no professionalism in any of the decisions……

Source: My Turn: Nation is paying a heavy price for knee-jerk military spending | Concord Monitor

Any opinions?

Are You An “Apologist”?

An op-ed I wrote for Ace News Room…../after years of writing my opinions I have been called many things….but the one that has irritated me the most is when some mindless drone calls me an “apologist”…..below op-ed  is my thoughts on the use of the term……

BTW, if you are a news junkie then I suggest that you visit Ace News Room….an excellent source of worldwide news…..you will not be disappointed……

Source: Are You An “Apologist”?

10th Anniversary

Did everyone have a great day yesterday?

The day after…I do hope that everyone had a pleasant and happy Christmas…..I apologize for my laziness during this last week or so….I have been up to my butt in prep work for teaching and of course the prep work for the big day….I do hope that all will understand the absence at times…..thank you.

A decade ago my life changed….a change that would have a lasting effect on my life as I go forward…….

Ten years ago today I fell from a ladder while working in a house damaged by Hurricane Katrina…..the fall broke my right leg in 5 places and my right hand (concrete is extremely hard)……after 2 operations and lots of rehab I had to retire….that was the hardest part of the accident…..learning to deal with a bum leg and retirement.

I did what many people do….I started feeling sorry for myself and playing with depression….you see I began to believe that my usefulness was at an end…..the more I thought about it the deeper I sank into depression and self-pity…..

After about a year I thought my days of writing political commentary were over…I was never a big computer user….that is until I discovered blogging.  That was perfect for my mental rehab and my source of commentary….

I thought that I was going to just sit and wait for the days to click by until my dirt nap….blogging gave me an outlet and a new outlook on retirement….and as they say….”the rest is history”……

It is Saturday and one of my days that I post on anything but the daily news…..so go out and enjoy the rest of your days off and Monday will begin again…..