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Showing posts with label Bill Clinton. Show all posts

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Corruption - Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion


We have this tendency to want to talk about our American lives in terms if generations, the designations are largely arbitrary.

This trend kicked off in the post war era, when the so-called greatest generation kicked the next era with a baby boom.

This is important; the greatest generation did not call themselves great, but that generation of Americans sacrificed, they put everything on the line to keep the world free from Nazi tyranny, and the threat coming from the Empire of Japan.

After the war ended and all the soldiers came home, a lot of babies were born, and those kids who were a notoriously selfish bunch had to have an appellation in reference to themselves, and they settled on the characteristic that defined them all, the baby-boomers.

Bill Clinton was the first president to come from that group of entitled, shortsighted, greedy generation, then we got George W, Bush, and now we have Donald Trump.

I left Barack Obama out of the mix, because, his upbringing shielded him from the worst of the boomer’s corruption. He was a decent, hard-working a family man, as John Mc Cain said of him, a good president and doesn’t deserve to be lumped in with the other dunces.

Those other guys, and the overwhelming majority of our elected representatives are all boomers, and this is what I have to say, the boomers have destroyed America.

They’ve been in charge for a while now, and they have been driving us to this end ever since they took the reigns of power; they have been gleefully pitting us against each other, selling out the country’s future the same way the sold out their kids.

They demanded their inheritance before their parent’s were dead, they squandered it on coal and oil, poisoning our air, and water, and soil, all to boost their 401K’s their stock market portfolios, they are planning to strip their children of their Medicare and social security to finance a winter home in Arizona or Florida.
The spoiled children of the greatest generation have lived up to the expectations of their parents; corrupt to the bone.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Last of the Old Order - Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

The Last of the Old Order

I am sad to see George H. W. Bush pass.

He represents a time when the Republican Party still made sense.

I did not agree with him on much, but I voted for him in 1988, I never regretted it.

He had dignity, and that is something we are sorely missing. He had a sense of right and wrong, though I am quite positive his moral compass did not always register as true.

He committed crimes throughout his life of public service; as President, Vice President, and as Director of the CIA.

Every president is called on to do the same, in the case of Presidents like Bush Sr., and Obama, I am relatively certain that their motive was not exclusively a matter of personal gain.

He was an “Eisenhower Republican,” one who believed in public works, one who was engaged in service for the public good.

It seems that for the sake of politics he followed his party into the insanity of the religious right, but it was clear he never bought their diatribe.

I served in the Navy during his time in office. He visited my base in North Carolina, but I never met him. In 1992 I voted against him.

I am certain that Bill Clinton was not any more just or good, but he and his team were the ones to bring us into the 21st Century, a task George Sr. was not up to.

I admire the friendship he struck with the Clintons after they were all out office.

It is an example of how our politics should be, and could be, if we could select politicians who cared more for America, for the common good, and for truth, than they do for themselves, their party, and their ideology.

I am already missing George Bush Sr., the last of the old order; warrior-pilot, diplomat, President.

America was stronger when you left office than it was when you began.
You left it a better place.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Is it Too Much to Expect Dignity? - Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion


Is It Too Much to Expect Dignity?

            It is the year 2016. I am almost forty-seven years old, and I am deeply saddened by the state of politics in our country.

I was in the fifth grade, it was 1979. I was ten that year (eleven by the time it was over), when I came to political awareness. The big thing in the news that year was the revolution in Iran; more than sixty American citizens taken hostage, held for four hundred and forty-four days, held until January 20th, 1981, inauguration day, and the ascendency of Ronald Reagan.

Those events, that election; they jolted me into a place where I knew that politics were important, the news (no matter how poor it is), the news is important. I got a paper route that year.

For whatever reason (I cannot remember) I was home from school the day Ronald Reagan was sworn in. I remember watching it, and watching the release of the hostages live on T.V.. I remember the front page of the evening paper and the electoral landslide it depicted with forty-nine states going for Reagan and only one, Minnesota, my state, which like me, had chosen Carter.

I have memories of political events from earlier in my life. I remember when Jimmy carter won the presidency and took office. I remember the departure of Nixon. I remember newscasts from and about the Vietnam war, but it was in the years ’79 – ’80 that I became a close study of our great national dialog.

 In 1994 something changed. Democratic President Bill Clinton had been in office for two years. I had just gotten out of the Navy. There was a revolution in congress and the Republicans took control of both houses. They had a leader named Newt Gingrich, he had a thing called “The Contract for American,” an ambitious legislative agenda promoting republican values. This was the beginning of the coarsening of our political life.

The political talk coming from the heirs of that republican movement has become so coarsened that it is, to me, unrecognizable from the way in which I was raised to view public office, and public service, and the duty to comport oneself in public with dignity.

Right now, the “Front Runner” for the nomination of the Republican Party is Donald Trump, a man who has used called his opponents “pussies,” has said to his followers that he is going to tell immigrant workers from Mexico to “go fuck themselves.” He has said of people that criticize him that they are “full of shit.” He has said these things, repeated these things while at the podium, in front of crowds of thousands of people, while being telecast across the world, and his supporters cheer him on.

This is the saddest thing about the election. That man’s supporters cheer him on. They love the fact that he says hateful, hurtful and disgusting things.

Is it too much to ask for some dignity?

Carter and Reagan never spoke of one another like that, to one another like that. Neither did Reagan and Mondale when they ran against each other, nor did Bush speak that way of his opponents Dukakis and Clinton, and Clinton did not speak that way of Bush or Dole. IN fact, Bill Clinton, and George Bush Senior became good friends and worked together on many projects when they were each done with the job of being president.

The disgusting behavior currently on display is being leveled by republicans at republicans. There is a deep lack of respect, as if the entire notion of what it means to have good manners has been forgotten.

It makes me sad.

Donald Trump, the republican front runner, he hides his ill manners behind the rally cry that he is against “political correctness.” As if the task of being a gentleman had something to do with politics and not just good manners.

America, can we please just reject him on the grounds that he is crude; not because he brings up difficult political issues, trying to enforce our adherence to civil standards, and public policy through vehicles of peer pressure and shame (which are totally legitimate tactics). That is what political correctness is. Reject him because he is foul mouthed, ill mannered, and full of hate.

Reject Donald Trump because he has no dignity, he cannot bring dignity to the office of the presidency, he will tear it down, as a result he will tear us down.