26. marts 2010 En deprimerende situation - historie

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En daglig analyse
Af Marc Schulman

26. marts 2010 En deprimerende tilstand

Ok, jeg vil være på forhånd. Når jeg skriver dette, er jeg deprimeret over situationen. Ideologien har fået lov til at få det bedste fra pragmatisme, og nu er Israel i øjnene af en præsident, der mener, at han kan udrette alt. Det var den forstand, præsident Obama projekterede, da han tiltrådte. Selvom de vanskeligheder, han løb ind i med debatten om sundhedsvæsenet i et stykke tid syntes at formindske Obamas almægtighed, genopretter hans sejr om sundhedsplejen og hans aftale i dag med Rusland om våbenkontrol bestemt den følelse. I dette tilfælde tager formanden selvfølgelig meget fejl, men det er ikke det, der er relevant i øjeblikket.

Det, der i øjeblikket er relevant, er det faktum, at indtil han finder ud af noget andet, ser han Israel og specifikt premierminister Netanyahu som hindringen for at nå en fredsaftale. Det er ikke klart, om spørgsmålet virkelig "bygger i Jerusalem" eller en endnu mere problematisk position for Netanyahu, spørgsmålet om materielle samtaler. Der er en vis fornemmelse af, at det, Obama -administrationen virkelig ønsker, er, at Israel på forhånd accepterer en eller anden version af det fredsforslag, som Olmert tilbød palæstinenserne, inden de forlod embedet, et forslag, som palæstinenserne ikke accepterede - hvilket efter alt at dømme var mest gavmilde tilbud en israelsk premierminister nogensinde tilbød palæstinenserne.

Netanyahu, både ud fra sin egen overbevisning, og helt sikkert troen fra sine andre Likud -partimedlemmer og koalitionspartnere, vil finde det næsten umuligt at acceptere den amerikanske administrations anmodning. Det er imidlertid klart for alle, at uden at vende tilbage til den position er der ingen chance for en aftale. Husk, jeg tror ikke på, at vi kan nå til enighed, selvom vi genoptager Olmerts vilkår, men desværre skal verden (og i dette tilfælde den amerikanske administration) hvert par år lære, at det i sidste ende ikke er Israel, der er barrior til en endelig fredsaftale.

Ja det er uretfærdigt osv. Osv., Men det er virkeligheden i situationen. Hvis Netanyahu-regeringen ikke forstår den situation, er jeg ikke sikker på, hvor vi ender --- Sandsynligvis et isoleret Israel med Iran, der har atomvåben. Jeg gentager, hvad jeg sagde i sidste uge. "Diplomati er krig på en anden måde". Hvis den israelske regering ikke indser det (selvfølgelig er en regering, der kan have Lieberman som udenrigsminister, uvidende), så vil tingene være meget grove. Fra Netanyahus og kabinettets kommentarer i dag ser det ikke godt ud.

For at tilføje følelsen af ​​depression mistede Israel i dag to soldater inde i Gaza, i området ved siden af ​​grænsen. Hæren ledede, hvad der synes at være en regelmæssig indtrængen inden for grænsen, og de endte i en tæt kamp med palæstinensiske væbnede krigere. I brandkampen blev vicechefen for Golani -enheden i området (en major) dræbt, ligesom en anden soldat. For at understrege begivenhedens tragiske karakter blev majorens bror, også i Golani, dræbt for ti år siden i Libanon.

Endelig for at afrunde min depression har Yuval Elituzur netop skrevet en bog, løst med titlen "Truslen indeni". I bogen forklarer Elituzur de stadig mere klare demografiske tendenser, hvor 60% af Charedimerne lever under fattigdom, hvor kun 20% af Charedi -mændene arbejder. Med deres vækstrate på 6,5% om året og resten af ​​befolkningen på kun 1,5% gør Elituzur det klart, at med denne hastighed, selv uden alle de problemer, der er nævnt ovenfor, er Israels fremtid i fare. Han foreslår i det mindste nogle delvise løsninger. Elituzurs hovedforslag er at tvinge deres børn til at modtage en grunduddannelse. Det ser ud til, at den nye uddannelseslov, der blev vedtaget sidste år, som gav visse yderligere fordele til Charedi -uddannelsessystemet, også omfattede kravet om, at alle børn op til 14 skulle få en grunduddannelse (med matematik- og sprogstandarder). Det eneste problem er, at Chardi -samfundet som sædvanligt tog fordelene uden at gennemføre nogen af ​​kravene. Hvordan man implementerer denne plan, selvom Charedi -samfundet er villigt, virker meget problematisk–– da der ikke er nogen lærere i samfundet til at undervise i disse fag, og i betragtning af den fortsatte hurtige stigning i størrelsen på deres samfund, virker det meget svært at se for at nå dette mål.


AMERIKANSK POLITIK: En trist tilstand!

"Jeg fortalte befolkningen i mit distrikt, at jeg ville tjene dem trofast, som jeg havde gjort, men hvis ikke ... kan I alle gå til helvede, og jeg vil tage til Texas ..." Oberst Davy Crockett, kongresmedlem i Tennessee (omkring 1834, efter at være blevet besejret til genvalg, før slaget ved Alamo)

Yep, Davy Crockett- min helt tilbage dengang og min helt, nu. Da jeg var barn, voksede jeg op derover, i Kentucky, langt over i det næste halsbånd (bjergtaler, hvilket betyder en stave ned ad vejen)på tværs af grænsen til Tennessee, hvor min mor blev født, alle slags folkelige hvid, sort og imellem– plejede at væve alle slags historier om vores fælles folkehelt, Davy Crockett- bedre kendt som "King of the Wild Frontier." Shucks, jeg husker stadig Walt Disney mini-serien med Fess Parker (som Davy Crockett) og ol ’Buddy Ebsen (som George Russel) går sammen om at skovle lidt god modemoral og grænseretfærdighed lige ind i vores stuer gennem de trætte sort-hvide fjernsyn. Du kender dem, dem så gamle, at du var nødt til at bruge en tang til at dreje kanalerne og bøjlerne for at erstatte “kaninører” -antennerne. Men indtil for nylig tænkte jeg aldrig meget på Davy Crockett, som kongresmedlem, nede i Lawrence County, Tennessee. Det var bare den iørefaldende temasangmelodi ("Balladen om Davy Crockett"), hans cool-udseende coonskin cap og evigt til stede lang-tønde, Kentucky riffel, der fangede det meste af min opmærksomhed!

Helt ærligt kan jeg ikke engang huske meget af “Davy Crockett går til kongressen” serie. Jeg var kun omkring 10 år gammel, dengang. Men historisk forskning afslører, at han havde en hel del at sige på vegne af befolkningen i hans distrikt. Og han bid ikke meget i tungen i modsætning til fremherskende politiske shenanigans, ineffektivitet og grådighed. Det var dengang. Men måske kunne vi bruge ham i dag i betragtning af politikens ynkelige tilstand i dette land. Her er hvad han havde at sige til sine kongresskohorter om den sørgelige situation dengang:

“Den ødelagte indhegnede stat o ’ nationen, de ødelagte banker, knuste hjerter og brudte løfter af min bror kongresmedlem her omkring mig, har riz kedlen o ’ min forargelse klarer op til højtryks pinte, en &# 8217 derfor har jeg ris til at slippe dampen af ​​min skrogsvin-patriotisme, uden rundkørsel og uden tilbehør. Sandheden vil ikke have noget tilbehør til i hendes nøgne tilstand, og hun er lige så yndefuld som et sugfælle i solskinnet. Hr. Taler! Hvad i navnet o ’ drab-får-hunde-raseri er landet a-comin ’ til? Hvor er al æren? nej whar! en thar it ’ll stick! Hvor er statens indtægter? Hver gang, men hvor burde det være! …

Hvorfor, hr. Højttaler, sneg dig ikke med rædsel, da jeg fortalte dig, at i lørdags mornin ’ havde onkel Sam ikke det første fip at give til barbet! Bankerne suspenderer betalingen, og de sultende mennesker suspenderer sig selv med reb! Gammel valuta er flad på ryggen, bankfolkene har sænket alle midler i den sikre art o ’ spekulationer, og nogle o ’ disse chaps grinnin ’ omkring mig er lige dybt i mudderet som en kvie i en hestedam!

“Hvor ’ var den politiske ærlighed over mine feller kongresmedlemmer? hvorfor, i bankregninger og fem acre taler! Hvorfor er alt sammen patriotisme? i skråstillede slurv, udfordringer og hårudløserpistoler! Hvad er alle løfter? hvert sted! Hvem er alle præstationer på ’em? no whar, og de stakkels mennesker bellering arterie ’em overalt som en kørt o ’ bøfler arter deres dovne vogtere, der ligesom betjentene her, plejer ingen ’s mave, men deres egne evige intarnaler!

Hvad har du i nationen gjort i år? hvorfor, spild papir nok til at beregne alle dine politiske synder på, og det ville tage et ark for hver enkelt af dig så længe som Mississippi. og så bred som hele Kentucky. Du er gået i gang med at gøre ’ intet ’ baglæns, indtil skrognationen er færdig. Du har sprøjtet en Mount Etny o ’ gas, chawed et skrog Allegheny o ’ tobak, spyttet en Niagary o ’ saft, fortalte en haglstorm o ’ løgne, drukket en Lake Superior o ’ spiritus og alt , som du siger, for den gode o ’ nationen, men jeg siger, jeg sværger, for hendes evige konkurs!

Derfor bevæger jeg mig med, at den eneste måde at redde landet på er, at skrogboet skal ødelægge dine politiske væsler stikkende hjem og lade mig arbejde på onkel Sams gård, indtil jeg genopretter det til sin naturlige tilstand o ’ dyrkning, og ryst disse statslarver af korruption. Lad den sorte Dan Webster sidde der i den fulde ende af skrivebordet. Metodistpredikant lod Jack Calhoun bosætte sig lige foran ham med håret børstet tilbage foran som en huckleberry -busk i en orkan, efter at Old Hickory's topknot vendte hestejockey. Lad Harry Clay sidde i hjørnet med armene foldet omkring midten som vindruer omkring en sort eg, gå tilbage til vores gamle Kentuck og forbedre ’ advokater og andre sorte får. Lad gamle far Quincy Adams sidde ’ lige bag ham thar, gå hjem til Massachusetts, og ’ skrive politiske primere for de sølle ’ politikere lad Jim Buchanan gå hjem til Pennsylvania en ’ ryge lange ni, med hollænderne. Lad Tom Benton, bøjet som en hickory saplin med ull rollin ’, tage en rulle med hjem og lave 82 % slik og babyer for babyerne: –for de har arbejdet onkel Sam ’s gård med alle- scratchin ’ harve o ’ rascality, ’til den er så grå som et stengærde, så gol som barket ler og fattig som kalkun fodret med grussten!

Og for at slutte, hr. Formand, nationen kan ikke mere gå under en sådan tilstand, end en stegt ål kan svømme på dampen eller en tekedel, hvis den kan, så tag disse garnben til yar hall søjler. ”

Bortset fra den tykke bjerg accent eller Kentucky/ Tennessee-omgangstider og et par udvalgte, verbale slag i ansigtet, kan hans observationer bare være gældende, i dag- måske også slag i ansigtet. Jeg undrer mig ofte over, hvordan vores nuværende regeringsform overhovedet formår at træffe beslutninger på vegne af "Vi folket…". Begge store politiske partier ser ud til at annullere hinanden. Debat ser ud til at være en tabt kunst, men der er masser af offentlige høringer- afhængigt af kameraets tilgængelighed. Taler og samtaler stammer fra lyd-bid kommunikationsstrategier. Personlige angreb og slurv dominerer følelsesladet lokkemad af "Oppositionen"– alle uden objektive beviser. Uvidende racemæssig antydning erstatter fornuften. Hunches erstatter statistisk analyse. Daglige politiske meningsmålinger bestemmer ultimative handlemåder. Nådesløse skandaler- seksuelle og økonomiske- viser ingen medlidenhed med politisk popularitet eller levetid. Problemer eller problemer er nu også malet som, "Republikaner" eller "Demokratisk"– ikke national. Så er deres "svar". Og når først en objektiv nyhedsrapport stinker af politisk kontaminering- på tværs af hele det journalistiske spektrum!

Men måske kigger jeg simpelthen på den forkerte slags linser-de samme linser, der bruges af de fleste hårdtarbejdende, skattetrætte, men stolte over at betale amerikanere, civile eller militær-aktive pligter eller veteraner. De samme linser brugt af mange, måske, politisk naive nok til stadig at tro og stole på et system, der er baseret på repræsentationens essens. Måske skulle vi bare være tilfredse med Center for Responsive Politics seneste rapport om, at de samlede omkostninger ved præsidentkampagnen i 2008 var cirka 2,5 milliarder dollars-for at få et job på 400.000 dollar om året! Og præsidenten er begrænset til kun to 4-årige vilkår! Plus, det er bortset fra den igangværende indsats for at vælge eller genvælge senatorer eller repræsentanter, fra alle kroge, såvel som hvert hollar, til henholdsvis ubegrænsede 6- og 2-årige vilkår.

Shucks, med den slags adgang til offentlig og ofte tvivlsom eller hemmelig finansiering er det ikke underligt, at mange bliver "Professionelle politikere" servering, 30 til 35 år og derover. Noget reform må være i orden!

HVAD SYNES DU? Hvilken slags reformer kan være i orden i dag? Eller hvad tror du Davy Crockett ville sige i dag?


Den sørgelige situation i den amerikanske isbryderflåde og konsekvenser for fremtidige amerikanske arktiske operationer

Den 1. september 2015, mens han besøgte Alaska, meddelte præsident Obama, at han ville fremskynde købet af isbrydere for at hjælpe den amerikanske kystvagt (USCG) med at operere i Arktis. En rapport fra Congressional Research Service med titlen: Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Modernisering: Baggrund og problemer for kongressen, blev udstedt den 2. sep 2015. Du kan downloade denne rapport på følgende link:

Denne rapport hævder, at en ny tung polær isbryder vil koste i området fra $ 900 millioner til $ 1,1 milliarder. Rapporten indeholder også en interessant historie om tidligere USCG -vurderinger af deres isbryderbehov og budgetforanstaltninger, der er blevet gennemført i løbet af de sidste par år, og som betydeligt reducerede det budget, der er til rådighed til at forfølge nyt isbryderindkøb.

National Science Foundation's rolle

I 2006 blev G.W. Bush -administrationen flyttede budget- og forvaltningsmyndighed for den amerikanske polarisbryderflåde fra USCG til National Science Foundation (NSF). USCG bevarede forældremyndigheden over de polære isbrydere, som fortsat drives af USCG -mandskaber. Dette arrangement er registreret i følgende dokument fra 2006: Aftalememorandum mellem USAs kystvagt og National Science Foundation vedrørende støtte til polare isbrydninger. Du kan læse detaljerne i denne indviklede aftale på følgende link:

Den nuværende amerikanske polarisbryderflåde

I øjeblikket findes hele USA's nationale kapacitet til isbrydningsoperationer i Arktis og Antarktis i en meget lille isbrydende flåde bestående af:

  • En tung polar isbryder, Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star
    • Bestilt i 1976
    • Deplacement: 13.194 tons
    • Hestekræfter: 75.000 hk (gasturbiner) + 18.000 hk (diesels)
    • Idriftsat i 1999
    • Deplacement: 16.000 tons
    • Hestekræfter: 30.000 (diesels)

    Ud over denne aktive "flåde" har USA også en inaktiv tung polær isbryder Polarhavet (søsterskib af Polar Star), som blev taget i brug i 1978 og indsat i inaktiv kommission i Seattle, WA i 2010 efter et større havari ved fremdrivningsanlæg. En USCG -analyse fra 2013, der kræves af kongressen for at forhindre den planlagte ophugning af Polarhavet, viste det Polarhavet kunne rehabiliteres og genaktiveres for en brøkdel af omkostningerne ved at bygge en ny isbryder. Polarhavet forbliver i inaktiv kommission.

    Polar Star og Polar Sea sammen i gladere dage.

    I 2006 satte NSF Polar Star i vicevært status på grund af udstyrets ældning / slidproblemer. Skibet blev oprindeligt designet til en levetid på 30 år. Efter en beskeden renovering vendte skibet tilbage til Antarktis service i slutningen af ​​2013. Polar Star forventes at fortsætte driften frem til omkring 2020.

    Efter Polar Sea led sit store fremdriftssystem til skade i 2010, og indtil Polar Star vendte tilbage til service i slutningen af ​​2013, den mellemlige isbryder Healy var den eneste aktive amerikanske polarisbryder.

    I februar 2015 rapporterede USCG, at det havde brug for tre tunge og tre mellemstore isbrydere til at dække de amerikanske "forventede behov" i Arktis og Antarktis. Seks forskellige amerikanske agenturer har missioner i polarområderne.

    Den amerikanske kystvagts anmeldelse af store isbrydere i verden i 2013 er et diagram, der giver en god visuel fremstilling af verdens isbryderflåder. Dette diagram er gengivet herunder, men du skal muligvis gå til følgende link for at se en mere læsbar og downloadbar pdf -version af dette diagram:

    Ikonerne i dette diagram for den amerikanske isbryderflåde omfatter Polar Star, Polar Sea (inaktiv) og Healy, som forventet. De to andre skibe er:

    • Nathaniel B. Palmer, et privatejet, isdent forskningsskib, der er leaset af NSF til støtte for videnskabelige missioner i Antarktis.
    • Aiviq, et privatejet isbrydende, ankerhåndterende slæbebådsforsyningsskib chartret af Royal Dutch Shell for at støtte deres olieefterforskningsaktiviteter i Chukchihavet ud for Alaska.

    Så i virkeligheden har USA i øjeblikket kun to polære isbrydere. Man tjener typisk Antarktis og en betjener Arktis. I 2013 fik USCG også godkendelse til at undersøge udviklingen af ​​en ny kraftig isbryder. I midten af ​​2015 rapporterer USCG-webstedet:

    “Kystvagten er i den indledende fase af et nyt, tungt program for erhvervelse af polære isbrydere. Denne fase i processen omfatter udvikling af en formel mission need statement, et koncept for operationer og et operationelt kravdokument - alt nødvendigt før udvikling og implementering af en detaljeret erhvervelsesplan. ”

    Rusland ’s polar isbryderflåde

    Til sammenligning viser USCG’s 2013 -diagram, at Rusland markerer næsten 40 isbrydere med op til et dusin flere planlagte eller under opførelse. Rusland har nationale planer om at udnytte sine arktiske ressourcer langs den nordlige sørute, der passerer gennem Ishavet langs Ruslands nordkyst. Atomdrevne isbrydere spiller vigtige roller i disse planer.

    Den første af de nye LK-60 atomdrevne tunge polære isbrydere, Arktika, er under opførelse i St.

    Kontrakter om yderligere to LK-60-klasse isbrydere blev indgået i maj 2014. De er planlagt til levering i 2019 og 2020.

    U.S. Navy Arctic Roadmap 2014 – 2030

    Den nyligt udgivne U.S. Navy Arctic Roadmap 2014 - 2030 indeholder følgende observationer:

    • Den amerikanske flåde forventer, at Arktis "forbliver et lavt trusselsmiljø, hvor nationer løser uoverensstemmelser fredeligt."
    • Det ser sin rolle som hovedsagelig tilhænger af US Coast Guard (USCG) operationer og reagerer på eftersøgnings- og rednings- og katastrofsituationer.
    • Tilstedeværelsen af ​​enorme ressourcebevillinger og territoriale uenigheder "bidrager imidlertid til muligheden for lokaliserede episoder med friktion i den arktiske region, på trods af de fredelige hensigter fra de arktiske nationer."
    • "Søværnets funktioner i den arktiske region er ikke forskellige fra dem i andre maritime regioner, men miljøet i den arktiske region gør udførelsen af ​​mange af disse funktioner meget mere udfordrende."

    Med hensyn til det første og tredje punkt ovenfor tyder russiske aktiviteter i Arktis i løbet af det seneste år på, at den amerikanske flåde i det mindste offentligt har undervurderet sandsynligheden for ikke-fredelige aktioner i Arktis og det potentielle behov for en militær reaktion i område. Nylige russiske aktiviteter i Arktis fremhæver denne risiko.

    I betragtning af den dårlige tilstand i den amerikanske polarisbryderflåde, vil jeg sige, at det sidste punkt, ovenfor, er en grov underdrivelse. USCG og flåden er ikke godt positioneret til overfladeoperationer i Det Arktiske Ocean. Surface marineoperationer i isdækkede arktiske områder vil være næsten umulige at udføre uden en dygtig amerikansk isbryderflåde.

    Du kan downloade en kopi af Navy's Arktisk køreplan på følgende link:

    Eksempler på bekymrende nylige russiske aktiviteter i Arktis er:

    • Siden begyndelsen af ​​2014 har Rusland udført bombefly- og jagermissioner tæt på luftrummet for sine arktiske naboer. Denne form for militær adfærd er ikke set siden den kolde krig sluttede i begyndelsen af ​​1990'erne.
    • 1. december 2014: Rusland ’s nye Arctic Joint Strategic Command blev operationel. Dette giver central forvaltning af alle russiske militære ressourcer i Arktis, og dem er der mange af. Den nye kommando, der er baseret på den nordlige flåde og har hovedkontor i Severomorsk, vil erhverve militære, marineoverflade og strategiske atomoverflade-, luftvåben- og rumfartsforsvarsenheder, aktiver og baser, der er overført fra andre russiske militærdistrikter
    • 15.-20. marts 2015: Rusland gennemførte en massiv, fem dage lang militærøvelse i Arktis med omkring 80.000 tropper, 220 fly, 41 skibe og 15 ubåde. Denne øvelse blev gennemført på etårsdagen for den russiske annektering af Krim.
    • 4. august 2015: Ruslands udenrigsministerium bekræftede, at Rusland igen havde forelagt FN's krav om udvidet kontinentalsokkel til FN. Rusland søger anerkendelse for sin formelle økonomiske kontrol med 1,2 millioner kvadratkilometer Artic havhylde, der strækker sig mere end 350 sømil fra kysten.

    Den nye amerikanske arktiske ledelseskomité

    I modsætning til Ruslands nye Arctic Joint Strategic Command udstedte præsident Obama i 15. januar 2015 en bekendtgørelse om nedsættelse af Arctic Executive Steering Committee, som vil være ansvarlig for at styrke koordineringen af ​​den nationale indsats i Arktis. Hvordan denne nye styregruppe vil påvirke fremskridtene med at genoplive den amerikanske polarisbryderflåde, skal stadig ses. Du kan læse hele teksten til denne bekendtgørelse på følgende link:

    Bundlinjen

    USA er godt bag strømkurven for at gennemføre operationer i Arktis, der kræver isbryderstøtte. Selv med et velfinansieret nyt amerikansk isbryderprogram, vil det tage et årti, før det første nye skib er klar til service, og på det tidspunkt vil det nye skib sejle ind i flåden, ligesom Polar Star går på pension eller går ind i et omfattende renoveringsprogram for livsforlængelse.

    Hvis du befinder dig isbundet i Arktis når som helst i det næste årti, tror jeg, at din bedste chance er at ringe canadierne eller russerne for at få hjælp.

    5. februar 2016 opdatering:

    I midten af ​​januar 2016 lavede den tidligere kystvagtkommandant adm. Bob Papp følgende punkter på det årlige Surface Navy Association-møde i nærheden af ​​Washington DC:

    • USA har brug for otte isbrydere, hvis de til enhver tid beslutter at have en patruljering i hvert polarområde. Kystvagten har aldrig været i stand til at understøtte det høje operationelle tempo.
    • USA's arktiske politik er et spørgsmål om national sikkerhed, ikke kun et spørgsmål om forsvar. Udenrigsministeriets vision fokuserer også på suveræne rettigheder og ansvar for arktiske nationer, maritim sikkerhed, energi, økonomiske interesser, miljøforvaltning, videnskabelig forskning og støtte til oprindelige folk.
    • Flere isbrydere er afgørende, fordi USA ikke kan støtte sin politik uden fysisk at kunne bevæge sig i polarområderne.

    Læs flere detaljer på følgende link:

    Den nuværende kystvagtkommandant, adm. Paul Zukunft, har udtalt, at tidsplanen for det nye isbryderprogram for indkøb kræver en kontraktstildeling for én isbryder i efteråret 2019, hvor produktionen begynder i 2020. Indledende operationel kapacitet for denne første nye isbryder ville ikke være indtil midten af ​​2020'erne. En Federal Business Opportunity (FBO) -meddelelse for USCG Polar Icebreaker Replacement Program blev lagt online den 13. januar 2016. Du kan læse FBO -meddelelsen og downloade branchens datapakke på følgende link:


    En trist situation — Bad Company tilsyneladende undlader at nævne eks-sanger Brian Howe, der går bort

    Det er tre dage siden Metal slam først brød den triste nyhed ud, at tidligere Dårligt selvskab hovedvokalist Brian Howe Gået bort. Howe havde den formidable opgave at udskifte Paul Rodgers i bandet tilbage i 1986 efter guitarist Mick Ralphs og trommeslager Simon Kirke besluttede at genoplive gruppen fra et fire-års pause.

    Howe endte med at spille på følgende Dårligt selvskab optegnelser — Berømmelse og formue (1986), Farlig alder (1988), Helligt vand (1990), Her kommer problemer (1992) og Hvad du hører er, hvad du får: Det bedste fra dårligt selskab (1993).

    En dag efter Howe‘s død, Rodgers lagde en video op på Facebook om, at han levede og havde det godt uden at nævne det Howe dør. Facebook -videoen fra Rodgers er siden blevet fjernet.

    Der er tilsyneladende ingen omtale af Howe‘s død den Dårligt selvskab‘s websted eller Facebook -konto.

    Det sidste indlæg på bandets ’s Facebook -konto er fra 6. maj 2020 kl. 15:24 med Rodgers, Kirke og Ralphs besvare nogle fan spørgsmål.

    Også selvom Dårligt selvskab‘s “Bio ” på deres hjemmeside nævner ikke noget om Howe selvom de album, han spillede på, fik en flygtig omtale (med små ændringer):

    I 1986, Ralphs og Kirke genopstod Dårligt selvskab navn. Rodgers der dannede Firmaet med Led Zeppelin’S Jimmy Page blev bedt om hans tilladelse til at bruge navnet. "Jeg følte mig presset til at lade dem fortsætte med at bruge navnet, jeg følte, at de skulle danne et nyt band, med et nyt navn og skrive deres eget katalog af sange." Præcis hvad Rodgers gjorde med Firmaet. "Men i sidste ende blev jeg enig om at tro, at de ville komme videre med integritet, jeg tog fejl."

    Over en seksårig periode fra 1986 til 1992 udgav denne version af bandet fire albums inklusive Berømmelse og formue, Farlig alder, platinsalget Helligt vand og Her kommer problemer. Bandet udgav yderligere to album, 1995’erne Company of Strangers og Historier fortalt og ufortalt i 1996. Mens musikken var temmelig godt spillet på ture, kunne intet erstatte skriften, scenens tilstedeværelse og selvfølgelig den enestående vokal, der Rodgers bragt til ligningen. Både fans og kritikere begyndte at råbe om et genforening af det originale band, og endelig skete det, da Rodgers kom sammen med Ralphs og Burrell i England for at diskutere udgivelsen af ​​en musikantologi. Rodgers foreslog at tilføje 4 nye sange og gik på arbejde med at skrive to "Hammer of Love" og "Tracking Down a Runaway", mens Ralphs skrev "Hey Hey" og "Ain't it Good".

    Det længe ventede gensyn kom sammen i 1999 og så bandet ikke kun gennemføre en spændende 30-date amerikansk turné, der tiltrak udsolgte skarer og meget kritisk anerkendelse, men også overvåget udgivelsen af ​​den roste Original Bad Company Anthology også det år, en dynamisk to-cd, 33-sangers oversigt over bandets karriere udgivet den Elektra Records.”

    Det ser ud til at Kirke er den eneste ud af tre original tilbage Dårligt selvskab medlemmer at have offentligt omtalt Howe‘s passerer. Følgende kortfattet besked blev sendt på Kirke‘s Facebook -side den 7. maj 2020:

    “Jeg vil gerne sende mine kondoleanser til Brian Howe'S familie. ”

    Der er stadig tid til Dårligt selvskab at hylde en ordentlig hyldest til Howe som var et vigtigt bandmedlem fra 1986 til 1994.


    Fra forsiden af ​​dagens LNP -udgave i dag (klik her for at læse historien online).

    Hvilket spild af en time! Det hele var fnug og sludder.
    Klik her for at se videoen fra i går aftes ’s adresse af borgmester Sorace og tjek igen senere i dag. Åh, og hvem er LNP -korrespondent Chris Courogen, og hvad skete der med reporter Tim Stuhldreher?

    18 svar på * EN TRED STATUS AF SAGER!

    Ray er en skødhund for Josh Parsons, og det var Josh, der fik Ray brændt så slemt i går aftes. Ray gjorde en total røv ud af sig selv ved bare at gentage, hvad Josh Parsons fortalte Ray at sige om valgændringerne. Disse to idioter bebrejdede demokrater for ændringer, som republikanerne ønskede! Ray fuldstændig skruede op i aftes på to store måder –

    1. Gentagelse af alt, hvad Josh fortalte Ray at sige om valglovændringerne med afstemning.
    2. Forslag til skødhund og patologisk løgner Bryant Glick, der skal nomineres til delegeret.

    Bryant Glick er en skændsel selv efter Trumps standarder, og Ray foretog Joshs bud ved at nominere Bryant. Når alt kommer frem om Bryant, vil folk bebrejde Ray og ikke Josh, og det var præcis sådan, Josh planlagde det.

    Hej! Bryants hjemmekomité stemte positivt imod ham, og dumme Ray stillede ikke spørgsmålstegn ved hvorfor!

    Ray gør, hvad Josh fortæller ham at gøre, og Ray får al skyld.

    Ligesom Groundhog Day med disse svin!

    OMG. Jeg troede, at jeg var den eneste, der satte spørgsmålstegn ved dette!
    Bryant Glick lugter af at være en total poser, og hans hjemmekomitéfolk foragter ham.
    Word is Glick er en do-boy for Joshey, så de overså Bryants bjerg af løgne ligesom overset Ray, der havde en PFA for at chokere sin indbyggede nevø og Parsons 'patrulje, der bogstaveligt angriber alle andres hjemmeliv, forblev stille med Rays mangler, fordi Josh har brug for en dummy som Ray for at gøre præcis, hvad en dummy som Ray gjorde i aftes, gentaget nonsens, der gjorde så mange sure. Bryan Cutler legit måtte redde Ray fra den delegation, der for alvor ville tage ham udenfor og bremse det dumme ud af ham. Hvis LNP -journalister havde et halvt fingerpeg, ville Rays magiske øjeblik have været forside -nyheder, fordi Ray bogstaveligt og ubevidst disserede hele den republikanske delegation i aftes.
    I aftes var et så pinligt lort-show, at jeg næsten anmodede om en Scott Martin-t-shirt, fordi den side af komiteen ligner den mere normale mulighed i disse dage.
    Holy spitballs tingene er blevet så latterlige, da poser Glick kommer til at være delegeret over Terry Christopher, der er absolut dynamit!

    Korrespondent betyder deltid?

    På en måde. AKA stringers og i dag associerede og kontraktansatte. Nogle gange mærket “Special to the (indsæt pubnavn her).

    Jeg synes, det er ret klart, at hele borgmesterens hele schtick er ved at sætte sig op til avancement i den valgte officielle fødekæde. Det er årsagen til al denne storhed, det er årsagen til hendes nye Office of Self Promotion, fejl jeg mener naboskabsengagement, det er grunden til, at alle Lancaster's problemer er statlige/føderale, og hun vil ordne dem når hun afløser Martin/Smucker/Toomey/Casey.

    Hun mener, at hun er borgmester Pete 2.o. Alt, hvad hun i øjeblikket gør, er at promovere sig selv og sikre point i Lancaster/PA Demokratiske Partis system til fremtidige nomineringer/godkendelser.

    Jeg kan næsten ikke indeholde mig selv med denne lækre nyhed. En meget nær ven af ​​mig var en tilfældig observatør af de republikanske procedurer i Farm and Home Center i aftes. Hun sagde, at reporteren LNP, der blev sendt for at dække shindigen, var omkring 12 år og så skræmt ud. LNP sendte dybest set en mus til slangegraven. Min ven sagde, at reporteren forsøgte hårdest at stille spørgsmål til repræsentant Zimmerman og blive bulldozed hende og LNP og sagde, at de næppe er en nyhedsorganisation. Tager Zimmerman fejl? Jeg tror ikke. Han kan have været en fræk dreng, men han bøjer sig tydeligvis ikke for LNP og deres 12 -årige breaking news -journalister. Nogen der ved hvorfor Carter Walker blev sat på sidelinjen og ikke blev inviteret til den republikanske superskål?

    Becky, her er resten af ​​sedlerne, der blev sendt til mig om i aftes fra min meget gode kæreste. Hun sagde jeg kunne dele !!

    Uden for LNPs kæmpestore fejl med Zimmerman var det stort set business as usual. Alle de smukke mennesker var der. Og de elendige og wannabes! En interessant godbid er at se tidevandet vende med komiteen og skuespillet, der var et hav af Scott Martin -tilhængere. Fra hvad jeg har, har udvalget vendt sig, og Scott Martin er tilbage til at være konge i en meget stor måde. Maybe even bigger than before. I know you love that because of your little crush on him tee hee! but it was a bit interesting to watch it all unfold. A few committee people shared with me that things were taken 2 far with Amber Martin and her miscarrying their twins due to extreme stress caused by some in the party that gave her x husband money? is what made this tide rapidly turn. I do not know this all to be fact but it was the talk last evening. Amber appears to be doing very well and she looked really good. I don’t have frequent interactions with her but she appears to always be kind to people. Regardless of whatever I may think of her, miscarriage is no laughing matter and I was told she was pretty far along with her twins. That is sad no matter who you are.
    Lloyd was Lloyd and he had his peppy moments. His wife looked fabulous and I am thinking her boobs may be new. Lucky Lloyd! Guess that Congressional salary has benefited the misses in a double way.
    All the state reps were virtually non existent as no one cared that they were there. The new commissioner, the one with the PFA from his son or nephew (can’t remember) made an ass out of himself for basically making fun of election law updates that all the state representatives voted on and it appears Ray Ray didn’t get that memo so as Ray D’Agostino was mocking the election changes, the state reps were all looking at each other like they wanted to rip Ray’s head off. Ray was blaming “those democrats” for the changes but it was actually the republicans that pushed it. It was so bad that Brian Cutler had to intervene and explain the reasons behind the changes. Ray is either a rebel or a total idiot but since Lloyd Smucker fired Ray back in the day, he must be an idiot. The village idiot is now our Commissioner, right next to the village midget that LNP has a love affair with because the little midget gave all the advertising money back to LNP. Do not even get me started with the intel I have from the sheriffs office. OMG I could write a book!
    Speaking of Commish Parsons, what a mad face he had all night. It has to be hard for someone that worked so hard to be a hit man for certain republicans to try and oust Scott Martin just to watch all the same people either wear Martin’s shirt last night or hang all over him. Politics is such a frigid bitch! What Parsons’ did to Louie still makes me angry to my core and I love watching him burn. He is a racist little liar!
    There was some young gal from York who was very funny. I forget her name but she’s running for Delegate and she was a great breath of fresh air compared to Lloyd and Josh’s speeches. They were awful and mini-Lloyd basically just repeated everything Lloyd said. Their twinning is no longer winning for them as they did much worse with the Delegate race against some virtual nobody. Color me shocked but a black man beat Dennis Stuckey for the auditor race and I was told that many didn’t appreciate Dennis going after Craig Stedman so a sea of white people actually voted for a qualified black man as a result. Amazing! You need to fly back for these occasions as they are truly wonderful little circuses to watch. That’s my report!

    As a committee woman myself, this was a colorful yet accurate description of what happened last night. Although, I am unable to comment on Mrs. Smucker’s breasts, because I did not look. Many interesting things shaped last night and what struck me the most personally was how ill informed Ray was when he gave election updates. I almost feel like someone lied to Ray or mislead him because what Ray said and reported seemed out of character for Ray. Yet, I do agree, all of the state representatives appeared clearly angry with Ray and it may be difficult for Ray to overcome. Personally, I like Ray very much and supported his run but what happened last night does not paint Ray favorably moving forward. Ray came off as clearly uniformed at best or clearly rude and condescending towards our Lancaster delegation and neither paints Ray favorably with the committee moving forward.

    Just a curiosity sort of question: is she related to “those” Slaymakers and how if she is? Asking because I’ve known Slaymakers in the area who were not related at all to “that” family. Shouldn’t make any difference, of course, but we all know how that goes!!


    Depressing State of Pakistani Height [THE WORST —STAN COUNTRY]

    Today, I was looking at the state of Pakistani mens' average height, and I was shocked & became severely dishearten. We did not grow our heights in the past 100 years. In 1896, we were TALLEST country compared to all seven -stans. But, today almost all -stan countries have passed us. We are now second SHORTEST country of all -stans. Why cannot do better and become tallest country again?

    What are your guy's thoughts? What should be plan to increase health & fitess of our country's men? For example, I am 165 cm or 5 foot 5 inches, is there any way to increase height in adult-hood, several years past growth-time?

    El Sidd

    ELITE MEMBER

    Grandfather born in Himalayan foothills was 6ft 1 inch at the time of his burial. Full set of red hair and blue shining eyes.

    His grandson born in Sindh gets bullied for being too short.

    Perks of religious migration I believe

    Shehr Abbasi

    FULL MEMBER

    Grandfather born in Himalayan foothills was 6ft 1 inch at the time of his burial. Full set of red hair and blue shining eyes.

    His grandson born in Sindh gets bullied for being too short.

    Perks of religious migration I believe

    Hussain0216

    BANNED

    It's probably more related to an influx of people from India after Partition

    Pre Partition you had mostly natural locals

    Also that the increase in Pakistani population has mostly been in places like Sindh as opposed to let's say KP or Kashmir where people tend to be taller

    We also have 220 million population


    PAKISTAN only declared independence in 1947

    It's not clear cut and the stats are a bit iffy

    Shehr Abbasi

    FULL MEMBER

    It's probably more related to an influx of people from India after Partition

    Pre Partition you had mostly natural locals

    Also that the increase in Pakistani population has mostly been in places like Sindh as opposed to let's say KP or Kashmir where people tend to be taller

    We also have 220 million population


    PAKISTAN only declared independence in 1947

    It's not clear cut and the stats are a bit iffy

    FitpOsitive

    ELITE MEMBER

    Grandfather born in Himalayan foothills was 6ft 1 inch at the time of his burial. Full set of red hair and blue shining eyes.

    His grandson born in Sindh gets bullied for being too short.

    Perks of religious migration I believe

    Hareeb

    SENIOR MEMBER

    Arjunk

    FULL MEMBER

    Robbie

    FULL MEMBER

    No other country in the world is facing Afghanistan on one side and India on the other

    whole of the world tried Afghanistan invasion and failed but created some of the loyalty and using those people against Pakistan and creating problems for Pakistan. PTM is the prime example, when Pakistan started pak Afghan border wiring, even USA who always bla Pakistan for people attacking its positions from Pakistan didn’t help and agreed to it , this is the state in which Pakistan keep on fighting for its existence

    India is on other side is enemy of Pakistan and it cannot be a good country at all, killing innocent people in Kashmir and holding Kashmiri land which belongs to Pakistan unjustified

    now another side is iran with its own problems and sometimes helping india but now it’s in league with Pakistan and China

    China is the only friendly country as a neighbor of Pakistan

    Show me any other country in the world in constant war like situations like this. Most of these so called powerful countries will become history in such constant events
    It’s our Pakistan and it’s people who are fighting and will keep on fighting

    313ghazi

    ELITE MEMBER

    It's probably more related to an influx of people from India after Partition

    Pre Partition you had mostly natural locals

    Also that the increase in Pakistani population has mostly been in places like Sindh as opposed to let's say KP or Kashmir where people tend to be taller

    We also have 220 million population


    PAKISTAN only declared independence in 1947

    It's not clear cut and the stats are a bit iffy

    The answer is down to stunted growth due to malnutrition. Large parts of our society don't have enough to eat, thier growth is limited.

    Also idiots who treat thier woman like a baby factory. Anyone who has a child will know the physical impact it takes on your wife's health. Then women start breast feeding which also takes extra energy. Meanwhile the idiot gets her pregnant again after a few months. Now she is pregnant and breastfeeding. Neither child gets enough nutrients, especially as the woman is ill and tired through lack of sleep. Then baby 2 is born, 1 is no longer breastfed, number 2 is, she is pregnant again and doesn't have time to chase after number 1 to try and feed it and play with it.

    No physical exercise of urban women. Weak women (and men) produce weak off spring. I can guarantee that where rural people of the same ethnicity and the same economic status compare height with urban people, the rural people will be taller.

    Cousin marriage killing off natural selection. In the past the stronger men (as typically they were likely to come from a stronger economic background too) would get thier pick of the women. Today people are obsessed with cousin marriage - meaning anyone can get a man/woman significantly better than them. This brings down genetic standards and also reduces the gene pool, increasing the risks of genetic disease.


    March 26, 2010 A Depressing State of Affairs - History

    As questions abound, surrounding the absence of any pronouncements or information as promised/required, following word that the MDC Task Force Review has been completed and report delivered, Mr. John E. Ryan, chairman of the MDC board until the entire Board was dismissed in December submitted to the media the following letters. See in boxes

    His email cover to the letters reads: “As you may be aware a GoM/DFID Task Force has just submitted a report on the options available for the operation of MDC going forward. As the immediate Past Chairman of the Corporation I was requested to meet with the Task Force to discuss the matter. As my board and I were booted from office for alleged financial irregularities on the back of a DFID Internal Audit that has subsequently been discovered to contain no evidence or mention of the so-called financial irregularities,

    “I responded to the Task Force’s request to meet with them with a letter that set out the conditions under which I would attend such a meeting. Recently, the Governor in one of his frequent Press Conferences, in a response to a question from a member of the Press Corps said ” that there was nothing sinister going on at MDC”.— whatever that means.

    “The Task Force chose not to respond to my letter therefore I did not meet with them. I have however decided to make my letter to the Task Force available to the public as there is clearly a need for the public to have knowledge of what is transpiring in this beloved land of ours.”

    During the review (February 26, 2015) the new MDC Chairman Mr. Julian Daniel wrote to Mr. Ryan:


    A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS

    Her son Joseph would bring forth records from prior civilizations that occupied this great land. This land is a Land of Promise that has been given to those who inhabit it by covenant.

    Hypocrisy is an understatement. All I'm hearing from the left now is to come together and heal and embrace the new regime. Even pray for their success. All good sentiments which would be the best thing that could ever happen. But 4 years ago the same people began a daily attack on our president and his supporters that never let up, culminating in a vindictive and flawed attempt to discredit all that was accomplished to maintain our liberty and shift power from an an ever growing, self-serving government back to the people. They could never separate the man from the mission.

    I'm not disillusioned enough to think Trump and his family don't get high on the power and authority they hold. Almost no human doesn't. But at the end of the day, the guy just wanted to preserve and maintain the American way of life that our founders envisioned. He worked hard at it and did a ton of good toward those ends. Now vilified, abandoned by his friends and written off as a failed president, he'll join a host of others who went before that are forgotten as history gets conveniently rewritten. I'm so tired of the media claiming that the election was fair and honest. They have distorted the truth so much that it is now impossible for the public to know where to find it. The cardinal directions are literally upside down and backward. It's a gross display of cognitive dissonance and ignorance. Thousands of people volunteered across the country to help the swing states verify the votes by painstakingly going vote by vote to verify its origin and owner. They discovered widespread voter fraud in a dozen different ways that affected virtually every state. These corruptions didn't begin with this election. It's likely been going on for two decades. This election was the first in which the winner was so far out of the normal flow of election day data, that it warranted a hard look and the loser, not being part of the establishment, was willing to go the distance to exhaust every effort to expose the fraud and reveal it to the public. That effort to bring light to the darkness was not about reelecting a disrespectful rich guy with a potty mouth so he could enjoy the power for another 4 years. it was about ensuring the integrity of future elections. Had he been re-elected, you can bet that he would have enacted laws to reform the way we vote to make sure it never happens again. But now that those who benefitted from the fraud are in power, the result is exactly the opposite. They will ensure the vote only goes one direction. I do not forsee another conservative, constitutional Republican ever being elected to the Presidency. We had a shot to fix this and it's now passed. It's not time to heal, nor time to come together as a country. It's time to flee. Neither party has the right to claim God's favor and certainly nobody anywhere in local, state and federal governments are using this opportunity in the way God intended, which is to warn people to repent and return. I have no idea how the Lord intends to help us escape all this, I just know that he does and has prepared the means. Unlike some, I'm not counting calendar days, thinking about times, time, and half-times, making comparisons to Nauvoo and the time it took them to build a temple, and otherwise mapping out how I think the Lord will handle the next 5-10 years. I hold the opinion that if you think you have it all figured out, you can be sure you are wrong. I ask the Lord every day to just show me the next step and hope like hell I don't turn a deaf ear or a blind eye to it. One step at an time is all I've ever been able to accurately perceive of God's hand in my life and that's likely never to change for me. Although my heart is sad in all this. I know that on the other side of it is something glorious and beautiful. I hope I live to see it.

    I have always struggled to read about God's wrath or anger and how he might "punish" those who do not abide to His laws. When we read those scriptures in Ether about the fulness of his wrath coming upon us when we are ripened in iniquity, I don't necessary imagine a God who has lost his temper. The following quote from the book, Nephi's Isaiah helps clarify what God's anger really is.

    We will finally see the events of history are culminating in a great, final effort to reach us. The “anger” (caused by our rejection of what was offered) is now “turned away.” Actually, it wasn’t really anger. It was our refusal to accept what was offered. We regard it as anger when we can’t get from God what He offers on condition of obedience. We disobey, lose the blessing, and think God is angry with us. It is our perception, based upon our selfish view of everything, that He is angry. We want our God to bless us, and we want to be able to offend Him, too. But since He “cannot look upon sin with the least degree of
    allowance,” we are asking the impossible when we want Him to accompany us as we trample through and among the filth He asks us to avoid.

    As we finally repent and decide to do as He asks, His Spirit returns. We then rejoice and say His anger is turned away, and now He is there to comfort us. All along He was willing to do so, but we are difficult companions. As we reform and the Spirit returns to us, we take great comfort in finally receiving what He offered all along.


    Today is Saturday, February 27, 2016

    Politics as usual? Not anymore. The Republican Party is in serious trouble and the CNN non-debate the other night illustrated all too uncomfortably just how serious their problems are. The GOP leadership has lost control of their ideals and message to the extent that their Speaker, John Boehner, gave up and resigned, and their more traditional and more electable Republican, Jeb Bush, has left the presidential race, leaving two freshman Senators and a non-politician and former Democrat-turned-obnoxious-foul-mouthed-demagogue in the lead. It is a very sad state of affairs for the Party and it does not bode well for them in the future.

    But this is something of their own making and we have seen it coming for at least six or seven years since the Tea Party formed back in February and March of 2009 and the mid-term elections of 2010. At that time, in reaction to the economic collapse and the failures of the G.W. Bush administration that led to the collapse and its policies to try to stop it, fiercely ideological, anti-politics, and anti-Federalism elements within the party attacked the mainstream Republicans and the party leadership, and in coalition with the radical Christian right hijacked the party’s processes and put a stop to ‘politics as usual.’ They allowed no more consensus, no more compromise, no more politics and no more discussion. They dug their heals in and obstructed all political process in the Congress. They blamed ‘government’ and ‘politics as usual’ for the country’s problems, echoing the radical ‘John Bircher’ mentality of the mid-20th century. But then, that mentality has existed in the GOP since the mid-1960s, albeit kept fairly marginalized by party leadership who believed in the political process.

    This anti-political element in the GOP started in 1965 in reaction to their 1964 loss to President Johnson and his liberal social and economic agenda. The Vietnam War destroyed Johnson’s presidency, and in 1968, Richard Nixon courted those radical voices in the GOP and in a strategy known as ‘The Southern Strategy’ successfully courted former conservative Southern Democrats who hated Federalism and the new era of civil rights, integration and social equality. Reagan followed the strategy in 1980, but he expanded his base by allowing a radical Christian right-wing a place at the GOP table. Reagan, however, with Party leadership, was able to keep that radical element from exercising too much influence. In anger, the radical Christian right wing devised a strategy of their own to infiltrate local and state political offices, essentially creating a socially conservative Christian political movement throughout the Midwest and the South. Gradually, over the next twenty-plus years they exercised their political muscle well enough to make serious gains in Congress in 2010. Those freshman congressional Christians found an opportunity to attach themselves to the coattails of the new Tea Party who came in at the same time. Their collective status as ‘outsiders’ and their incredible lack of political experience or understanding of politics as the art of consensus and compromise created havoc in Congress and seriously undermined the effectiveness of government. The more ineffective it became, the louder the people screamed for outsiders to come in and fix it.

    In addition to this political history, conservative media expressed the same quasi-Christian, anti-politics and anti-Federalism attitudes through Beck, Huckabee, Hannity, Limbaugh, et al, and Fox News with their intense propaganda efforts to attack the political process and denounce ‘consensus and compromise’ as inadequate and a failure in fixing the country’s problems. This added to the din and desire for outsiders to come in and do something.

    Much of this is also in reaction to Obama’s election and re-election as the first partly African-American president and an avowed liberal whose policies to address the Bush Administration’s global economic mess were anathema to the new breed of anti-politics and anti-Federalism Republicans. Obama’s election unveiled the barely disguisable neo-Confederate nature of the Tea Party and the new wave of Republicans in Congress and those who supported them. Their insistence on a strict interpretation of the Constitution ‘as it was written and literally meant by the Founders’, their resistance to federal Court rulings regarding American society and social equality, insisting social policy is a Tenth Amendment States’ Rights issue, their rejection of the principle of Judicial Review of existing laws, their view of the Second Amendment as a right to defend themselves against ‘government’, and their view that the Fourteenth Amendment only applies to African-Americans and no one else, are all clear echoes of the Confederacy’s complaints against the federal government in the late 1850s and early 1860s. The old slogans, ‘The South Shall Rise Again’, and ‘Forget, Hell!’ are no longer historical relics of a previous century, but they have become, ironically, yet, in fact, revived sentiments within the GOP since 2008 when Obama was elected.

    These anti-politics, anti-Federalism, anti-judicial, quasi-Christian, socially conservative ideals are now dominant among those in Congress, the Party, and among the rank and file. Their confederate, un-American mentality and insistence that outsiders, especially ‘business leaders’ come in and run the country like a corporation instead of a political system, has led to the current state of affairs. And it is, therefore, no surprise that they support someone like Donald Trump. Trump is, perhaps, more apolitical than anti-political, but his refusal to accept consensus and compromise his direct, often vulgar, retrogressive and bombastic style and rhetoric regarding Hispanics, Muslims, and women appeal to these confederates in the Party. His disdain for politicians and the political process, preferring instead to bully, punch and insult his way through it appeals to the confederate mentality in its frustrated inability to feel heard in a Federal system that doesn’t take a fundamentalist stance on the Constitution and States’ Rights.


    A Sad State of Affairs

    By Ruth Gadebusch

    What is happening to our democracy, this experiment of hope and promise? There have been other times of fright and fear when we were divided, but the chasm hardly seemed this wide and deep. Even as we fought one of the bloodiest wars ever, splitting families, we managed to reunite.

    We have had presidents murdered. Two have been impeached, although not found guilty and one resigned to avoid such a fate. Several have been disabled with questionable ability to govern while in office. Some who hardly seemed adequate for the job have risen to the occasion once in office. Surely, we have learned some lessons from this history of more than two centuries.

    At this point, it appears painfully obvious that we have not learned sufficiently to concentrate on our good rather than cater to the lowest common denominator of the human being. Greed and intolerance all too often seem to triumph.

    In the beginning of this nation, a governing document was created to play to our better nature and bit by bit we did seem to largely appreciate such genius. Unfortunately, we seem to have slowly reverted to the type of behavior from which those early people had escaped.

    So many seem to think that only they are worthy of living the kind of life envisioned in the founding of the United States of America. Everyone else must bow to their version. Despite all the troubles of day-to-day living, we mostly honored leadership designed to bring us together. Too many today are all too willing to stretch the boundaries to the breaking point.

    In the beginning, a political system was designed to give voice to all. Granted that alle was not as inclusive as we have come to expect, but it was strong enough to allow for embracing a more expanded population. Still, there are all too many who resist the togetherness, the respect that is so necessary for peaceful sharing of this great land.

    For some unknown reason, there are those who believe they actually deserve more regardless of how that more is achieved. Somehow just such a man was put into office by an outdated provision in our Constitution, not by the vaunted majority vote. He has not risen to the occasion as would have been expected. All right, hoped by those of us who did not believe such could happen.

    The system was designed to balance just such an outcome, but currently power appears to be prevailing over country, over respect for this document that has served us so long.

    Of course, I refer to our current president but just as concerning is the political party that seems determined to deify him. A demigod, we do not need! The man is his own worst enemy. That is, if we do not count those who swallow hook, line and sinker what he has to offer. I do not refer to the political opposition but to his party members holding the offices that are supposed to be part of our tripartite checks-and-balance system.

    It is one thing for those who have seen so little of the world, who have such limited views, who are downtrodden to buy his foul-mouthed denigrating utterances against any and every one who dares to disagree with him in any form. It is another when men and women elected to our Congress and other positions of honor who are sworn to support the idea that not even the President is immune from the law fail to rein him in. Unfortunately, this area sent one of his most loyal sycophants to Congress.

    Presumably the best that this nation, the hope of the world, has to offer holds the office of President, the office that inarguably has more influence on the condition of the planet than any other single person. That is truly frightening, made all the more so by those who are supposed to know better failing to take responsibility.

    This assessment is not just someone of the opposition disagreeing with decisions. The man himself proves it in voice and action time after time. He doesn’t even wait until the ink is dry on signing documents or the sound of his voice has died in the air before contradicting himself. He has often used foul language in public pronouncements recorded leaving no doubt that anyone just misunderstood.

    Even while running for office, it was no secret that his moral life was less than what most of us would tolerate in our circles. His braggadocio made it clear that the stories were not some enemy’s creativity.

    Once in office, matters did not improve. In no way has he risen to what citizens have a right to expect in this the highest office in the world. He has made it increasingly difficult for those of us who believe in good citizenship to remember that we salute the office, not the officer.

    Day by day, it almost gets more sorrowful and discouraging. He has put the word of a foreign leader over the intelligence of the nation’s own trained loyal men and women. He has scuttled a nuclear limiting agreement with Iran.

    He has dismissed a loyal ally with a wave of his hand and virtually given the Turkish government a free hand to ignore the rights of others. Our locals of Armenian heritage could tell us how the Turks react to a free hand.

    He has proclaimed he is removing troops from the Middle East while simply moving them elsewhere. He ignores Saudia Arabia’s treatment of the Yemeni. A little oil here and there never hurt, huh?

    We are no longer the hope of our abused southern neighbors seeking relief on our border as well as those not of the correct religion. The defense budget is raided to build a fence.

    He can’t even decide if there is a quid pro quo involved in aid to Ukraine. His Congressional supporters simply join him in belittling the Speaker of the House of Representatives—politics at its worst instead of what it was meant to do. Help for the less fortunate hangs by a thread.

    Expressly prohibited in the Constitution he profits personally by sending business to his resorts. The list is long and growing, but still the members of his party in Congress refuse to step up.

    What a sad state of affairs! It isn’t just our lifestyles at stake but democracy itself. No one can afford to think it does not affect me because it affects every single one of us mostly by squeezing and choking our freedom, to say nothing of our economy.

    We must not let it happen. Political action is demanded sooner than later. Act before it is too late.

    Ruth Gadebusch, a former naval officer, was recently recognized by the League of Women Voters with its Lipton Award for volunteer work in various community endeavors. She was elected four times to the Fresno Unified School District Board, appointed by Governor George Deukmejian to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and is an emeritus member of the Board of the Center for Civic Education.


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