I'm half-Middle Eastern; my father is Iranian. I've been watching the uprisings in the Middle East fairly closely, and I'm optimistic about the rebel's prospects at ousting Gadhafi. And this victory will rest squarely with the courageous leaders of this uprising, not with any particular Western leader.
I have asked myself this question a lot over the past few years, and I have come to the sad conclusion that the United States is no longer a functional representative democracy. Sometimes I doubt that we ever have been. However, this lovely new bill to tackle our debt and raise the debt ceiling just highlighted for me just how we no longer live in a democratic society.
The violence in Egypt has made me incredibly angry, mainly because this could have been prevented had Mubarak simply stepped down. And even worse, my own government is making the situation worse when it could have helped. So, I sent an email to the White House this morning. Text of the email below the fold.
A secret report from 2004 has been leaked, and the leaks are saying that CIA interrogators conducted mock execution on terror suspects.
Here's the articles from the AP and Newsweek:
I am fed up to here with the status of our health care. And what I am ticked off about the most is that my employer takes money from my salary (and calls it a "benefit"). I have no choice, and no say in either my plan or my care. Literally; I was offered one plan and had to take it. This plan is worth $12,000 a year. Times are tough; I could use that money. This is more than I pay in federal taxes. I have to pay the monthly premium, or rather my employer gives this money to a health insurance corporation. The money never goes directly to me, but straight to a corporation. Sounds like a tax to me. Funny, I thought only the government was supposed to take my money from me for the purposes of providing a service. And what's that old American saying? Ah, yes.
No taxation without representation!
Technically, only half Iranian. My father is Iranian. My parents met in the US, and lived in Iran from 1972-1977. Most of the rest of my father's family left shortly after the Revolution. We still have friends and family in Iran.
I've been toying with writing a diary on Iran, but others have done a very good job and really haven't seen a point to it.
But, well, why not.
In light of Obama’s and Cheney’s recent speeches, and in light of Congress refusing to fund the closing of Guantanamo, I feel compelled to write about this topic. I do not normally write my own diaries. I am normally content to merely comment on the diaries of others, and hope that I am making some kind of contribution. However, on this topic I can no longer remain silent. As many of us know, Guantanamo is a stain on the US, both in our international reputation and our own national psyche. Closing Guantanamo, and ensuring that each individual imprisoned receives a free and fair trial, is something that we must do.
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