Shortly on the heels of the tragic shooting in the Clackamas Town Center Mall in Oregon, where two people were killed by a gunman with a semi automatic rifle, came the biggest tragedy in US history: 20 first-graders killed in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Before we even think about the causes of this horrific attack, let us stop for a moment to consider just what an atrocity this incident is. It is not an act of war, it is not a crime of passion, and it is not a motivated killing of enemies. The shooting in Connecticut is a crime against humanity. If the gunman was affiliated with Al Qaeda, the authorities would label it terrorism.
So it is not enough for our political leaders to just issue words of condolence and provide relief to victim's families. They must provide justice. In this case, since the gunman himself is dead, the justice must come in the form of meaningful progress on the contentious issue of gun control.
As Republican rhetoric leading into the elections becomes increasingly bizarre (Mitt Romney's infamous "47%" remark being the latest example), I have been scratching my head about what the Party is really trying to accomplish. But then it finally dawned on me. What the Republicans are pushing for, and what their mega-rich financial donors want, is to tie the chains of economic slavery around America, and more specifically, the working class.
If you have any doubts about this, consider the building blocks of success for working class Americans and you will see how the Republicans plan to crush all of them. Read on for more.
A very disturbing thing happened during the Republican National Convention this week: two attendees threw nuts at a black CNN camerawoman and said "this is how we feed the animals." The attendees were promptly removed and the RNC seemed genuinely appalled by what happened, but the incident exposes the seamy underbelly of this election cycle and maybe our society as well. The fault line between whites and people of color has not appeared this wide in a long time, and it is not a good sign of things to come.
The last few weeks have been all about Paul Ryan: his infamous budget, his fiscal extremism, his disdain for social safety nets like Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security, his rejection of the sensible recommendations of the Simpson-Bowles plan, his love of guns, and pretty much everything else, including his after-shave.
What this has revealed is Mitt Romney's four-pronged plan of attack for the November elections. The first three involve the economy, welfare, and government spending. With Paul Ryan "Rand" behind him, there is no more gray left on these fronts. It's the conservative philosophy of small government, low taxes (although mainly for corporations and the wealthy), and unfettered free markets, versus the liberal philosophy of active government, necessary taxation, and regulated markets, and you can take your pick.
But the fourth prong of the Republican strategy is equally important, and that has to do with eliminating certain voters from the polls.
In my blog on Huffington Post today, I talk about the need for Americans to question the Second Amendment and rationalize it's real intent.
Please note that the entire blog is included below but please post your comments on Huffington Post and also share this with others to spark a dialogue about this important issue!
In my blog on Huffington Post, I discuss what Romney's track record on Gay Marriage and Women's Rights tells us about him, and why it should be a big concern for us in the elections.
In response to the shooting in Colorado, I posted the following article on Huffington Post about Gun Control. Readers obviously have strong views but what amazed me is the racial rhetoric that suddenly became part of the dialogue.
Clearly, there are many people in America who have no desire to listen to reason or to participate in democratic dialogue but simply stand their ground based on blind ideology. We have to change that and taking a stance on gun control is a good place to start. If you like this article, please take a stand yourself by commenting on it and by sharing it WIDELY with your friends and neighborhoods.
Don't let the extremists prevent a serious conversation about guns from being held!
In my article last week on 'Bermuda-Gate', I talked about why Romney's Offshore Bank Accounts are a big problem for his Presidential run. This weekend I put all the pieces of evidence together that I found on Romney to form a clear picture of the man. It was time, I realized, to summarize my case why Romney should NOT be elected in November.
Please comment on this new article in Huffington Post and be sure to share it with friends. The more awareness we develop, the likelier it is that we will get the result we want in November.
In my article on Huffington Post yesterday, I brought up the question of whether Romney's Offshore Bank Accounts could become his 'Bermuda-Gate'? While keeping money off-shore might not be illegal, I think it's hypocritical for Romney to pitch the Republican platform of patriotism while secretly taking money out of the US economy by placing it offshore and out of the reach of the IRS.
Please show your support of Bermuda-Gate by commenting on the article (the link is below) and by tweeting/Facebooking it out with the hashtag:
As the November elections near, President Obama has finally taken a firm stance on the contentious issue of taxes. He has stated unequivocally that he intends to preserve the Bush tax breaks for the middle class but not for the rich. That is not just populism but pragmatism.
The rich currently enjoy substantially lower taxes rates than average Americans due to a variety of loopholes and corporate tax codes (let's not even start with the offshore bank accounts...) so letting the Bush tax cuts expire for them is not unfair. In addition, the Republicans have been running a massive propoganda campaign for decades that sorely needs to be debunked.
In that spirit, here goes.
A lot of people, including myself, are writing about why Mitt Romney is not fit to be president but it struck me that very few people are actually writing about why Barack Obama deserves a second term. Is it because the Obama Administration's track record is so poor that it is hard to defend? Hardly. On the contrary, I think it is just easier to criticize than to defend, and easier to sit on the sidelines than to fight back against misinformation.
But time is running out, so let me set the record straight.