Archive for October, 2009

profiles differ

October 31, 2009

The old phrase profiles in courage could in singularity fit Mahmoud Vahidnia, who spoke out in Iran against the tyrannical regime. Moral courage and speaking truth to authorities exhibits a special valor. The West needs to remain vigilant in its recognition of the heroes within closed societies. Their example must not be lost in the shadows of a repressed press.

At the same time we see other examples of submission to the pressures of unprincipled powers. Abdullah Abdullah seems ready to withdraw from his challenge to Karzai in Afghanistan. Ghosts of Diem and Allende whisper in his ear? Who knows what machinations are at work?

Then there is Dede Scazzafava. Is she a marionette being withdrawn from the stage. Under strange duress indeed. The GOP is a sad party taken over by the parasitic remnants of the old Dixicrats. What connection Lincoln now? Obama is the Lincoln emulator – how ironic is that?

Fox is faux

October 23, 2009

It may be unwise of President Obama to shun Fox News. I’m not certain what the results of this imbroglio will ultimately be. I do know that a large segment of the public seems to see Fox as a legitimate source of news & information without recognizing that it is faux news. It is often quite farcical. I trust AlJazeera before I put credence in Fox and the Murdoch controlled media.

hurry to error?

October 23, 2009

The old flimflammer “Dick” Cheney is exhorting the Obama administration to rush to judgement on Afghanistan. In retrospect we see his administration scurried into inane (& unConstitutional in some cases) policies and strategies. Afghanistan and bin Laden were neglected for a Mesopotamian mess. I think we can wisely ignore his bombast.

Michael Brewer

October 19, 2009

The case of teen Michael Brewer being set ablaze with alcohol and a lighter by acquaintances is one of the more horrendous stories to emerge recently. While there are many wonderful kids there are far too many who seem without humanity. The bizarre games and warped media that seem popular are making our tots into teen monsters. Peer pressure and mob mentality aren’t making a good atmosphere either. Rather than teaching to tests to satisfy NCLB we need to be teaching some basic mores for independent resolve in right living. Rather than denigrating the “snitch” we need to laud the justified whistle-blower. Rather than tolerating the bully and glorifying the macho man we need to be encouraging ostracism of the mean and arrogant. Programs like the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Tolerance” need to be made prominent.

Nobel champions Hope

October 9, 2009

While there was widespread surprise at Barack Obama’s receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize, he himself recognized the reasoning behind it. He represents a restoration of Hope. His campaign and its rhetoric have ended an era of shocking conceit and awesome disregard for truth. His type of leadership offers a path to healing. Consultation and cooperation are once again chosen over unilateral force. As impatient criticisms appear he toils on with no premature “Mission Accomplished” proclamations.
He recognized in his reaction remarks today people like Neda Agha-Soltan and Aung San Suu Kyi. He realizes he is an agent of progress, a comrade to these courageous people who can be served through his position of power.
Let the cynics rave. The man is the message. Might has not made right.