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    March 8, 2012

    Again, time to pull out

    As I said in July 2010, it is time for the U.S. to pull out of Afghanistan. At that time, General Petraeus had just replaced General McChrystal as the Commanding General in Afghanistan, the more important war as declared by our Commander-in-Chief. In July 2009, the U.S. sent 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan to begin a counterinsurgency against the resurgent Taliban and to help the Afghan people develop a …

  • Published
    January 28, 2012

    Restore America’s greatness

    What do our politicians mean? Are we talking about our greatness following the Revolutionary or Civil Wars, or Martin Luther King? Or, are we referring to our economy during the last third of the 20th Century? I suspect all of the above, but especially the latter. That was before many of our middle class jobs moved to other countries where labor was cheaper. During that period, India and China had little technolog…

  • Published
    December 23, 2011

    What is America’s middle class?

    Democracy should assure legal freedoms. This means that all people should have the opportunity to pursue their wildest dreams, as long as they don’t infringe on others’ rights. We hear a lot today about America’s disappearing middle class. Until recently, a society’s middle class included small business owners, who had developed personal wealth. During the 20th Century, the U.S. was the world’s principle …

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    December 10, 2011

    Was invading Iraq a mistake?

    In 2003, under the presidency of George W. Bush and following the apparently successful cleansing of Al Qaeda from Afghanistan, the U.S. invaded Iraq. At that time we were told that Saddam Hussein, a known despotic ruler, had weapons of mass destruction and desired to build an atomic bomb. President Bush was determined to end the rule of Hussein and take democracy to Iraq. He hoped that democracy there would be …

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    November 17, 2011

    Man creates, works, or looks for jobs

    Once humanity evolved from being hunter/gatherers, the first large scale job opportunities would seem to have involved those associated with agriculture. Man developed rudimentary tools that enabled him to handle the problems associated with productive agriculture, and communities began their development. As humanity continued its evolution, new types of jobs evolved, which began to extend beyond agriculture: …

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    October 4, 2011

    Is democracy in decline?

    What is happening to our democratic world? Our belief that democracy is the ideal form of government is being threatened over the last decade by world events and evolution in our own backyard. Western civilizations became democratic over the last several hundred years, initiated by the American Revolution and its adoption of a form of government that has become known as democratic. At the time of the Revolution,…

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    September 19, 2011

    The world is in need of religion

    Religions today, at their basics, teach how to live together in harmony: Love thy neighbor as thyself. If the human race lived by those commandments, we could have disagreements, but never the wars that have engulfed humanity since our feet evolved on this welcoming globe. Since recorded history, man has sought a power(s) beyond himself and his surrounding fortunes of nature. These have consisted of many …

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    August 18, 2011

    Arab spring – Western fall?

    The Arab uprisings last spring were inspiring. The recent rioting in England is depressing. They all involved young people, enabled by cyberspace, protesting against what they considered to be economic discrimination. The West was rapturous and inspired by the revolt in Tunisia, catalyzed by the death of a young fruit vendor who was allegedly selling his wares at an “unpermitted” site. Egyptian youth gathered …

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    August 16, 2011

    Should politicians have advanced degrees?

    Today, our politicians have as much power over us as do our physicians. Maybe even more so. Physicians are required to have advanced degrees in health care and they have to pass examinations before they can practice medicine. Should our politicians be required to have advanced degrees in political science and pass examinations for competency before they can run for office? When you go to see your physician with …

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    July 17, 2011

    Do we need more or less government?

    Who does better: People on their own or people cared for by government? When you think about it, that depends upon whom you are considering. Individually, I believe people like to consider themselves as independent. They want the freedom to seek and become what they want to be. They expect their government be democratic and set standards and laws that will enable them to achieve their goals. I believe this to …

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