Charles Dickens’ “Christmas Carol” is relevant these days with many in Congress playing the role of Scrooge before he was visited by the Christmas spirits. Dickens was greatly concerned about the plight of children forced to work under dreadful conditions and about the lives of the poor.
The U.S. has often resorted to military means as a way of settling disputes with far weaker nations during the last fifty years. Frequently these attacks have been unwarranted as well as violations of international law. U.S. attacks on Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Serbia and Iraq (2003) are a few examples of these illegal conflicts.
During the colonial period and on into the early days of the nation, Americans wisely didn’t trust corporations. In particular, people remembered the abuses by the British East India Company. They were also concerned by the corruption of government associated with the grants of special privileges awarded to corporations.
Israel must now choose between apartheid and democracy.
When it comes to deciding what matters are worth plunging our nation into war and which are not, our senior leaders owe it to the nation and to the uniformed members to be candid — graphically, if necessary.
The US must put pressure on Israel to reach a just resolution of the Palestinian conflict.
The media have again failed to live up to their reporting responsibilities on the crises in Libya and Syria.
What’s the point of having this superb military you’re always talking about if we can’t use it?
Here we are in another presidential election year. Billions of dollars will be spent on advertising to get people to vote for one candidate or another. However, outcomes can be affected before the election by state laws disenfranchising certain groups.
Last autumn, likely due to the Occupy movement, there was a shift of media attention from debt reduction and the cutting of vital public programs to the issue of extreme wealth and income inequality in America.
“To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”
The true “state of the union” — A corrupt political system ruled as a plutocracy. We haven’t had a peoples’ champion as president in a very long time.
It’s well past time that the U.S. lives up to its alleged principles, stops accommodating tyranny, and supports democracy around the world.