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Former NSA Chief Keith Alexander Quickly Becoming the Villain

Certain people, who had their egos (not national security) terribly hurt by the Edward Snowden revelations, continue to call Snowden names and stuff and show their outrage toward him for exposing the NSA’s wrongdoing.  It would seem, however, they might want to redirect their outrage toward another former employee of the NSA: ex-chief Keith Alexander. It was revealed yesterday the NSA is now being sued by a reporter for not disclosing Alexander’s financial records in the interest of making sure there ...

Palestine Borders and Demographics Prove to be A Ghetto

Thanks to a good idea given to me by my partner here at STL, I started to research and analyze some geographic information regarding the Jewish land-grab in Palestine. I then followed by studying some demographic info on the Gaza Strip and drew some interesting conclusions. Here’s what I found: First, some great maps over at Wikipedia with adjoining historical context info and links portraying the boundaries of Palestine/Israel since the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement (The linked information could have you reading ...

Social Protest Lit: Ebenezer Elliot, “The People’s Anthem”

A poem from Ebenezer Elliot entitled The People’s Anthem from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: When wilt thou save the people? O God of mercy! when? Not kings and lords, but nations! Flowers of the heart, O God, are they! Let them not pass, like weeds, away! Their heritage a sunless day! God save the people! Shall bring crime for ever, Strength aiding still the strong? Is it thy will, O Father? That man shall toil for wrong? “No!” ...

Stephen Moore’s Ridiculous Anti-Clean Energy Rant

Hard right-winger Stephen Moore took a break from pushing debunked trickle-down economic policies to take a pathetic shot at clean energy.  Let the stupid begin. …radical Greens, one of the most influential political forces in America today… Seriously?  He goes on to mention the famed Sierra Club as one of these forces.  And where did they rank in 2013 on lobbying: 755.  In fact, if we look at the top 50 interest groups giving to members of Congress this year, no sign ...

Anti-Israel Policies/Actions Is Not Anti-Semitsim

There have been growing protests in Europe against the mass murder of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by the State of Israel. These actions are in response to the IDF killing 500 Muslims there with the vast majority of them being civilians. But what is troubling about these movements is, according to this article in the NYT, an anti-Semitic tinge has taken place at these protests. The story reads that in France: Several recent pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Paris have boiled over ...

Warren For President?

Today at the the annual Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, the nation’s largest gathering of liberal activists and organizers, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) reportedly drew an applause that Hillary could only dream of. According to NYT and Politico reports, Warren was a rock-star while Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic candidate for President, was absent. Warren’s populist talking points and her history of taking Wall Street to task (remember that Warren was an early advocate for the creation of a new Consumer Financial ...

Social Protest Literatue at Sparking The Left

Here at STL we are starting a new feature. In between our political-insight posts, I will start publishing excerpts or entire pieces of great literature that speak to crucial social and political issues which span the centuries. Though almost all in the Western tradition, the subject matters are transcendental. Now first to name my source, I am taking pieces from Upton Sinclair’s selected and edited collection “The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Great Social Protest Literature of All Time.” ...

Pulitzer-Winning Journalist Detained for Being Undocumented

I was first brought aware of Jose Antonio Vargas’ story last week in a piece he penned in Politico. He explained that he was in the Rio Grande Valley, in the city of McAllen, just north of the Mexican border. He was there to see first hand the tens of thousands of undocumented children, most of them from Central America, and observe how they were being treated. The trip was also used for a news conference appearance and vigil organized by United We Dream, ...

Selective Outrage

War is hell.  All we have to do is look around the world to see its toll.  That being said, I don't understand the lack of outrage coming from this President and his administration other than that aimed at our one ally - Israel which is doing no more than trying to protect it's people from rocket fire and constant raids from Hamas. The fact that Palestinian civilians are getting killed is a tragic yet unavoidable aspect of this war.  Why ...

Why Are We So Full Of Hate?

What has happened to human kind?  No matter where you look we find ourselves surrounded by a world filled with hate. What puzzles me is how it's combined with political correctness.  Take this country where so many words are now frowned upon and even forbidden because they are hurtful to certain people.  Redskins, squaw, savage plus a whole lot applying to blacks, orientals and hispanics not to mention middle easterners.  Has it dawned on anyone banning the names has done nothing ...

Has Putin Over Reached Once Too Often?

My, oh my.  We've watched this man make mince meat of Obama over the past several years.  Each time you could see the smirk broaden and the swagger get more pronounced. He and his allies - Iran, China, Syria and North Korea were truly enjoying themselves. But as happens with a lot of bullies, they get over confident and suddenly everything around them collapses. I'm wondering if this is the case with the downing of the Malaysian passenger jet. With the death ...

If Only It WERE The Heat!

What a day.  A passenger plane has been shot down over Ukraine uncomfortably close to the Russian border. Hamas reneged on the humanitarian cease fire so Israel launched their ground offensive. Children still pour across the border while Congress dithers. It's now being reported parents are giving them birth control in case they are raped during the journey. Along that line former member of Congress, Todd Aiken, who once talked about legitimate rape and the idea that women's bodies protected them from becoming ...

Hannity's Histrionics

For a person who doesn't have much faith in the intellect of pundits, I wonder why I watch them so often.  I wonder even more why the cable outlets and networks that employ them don't take more care in who they hire. Many of them get on crusades that bear no resemblance to reality.  Sean Hannity is one of the most prominent. The night before last  he was on his Bowe Bergdahl kick demanding to know why he was returned to ...

Do Actions Speak Louder Than Words?

If the President could run away from the border mess any faster I'm sure he would. It's being said it's because being seen in the setting of kids crammed into confined spaces with their scabies and lice would reflect badly on him.  It could even be his Katrina.  Well, maybe.  But who's fault is that? It goes to show his handlers aren't as smart as they think they are.  For one, drinking beer and shooting pool in Colorado, a state where ...

The Kids Always Went Home

Watching the immigration mess going full bore brought to mind a lot of things that have involved children from other nations.  The first thing that comes to mind is the Disney song It's a Small World After All that speaks to all we have in common. Hopes, dreams, all the warm fuzzy stuff. We've had exchange student programs where a student from another country lives with a local family to learn not only academics but what life in American and Americans ...

The Militia Is Coming, The Militia Is Coming!

That's all we need! News has it a call has gone out for militia, both unarmed and armed, to gather along the border to help private land owners protect their property in something called Operation Save Our Borders.  Terrific! Remember how well it went when militia turned out to help to  help Cliven Bundy in his fight over Federal grazing rights in Nevada?  It came within a hair's breadth of turning violent. I really feel for the border towns who are the ...

We shall have our follies without doubt. Some one or more of them will always be afloat. But ours will be the follies of enthusiasm, not of bigotry, not of Jesuitism. Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education and free discussion are the antidotes of both. Thomas Jefferson
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Conservatives Don’t Hate Health Care Reform!

I don’t think Conservatives hate Health Care Reform as much as they dislike the President Himself.

I hear all this talk about how much Republicans and Conservatives hate the Health Care Reform Program that President Obama got passed, but I see a lot of them are using it and acting as if they are quite happy to have the benefits it affords.

I know at least one elderly die-hard Republican who goes about complaining about almost everything that “Obah-mer” does or says, but he sure doesn’t hesitate to make use of that closed donut hole that used to cause him so many problems with medication costs.  I have a suspicion there are a lot of folks just like that old codger too. That is one argument in favor of Health Care Reform.

Why do the Right Wingers seem to detest our President so much?  I have my own views on that subject and I guess I will write a few of them here:

(1)  I think part of Conservatism’s anger at the President is over the fact that they lost the election and he won.  I have never found very many Right Wingers who are good losers. I think a lot of this angst is just plain old sour grapes!

From the expressions on some of their faces, one could easily draw the conclusion that they had been eating something sour, that’s for sure!

(2)  I think a lot of Conservatism’s anger toward the White House these days is based in that old Southern Dominionist Culture that many Republicans still try to cling to. (The old Ante-Bellum Code.)

(3)  Then, of course, there is the fact that the President is not a Republican.  That, in itself, would be one reason (As I see things) for him to be disliked among Conservatives.

I believe sometimes that many Republicans must view themselves as superior to everyone else on the planet.  I think they have some kind of sense of Divine Entitlement because many of them seem to view themselves as Heirs to The Kingdom of Gawd through their religious inclinations.

I really don’t care what our President says or does, I am sure–in my own mind– that Conservatism will resist all the way..to the last breath! They have publicly declared that unseating the President in 2012 is their main agenda item and I have watched them seeming to work toward this goal ever since he took office.

I think this kind of attitude is small-minded and immature and childish, but then it is what I have come to expect from them– that has been my personal experience and that is my unvarnished opinion.

Many of them seem to me to be a little obtuse and easily influenced by propaganda and, given the fact that their recent CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) is said to have  reportedly included some ideology that some have considered to be White Nationalist in nature, I no longer wonder at anything some of them might say or do.

I sometimes get the impression from listening to some of what I consider to be the more obstructionist Conservatives and Republicans that they would torpedo the entire country just to achieve their ambitions of making our President look bad or to insure his failure as President—so they can look like saving heroes themselves when elections roll around again.

The negativity toward our President ain’t working because Obama’s policies are showing positive results and our Economy is turning around again and the opposition is now having to abandon their Anti-Obama Economic gripes and have, recently, started shifting their emphasis to “Cultural” complaints– the old religious-based song and dance about Abortion and Gay Marriage among other such things.

Those who pretend to oppose The Affordable Health Care Act  most likely do so on the  mistaken thought that this reform will give the government control over all individual health care and will limit the care that a person can receive. That is what I have heard some of them saying anyhow.

Well, that is total hog wash!

I am a Veteran of the United States Military and I have government medical care from the Veteran’s Administration and I never have a problem getting seen when I need to see a doctor or getting the care I need for whatever is ailing me and the costs of my co-pays for medicines is absolutely reasonable.

I am not put on waiting lists to wait for months to be seen as some of the enemies of affordable care are claiming.  I have access to immediate care when needed though a VA Process called “Urgent Care” and I can always walk into the Emergency Room, get triaged by a nurse and be directed to a doctor– within minutes of my arrival at the medical center.

I am always treated as a respected individual and never as “Just a Number.”

Canada has public health care and I have never spoken to a Canadian Citizen who has anything negative to say about their government health care system either!

I think a lot of the gripes and complaints that some American Conservatives and other Right Wingers  have about Health Care Reform are based on propaganda that continually blares from some of their fabricated alternative news sources.

As I see things, none of their complaints about Affordable Health Care are rooted in any facts at all.

I think it is all supposition because my personal experiences with government medical care have all been extremely timely, accurate, affordable, accessible, thorough, effective and satisfactory– absolutely satisfactory!

I wouldn’t willingly trade what medical care I have for the world. Nobody has ever limited my access to care and I have never felt “Controlled” because my government health care provides for my input on care issues and I am even given alternatives to consider when something is suggested or prescribed.

My government health care program always sees to it that I am totally involved in every choice that I face and I am an active partner in my own health care.

I can see why some of  the Big Pharmaceutical Companies and some of the wealthier physicians and health care practitioners might object to Obama’s Health Care Reform measures.

These measures  might cause some of their already outrageous prices to have to be moderated in some cases. That would make sense to me and that would explain to me, in part at least,  why there is such an uproar over The Affordable Health Care Act.

Some of the objections to Health Care Reform might be based on the idea that nothing the government can do is ever good. Or, putting it another way, everything the Government does may be seen in some quarters as either bad, ineffective, wasteful or downright evil.

That seems to be the idea of a lot of Libertarians and some Conservatives and Republicans and it is total Bull Hooey in my book!  I am glad to have a caring government that is big enough to be there when I need it.

Finally, I am always hearing the argument from the Right, The Far Right, The Radical Right and others of like mind that Medical and Health Care must always remain a part of the “Free Market” theory because that is how advances are made, research gets done, and things improve for everybody concerned.

Well, I am sure that Free Marketism in Medicine would insure ever- escalating costs for care and higher profits for providers.  I am confident of that much!

I am certain that Free market Medicine would eventually price itself out of reach for many who are living on fixed incomes or on those who are at the lower levels of earning or those who are simply poor.

I have always asked myself the question, “America might have the best Medical Health Care System in the world, but what good is it if no one can afford to use it?”

I used to ask that question until I discovered that America is one of the few nations left in the civilized that resists offering affordable or public health care to its citizens and that American Medicine is fast falling behind the rest of the world in quality, quantity, availability and affordability.

Now, I find myself to be a staunch proponent of Obama’s Health Care Reform and I thank God for President Obama and others who are of like mind on this critical issue.

Posted by John Liming strictly as his political opinions.

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Author: John Liming - American Liberal Times

I am an American Man, 72-years-old, and a Veteran of The U.S. Military. I have served honorably in both The United States Army (National Guard) and The United States Air Force for a total of seven years and three months active duty during what is now known as The Vietnam Era. I am a concerned citizen and refer to myself as "A Crazy Left Wing Liberal Nut Case with occasional Right Wing Conservative tendencies. I am particular fearful that we might get to the point, in our internal power struggles where we would be a One Party Nation.

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