The Jefferson Tree - A platform for debate and discussion of current events and politics...

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, ...

GOP Refuses Funding for Border Children Projects

A humanitarian crisis unseen before at our borders is becoming more and more urgent everyday at Rio Grande Valley, TX, and other Southwest locations. And yet the GOP is arguing over numbers. Yesterday President Obama requested an amount of $3.7 billion from Congress to help aid the 57,000 unaccompanied minors who illegally crossed the border from the Mexico side since October. They are mostly from violence-ridden Central American countries, like El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (Honduras has the world’s highest murder ...

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 ...

Let us, then, fellow citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things. And let us reflect that having banished from our land that religious intolerance under which mankind so long bled, we have yet gained little if we counternance a political intolerance as despotic, as wicked, and capable of a bitter and bloody persecutions. Thomas Jefferson
Please visit the authors blog by clicking on the link below!

John Liming - American Liberal Times

Despite All Opposition The American Dream Still Lives!

Some people see a need to draw a contrast between President Obama and some of the other  contenders  for the office of The Presidency.

In my opinion, the contrast has already been drawn—the contrast between level-headed experienced leadership that has already begun, in spite of all the obstructionism and intransigence of the opposition to bring America out of the doldrums of the Recession and another who, according to some, seems to be advocating a return to the failed policies of the most previous Conservative Administration.

As I see it, that should be enough “Contrast” for any thinking American who really cares about his or her country. 

There is plenty of concern being generated by the Right Wing Extreme propaganda machine right now about what a tragedy it would be if the current administration were re-elected, but there is very little attention being given to what would be the absolutely disastrous result of a return to the era of Trickle Down Economics and the recklessness of the most previous Conservative administration—an administration that has been described as the most secretive and most oppressive in American History. 

There is a fallacy rampant among some on the Right Fringe that declares that a country the size of The United States can operate effectively, safely and competitively in the modern world without spending money.  This mind set seems to believe that the less the government spends, the more efficient and secure it will be.  In my mind, this is a really irresponsible political view and one that has never worked historically.

The challenges of the great depression of the 20s and 30s as well as the Great War of the 40s demanded enormous government investment in public works and government programs to recover the national equilibrium from these events and this recovery could never have had a chance in Perdition to happen if it were attempted according to some of the crazy fiscal theories being advanced by some of  The Righties today— never would have happened!  It took government spending and it took government spending on a massive and historic scale.  It may not have been popular but it was done and it worked!  It saved America!

There are some unknowing nut cases today who are fond of recalling the “Thrift” of such personages as Ben Franklin in advancing their arguments about why government by cut and slash is more effective that a government of investment in infrastructure and opportunity.

My answer to that train of non-thinking is, “If you want to live the kind of life that those ancestors lived—with the same deprivations and lack of conveniences—If you want to go back to that simplistic lifestyle where life was dangerous and short because science and medicine had not advanced and where industry was still more or less on the “Master and Apprentice” system…then go for it!  By all means regress if regression is your thing!  Go on back to those days and see how long this nation will endure in the face of modern day pressures to compete and perform on a global scale.  Some of the outdated and trite old failed policies of the Extreme Right in America seem absolutely devoid of any degree of common sense sometimes—but they still push it, don’t they?

They still want to take us back to those good old days of Mom and Pop Stores and Small Town America—an era that is gone, dead and buried– they want to resurrect it much to the potential peril of us all and they have created an entire smoke screen of propaganda to try and convince America that is the way to go. 

There are many on the Far Right Extremes who love to talk about how corrupt our elected officials have become and how arrogant and uncaring the people that were duly elected by Democratic Process to represent us all have become but none of them ever seems to get around to mentioning how arrogant and presumptive (And totally ignorant of facts) that some of those who follow the ways of that ill-advised new “Patriotism” can be. That new Nationalistic Bombastic Faux Patriotism that advocates the path of “No Negotiation, No Compromise!”

There is nothing responsible about bringing attention to supposed corruption in high places in America when everyone who knows anything at all realizes that such talk is usually someone’s made up excuse to use the traditional elective process to “Overthrow” the legitimate government of the United States and to invoke the Constitution in their really transparent scheme to replace the elective Democratic Republic with what I believe will be  some kind of Biblically-driven Theocratic nightmare under Dominionist control.

In my younger days, some of this talk about “Revolution” would have been considered seditious.  When I was a kid, any talk about “Overthrowing” the established government by force of arms was a legally punishable offense.  Today, some of those who seem to advocate in that direction cloak their actions in the language of The First Amendment.  But that cuts no ice with me.  A lot of these agitators are In my opinion)  Anarchists plain and simple and nothing more—disguising themselves in the pantaloons and tri corn hats of Patriots—they aren’t fooling too many people except themselves perhaps. 

I am banking on the innate decency and goodness of the American People to finally recognize the dark path that modern Radical Conservatism is trying to take them down and to see America say “No! No! Heck No! You are not going to do this to me, my country and my generations!”

I believe America has always favored a Liberal approach to government and I believe, regardless of all the noise and smoke being put out by the Radicals, America will return to that tradition when the chips are down and the votes are counted—if we can get enough votes past the Radical Right‘s voter suppression techniques, that is.

(Posted by John Liming as part of his ongoing diary of Political Opinions.)

Photo Credit:
The Illustration “Imagine” is used by permission of Mario Piperni

John Liming - American Liberal Times

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.

2 comments to Despite All Opposition The American Dream Still Lives!

  • Funny as I recall, the only political experience Obama brought to the White House was that of a State Senator, in charge of nothing, simply casting one vote amongst many. Prior to that he had a stint as a community organizer and civil rights attorney.

    At least Romney served a term as Governor of Massachusetts, and has had some real world business experience as CEO of Bain, a profitable company that helped to create real jobs.

    So tell me how in your opinion was Mr Obama qualified to run America, he seemed to have gotten the job with none of the “level headed experience” you refer to, or did he pick that up via “on the job training”? Having an apprentice in the Oval office is probably not the best bet at anytime, but unfortunately it was the worst scenario in late 2008 as the country went into a financial slide.

    By the way, I don’t believe any sane Conservative has ever suggested that “a country the size of The United States can operate effectively, safely and competitively in the modern world without spending money “. What Conservatives are saying is that governments, federal and state have to stop spending more money than they have as they are risking the countries future and freedom.

    At the risk of repeating myself (again) it would serve you well to fact check occasionally, you might find that way people actually respect your writing rather than treating it as political humor. Although it certainly has provided me with many a laugh and for that you have my gratitude.

  • A lot of those who seem to enjoy bullying me on the Internet have expressed the same degree of gratitude. So, I guess I am grateful for that and for the fact that this kind of commenting drives a lot of readers to my stuff out of curiosity if nothing else and I am grateful for that as well. Thank you.

Leave a Reply