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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 ...

Problems galore for the new government headed by Mr. Narendra Modi in New Delhi – Imperative for the first time PM and his council of ministers in governance amidst multiple challenges

The phenomenal victory for Mr. Narendra Modi and his party (the BJP) in May 2014 general elections has not only drawn the adulation of people world over but also silenced all its die hard critics at home and abroad. It was so stupendous and stunning that even the American government and its top leaders across party lines acknowledged Mr. Modi as the emerging democratic leader of the world, setting aside their past antagonism as an error of judgment, not based ...

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 ...

Will Cheney Help Or Hurt The Republicans In The Mid-Terms?

Will the re-emergence of Dick Cheney help or hurt the Republicans in the mid-terms?  There is so much going on about which voters are rightfully incensed my guess he will have little impact. I think it depends, however, on what happens in the middle east over the next couple of months. Those who believe it wouldn't be in the mess it is if it weren't for the Bush/Cheney policies and rush to war will be reminded of just that - the ...

I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground: That 'all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States or to the people' (10th Amendment). To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specifically drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible to any definition. Thomas Jefferson
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Getting A Couple Of Facts Out There!

As a political blogger I get a lot of commenters who come on asking me to stop “Spinning” what I write and to do a little “Research” and to “Present facts” instead of the “Unsubstantiated Drivel” that I present on the blog. I find that most of these tend to represent the viewpoint of The Right Wing of American Political ideology.

I have never claimed that I do not spin. I am a political blogger and as far as I know all political commentators spin their views. Yes, I spin! I will always spin because I want to present Liberal, Democrat and Progressive views in the best light that I can. That is what politics is about and that is what spin is about.  I hope that revelation is not too much for some of the Reichties who come on with their often superior attitudes and condescending ways attempting to tell me what is what.

O.K., in the spirit of presenting “Facts” which are documented, let me offer the following this morning:

I know that there are a lot of Reichties who dearly detest the fact that President Obama was elected by the greatest outpouring of populist support in a long long time in America.

I get the impression sometimes that a lot of those who detest our President so often openly are really sore losers—and I would like to emphasize “Losers” when I say that because, in my humble opinion, that is what most of the ones I have heard from seem to be. Of course that too is only my opinion. (And probably the opinion of many more who share my views on things.)

The “Fact”—the thoroughly documentable “Fact” that I want to present on the blog this morning is that President Obama was elected and he was elected because the majority of The American People believed in both him and his agenda. But the “Fact” that I think Reichtie would be happy with me for presenting today is that Obama is our legitimate and duly-elected President.

I have often heard some political types on the Right and the far Right say such things as, “America Wants This or America Wants That” and whatever they are talking about is something that is usually in direct opposition to the agenda of our President and our Congress.

Well, here is a “Fact” for those who believe that way—If the American People had wanted anything beside the agenda that our President proposes, he would have never been elected and John McCain would be our President instead.

But—Obama was elected…and by a massive turnout! Obama is the legitimate, duly-elected President and that is a “Fact” for Reichtie this morning!

Now that I have presented a “Fact” for the apparently sore losers on the side of Radical Conservatism, let me offer an opinion:

“If America makes the tragic mistake of giving control of our government back into the hands of the Righties again in 2012 like they did once before seemingly a long time ago now…I am of the opinion that whatever Conservative government takes control will repeat the same old tired, worn-out and utterly failed policies they tried before and the result will either be the same or worse than before. ”  That is my opinion.

Here is another opinion:

If what I just said actually happens, then whatever political disasters America suffers as a consequence of such a choice will be well earned.

(Posted by John Liming as part of his continuing Diaries of Political Opinions.)

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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.

3 comments to Getting A Couple Of Facts Out There!

  • One thing for sure, if a Republican does get the top job he can blame any of his potential mistakes on the guy who had the Oval office before him. After all according to Obama the current sad state of the American economy and the $5 Trillion in new federal debt incurred since he took over three years go is still all the responsibility of George W. The only thing that Obama claims personal responsibility for is taking down Bin Laden and apparently based on the spin from his office he practically did it all by himself. Although to be fair he does claim that once re-elected he will get the economy fixed. Wait a minute….. That’s what he claimed he woutld do if elected he first time.

    So I have to ask if Obama claims he is responsible for nothing, what the heck has he been doing (besides vacationing and golfing) for the last 3 plus years.

  • Sorry about that— but there has been no increase in spending since Obama took office– the $5 billion increase is strictly a Repug lie. The fact is that government spending has been absolutely flat for the entire time of our President’s tenure.

  • Earth to Liming…….
    What planet have you finally landed on……lol
    Let me guess you found that news item on MSNBC?
    Funny the only ones that believe that nonsense are the truly delusional or simply naive. So if there has been “no increase in spending” how is it that the federal debt has increased by $5 Trillion in the last 3+ years based on the Obama administrations own figures.

    Did the Obama administration beg for an increase to the debt ceiling just for the sake of doing so?

    I know you prefer to rant rather than actually use facts in your blog, but please….. You will never convince anyone of that fairy tale. Frankly now you just look foolish and desperate I truly feel sorry for you. While I understand someone supporting a particular political party or philosophy there comes a time when common sense must prevail. On the other hand there are those that will strap a bomb on as the ultimate how of their beliefs. Sorry to see you are on of those that are willing to “die on the sword” or a mistaken set of beliefs.

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