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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 ...

Is uniformity attainable? Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. Thomas Jefferson
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How About That War In Afghanistan, Folks?

I guess I am allowed to have opinions about things and, as I recall, there is Freedom of Speech here in the good old U.S.A., so I want to talk about the war in Afghanistan in this blog post.

When I turned on my radio this morning, one of the first things I heard was news that there had been a shooting tragedy in Afghanistan and that there are some allegations that U.S. Service People might be involved.

Well, I was shocked by the news and saddened but I also heard someone on the radio say that some U.S. Officials may be warning that there could be some “Reprisals” because of the alleged incident(s).

The word, “Reprisals” stirred something in me—a sort of anger and maybe a little frustration.  “What do they mean when they say there might be some Reprisals?”  That kind of rubbed me the wrong way folks!

As I understand things, The United States of America has been in what we have come to call “The War In Afghanistan” for just about 11 years now.  According to my best estimates that represents at least 104 months of sending our Troops and Treasure over there to try and help the cause of Freedom. (The Second World War was only about four years long.

I hear reports and read articles that suggest to me that America has lost more than 1,513 of Her finest brave young souls to that awful conflict in Afghanistan.  In my way of thinking, the loss of just one American Life is one too many in any of these kinds of wars.

Then, the question comes to my mind, “Just what is it that The United States is getting in return for Her sacrifices in Afghanistan? What is the return on our investment of Treasure, Resources and the Blood, Sweat and Tears of our precious American Military people?

I have heard some claims that our fighting in Afghanistan is what is keeping us safe here at home from terrorist attacks like the ones that happened on 9/11.  If that is anywhere near the truth, then I am one grateful puppy. But there is no way that I can know about such things.  I am not a politician and I am not a military expert. I am just a plain old American John Doe and I have to believe some of what the News and the politicians are telling me, don’t I?

I am pretty certain that someone is making a fortune on this war (As someone does on every war.) Those who manufacture bullets, bombs, guns, tanks and planes come to mind. I am assuming (Without actually knowing) that the so-called “War Industries” are “Cleaning Up” financially on this one.  And then, there are all those mysterious entities spread throughout that beleagured country known as “Contractors.”  I am sure “Contractors” do not work for nothing either.  What about that?

Well, America might be getting something back for what we are putting into the effort over there but I simply have little or no idea what that might be.  If anyone reading this blog knows something that might help me understand the situation a little better, I am open to listening and maybe learning.  I do not know everything, after all– unlike some of my Conservative friends.

In The United States I guess when someone commits a crime, we do not go on a “Reprisal” spree.  That smacks of the old “Eye For An Eye and Tooth For a Tooth” garbagio from the Old Testament.  I think that as a “Civilized” nation, we have gotten past all that “Revenge and Reprisal’ BS, don’t you?

I guess what I am saying is that after all The United States has done to try and promote the cause of Freedom for both Afghanistan and The United States, I think I deserve to hear something a little different than “U.S. Officials Warning Of Possible Reprisals” because of the alleged actions of a few.

How about something more on the order of “Afghan Officials Pledge Support In Investigations?”  Something more on that order would sound a lot better to me than “Possible Reprisals.”

Whenever I hear talk of possible “Reprisals” in situations like this, I start to wonder if we haven’t already expended more than enough of our resources in this seemingly endless situation over there.  But then, that is me, folks! That is the way I think. I don’t expect everybody to see things my way— most of the time, anyways.

How long has all this been going on now? ( Click Here )

How much is all this war costing The U.S.? ( Click Here )

Who is profiting from this war?  ( Click Here )

Who else? ( Click Here )

Posted by John Liming as his political opinions.

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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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