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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 ...

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between church and State. Thomas Jefferson
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Some Truths About Affordable Health Care!

After listening to all of the negative propaganda about the supposed “Evils” of Universal Health Care from many on the Right Wing Side of the American Political Spectrum, does it surprise anybody that most Conservative parties in most of the countries in the Civilized World actually enthusiastically support ideas similar to those found in President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act?

You see folks, the words, “Conservative” and “Selfish” are not synonymous everywhere. Does that come as a shock?

In fact, some people remember times in these United States when many Conservatives were far more moderate and easy to work with across the political aisles than some of today’s seemingly more extremist bunch. (Of course these are my opinions, you understand.)

But back to government backed Universal Health Care (Affordable Health Care):

Some of these kinds of health care systems have been operating in various other countries around the Globe for more than 40 years now and are reported to be doing just fine! Canada is often sited as one notable example of a successful Universal Health Care provider and as far as I can tell, most Canadians seem happy as clams with what they have.

The U.S. Military Veterans have access to a form of “Affordable” health care in their Veteran’s Administration Health Care System. I am a Vet and can report that most of my compatriots defend their VA benefits with fierce tenacity and the utmost vigor because it provides the best health care in the world in my opinion and someone like me who lives from hand to mouth on a pittance of a Social Security Check would be up a creek without a paddle if it were not for the VA Medical System.

There is another point I would like to bring up at this time which is also an opinion – - -In regards to the controversy about Affordable Health Care (A Federally-Run System)… I think that whatever The Conservative arguments might be, they are dead wrong.

As I believe, Republicans and Conservatives in The United States have traditionally been on the wrong side of every social issue that has ever been discussed.

It seems that Right Wingers always want to make life easier for the wealthiest 1% of Americans by making it a lot more difficult for the other 99%.  The Health Care Issue is no different in that regard.  Reichtie seems to want to deny help to many of those who may need it the most by opposing any form of Health Care that might present any kind of barrier to endless profits and gain for those who make their living off the suffering of others.

In my opinion, ever-escalating health care costs are nothing short of a blessing for the wealthy who make their living from Medicine and nothing less than a curse for people who need services and may not be able to afford them.

There was reportedly a short period of time during which a lot of Doctors and other medical practitioners in countries with state-run health care systems actually fled to The United States because it is said they felt they could make more money here than at their respective native countries.

Well, according to some Economists, this did not work out as well as expected and a lot of those same Medical Practitioners who came to America with great hopes and high expectations which were not met for some reason eventually pulled up stakes and went home again. Apparently the money they were making in their state-run systems did not look so bad after all for some reason that I have as yet to discover.

One of the biggest arguments by The American Right about so-called “Obama Care’ (The proposed state-run health system for America that has caused such confusion and controversy) appears to be that it is too expensive and cannot be afforded by The American Economy or adequately sustained for any appreciable amount of time.

My counter argument is that there is plenty of money available in the American Economic System to pay for all the Social Safety Net Programs including health care.  The problem is that most of this money seems to be siphoned off into private profits rather than being used for the good of the nation.

I think that if people would just stop voting for those whose ambition seems to be to kill every social program that might benefit anyone who is not particularly wealthy, the whole problem would see positive steps toward sane solutions.

Too, if America would somehow just remove the so called “Cap” and a lot of the loopholes in the Tax Code that allows the Rich to get out of paying a lot of what would otherwise be due the government, the Social Programs could prosper and thrive and would be around for generations yet to come. This is my view of these matters. These are my opinions about them.

But as I see it, the loopiest political Righties are not about to let something like “Equity” for all concerned in shares of The American Dream happen if they can help it.

But then, these are problems for the voters to decide, aren’t they?

I just wish The Supreme Court had not allowed that stuff about “Citizens United” and The Super Political Action Committees to happen – - -especially the parts that allow all those millions of dollars to be pumped into our political campaigns with no accountability as to where they are coming from and with no apparent upper limits set on how much can be contributed to any single campaign.

In my humble opinion, this kind of thing may actually open the possibility that some (Or maybe all) our elections on the state, national and even local levels could actually become more “Purchased” by special interests than “Won” by concerned voters.

America should take another look at Her Supreme Court with an eye to making some changes.

It may be an ideal for Supreme Court Judges to be required to campaign and run for office the same as The President or Congress People or anyone else in government and I think there definitely should be term limits set on how long a Supreme Court Judge would be allowed to stay in office.

Just this one minor change in the way the Judiciary is composed and how it operates might conceivably go a long way toward solving a lot of problems for America in the future.

These are just a few of my thoughts, ideas and opinions on a few things that concern me and sometimes “Bug” me and I wanted to share them.

The “Related Articles included in the links below seemed especially important to me so they are included for anyone who wants to look a little deeper into the issues presented in this blog post.

Posted by John Liming as part of his continued Diary of Political Opinions.

Picture Credit – The illustration of The Health Care Symbol at the top of this blog post is used with permission of MARIO PIPERNI  to whom we are most sincerely grateful.

 

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.

1 comment to Some Truths About Affordable Health Care!

  • “that allows the Rich to get out of paying a lot of what would otherwise be due the government”

    Brother, the above line says it all. Why is it that many on the left believe in their heart that a man’s paycheck belongs to the government, and what he gets to keep personally is at the generosity of the powers that be? Secondly, your little flight of fancy overlooks two important facts (there’s that nasty word you detest so much, “facts”)….

    First, your government is in so much debt that even if it stripped “the rich” of everything they have it would not balance the books.However this also overlooks the fact the in dollars the “rich” for more than their share.

    Secondly, in what utopia does this wonderful government health care system work? As a Canadian I can tell you that most of us would tar and feather Michael Moore for applauding our health care system in his movie. Wait lines are ridiculous, people die waiting for surgery and treatment, and health care eats up 35 -40% of most provinces budgets. Even consuming that much of the public purse it is still second rate.

    Here’s a fact for you, when a Canadian citizen has a life threatening disease and is either put on a waiting list or told by our government that the treatment is “not listed” (Covered by healthcare) do you know how they generally solve the problem?

    They buy a plane ticket, go to a good hospital in The United States of America, and pay for the life saving treatment themselves.

    By the way, its nice that your are afforded free health care as a veteran, that places you in the same elite club as congress and the senate, and a whole list of government employees. So I will ask you the same question I would pose to all of them, if Obamacare is such a good thing, will you give up your current benefits to go on it as the government is mandating all other Americans to?

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