Authoritative Direction

Excerpted from George Washington’s Farewell Address; a letter to The People of the United States of America, published in American Daily Advertiser, September 19, 1796.

 

Washington recognizes that it is natural for people to organize and operate within groups such as political parties, but he also argues that every government has recognized political parties as an enemy and has sought to repress them because of their tendency to seek more power than other groups and to take revenge on political opponents. He feels that disagreements between political parties weakened the government. Source, Wikipedia…

 

Anyone watching anyone of the Sunday morning political chat shows would or could weigh the remarks of the guests differently with just an add-on to the limited information about them, such as, Senator so-and-so, or Representative so-and-so from the great state of, and no other information displayed in the ID banner; weigh, how you may ask? Examples, ‘That sounds logical or that is ridiculous or I think I will give that some more thought’, all one needs to know to change the trajectory of the remarks or how they will be perceived is to add the political party affiliation after their name on the ID banner at the bottom of the screen, (R) for republican, (D) for democrat or (I) for independent, suddenly the view of that person and their remarks are cast in a wholly different light, if one can call it that. Can we now conclude that it was the knowledge of their party affiliation that colored their remarks for you for the better or the worse? The first president was right; political parties can weaken government in so much as to turn the promise of good government into a purely partisan affair where on some rare occasions there can be no winners just a pile-up of in-fighting until one side or the other decide to give in for the wellbeing of the nation, adopting the all too evasive compromise…and with the compromise, the promise of good government can be fulfilled…  

 

Our Crumbling Infrastructure

The President during his presidential campaign talked a lot about, ‘making America great, again’, through great infrastructure projects, with all due respect I can’t remember the last time a truly large scale project or projects in America having been or is being undertaken. I don’t even know if there are enough skilled labor around to successfully put into practice or complete one within a reasonable given amount of time on schedule, like Germany, America no longer has a fully accredited apprentice program in place or even one on any program planning board. And if such projects are to be a government-private partnership it would have to be navigated with the lowest cost possible would have to include foreign workers, the use of an American labor force would run the cost of any such project way out into the stratosphere and beyond, with the added cost of add-ons of healthcare and unemployment insurance, vacation, holiday and possible sick time off, just to mention a few, with foreign workers not so much, no union minimum wage bargaining to speak of. So, we must ask ourselves, can we now afford any meaningful infrastructure projects, drawing to the conclusion that had been the main reasoning behind the delaying of such projects in the recent past that have been on permanent hold or never have even been under serious consideration during these modern times, we just can’t afford it even as our current infrastructure starts crumbling down all around us…

The Head of the EPA is no Good for the EPA

There is no such thing as clean coal, however, it can be made to be used/burned cleaner, at an extra cost to the bottom line of coal and oil producing industries leaders. Regulations has been put in place by the Environmental Protection Agency to protect the water and air in surrounding its use, now the administration has put into place a climate foe as the head of the EPA that its feared would be rolling back almost all the protection regulations that the Obama administration has currently in place and would increase the profit margin line of some companies and at the same time greatly increase the ground, air and water pollution endangering the health of all living things within any given area. The American people are at the cross road of clean vs. profit, as if they can breathe and drink immediately any profits to live a long and healthy life…

 

There is very little doubt in anyone’s mind that someone who has sued the agency he now heads on behalf of his oil producing state as attorney general, will do all he can to reduce the powers and regulations of the EPA and is a confirmed climate change doubter, even if he did not fully believe in climate change it was hopped that whomever placed at its head would at the very least be open to the subject after the evidence is put before him, there is little chance of that now at this late stage of the game. Critics have charged that the EPA is overzealous in its steward of the air, water and land, but without that and its extreme stewardship there may not be any clean air, or clean water to drink, once spoiled may be in that never to return mode of pristine. When someday and that day will surely come, when Scott Pruitt comes a calling coughing his lungs out, I will be more then glad to read this of other postings of protest of his tenure at the Environmental Protection Agency, but until then breathe deeply this pure air Scott, for it may be your last…   

According to Whom?

Israel-Palestine…In just two easy steps to peace?

 

Any state based on a religion will only be able to be governed by the narrowest of margins, on the other hand, any state governed by democracy will always have a much broader appeal. When President Trump used the phrase ‘one state’, at a news conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that signified a radical new way of thinking as regards to U.S. middle east policy, and its drive towards a U.S. sponsored peace, and if it is to include Palestinians then that would mean Israel must be governed as a democracy and not as a religious state, since a democratic state is all inclusive, a religious one is not. The United States is not nor has it ever been a religious state though some have dared to claimed it to be one from its start, some even using the pledge of allegiance and other such expressions as tried and true and as a guide.

 

The concept of “Judeo-Christian values” in an ethical (rather than theological or liturgical) sense was used by George Orwell in 1939, with the phrase “the Judaeo-Christian scheme of morals.” It has become part of the “American civil religion” since the 1940s.

The term “Abrahamic religions” is used to include Islam as well as Judaism and Christianity. Sources, Wikipedia…

 

So, this American President has with just one single phrase has so it seems, ended the concept, or placed it on hold, of a two-state American solution to the Israel-Palestinian question, at least for the time being…   

And Then The Rains Came…

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,

I can see all obstacles in my way

Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind

It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)

Sun-Shiny day. As sung by Jonny Nash, song writers, Gamble, Kenney/Huff, Lean

 

From my residential perch in The Bronx, I can see clearly now, nothing but un-American activity being carried out in the Nation’s capital; am I the only one?

 

With a segment of the home population in peril bathed in a future of uncertainty can be easily ignored when the stock market closes in record highs, profits are up all around, with a ‘let the good times roll’ mentality, it’s not me aggravated and distraught, its ‘them’, their small affair is of little concern to me.

 

With a high degree of Republican backbenchers just inching to explore presidential power again after being locked out for eight long years one would think a throng of party professionals would be springing up for the challenge, that seems to not be the case, in view of this bumbling tumbling administration. One has only to remember that it was its so hated presidential campaign that it could not even muster grade ‘A’ entertainers to perform during its week-long inauguration celebrations. I can see clearly now it’s going to be a long hard four year of this governments reign, or should it be, in the words of Bob Dylan, ‘it’s a hard rains that’s gonna fall’…

 

 

A Predominant Authority

A business is in business to make a profit, government is in business to provide services to its people; what’s so hard about this equation, nothing, once it’s given a good hard look see. And yet time after time this most common of equation is ignored much to the indistinctness of the most learned people among us. If governing was so much like a business it’s a wonder that more business people are not in government, there are so many of them, well the reasons are many, but chief among them is that it would make a lot of governments into pooy. Take a one-person ruled business without a governing board or investors to answer to or an eclectic of people with ideas in power for four years or so after which or by then it can be too late to make any corrections or alterations, the dye may have been cast. Any arguments offered may be trumped by a Trump in which America finds itself today with no way out except by way of impeachment, the danger being government would have to be placed on hold with nothing being done and I mean nothing being done, the nation at a standstill may be far more harmful then helpful. But at some crucial point the shovel must be taken away to stop the digging any deeper into the abyss for which there may never be any meaningful return, one that one can ever hope to be able to live within and so on and so on…in etcetera we trust…as the people are being blinded by the gods of profit…

Issue One, European Bison?

DW News is reporting; The frontrunner in the French presidential, Emmanuel Macron, has been the target of “fake news” spread by news outlets owned by the Russian state, the chairman of his party told reporters on Monday.

 

Reuters is reporting; Drawing a parallel with the U.S. presidential elections in which U.S. intelligence agencies saw the hand of the Kremlin. Richard Ferrand, secretary-general of the Onwards party, remarked, ‘The Americans saw it, but it came too late’.

 

In view of all the above turmoil, the real news for me is that Marine Le Pen’ is campaigning on a pledge of ‘France First’, to take France out of the European Union, following the British lead, that can only mean continued sparks setting the European Union on a course of being ‘no more’ or weakening it toward that end. The Opinionway poll, has Mrs. Le Pen with a 26.5 percent lead over former Prime Minister Francois Fillon with his 25 percent. Mrs. Le Pen has stated she doesn’t want France to become more ‘globalised’ then it already is. If the European Union which has kept the peace in Europe, keeping centuries of old world pettiness in the background will now be free to come to the front of every argument that can only lead to fighting words once again. WWone and WWtwo and counting…

 

In the upcoming months elections, will be held throughout Europe with right wing popularization parties gaining more and more creditability with strict home rule exertion in sight, with a ‘my state’ mentality, which has found a kinship in the ‘Make America great, again’ movement in the U.S., now spreading throughout Europe and perhaps the world…