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I’d like to forget

Posted by keithosaunders on September 11, 2017

Sixteen years after the September 11th bombings we are still being told, dutifully and robotically, to ‘never forget.’  I have a problem with this.  It goes without saying that the hundreds of deaths suffered that morning is a tragedy.  But here’s the thing:  My mother’s death at the age of 67 from pancreatic cancer was also a tragedy.  So are the thousands of deaths each year from automobile accidents.

I am suspicious of the motives people who tell me not to forget the terrorist bombings. It feels like an invitation to hate and fear people of Arab descent.  I would prefer to turn the page and believe that we can learn from this and be better people in the future.

In fact, I also have not forgotten America’s unjust and illegal response to the September 11th attacks.  The hundreds of thousands of deaths in wake of the Iraq war, as well as the Afghanistan war which continues to this day.  I’d like to forget.

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Misdirection

Posted by keithosaunders on August 6, 2011

How interesting that we never once heard the phrase, ‘debt ceiling’ uttered while Bush co. was bankrupting the country giving tax breaks to the obscenely wealthy, and starting wars with five trillion-dollar price tags. We know now that the fix is in and the deck is stacked.  The middle class is screwed and the poor may as well be serfs.

It is a simple case of misdirection. Our most dire need is job creation, yet stunningly the deficit has become the battle cry for an obstructionist Congress, and president Obama, for reasons unknown to me, has been all too happy to accommodate.

To hear the media report on the debt ceiling deal — a deal that will gut social programs, and decimate Medicare —  you would think that there was a sound argument for balancing the budget at the expense of the needy.  Though there is no basis, Tea Party Congressmen are not portrayed as incompetent hacks, but capable, altruistic politicians.

Yet somehow Obama is considered a liberal.  I’m hoping he will be challenged from his left flank next year. He needs a wake up call, as does the country.

I shouldn’t sell my countrymen short, however. People can recognize a bum steer when they see one.  The trouble stems from a complacent media — a media that all too willing to give credence, in the interest of fairness to  arguments that are, at best,  skewed, and at worst, a clear and present danger to the working class.

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