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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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Never forget

Posted by keithosaunders on September 12, 2016

The most depressing two words in the English language are never forget. It’s like a mantra used by small-minded people who thirst for revenge.

Yes, September 11th, 2001 was the worst day in the history of the United States. What was worse than the attacks, however, was our response to them.  We had the world’s sympathy and support and we chose to respond like animals, waging war and murdering hundreds of thousands of people. That’s what I’ll never forget.

What does never forget imply?  What, ostensibly, are we not forgetting?  That people from the Middle-East planned and executed the attacks.  In other words, never forget is a catch phrase enabling xenophobia and racism.   The end result:  The cesspool that is the Trump campaign.

So I’m not forgetting.  I’m not forgetting that we live in a racist country filled with bible-toting freaks who, unlike Jesus, are anything but forgiving.

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Farewell to Iowa

Posted by keithosaunders on February 3, 2016

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And with the ceremonial tossing of the coins we bid a fond adieu to those wacky ethanol-loving folks in the Midwest for another four years.  I can’t say we’ll miss them.  Why a state without a major sports franchise has so much importance in choosing our president I’ll never know.  Here’s an idea:  Why not flip a coin to see which state primary gets to go first?  Give California a shot.  WE DON’T VOTE UNTIL JUNE 7th!

Hillary may have won the coin tosses (really?  6 for 6?) but no matter how you spin it the victory went to Bernie Sanders who battled his corporate mainstream rival to a virtual tie. If that many Iowans will vote for a ‘socialist’ this does not bode well for Clinton in the long game.

At this point we owe it to ourselves to vote for the candidate that is in our best interests and not the one who is the safest bet.  Clinton has been on the worng side of just about every issue that is important to me.  She supported the Iraq war – one of the greatest debacles in American history –  she opposed gay marriage, and her husband’s administration, with its loosening of regulations,  helped to facilitate the financial crash of the late 200os.

Furthermore, Hillary recently came out and said that there is no chance the American people will ever have a single payer health care system.  I don’t want to hear those words. Ever. It’s bad enough we have a draconian health care system (even with with ACA which is an improvement over what we had) but to hear there is virtually no chance that every American will be able to afford health care is an abomination.

The issues that Sanders is concentrating on – income disparity, affordable education for all, and an awareness that we have to do something about climate change – resonate with me, and they are resonating with a large amount of Americans.  If I was Hillary Clinton or any of the myriad proto-fascist Republican candidates I’d be concerned.

 

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The heroism of Daniel Ellsberg

Posted by keithosaunders on November 17, 2011

Last night I watched a very good documentary on Daniel Ellsberg called The Most Dangerous Man in America.  Ellsberg is the former Pentagon worker who, in 1971, leaked a top-secret document showing how five U.S. presidents lied to the nation in order to facilitate and continue the war in Vietnam.  I was eleven when this happened; old enough to remember it, but not quite old enough to grasp its enormity.

The thing that struck me the most while watching the film was the courage and integrity, not only of Ellsberg, who risked a long jail sentence, but of the newspapers that printed the documents.  The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and many others printed this story in the face of threats from the imperial Nixon administration.  They did it because they realized that regardless of how bad these documents made the country look, without a free press the U.S. may as well be a banana republic.

Contrast this idealism and integrity with the New York Times (and the rest of the media) of 2002 and 2003, which enabled, even championed a war with Iraq.  You had reporters such as Judith Miller who wrote a series of articles as far back as 2001 detailing Saddam Hussein’s capacity to build and deploy nuclear weapons.  Her main source was Ahmad Chalabi, a former Iraqi politician who had close business ties to many Bush administration officials.  Much of his information, though proven false, seemingly evaded fact checking from Miller or the Times. 

My point is that in 1971 you had people within the Nixon administration willing to risk their career in order to stop an illegal war.  Fast forward to 2002 where you had reporters and Bush administration officials willing to lie in order to facilitate a war, as well as further their careers.

This is why the occupy Wall Street movement is important.  In these bleak times it is important and necessary that there be truth spoken to power.  These banks are rotten as the day is long — we all know that.  Yet what price did they pay for ruining our economy and costing tens of thousands of people their homes and jobs? 

Where is the Daniel Ellsburg of 2011?

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More Weiners, less hysteria

Posted by keithosaunders on June 12, 2011

If people think that Congressman Anthony Weiner should resign because he sent lewd photos over Twitter, they should have their head examined.  What does that have to do with his ability to do his job?  While it’s not the smartest thing for a politician to do, it is naive to think that they don’t have foibles.  Heck, foible-schmoible, he didn’t even cheat.

What’s worse?  He could be an alcoholic, a drug abuser, or a wife beater.  He could have started an illegal war.  Why is the fact that Bush invaded Iraq with no evidence not a scandal? 

It so happens that often times Republican politicians are implicated in these sex scandals.  Who can forget the wide-stance guy, or the Appalachian trail guy.  And there’s always Arnold “cup the balls”  Schwarzenegger.  The only difference I see is that at least the Democrats aren’t preaching bullshit politics, such as family values and abstinence.  When one of your boiler plate hypocrite Republicans gets caught canoodling around, he really looks silly.

To sum up:  We’re all sexual creatures.  Those of us not “doing it” are thinking about “doing it.”  For me, the bigger story is the arrogance of the politician that thinks, in this instantaneous digital age, he can get away with it.  I suppose it takes that same arrogance to consider running for office.

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