Praying for a president to fail is the same as praying for the country to fail because the president sets our national direction. It's very much like cheering for the captain of a ship to run his vessel into an iceberg, but the last time I checked we were in America and not aboard the Titanic. Unfortunately for us all, America is stubbornly charging forward on a certain path of destruction despite warnings to the contrary, much as the Titanic raced at full speed into tragedy despite warnings against doing so.
It's November. Now that the General Election is over and all the dust has settled, I have resumed blogging from within the unified land of peace and tranquility that is our sedate American nation. Gone is the old America, Obama's America, the land of vague and largely unfulfilled promises of nebulous "change" and "hope," blown away in its entirety by a raging storm of disaffection that grew from within the nation's heartland and which surged across the country as an electoral hurricane of epic proportions. The existence of the storm and its aftermath are both things the slanted liberal media failed to predict, for in the eternal left turn that is the mainstream media, a rightwards twist is accountable only in the form of navigational error. Yet happen it did, and America is now facing a plethora of "What Will Donald Do?" (WWDD) questions regarding every functional aspect of our Federal Government and the affect to be had on each and every nuance of American life.
This is an Open Letter from a Black Man to His Fellow Black People; it is meant to be Read by People of All Colors.
First off, Trayvon Martin did not deserve to die. Eleanor Bumpers did not deserve to die. Amadou Diallo did not deserve to die. Sean Bell did not deserve to die. Patrick Dorismond did not deserve to die. James Byrd, Jr. did not deserve to die. James Craig Anderson did not deserve to die. And there are others, so many others, who absolutely did not deserve to die simply because of the color of their skin. Let us honor them and commit ourselves to raising our collective game by changing the institutions and beliefs responsible for their deaths. The alternative is to surrender to hatred, mindless rage and senseless murder. But again, those are the things that people who give up tend to do, but we, as black people, have a history of not giving up.
Note: Updated on 7/21/2011.
Republican Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the House Budget Chairman, this year announced with the GOP calls the "Path to Prosperity", a plan replete with significant cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. Ryan has projected $750 billion in cost savings should the initiative be adopted, but critics charge that the plan will only succeed in endangering the lives of America's elderly by reducing their healthcare coverage. Ryan's plan would change Medicare from a Federal system that pays the beneficiary directly to a system of state-level block grants controlled by state governors that pays private insurance providers directly. Given that each state will receive a grant under the plan, there exists the possibility that the seniors could face a lower quality of coverage due to several factors that include a lack of funds allocated to their state. Conversely, the reverse is true in that some states could be granted more money for Medicaid expenditures than could reasonably be expended. No matter what the future may or may not hold, the one sure thing is that Ryan failed to mention that any funding issues plaguing Medicare were themselves exacerbated by the actions of the very Republican party he is part of, the same Republican party that caved in to special interests in an orgy of greed and pandering on the morning of November 22, 2003.
When I decided to address the subject of the media, I suddenly understood just what it was like to be a shark at sea with the smell of fresh blood in the water. In the eyes of this humble and loyal American, the media in general and the Fourth Estate in particular have done great harm to the nation through slanted presentations and socio-politically skewed reporting that have time and again altered the national fabric. Focusing exclusively on the media's impact from the popularization of television in the late 1940s to today, I unequivocally state my firm belief that the media's coverage and comments regarding certain major events coupled with its polymorphic allegations of societal norms consistently transgress into the forbidden, dangerous realm of shaping both national opinion and national policy.
Underpinning our American society is a document that is now over 220 years old, one that was fashioned by some of the finest minds of the 18th century. What those Colonial intellects created was the United States Constitution, the supreme law of the land since its adoption at the Philadelphia Convention on September 17, 1787. On that day, a combination of merchants, land and financial speculators, slave owners, farmers, public officials, retirees, scientists, physicians, and persons engaged in other pursuits successfully completed a wide-ranging legal document in culmination of an effort that began with altogether different aims. The assemblage originally gathered with the intent of amending the Articles of Confederation, the document that defined the American system of government in de facto manner since the Second Continental Congress adopted it on November 15, 1777, and which defined American law since its ratification on March 1, 1781. However, in the 10 years since the Articles of Confederation were created, serious flaws were seen in its design, and those flaws, highlighted by the collection of fliers now collectively known as the Federalist Papers, could only be surmounted by scrapping the Articles of Confederation entirely in favor of a different national document. 21st century America remains guided by that document, one forged by men and men alone in a far distant era that not only preceded the crucial turning point in American history that was the Civil War by eight decades, but the Industrial Revolution, women's liberation, the civil rights movement, gay rights, electric lights, space travel, automobiles, and telecommunications as well. Given this, I seriously question the continued viability of such a document.
Some call it the Florida-Haiti Interstate Tunnel. Some call it the Caribbean International Highway. Some simply refer to it as I95U. No matter what it’s called, it is said to be an enormous undertaking, one of the largest construction projects in existence. It is purportedly a 600 mile-long system of overland highways and floating tunnels moored to the floor of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea meant to link Florida, Cuba, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico in a single roadway system. Those who believe in it call it a wonder of modern engineering. Those who know better call it a magnificent hoax, one that partly depends on confusing it with the nearby and very real Port of Miami Tunnel project.
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