SIDEBAR
»
S
I
D
E
B
A
R
«
TRAIN WRECK: Trump may destroy the Republican Party
Jan 23rd, 2016 by Warren Swil

GOP looks

increasingly like

Humpty Dumpty

The cover of the National Review special issue devoted to opposing Donald Trump. Click image to enlarge.

There is a glimmer of hope shining through the train wreck that is the Republican Party presidential primary, and it is not an oncoming train.
Donald Trump may just destroy the GOP.
The schism in the party is getting so deep it looks increasingly likely that it can never be healed.
With the bastion of conservative thought the National Review magazine throwing salt into the wounds this week, it’s like Trump is wielding an axe to cleave the party in two.
Bemused observers are beginning to hope the split in the party is becoming irreversible – and that would be good for America and the world.


Read the rest of this entry »
TARGETED: Firearms makers soar on talk of new controls

PRESIDENT TAKES AIM AT GUN LOBBY WITH NEW SAFETY MEASURES
Choking back his tears, President Obama focused national attention on the need for improved gun control – an issue that has became a source of shame for all Americans.
While the new gun safety measures announced by the president are unlikely to have a major impact, they do have far greater symbolic value. At least he is willing to take on the gun lobby.
Perversely the president’s remarks sent stocks in the biggest purveyors of firearms soaring on US markets.


Read the rest of this entry »
REAL SCARY NEWS: Trump surges after mass shootings

FRIGHTENING MASSACRES BOOST EXTREMIST IDEOLOGUES
As mass shootings pile on top of each other in the US, and the pathetic US Congress remains paralyzed like a deer caught in headlights, a growing number of Americans is flocking to extremist ideologues who prattle only meaningless drivel in response to genuine public outrage.
The root cause of the paralysis is the corrupting influence of big money in politics.
We will remain an outcast among civilized countries until campaign finance reform rises to the top of the political agenda in the US – an unlikely scenario given the current crop of candidates.


Read the rest of this entry »
Thousands more killed in gun violence than terror attacks (with video)

BIG MONEY BLOCKS ALL ATTEMPTS AT GUN SAFETY REFORM
The paralysis of America in the face of an epidemic of mass shootings is shameful and disgraceful.
It was best captured by the president in his reaction to the latest tragedy at a community college in Oregon. He was frustrated and angry at his inability to enact sensible gun safety laws.
It is a sad commentary on the state of US politics that one special interest group can exert such a stranglehold despite an overwhelming majority of Americans agreeing that something urgently needs to be done.
It will take a tidal wave of voter discontent to dislodge such big-money influence over Congress.


Read the rest of this entry »
DROP IN THE BUCKET: Why record rain won’t dent California drought

GOLD IS THE NEW GREEN AS WE LEARN TO LIVE WITH LESS WATER
Mother Nature’s paradoxical “gift” of record rainfall in mid-July is not going to alleviate the water shortage in California any time soon.
The recent storm was not only in the wrong place at the wrong time; its bounty was far too little to make a real difference.
A green front lawn is no longer a badge of pride here, however. In fact, it has become a downright embarrassment. Gold is the new green. We are having to learn to live with less water.


Read the rest of this entry »
Conservatives, too, should welcome gay marriage decision

‘FAMILY VALUES’ ADVANCED BY SUPREME COURT RULING
With its historic decision on gay marriage, the Supreme Court has advanced the “family values” agenda in a big way. And, the US has become a “more perfect union.”
Even conservatives should join the celebration.
The Court’s finding of a constitutional protection for same sex marriage is an historic occasion at least on a par with its 1967 decision on interracial unions.
It moves the US into the modern era as a more egalitarian and tolerant society. It is not just for those directly affected.


Read the rest of this entry »
READY, SET, REJOICE: Gay marriage coming soon to all of America

WHY SUPREME COURT WILL BLESS SAME-SEX UNIONS THIS TIME
A decision is imminent in the most closely watched Supreme Court case in recent memory – its consideration of same sex marriage. Few doubt the result.
New legal precedents and rapid social change make it almost certain that a 5-4 majority of the justices will find a constitutional reason to recognize gay marriage. It may even be a 6-3 vote.
It will be a welcome if delayed development.


Read the rest of this entry »
THE REAL DEAL: Vermont senator livens up 2016 presidential race

BERNIE SANDERS GAINS TRACTION WITH PLAIN SPEAKING, AUTHENTICITY
Bernie Sanders is a breath of fresh air in the presidential sweepstakes.
What sets the Senator from Vermont apart from all the other contenders in the 2016 race is his authenticity.
He believes what he says and says what he believes.
One might not agree with Sanders on all or even most of his positions, but having a candidate for the top office in the country who is unafraid to stake out populist positions on a host of issues is a refreshing change.


Read the rest of this entry »
CHECKBOOK DIPLOMACY: China courts Latin America

PREMIER WIELDS LARGESSE IN 4 STRATEGIC NATIONS AS US SNOOZES

While US media paid scant attention, a top Chinese official swung through Latin America this week inking deals worth billions of dollars.
The strategic significance is enormous.
It is no wonder the authorities in Beijing are unconcerned about the 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal from which they have been excluded. They clearly don’t need it. The have much more going for them in burgeoning bi-lateral deals and the nascent Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.


Read the rest of this entry »
MIDDLE-FINGER SALUTE: Challenges mount to US leadership

AMERICA’S GLOBAL INFLUENCE WANES ALONG WITH ITS MORAL AUTHORITY
Domestically and internationally, it is becoming ever more clear to growing numbers of people that the US has lost the moral authority to claim leadership of the free world.
Not even Jeb Bush wants anything to do with his brother’s legacy. Its no wonder the US ability to influence global events is at its lowest ebb in generations. It is setting an example few should want to emulate.
We should not be surprised that America’s interests are playing second fiddle to those of dictator-wannabees like Russia’s Putin and religious zealots like King Salman.


Read the rest of this entry »
SIDEBAR
»
S
I
D
E
B
A
R
«
»  Substance: WordPress   »  Style: Ahren Ahimsa & Martin Black