A Couple Issues as we Start 2010

There is a lot going on in the United States and all over the world, stress levels seem to be above where they normally are, and it appears that a lot of 2010 will stay this way. With all that is happening in the world I thought it would be appropriate to cover a couple of issues that we are currently facing.

“War on Terror”

Even though there is reluctance on the part of the current administration to use the term, we are in a “war on terror.” The narcissism that has taken over society is scary, whether its global climate change or terrorism. Many people now believe that terrorism and anger towards the United States is our fault. That is an idea that I cannot subscribe to. This is not about whether or not we should reflect on who we are as a country and what our policies are, I happen to think that it is a good thing to know who we are and what we do. The problem that I am addressing is the fact that many refuse to acknowledge the world that we currently live in. The administrations reluctance to use the term “war on terror” is a perfect example.

To be in denial when it comes to evil accomplishes nothing and only points out weakness on our part, the type of weakness that evil people thrive on. This is a war of words just as much as it is a war of bombs and guns. Though the administration agrees with that point they want to take a different approach. They think that if we live as an example to terrorists they will magically change. They think if we just hold out an open hand and an ear willing to listen, the terrorists will befriend us. It is the same reasoning behind nuclear disarmament, if we get rid of our nukes the bad guys will want to do it too. I’m sorry but we just don’t have that kind of sway in the world and to think we do is pure narcissism.

Ben Nelson and Health Care Reform Transparency

Sen. Ben Nelsons deal with democrats has put him into an interesting position. Nebraska is a state that overwhelmingly disapproved of the health care legislation, and that does not put a good taste in the mouths of Nebraskan voters, hopefully that taste lingers till the 2012 elections.

C-Span’s CEO Brian Lamb wrote to the administration in a December 30th letter, calling for them to open “all important negotiations, including any conference committee meetings.” This, in hopes that the president will back up his promise of transparency, something that was seriously lacking while health care legislation debated and hashed out in the senate.

Lamb Wrote:

“Now that the process moves to the critical stage of reconciliation between the chambers, we respectfully request that you allow the public full access, through television, to legislation that will affect the lives of every single American.”

Such a request would not have to have been made had the administration had any intention of providing the assured transparency.

Nancy Pelosi seems to view it differently. “There has never been a more open process for any legislation in anyone who’s served here’s experience,” Pelosi said in an afternoon press conference. More proof that Nancy Pelosi is in fact not living on the same planet as the rest of us.


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