October 7, 2015, marks the 14th anniversary of the War in Afghanistan. During that time, we have spent over $700 billion and more than 2,200 American lives have been lost with countless others impacted by loss of limb and PTSD. Yet, Afghanistan stands primed to return to its past state once U.S. troops are removed.
This is what happens in the absence of a cogent foreign policy… Read more
Congress is in “recess”… a term that seems somewhat apropos since our legislators have acted so childishly in recent years. You can almost see them on the playground arguing over whose turn it is to pick first even though you already know who’s going to end up on both teams.
This is not to say that senators and representatives don’t deserve a break… Read more
It’s that time again. Time to celebrate another presidential election cycle; an event that’s inching closer to becoming a perpetual race as opposed to a process that occurs every four years.
Did you catch the first Republican debate? There were so many candidates they had to split the field into two groups. It reminds me of when they have to add a gate to the Kentucky Derby to accommodate all the horses whose owners can afford the entrance fee… Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., January 8, 2014 – As those of you who are familiar with my work already know, I examine our Government from an unusual perspective; one that assumes that it must follow the Constitution. Accordingly, I respect proposed solutions that adhere to that premise while forcing us into the uncomfortable realm of hosting “a civil assessment” of their merit. In that regard, I offer the suggestion of Scot Faulkner to bypass this year’s State of the Union Address … Read more
SAN DIEGO, Ca. December 3, 2014 – Every two years, we are graced with the opportunity to either restart our Nation or reaffirm Jonathan Gruber’s hypothesis concerning our stupidity. Unfortunately, the Parties have conditioned our behavior to favor the latter. They have also been allowed to erect enormous economic barriers to ballot access that have turned our election cycles into auctions. Legitimate independent candidates with fresh ideas can’t afford the “buy in.” So, we’re stuck… or are we?
What if I told you that a solution actually exists; one that might break the gridlock in Washington, D.C.; one that can be accomplished with little or no money; one that just might return political power to the People? Do I have your attention? … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., March 3, 2014 – Our political system is dysfunctional if not completely broken. It has become so corrosive that many citizens have abandoned any hope of changing it for the better. Others are inclined to commit their blind allegiance to a particular Party; convinced that it occupies the moral and intellectual high-ground while the other Party is comprised of only slightly-evolved Neanderthals. To paraphrase Eldridge Cleaver: Neither behavior represents part of the solution, but rather, both are part of the problem … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., February 17, 2014 – While many Americans wonder where the apostrophe goes in President’s Day, the official title of the holiday is George Washington’s Birthday. What better way to celebrate the occasion than to interview George Washington?
How would he view the United States today? What advice might he offer?
[The following is an interpretation of how such an interview might go, almost exclusively using his actual words (which are italicized for clarity).] … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., November 19, 2013 – Political ignorance is a communicable disease that has reached epidemic proportions. It is an airborne virus that puts people at risk every time an infected politician or Party sycophant opens his or her mouth. Unfortunately, the Affordable Care Act not only doesn’t cover it, it appears to be responsible for the most recent outbreak.
Common symptoms include: Elevated voices and blood pressure; the recitation of petty bullet points any time a television camera is present or someone attempts to discuss an issue intelligently; an endless stream of e-mail solicitations for donations to spread the disorder; and the development of a chronic blindness to reason … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., October 28, 2013 — BREAKING NEWS: Democrats and Republicans, whose political tactics are frighteningly similar, have secretly merged into a single Party. The new political party will be called the Halloween Party.
The fledgling Party is a political Frankenstein. Strategists have long recognized the importance of combining the two organizations while maintaining the charade of their separate existence. With a shared addiction to money and power, why compete for half the dollars and votes when you can get them all? You just have to pretend that you’re not who you appear to be, and that’s what Halloween is all about … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., October 21, 2013 – Not to be disrespectful, but President Obama misled the American people at the conclusion of the speech with which he reopened the Government on October 17, 2013. He chided partisan politics by saying: “We come from different Parties, but we are Americans first. And that’s why disagreement cannot mean dysfunction. It can’t degenerate into hatred.”
Of course it can, Mr. President. Look at the actions of both Parties leading up to the shutdown and in the brief time that has passed since; listen to the rhetoric of the Parties and those groups that support them; or just read other facets of your speech … Read more