Except when I am reporting events from my early days (I turned 77 recently and have clear memories of many things either unknown or forgotten by us, e.g. our incredible abuses of Latin America which ranged from destroying developing democracies and putting tyrants in power to assassinations).

We are now aware of the Cheney horrors — torture, killing, the illegal war on Iraq which he hoped to make our base to control the Middle East — I think Bush was a patsy through most of his years as president to Cheney. Bush had made it as a frat president at Yale by being good with names. His academic record was a disaster. And he was an easy set up for our evil ones.

But to see now to happier things. The American public looks to be waking up to the fact that it had been misled by the lies and smears of the Republicans — the polls favoring the new health reform have jumped up something like 19% since it was passed. Obama is back in his old campaign mode and has no reason now to continue to mediate with the Republicans. Our risks are tea party racism and possible murders of our leaders. Hopefully they will fade in time as they learn how much they have been conned. We live in a global economy and our jobs have been sent overseas by our corporations in pursuit of profits — China is our real menace on that front. They have taken by latest estimates about 3 million of our blue collar jobs by cheating their own workers with minimal pay and no benefits as well as playing games with their currency rates.

I will not try to Google all of this stuff here, but it is easy to find with a little searching. And hopefully Americans as decent people have been turned off by the Republican lies and smears. There are many months before the November elections to tell them the truth for a change and Obama looks to be ready to do that.

Let us hope for better days ahead!

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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