Where Will the Conservatives Try to Take Us? So far as I can see the new conservatives are anti rather than pro people and social justice — minorities, women, hungry children, Muslims, etc., etc. I don’t think Americans are going to buy these negatives and hopefully Obama and the Dems generally will expose them for what they are.

Needless to say we need jobs and hopefully Obama will make some progress with his Far East trip. We are losing jobs for two reasons: 1) our greedy corporations are shipping them overseas and 2) our competitors are abusing their workers with low pay and no benefits. Many of them — ranging from China to Israel — are dividing wealth between the super rich with the crumbs left over for the rest of us. The internet passes along to our competitors our original ideas for new and better ways to do things. China, for example, is producing energy saving products which we are just beginning to contemplate and will not able to compete with the recent election.

We should be welcoming in the skilled people that we are educating rather than shipping them home. We need all the skilled people we can attract to compete in a global economy — not more wasteful wars. The times have changed and we, as usual, are still living in the previous century.

I would not want to be a Republican leader trying to cohere a vastly divided party — all those Tea Party types funded by the Koch brothers and others behind the scenes. And things will get worse as the Republicans have done well with local governments which can redistrict to their benefit. This new conservatism leads back at least to Reagan’s cuts in government monitoring. The rest of the world can see this even if our TV media cannot.

I place my hopes in our youngest generation which will presumably see facts rather than just opinions and hopefully begin to restore American democracy as their generation comes to power. All those starving children and elderly may have its impact on them. There is no free lunch and we need to pay for what we need with taxes and hopefully better deals with our global economic competitors.

And so America goes — some hard times ahead until we get our act together.

“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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