Archive for November, 2015

Fear, courage and the refugee crisis

Monday, November 30th, 2015

kenneth fullerThe biggest concern of everyday Americans about the issue of whether we should accept refugees is the threat of ISIS infiltrating the Syrian immigrants and committing acts of terror on our soil, as we so vividly witnessed in Paris.

Additionally, the majority of Americans distrust the government’s ability to vet these immigrants, especially since Syria, the source of much of the background information, is in disarray and the information may not be credible.

As to the motives of the various governors, including our own, who have announced their states are closed to refugees, they are playing to the ginned up fear for political self-interest. (more…)

Race: A black man’s view

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

charles loveRace. Since I am an African-American male, I believe that I am in a unique position to speak on this issue. I was born in a time when, as an individual, I was viewed differently regarding my rights as a citizen of this country. To this point, I have not entirely entertained race as a national discussion.

Since, for the past seven years, we have had an African-American as the leader of the free world, it has raised the stakes on the issue of race. People who have no idea what the issue means have exposed their ignorance based on history, personal views, latent racial hatred, and as a way to explain away guilt on their part. The result has been that it has been impossible for many white Americans to call a black man “Mister President.” It is not, in my opinion, just this black man or a matter simply about his policies. It is because of his race and we all know it. (more…)

Politicians are accountable to the donor class

Monday, November 16th, 2015

R. Rex HussmannDouglas Hughes of Ruskin, Florida, agrees with Princeton University professor Martin Gilens, who agrees with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who speaks for the many ordinary Americans when she says, “The system is rigged.”

This Friday, 61-year-old Doug Hughes is scheduled to plead guilty in federal court to operating a gyrocopter without a license.

Last April, in order to protest the influence of big money in politics, the former mailman flew a homemade, one-man flying machine through some of our nation’s most restricted airspace and landed on the lawn just outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C. (more…)

The making of a loyal Southern Democrat

Monday, November 9th, 2015

kenneth fullerMy good friends have had to call me down for ranting on the current presidential campaign in the last few weeks. This followed a promise that I would abandon this topic about which Americans can no longer discuss, debate or even speak in polite company. I fell off the wagon a time or two and they had to nudge me back to consciousness. Football season is still in full swing, they said, and the election is a year away. Priorities are, once again, back in order.

I owe my friends an explanation of my tendency to repeatedly fall from the wagon. (more…)

Readers add to list of Social Security myths

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Mike ReynoldsReader responses to my last column on Social Security myths were numerous. Several other “myths” came up so here they are along with my comments.

• The old reliable “Social Security is a Ponzi scheme” reared its head.

Fear of being cheated is universal and those who want to profit by privatizing Social Security stoke this fear in Americans. Characterizing Social Security as a Ponzi scam is an effective way to stampede people. (more…)

content top