Thursday, November 15, 2012

How about our Amendments?

Elvis Presley
I recently realized that I haven't told you something which I find kind of cool. I'm a woman (jeez, typed in girl first!). You know women, we have our idols. Generations before me have had greats like Frank "Chairman of the Board" Sinatra, Elvis "Has left the building" Presley, Tom "take my undies" Jones, Sean "Bond, James Bond" Connery... Well. My dude, my ultimate king of men is - drumroll please - William Jefferson Clinton!!!

And after all that's happened in the last few weeks, I've decided to boycot the 22nd amendment of the constitution. Why? Because this man should return to the White House. Hey, if FDR did it four times, Bill can come in any day he wants.

Just think back. Close your eyes. Take deep breaths for your health. Imagine you have traveled back in time. It's 1992. Ah. Everything is much better now, right? Economy is better. More available jobs. Taxes raised on the rich. And after 8 loving and interesting years... we get a gift. A huge surplus. Why thank you, Mr. Clinton. You rock.

Now, if I count back from three to one, you will slowly get back into reality.

Three: thousands of people either jobless, poor, struggling to make it or dead by terrorism or by war - instigated by a small trigger happy cowboy who loves to go on vacations.

Two: private no-bid contracts to friends in the government making many people rich. Go Halliburton! Hope you clean up good the neighborhood!

One: a president who can't even say Nuclear right, even once. And those are just tidbits. We won't go into the Pet Goat incident. Just too painful.

Yeah. Reality is a drag. Right?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Rant of Clare Short

Clare Short, a Labor MP and former cabinet minister, is to give up her parliamentary seat. A large section of the Labor party must be delighted. She must have been viewed as a liability and an embarrassment. One can’t help thinking that she’s lost it since leaving the cabinet. On television interviews and debates she often comes over as being quite mad and bitter.

She quit the cabinet and her position as international development secretary in protest of Britain’s involvement in the Iraq war. She was famously joined by former foreign secretary and the now deceased, Robin Cook. At least he came across as being rational and reasonable.  Clare Short apparently had moral objections to the Iraq war and to Britain‘s foreign policy.

Short thinks Tony Blair has dishonored the UK, undermined the UN and international law and helped to make the world a more dangerous place. She also thinks New Labor lacks principles and is arrogant. All of these accusations might be perfectly true.  But Clare Short can’t escape the fact that she was part of the New Labor project and fully enjoyed the fruits of its electoral victory. She went along with political spin, was happy to get into the Cabinet and supported the “ dishonorable” Tony Blair. Also, Tony Blair’s support for the US is nothing new. He did so from day one.

The whole special relationship with the US has been a cornerstone of British foreign policy since Winston Churchill instituted it during world war two. As for being immoral, what did Clare Short think foreign aid was all about? To help the world’s poor? No, it’s just another instrument of foreign policy and is there to influence a poor country to support the UK and to help indirectly promote commercial interests.

Clare Short’s political goal is apparently to get a hung parliament. Whether that happens or not will have little to do with her. If anything Clare Short comes over as having lost it, not to mention a just a tad hypocritical.