15 results for 'american politics'
I was amused to discover on Blog Catalogue earlier this week that secession petitions are flooding into the White House in the wake of Barack Obama’s re-election to the presidency. What, are we really back in 1860, is American on the threshold of a new Civil War? No and yes, is my answer, a point to be clarified a bit later.
There they are, pleas coming from some of the same offenders: from Texas, from Alabama, from Georgia, from Louisiana, from South Carolina, from North Carolina, from Tennessee, from Arkansas and from Florida, all former members of the old Confederacy. There are... (more)
I know: we are not used to it; we are not used to uncomfortable truths, especially in politics. We are more comfortable with dissimulation and hypocrisy. What else do we expect from a candidate for high office? Do we expect honesty? No, of course not; or at least that’s the conclusion I have to reach on the basis of the fuss that followed the latest Romney speak.
Do you know what he said at his fund-raiser or have you simply read comment on how awful he said what he said, sans the actual words? Well, then, let’s have a look, beginning with the big shocker, the forty-seven percenter:... (more)
Yesterday, upon the stair,I met a man who wasn’t thereHe wasn’t there again todayI wish, I wish he’d go away...
Lots of you will recognise these words, the opening verse of William Hughes Mearns’ 1899 poem Antigonish, also known as The Little Man Who Wasn’t There. I’ve had occasion to use it previous articles, most recently in a piece on my blog about David Cameron, the British Prime Minister.
It immediately came to mind again on Friday, when I watched a recording of Clint Eastwood addressing an empty chair at the Republican Convention in Tampa, Florida. The empty chair, as you... (more)
It must be obvious to those who read my articles that politically I lean to the right. I’m a libertarian and a conservative. In British elections I vote for the Conservative Party, I have since I was eighteen, most recently in the London mayoral contest for Boris Johnson, a personal hero of mine.
So, if I were an American I would be a Republican, consistent with my conservative principles and my deeply held belief in personal freedom. I could no more vote for the Democrats than I could for the British Labour Party. I consider Barack Obama to be a socialist, a philosophy that I despise,... (more)
...It’s true; there were. In Poland he met Lech Walesa, the former Solidarity leader, praising those who stood against the all powerful state. In Israel he also said that Iran should be confronted, not appeased. Appalling stuff, don’t you agree?
You don’t get your news about American politics from the BBC. Neither, as a matter of fact, do I. I’m now in the habit of looking beyond the bias for a more balanced and nuanced assessment. I dislike the attempt to manipulate my views by a left-wing and state-funded broadcasting service that seems to have absorbed its journalistic ... (more)
Al-Shabaab, the Somali offshoot of al-Qaeda, has offered a bounty of ten camels to “whoever reveals the hideout of that idiot Obama.” It’s their response to the US State Departments recent announcement of a reward of several million dollars for information on the whereabouts of the movement’s leadership.
I wonder, perhaps, if the Somalis are being a little too generous in their assessment of the beleaguered President’s worth. Ten camels seems excessive for a man who recently said that the American private sector was “doing fine”, a view, I would hazard, not quite in keeping with the... (more)
...sacred flame of creeping state socialism is guarded with care.
This self-serving bureaucracy is set to acquire power over so many aspects of American life, of the life of ordinary Americans, set to be strangled in red tape. It’s staffed by people who represent the hard left of American politics. These are the refugees from The West Wing, now enjoying unprecedented and vicarious power, like the bureaucrats in Europe. They have a bigger agenda. Weigel puts it thus;
For the regulators at HHS are not simply dedicated to the nationalisation of healthcare in the United... (more)
Look at this beautiful picture. Scan it hard. What do you see? The Space Shuttle Discovery being piggybacked to its final resting place inside the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. You’re also flanked by the Capital Building, a symbol of American pride and strength showing the world that America is a land to be admired and revered. But, as I look, I see images of a country that isn’t looking to the future as a land of innovation, discovery, ingenuity, and aggressive growth. Instead, it’s pointing backwards, diving towards governmental control and socialistic programs. My point: We must... (more)
I usually don’t write about politics. Along with religion, it’s one of the most debated subjects we have as a people. No matter if you’re a democrat or republican, we all have our viewpoints. But, given the political year we’re all about to engage in, I felt it time to express my position of where I see America, as it currently stands. I realize many won’t agree here, but holding back hasn’t ever been my strongest trait.
America has become an extremely divided nation, and angrier. It’s now rich vs. poor, liberal vs. conservative, democrat railing against republican, black more hostile... (more)
I said in discussion recently that Barack Obama’s slogan for the coming Presidential election should be “No, I can’t”, a more honest and apt statement about him as a man, a leader and a chief executive than “Yes, we can.” There was something else I said: if a play is ever written about his time in the White House it really should be called The Death of a Salesman. It’s such a pity that it’s already been done. But I wasn’t actually thinking of Obama in the guise of Arthur Miller’s Willy Loman. It’s another salesman I had in mind – Samuel Bick from the movie The Assassination of Richard Nixon.... (more)
« previous 1 next »