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You point out in your article Democracy Is Failing that Christian Fundamentalism is taking root in the military academies (and the military as well as this organisation works to fight: http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/).
Couldn't this lead to a Cromwellian style take over of the US?
I would add in the disturbing trend toward removing firearms regulations and guns in public places. It is becoming easier for criminals to acquire and carry weapons, yet people are missing this security risk. The anti-terrorist measures adopted by the Bush administration lacked these sensible tools for public security, yet removed people's rights
. I have to agree with you. Although, I am not sure what they future may bring.
I read your Craisglist piece. I couldnt agree with you more. Ive been searching the reasons behind Craigslist ghostings and blocking. I believe they are using some outside source to do this and allow the common users to flag. A double edge sword killing my needs on Craigslist. My question to you is have you heard anything about this outside filter source Craigslist uses?
Collins pointed out the prospect that some in the U.S. military could be prosecuted and punished for their actions of torture. I hope that happens, and I'd like to see the prosecutions continue for everyone involved, all the way to the tippy-top of the command structure. Ordered to or not, no U.S. soldiers should have participated. The Nuremberg Trials made it clear that following orders is no excuse for committing illegal acts.
Given the nature of what genuine terrorists do, U.S. forces would have been much better off shooting them when captured committing terrorist acts. Even if the U.S. forces fed the bodies to pigs and buried the bones with the pig excrement, it would have left the U.S. in better moral and legal shape than committing torture. The real damage is to the moral fiber of the country.
When the Red Brigades captured former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro, and later killed him, some in the security forces called for the use of torture on a suspect. General Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa, who was himself later murdered by the Mafia, responded that "Italy can survive the loss of Aldo Moro. It would not survive the introduction of torture." The same is true of the United States.
re: St. Vincent's. I'm familiar with this hospital's commendable mission and there is a way to avoid the collapse of such worthy institutions in favor of for-profit hospitals. St. Vincent's is collapsing under the weight of an emergency room overwhelmed by gun shot wounds incurred in drug deals. If drugs were legal and regulated and guns were appropriate controlled, a hospital like St. Vincent's could survive as a non-profit. I don't expect to see that happen, but it would remedy the problem.
I agree with you Completly Natural RIghts do not under any Circumstance exist. They were said to Americans to bait them as if we were fish and to reel us in. When in truth They simply do not exist. To bad though.Huh?I mean how sweet would it be if Natural Rights really did exist...Well hit me back if you don't mind. Thanks.
I ran across your post. Interesting points of view. I disagree with most, but found your perspective educational. [Note: I have no idea which article(s) this responds to. J.W.]
For the record- I am well educated (MBA) and successful by any standard. I have been very happily married for 35 years with four children and one grandchild who are well educated, happy, and productive. I have black friends and Asian friends. I don't know any native Americans. I have a few gay friends. I contribute to my community and my church. I give more to charity than Al Gore. I have voted for Democrats and Republicans. My mother was a very liberal schoolteacher and my father was a very conservative government employee. I grew up in a loving family. Your points can be refuted with simple 1-2-3 logic if I had the time or the inclination. I realize that you disagree, of course. I'll accept that you sincerely hold your beliefs and can support them if you will grant me the same courtesy. Perhaps we can both realize there is more than one perspective and one view in the world on any given subject. Of course, I think mine are the correct ones. LOL. Best wishes to you and yours. Sincerely. And keep an open mind. I'll try to do the same.