By Alberto Pupo
It is the end of the world. In an Executive action 6 years in the making, President Obama has granted a temporary reprieve to 5 million people. With the stroke of a pen 5 million people have now been given protection and a new lease on life. This action has been seen as an outrage, as a shock! Republicans are appalled that he will take such an imperious or devious action. The truth of the matter is what took so long? This is the course of action that should have occurred at the first sign of congressional obstruction, because of the results of the mid-term elections if our Nation is to survive executive actions will be needed to preserve the rights of the people.
Executive Actions, during the Bush era this was a technique used to take away our civil liberties. Luckily in this case Executive action has been used to bring good. After being brought to office partially because of the strong Hispanic vote, President Obama in an uncharacteristically bold move decided to finally return the favor. While this executive action may only be a temporary fix, it is a fix that has been 6 years in the making. Immigration reform as been discussed with Congress ad nauseum, however for six years the Conservatives in Congress were to busy wasting time in an attempt to defund Continue reading
By Alberto Pupo
Republicans take the Senate! In another exercise in electoral futility the mid-term elections once again provide proof of the conflicted American voter once again the overall political ignorance is on display. Conservatives who have been the cause of all gridlock, have shutdown the government and stymied progress at all levels of government are given a mandate to govern? Why does this happen? What is the reason for the cognitive dissonance that exists within the American political psyche.
The results have been pouring in and Republicans have taken control of the Senate. Now that Republicans have control the first order of business is to gut Obamacare. If the President turns around and Vetos they will then move to Impeachment. The Republicans will then bring up progressive legislation like cutting the safety net, making abortion illegal, and giving every man, woman, and child a gun. Expect to see wild and radical proposals as these elections will seem like a ”mandate” to take the Country straight toward Fascism. The American people however overwhelmingly voted for this wonderful scenario. Instead of moving the country a more progressive direction they move it the opposite way.
So what is the reason for the Continue reading
By Alberto Pupo
Regulation, the word can make any conservative go into convulsions. The very thought that human behavior and liberty can be regulated is simply wrong and Unchristian (because after all religion consists of very little regulation). Business is to be free from interference. Business should only answer to one thing the bottom line! However this lack of regulation can lead to certain issues, like health problems, infrastructure collapse, environmental disasters etc. A lack of regulatory control can spiral to a society where the social ills of Laissez faire are simply chalked up to the “cost of business.”.
Whiskey enthusiasts have been surprised to hear about the recent banning of Fireball, a relatively popular Cinnamon flavored whiskey. The reasoning for the ban is because one of the ingredients in this drink is also an ingredient found in something innocuous like antifreeze. The socialist European nations of Finland, Sweden, and Norway concerned with food safety guidelines ( a trivial notion). Decided to do the impossible and tell this Corporation that they would not be selling their drinks. After the ban was reported here in America the FDA in being patriotic and supporting the business community has decided to take no such action, so that this company can still peddle its drinks to unsuspecting college students across our Continue reading
By Alberto Pupo
The Oops culture., more often than not in American society, tragic or vile events are labeled as mistakes. Bad policy decisions are apologized for. Certain events and rushing into useless wars are called “lapses in intelligence”. It seems that in order to explain away deliberately reprehensible actions, these actions are instead labeled as mistakes and blamed on incompetence. However in a Nation were civic and military leadership are endowed with education and certifications how is it that vile policies and actions are always incompetence? Are we really that incompetent as a Nation? Or are these actions simply Machiavellian machinations to obscure evil actions and escape any form of accountability?
The oops culture is a very conservative notion. For example 9/11, the straightforward explanation was to explain away everything as an intelligence mistake”. We see this theme ongoing throughout most of the War of Terror. Lack of wmd’s, Continue reading
By Alberto Pupo
A gathering fools, on October 14th, 2014 before standing before a small coterie of media, a group of miscreants decided to tell us what is wrong. They stood defiant in front of Planned Parent Hood in Washington DC. The sign-ange they carried betrayed the very scientifically sound message that”Abortion exposes children to BDSM”. This is something that we the people must be aware of.
They came up one after the other you, bold, educated, courageous, mainly towing the line about the evils of abortion and how “Obamacare” had made this possible. After an hour of raging against the abortion machine, they broke down and walked off triumphantly heads held high in victory the world better place?
The above gathering is an unfortunately a true story. None of the events have been exaggerated and yes there was someone holding the above described sign-age. This anecdote is indicative of what is wrong with our Nation. Instead of trying to help improve the lives of Americans,or finding ways to be rid of inequality, or fight for a more just world, etc. This group of individuals stood against a woman’s right to choose. They stood against Planned Parenthood an organization which is not merely an”abortion factory” but as the name implies it is a clinic helping those who cannot afford it better plan for their future, by providing different health services. Yet this group of miscreants spouted their propaganda without any interruption, without anyone bothering to call them out for Continue reading
By Alberto Pupo
Freedom of Speech it is a beautiful concept in America, that holds true if you are a conservative that is. It seems that the ability to use the first amendment to speak on controversial subjects at will seems to be a gift bestowed upon those of a right-wing bent. Taking all mediums of communication into consideration radical right-wing ideas are often given a free pass no matter how outrageous or offensive they can be. The right-wing easily hides behind the first amendment same unfortunately cannot be said about those with a left-wing or more progressive world-view. Thee views are often seen as dangerous and many time freedom of speech may not be a defense when taking a different point of view. Is there truly a right-wing bias.
The right-wing in this Nation holds a variety of views and opinions, which to a rational mind are offensive, archaic and dangerous (see picture for an example). Yet these views are commonly passed on to the American people on a daily basis via, Internet, radio, television, and even face to face protests. many times those of a conservative right-wing bent are not subject to police harassment and intimidation. They are able to practically approach anyone they desire and openly an without reservation express their hate. They are not subject to scrutiny of any kind and more often than not people will immediately jump to their defense. This has been seen for example during the Health care Town Hall Meetings in 2010, Tea Party activists were able to get within feet of the President and express their general disdain. There was no such thing as a”protest zone” or buffer. As a stark contrast you then Continue reading
By: Alberto Pupo
Unemployment drops to 5.9%! Amazingly enough it seems like the economy of our Nation has fully turned around. However despite all of this there is still a general pessimism in American society. President Obama is seen as being the worse president ever by many. There many people who still feel like daily life is a struggle and the situation is dire. What accounts for this numbers disconnect? How is it possible that despite the mathematical evidence of recovery that so many are still feeling pinched? Why do so may people despite the economic reports still feel that America is heading down the wrong economic path? Is it a simple mis-perception? Or is there more than meets the eye?
The unemployment rate is pretty low, the stock market is rolling along, while corporate profits are soaring! So why is the economic outlook so bleak for most? The secret is in the wages! While all other aspects of the economy are thriving, those who are helping to fuel the boom are not feeling it in the pocketbook. While landing a job has become an easier thing to do, the wages tied to that job Continue reading
By Alberto Pupo
War, blood, death, and devastation, America this what we are fed every day. The corporate media as of late has been on a roll talking about the “ISIS threat”. The latest blitz is trying to hammer the point home to the people that the threat is very real and manufacture a new coalition of the willing to engage this new found enemy. This march for war is quite tiresome. The media instead of focusing on how we can improve our Nation, is too busy focusing on the next beheading video or sensationalist bombing escapade. There seems to be a concerted and coordinated effort to keep us from asking about how to improve the issues that plague us
If one were to follow the reporting from corporate media outlets one would think that the United States is in a very precarious situation. Many will believe that there is a vicious group of terrorists ready to storm and attack our shores. In order to boost the media propaganda right-wing politicians like (Lindsey Graham of South Carolina for example). Will get on the air and start to spout out apocalyptic theories. The push to an all out ground war against Continue reading
By Alberto Pupo
There is no denial this time. 400,000 thousand strong, with one single message “We must stop Climate Change”. September 21st, 2014 the largest march against regarding the issue of climate change occurred. The turn ut was unprecedented and those in attendance, a mixed variety of individuals marched forth with a hope that the policymakers got the message. The march is an indicator that the people of this nation are finally coming around to a reality, which right-wing leadership has been trying so desperately to deny. The truth is plainly evident the people have become sickened by the fact that there is no action taken, so now the people are standing up in order to change this.
Last time they marched in the streets in New York en masse we witnessed the birth of Occupy, and the struggle against Wall St. Yet while the message in 2011 was to call inequality, this new message is to call out those who deny reality in an attempt to save our environment, The people of this Nation feel that not only are Corporations ruthlessly digging Continue reading
By Alberto Pupo
Thank you for gracing us with your presence. We the people feel honored that you have served us well and delved into a very difficult two week period of attempting the process of legislating us into a brighter future. We are grateful to have have diligent public servants who are in no way obstruction will in the process of governance. Because you work so hard in governing it is understandable that today you have ended your session and will now embark in an arduous 6 week break in order to “campaign” for the opportunity to retain your job after the election.
The work you accomplished these past two weeks has been amazing In fact it has been so amazing that it seems that after an almost 8 week summer vacation our legislative body had not missed a beat During this two week period rather than dealing with issues of inequality, environment, or Continue reading