The Tao of Politics

One of my main concerns is: how can I make a difference? There are thousands of political blogs out there. It’s easy to get lost in that ocean. So I may blog about politics on occasion, or I may blog about health issues, depending on where my interests lead me, and where I feel I can contribute something of significance.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Hillary's Qualifications

It just occurred to me... Rubio and Cruz are both first term Senators, right? And there's been some discussion about Hillary's qualifications to be President, but: Hillary was elected to two terms in the Senate, and she supposedly ran the State Department for four years. These are not trivial items on her resume. Like many women, perhaps she left lucrative jobs to be a mother and wife (first lady of Arkansas, and FLOTUS) but she went to Wellesley and Yale, so she's well educated, and was employed at various times in her youth, so when you speak of qualifications, or lack thereof, certainly Hillary has plenty. Fox News and the GOP will say anything to try and delegitimize her.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Big Business

Commentators on Fox are wondering why people like Rick Santorum are still running for President, given his anemic poll numbers, and all I can think is that running for President is a business, and Rick is making money by running.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Conflict Resolution

I thought it was interesting that one of the first things the aliens did in the mini-series Childhood's End was to tear down the wall between Gaza and Israel, and bring Arabs and Jews together in peace...

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Just Can't Win....

A lot of people on the Right want to have it both ways: they want to tell us why the terrorists want to kill us, and they want to criticize those on the Left who try to understand why the terrorists want to kill us. Also, those on the Right offer simplistic explanations, and the problem of terrorism is anything but simple.

Misinformed?

Sorry Marco Rubio, but I don't think the Muslims want to kill us because we let women drive. Have you read Karen Armstrong's Holy War? Candidates for President should be well-informed.

Friday, December 04, 2015

Islamic Extremists

Karen Armstrong, in the preface of her scholarly book, Holy War, calls it Islamic extremism when she says: “… Islamic extremists destroyed the World Trade Center…”

Monday, November 30, 2015

Questions, Questions

When somebody (like the reporter on FoxNews) says the big question is what was the motivation for the guy in Colorado to go on his shooting rampage, to me that is not the big question. (It's like asking what was the motivation for Charles Manson to orchestrate his murders... he's evil, or crazy, etc.) No, the big question is, why did the guy in Colorado have a gun? Why was he not on some sort of meds? If they expect some sort of rational explanation for an act of this kind, they are just as deluded as the perpetrator, or they're playing to a deluded audience.