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.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

The Tao of Bird Flu
17. China, on the surface at least, has seemed hypocritical at times, talking about the need to take measures against bird flu, while refusing to share samples of the virus.

50,000 birds are dead as H5N1 hits India.

Political Notes
So what do you think about the fact that Lynn Swann didn’t vote in all those elections? Pretty revealing, huh?

It’s interesting to me how someone who has displayed no interest in politics (or government) for a long time suddenly comes up and thinks he can be a politician. (And I’m not just talking about Lynn Swann here.) It makes me think that politics is often more about personality and less about actual qualifications. And I have not studied this or anything, but I have the impression that this is particularly true of the Republican Party.

I guess we all heard discussion about the Dubai port deal last night on Hardball. Now Hillary Clinton has come out in opposition to the deal.

Bush will not support removing the mortgage deduction? OK.

And I guess we have more nuclear energy in our future if President Bush has his way.

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  • At 3:08 PM, Blogger MPH said…

    Why do they hate us? Western culture, with an underscored respect for reason, capitalism, and individual rights for all members of society is diametrically opposed to the virus of Islamic extremism which is escalating a battle for greater control of the Arab world and beyond. Any progress in lifting the Arab world into modern western standards is not going to be achieved by bribing these regimes to not attack us or capitulating to the demands of the extremists. Our greatest weapon is appealing to the self-interest of Arab companies and workers with the mutual benefits thankfully available through cooperation in modern global markets. Shared interests and shared fortunes with the Arab world will create equal incentives for security both on our shores and theirs. An attack on America by Arabs becomes a self-inflicted wound and sets off internal forces overseas to eradicate the virus.

    In the long run, free trade is a more effective diplomacy tool than any number of guns. We are open to working with the Arab world as equals, not as terrorists. Money knows no borders or race or religion.

    If these Clintonian political postures are successful, we will send a clear message to the Arab world that America is xenophobic - Arabs need not apply to the modern world, leaving options such as Hamas the seemingly only viable alternative. Assuming the deal is accepted, we send the message that America responds positively to peaceful cooperation and our wrath is only reserved for attacks on the rights that make such free trade available at all.


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