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Monday, April 9, 2018

Will We Stop Trump Before It’s Too Late?

This is a good summary of the current state of affairs of politics in the world. It is worth reading again - Mike Ghouse

Will We Stop Trump Before It’s Too Late?
By Madeleine Albright

Courtesy – New York Times

Dr. Albright was United States secretary of state from 1997 to 2001.
On April 28, 1945 — 73 years ago — Italians hung the corpse of their former dictator Benito Mussolini upside down next to a gas station in Milan. Two days later, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker beneath the streets of war-ravaged Berlin. Fascism, it appeared, was dead.
To guard against a recurrence, the survivors of war and the Holocaust joined forces to create the United Nations, forge global financial institutions and — through the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — strengthen the rule of law. In 1989, the Berlin Wall came down and the honor roll of elected governments swelled not only in Central Europe, but also Latin America, Africa and Asia. Almost everywhere, it seemed, dictators were out and democrats were in. Freedom was ascendant.
Today, we are in a new era, testing whether the democratic banner can remain aloft amid terrorism, sectarian conflicts, vulnerable borders, rogue social media and the cynical schemes of ambitious men. The answer is not self-evident. We may be encouraged that most people in most countries still want to live freely and in peace, but there is no ignoring the storm clouds that have gathered. In fact, fascism — and the tendencies that lead toward fascism — pose a more serious threat now than at any time since the end of World War II.
Warning signs include the relentless grab for more authority by governing parties in Hungary, the Philippines, Poland and Turkey — all United States allies. The raw anger that feeds fascism is evident across the Atlantic in the growth of nativist movements opposed to the idea of a united Europe, including in Germany, where the right-wing Alternative für Deutschland has emerged as the principal opposition party. The danger of despotism is on display in the Russia of Vladimir Putin — invader of Ukraine, meddler in foreign democracies, accused political assassin, brazen liar and proud son of the K.G.B. Putin has just been re-elected to a new six-year term, while in Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, a ruthless ideologue, is poised to triumph in sham balloting next month. In China, Xi Jinping has persuaded a docile National People’s Congress to lift the constitutional limit on his tenure in power.
Around the Mediterranean, the once bright promise of the Arab Spring has been betrayed by autocratic leaders, such as Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt (also just re-elected), who use security to justify the jailing of reporters and political opponents. Thanks to allies in Moscow and Tehran, the tyrant Bashar al-Assad retains his stranglehold over much of Syria. In Africa, the presidents who serve longest are often the most corrupt, multiplying the harm they inflict with each passing year. Meanwhile, the possibility that fascism will be accorded a fresh chance to strut around the world stage is enhanced by the volatile presidency of Donald Trump.
If freedom is to prevail over the many challenges to it, American leadership is urgently required. This was among the indelible lessons of the 20th century. But by what he has said, done and failed to do, Mr. Trump has steadily diminished America’s positive clout in global councils.
Instead of mobilizing international coalitions to take on world problems, he touts the doctrine of “every nation for itself” and has led America into isolated positions on trade, climate change and Middle East peace. Instead of engaging in creative diplomacy, he has insulted United States neighbors and allies, walked away from key international agreements, mocked multilateral organizations and stripped the State Department of its resources and role. Instead of standing up for the values of a free society, Mr. Trump, with his oft-vented scorn for democracy’s building blocks, has strengthened the hands of dictators. No longer need they fear United States criticism regarding human rights or civil liberties. On the contrary, they can and do point to Mr. Trump’s own words to justify their repressive actions.




At one time or another, Mr. Trump has attacked the judiciary, ridiculed the media, defended torture, condoned police brutality, urged supporters to rough up hecklers and — jokingly or not — equated mere policy disagreements with treason. He tried to undermine faith in America’s electoral process through a bogus advisory commission on voter integrity. He routinely vilifies federal law enforcement institutions. He libels immigrants and the countries from which they come. His words are so often at odds with the truth that they can appear ignorant, yet are in fact calculated to exacerbate religious, social and racial divisions. Overseas, rather than stand up to bullies, Mr. Trump appears to like bullies, and they are delighted to have him represent the American brand. If one were to draft a script chronicling fascism’s resurrection, the abdication of America’s moral leadership would make a credible first scene.
Equally alarming is the chance that Mr. Trump will set in motion events that neither he nor anyone else can control. His policy toward North Korea changes by the day and might quickly return to saber-rattling should Pyongyang prove stubborn before or during talks. His threat to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement could unravel a pact that has made the world safer and could undermine America’s reputation for trustworthiness at a critical moment. His support of protectionist tariffs invites retaliation from major trading partners — creating unnecessary conflicts and putting at risk millions of export-dependent jobs. The recent purge of his national security team raises new questions about the quality of advice he will receive. John Bolton starts work in the White House on Monday.
What is to be done? First, defend the truth. A free press, for example, is not the enemy of the American people; it is the protector of the American people. Second, we must reinforce the principle that no one, not even the president, is above the law. Third, we should each do our part to energize the democratic process by registering new voters, listening respectfully to those with whom we disagree, knocking on doors for favored candidates, and ignoring the cynical counsel: “There’s nothing to be done.”
I’m 80 years old, but I can still be inspired when I see young people coming together to demand the right to study without having to wear a flak jacket.
We should also reflect on the definition of greatness. Can a nation merit that label by aligning itself with dictators and autocrats, ignoring human rights, declaring open season on the environment, and disdaining the use of diplomacy at a time when virtually every serious problem requires international cooperation?
To me, greatness goes a little deeper than how much marble we put in our hotel lobbies and whether we have a Soviet-style military parade. America at its best is a place where people from a multitude of backgrounds work together to safeguard the rights and enrich the lives of all. That’s the example we have always aspired to set and the model people around the world hunger to see. And no politician, not even one in the Oval Office, should be allowed to tarnish that dream.

Madeleine Albright, the author of “Fascism: A Warning,” served as United States secretary of state from 1997 to 2001.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Tom Perez repels

Tom Perez repels 


Last time I heard Tom Perez was about two years ago, where he spoke at a Hillary Rally. He was great. A few minutes ago (3/27/18 at 5:40 PM), I heard him talking to Katy Tur on MSNBC; he was mouthing the wrong words that repel many Americans and most certainly the Republicans, that is as divisive as Trump. Tom Perez was opposed to the idea of limiting the census to Citizens only – he saw politics in it. That is not a problem, but what he said that is a problem is “People will lose benefits.” Those were the wrong words, should that be the focus of argument?  He was mumbling, “It is illegal.”  He will lose the Independents (Swing Voters) and Republicans. That is not a good line. Tom, talk common sense, how it affects governance and the society. If you don’t use the word benefit, you might earn support from a few Republicans. 

Mike Ghouse
Center for Pluralism

Friday, March 2, 2018

Jewish teenager running to be governor of Kansas


This is an inspiring story! I hope more and more teens run for public office. In Dallas area, in the City of Plano, the Justice of Peace was a teenager elected three times in a Row.  Ilan Cohen, we are proud of you and I wish more teens step up and take the country back from some of these idiots in Congress and Senate who are sold to the highest bidder. Unfree people in a free country.

Full story at http://centerforamericanpolitics.blogspot.com/2018/03/jewish-teenager-running-to-be-governor.html

Mike Ghouse
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Meet the Jewish teenager from Maryland running to be governor of Kansas
Courtesy JTA.org 



Ilan Cohen says it was a “very easy process” to get on the ballot in Kansas even though he is not legally allowed to vote. (Courtesy of Cohen)
(JTA) — Ilan Cohen loves Kansas. He knows a couple of people in Kansas. He’s currently, officially, running to be governor of Kansas.
And one day he hopes to visit Kansas. And turn 18. And be able to vote. And graduate from high school.
Right now, Cohen is a 17-year-old junior at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in suburban Washington, D.C. But that hasn’t stopped him from officially launching a gubernatorial campaign in a Midwestern state he’s never been to. Visit CohenForKansas.com, and you will see an honest-to-goodness campaign site complete with a biography, links to media coverage (including, um, Wikipedia) and an inspiring photo of corn.
Why is Ilan Cohen running for governor of Kansas?
“Because I can,” he said.
“One of the key reasons behind this candidacy is teen participation in political life,” Cohen told JTA in a 20-minute break from his campaign schedule — and 11th grade. “There are many ways of getting involved in the political scene before you’re 18, and oftentimes in ways you don’t necessarily expect. For instance, running for governor of Kansas.”
An apparent oversight in Kansas’ electoral laws has allowed anyone, anywhere, of any age, to become a candidate for governor. A handful of teenagers have jumped at the opportunity. They include Democrats, Republicans and others. One candidatemisspells the word “independent” on his campaign site.
The state did successfully bar a dog from running, and it is now trying to figure outhow to keep this from happening in the future. A bill raising the minimum age to 18 and requiring residency in the state is advancing.
“I went on the website, entered my name, my address, phone number and email address, and then I did the same thing for my treasurer, and then maybe one more time, and then I pressed submit,” Cohen said. “I didn’t have to show ID or prove that I’m a citizen of the United States or anything. It’s a very easy process.”
The first teen to register to run for Kansas governor was Jack Bergeson, also 17, who began his campaign last year. Bergeson is actually from Kansas and, like Cohen, is a liberal running in a state that’s been red since the 1968 election. Bergeson’s platform is a bit more detailed than Cohen’s: He supports Medicare for all, a $12 minimum wage and laying high-speed rail between major Midwestern cities. JTA was unable to reach him directly.
“I am not getting into the so-called game of politics for my own personal gain,” Bergeson said at a teen candidates’ forum recorded by the Wichita Eagle. “Ultimately I decided to take the plunge into the deep end to do something career politicians tend not to do. That’s taking the power away from the wealthy few and handing it to the people who work 40 hours [a week] or more just to put food on the table and keep the lights on.”
Cohen said his top issue is narrowing the educational achievement gap, though his campaign is more lighthearted. But he’s a serious admirer of the current student activism for gun control launched by survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Cohen was an organizer of a planned student walkout last week protesting gun violence that the Charles E. Smith administration ultimately quashed, according to the school’s student paper, the Lion’s Tale.
“I’m inspired by it,” Cohen said of the Parkland campaign. “I think the work they’re doing is very crucial. I think it is beautiful. I think it is important, and I think it set a very important precedent for the country.”
When he’s not in class, Cohen is involved in youth politics back home. He’s a district director of the Junior State of America, which engages kids through debates, model Congress and other activities. He’s an officer on the International Executive Board of United Synagogue Youth, the youth group of Conservative Judaism. And he writes for his school paper and the satirical paper, which he says he likes better.
“Whether it is going to shul and occasionally seeing a Supreme Court justice, or even growing up and just knowing you live right by D.C., growing up surrounded by politics, it really does have an effect on me,” he said.
Cohen wants to attend college after he graduates next year, and he knows that could be a challenge if he wins the election. But the teen is committed to Kansas — and can’t wait to see it for the first time.
“If I win governor of Kansas, we’ll see what schools there are in the area,” Cohen said. “It’ll be difficult to balance being a college student and governor. However, it is my promise to the people of the great state of Kansas that I will try my hardest.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Blind Support for Clinton and Trump


There is nothing one can do if you believed in Bill Clinton, or believe in Donald Trump. Facts don’t matter to you, indeed, if we are friends and family, we should stand up for their rights without hesitation, but we should be cautious in blindly defending others.

Fighting against Mueller investigations clearly tells indicates that you want your beloved man protected regardless of facts; all it shows is blind support. Mueller is Republican and when he was appointed to head the investigations, the Republicans had nothing but praise for his integrity and honesty, now that he is unearthing the facts; he has become a bad guy to the very same people. Comey was Republican and Trump lavished praises on him for releasing that report ten days before the elections that knocked Hillary out.
Russian meddling is real, and I missed being trapped into Russian bait – there is a report in Wall Street Journal about it. I wrote about possible meddling in India’s elections as well.  https://www.theindianpanorama.news/featured/russian-meddling-india-2014-indian-election-rigged/

Clinton supporters argued, screamed and did everything while the investigations were going on. Now if you hear Judge Jeanine on Fox news, she represents the height of stupidity, my own friend Sean Hannity wants to get rid of investigations – why Sean? What are you afraid of? Let facts roll in, and if Trump is innocent the facts will show, if not, why defend? Ari on CNN is anti-Trump without all the facts.

CPAC straw poll is as useless as anything out there. An overwhelming majority of the attendees are hardcore supporters of Trump –from his base. Do you expect anyone to vote differently? Take the poll in the public from general public; you will have much better indications.

We are the land of the brave and not bullies, we are the land of the free and not bonded to politicians. I am looking for free people, those who are independent and capable of seeing the good, bad and ugly on both sides. I have spoken against Hillary, Romney, McCain, Obama, and Trump while appreciating the goodness in them.

You cannot be Goddamned free if you cannot see the faults of your political leaders. What do we want, Truth or Trump? 

A decade ago, we had less than 5% of the people who were independent, now In Gallup's most recent analysis, 42 percent of Americans identify as independent, compared with 29 percent who say they are Democrats and 26 percent who say they are Republicans.

Should we have an association of independents? Who can field and endorse candidates from all parties, but based on serving America and not serving their own interests?
Mike Ghouse
An Independent patriot American

Monday, December 11, 2017

Alabamians - why should you vote for a democrat?

Full article may appear at "the hill" later tonight or Huffpost in the morning and will appear hear as well. 

We believe that the best governance happens when we have checks and balances in place and the best thing that Americans can do at this time is to keep the house majority with the Republicans and give the Senate majority to the Democrats. That will prevent slam dunking the bills through the Congress and the Senate and due discussions will take place for the benefit of Americans. If you look back, you will find that all the bad decisions were made when the President, Senate and Congress are from the same party. For the sake of America and integrity of our government, we hope the Alabamians do the right thing.  

Full Article - https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/alabamians-you-can-set-the-course-of-our-nation-in_us_5a300110e4b0bad787127052

Mike Ghouse, America first and not Republicans or Democrats

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Where are the Good Republicans?


If the good Republicans don't speak out against the current culture of supporting and campaigning rapist, p**** grabbers and misogynists - they will pay a heavy price in 2018. May be they deserve it as they have become arrogant. Does character mean anything to the Republicans anymore? That is how they are being perceived now and will be believed as a party of immorality in 2018 mid-term elections.
If the good Democrats cannot take the lead and ask Bill Clinton to apologize and ask Senator Franken and Coneyer to resign immediately or proceed to get them out, who will? Democrats have an opportunity to restore morality in governance. Republicans won't do it until their arrogant majority is taken out in 2018.
Shame on Pastor Robert Jeffress and slick willies like him who are abusing Jesus's teaching and approving immorality. You guys are disrespectful of women's testimony. Aren't women equal to men?
Republicans wake up, every dog has his day. You are earning a lot of resentment from fellow Americans by supporting vulgar men like Roy Moore.


Mike Ghouse
Independent

Friday, December 9, 2016

Changing the mood in Washington DC

At this point in history, we are going through difficult times.  Whether you are on the right, left or the center, you are concerned about the liberties and freedoms of all Americans.  The divisiveness, even though temporary, has caused us to lose trust in each other to function effectively as a nation.

So what can we do?

Our President John Kennedy had famously urged us, “Ask not what the country can do - ask what you can do for your country.” and Professor William James had written that our actions can change the moods.

Here is what we can to do to restore America where no Americans feels left out, but feels included in nation building.

Let’s close 2016 on a positive note, let’s come together as Americans, and celebrate our collective Festivals of Hanukkah, Christmas, Milad, Kwanza, Janamashtami, Gurpurab and the festivities of Native Americans, and other traditions including Atheist/Humanist. Each group will get to sing honoring their faith tradition.

When we are together, it is uplifting!
We can change our moods! 

The following video has clips from Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Milad, Janamashtami and other great celebrations.  On the actual day of Festival of Faiths, Americans Together will celebrate their traditions.  

  1. Video   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjhbRkN7soQ 
  2. Details   http://centerforpluralism.com/festival-of-faiths/
  3. Attend  RSVP – Eventbrite
  4.  Sing?   If your group likes to sing Register@Centerforpluralism.com    
  5. List?     Please send an email to   Register@Centerforpluralism.com   
  6. Op-Ed  Ask not what the President can do for us?” will be released soon
  7. More     http://Centerforpluralism.com/Workshops
  8. Browse Tabs at  www.Centerforpluralism.com
  9.  Event   Celebrating America –Festival of Faiths on Sunday, 12/18 – 12 to 2 PM
  10. Where   Jefferson Memorial, Washington, DC 


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Dr. Mike Ghouse is founder and president of Center for Pluralism aka Americans Together. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. All about him in 65 links at www.MikeGhouse.net