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Patriotism means to stand by the country.  It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country.  It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country.  It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country.  In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.
  —  Theodore Roosevelt
(A Republican President known as “The Trust Buster” because he championed the breakup of monopolies.)
[This is the problem I have with the modern “Tea-Party” led Republican Party: they profess patriotism, yet are unable to tell the truth.  The judgment of history will be far kinder to President Obama than it will be to a Tea-Party demented (I mean dominated) GOP.  —  KMAB]
On This Day In:
2012 30 Days To Go
2011 Altering The Course

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JOSH:   “Tell me democracy doesn’t have a sense of humor.  …What do you say about a government that goes out of its way to protect even citizens that try to destroy it?
TOBY:  “God bless America.”
SAM: “God bless America.”
C.J.:  “God bless America.”
DONNA: “God bless America.”
JOSH:  “God bless America.”
From the TV series: “THE WEST WING”
Season 2, Episode 3, Airdate: 18 Oct 2000
Written by: AARON SORKIN
Directed by: ALEX GRAVES
[All views expressed are my own and do NOT represent the official position or opinion of any government agency – local, state or federal.
I am a Federal employee.  Today is the first day of the fiscal year.  I have been furloughed because a small group of political fanatics have commandeered one of the nation’s two main political parties.  As such, this group of fanatics have paralyzed one half (the House of Representatives) of our legislative branch (Congress), which forms one third of our Federal government.
Now, you will frequently hear about how “the people” voted for a majority of the Representatives in the House and that’s why the country is against Obamacare.  In fact, what happened was Republicans took advantage of an off-year election (one where the President isn’t on the ticket) to take control of the House in 2010.  This coincided with a similar dominance in many state legislatures and governorships.  Now, House re-districting occurs every ten years following the national census (last held in 2010).  Re-districting is normally controlled by the powers that be in the individual states.  The result of the state take-overs (Republican) and the census re-districting was the ability to “gerrymander” their House districts so that even if they lost the vote in their statewide elections in 2012, they would retain the majority of House districts in their states.  The practical result of this political maneuver was although Democrats outvoted Republicans for House seats by almost 500,000 votes nationwide, the Republicans retained more seats in the House.  For a clear explanation of how a political party can be out-voted but still retain the majority of House seats in the state , please click on the following link:
The House of Representatives – or how to win when you actually lost –  dtd 8 November 2012; Washington Post article explaining how the Republicans “really” managed to maintain control of the House in 2012.  (For the record, the actual title of this article is: “How redistricting could keep the House red for a decade
I’m also including four links to prior posts of mine related to national politics:
  dtd 2 October 2010 explanation of budget faults.
  dtd  29 November 2010  Republican fear tactics in politics, limited government and the role of government agencies in a “free” marketplace.
  dtd 1 December 2010  Grading President Obama on various policies including health care, the economy and negotiating with Republicans.
  dtd 26 June 2011 Comments on Pat Robertson’s statement that Republicans have committed economic treason.
It is difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff when discussing politics these days.  This is all the more true because one side (the Republicans) is willing to tell the big lie repeatedly to promote its political agenda, and the other side (the Democrats) is too polite to just say “that’s a lie!” publicly to their opponents face.  One tool I use for evaluating political positions is to go back and see if what someone had to say about something proved either prophetic or correct (or both).  With the hind-sight of two-to-three years, I hope you (dear readers) will take the time to view some of these earlier posts and let me know if we’ve heard this song before.  And whether we (the American public) are about to sit through another encore…
Regardless of whether or not you agree with me, please contact your Federal representatives (Senate and House, Democrat and Republican) and let them know how you feel about the government shutdown and why.  This is no time to stand on the sidelines!
—  KMAB]
On This Day In:
2012 More Mature Than I Thought
2011 Outlaw’s Music
Can Do!

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Success may not come quickly or easily.  But if you strive to do what’s right, if you work harder and dream bigger, if you set an example in your own lives and do your part to help meet the challenges of our time, then I’m confident that, together, we will continue the never-ending task of perfecting our union.
  —  President Barack Obama
[I am a Federal employee.  Today is the first day of the fiscal year.  Happy New Year, everybody!  —  KMAB]
On This Day In:
2012 More Mature Than I Thought
2011 Outlaw’s Music
Can Do!

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We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.


—  Edward R. Murrow


There is no doubt that if we lived in a police state, it would be easier to catch terrorists.  If we lived in a country that allowed the police to search your home at any time for any reason; if we lived in a country that allowed the government to open your mail, eavesdrop on your phone conversations, or intercept your email communications; if we lived in a country that allowed the government to hold people in jail indefinitely based on what they write or think, or based on mere suspicion that they are up to no good, then the government would no doubt discover and arrest more terrorists.  But that probably would not be a country in which we would want to live.  And that would not be a country for which we could, in good conscience, ask our young people to fight and die.  In short, that would not be America.


—  Senator (former) Russ Feingold
The only “NO” vote against the original version of the Patriot Act


[And yet, this is the very America we have lived in for almost half a generation.

Almost two years ago, in May of 2011, President Obama signed a four year extension of the Patriot Act.  Let us hope that between now and 2015, Congress comes to its senses and repeals large portions of this Act.

—  KMAB]


On This Day In:
2012 Five Lost Wars
2011 Worth Fighting For
2010 Still Learnin’ Hard…
4th of July 2010

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Having been chosen the leader of my party, I feel it my duty to lead.

—  President Woodrow Wilson

[A message to President Obama:  You were not elected to manage the country.  You were elected to lead it.  Now, get (and get us) going!  —  KMAB]


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How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg?  Four.  Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.

— Abraham Lincoln

[Congress passed a law (The National Defense Authorization Act), which President Obama signed, that allows the U.S. Government to detain and hold – indefinitely – any American citizen without trial, simply by declaring the citizen a “terrorist”. 

I now have a new understanding of Janis Joplin: “Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose…” 

Oh, but don’t worry.  We have a promise from the President that his administration will never exercise this authority.  I feel sooooo much better.  Don’t you?  —  KMAB]

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We have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world; duties that we do not grudgingly accept, but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character than giving our all to a difficult task.
 —   President Obama

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