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Friday the 13th …


To be sure, we have all thought about the history of Friday the 13… right

just another rant … on this 2nd Friday 13th of 2017

 I think we have all used it as an excuse, but if you take everything our POTUS has had to address over the last eight years you hope that other superstition about everything happening in sevens is right around the corner.  The 114th and now the 115th Congress, controlled by Republicans meets less, holds more hearings all paid for by taxpayers, debates and votes on legislation that does NOT always support their constituents or their best interests. They are the epitome of what Friday the 13 is all about and while voters were warned, we had eight years of experiencing the wrath of the party of no … why? because people continue to stay home instead of exercising their right to vote … #MidTermsMatter

In addition, the 2017 calendar is giving us 2 Friday the 13ths which happens more often than not but reports are that our fellow Americans in the northeast apparently get more snow blizzards with extreme cold … which can lead to flooding, while the NW is experiencing more than enough rain to make up for some drought

We must all remember that this is not only disaster weather season it is also when Republicans go into full campaign mode.  We used to think that government is there when all else has failed.  The fact is the Party of No says one thing does another hoping the voter sees nothing.  Unfortunately, unlike the tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding that happens mostly Republican States, we see the disaster that seems atypical of the Republican Party of No. We all need to question those States with Republicans in control who have not in my opinion invested enough money or effort in making sure all their constituents are safe, have an emergency plan, a place to go or transportation to evacuate. Though, if you listen they want and advocate less government, less taxes, less debt, less spending unless their state needs money to plug their budgets or women who dare want need reproductive rights …  just a few of several examples of why in this election year people need to be more aware.

We all know a vote for Rand Paul is a vote for going back in time when a certain group treated Women and Minorities like things or inanimate objects. In fact, the current class and culture warfare is enough to see why we the People should not vote for any Republican until they stop the racism, discrimination and that family values platform that takes women back to a time when being seen but not heard and producing babies all the time was the norm. It is not a healthy way to live and all I have heard from Republicans are unhealthy attitudes toward women, gays, children, and people of colour, who they really want to control and or disenfranchise at the ballot box. We only have to look at the number of brown and black men in our jails and or prisons, who more often than not are charged excessively compared to white defendants.

I think we all agree that this has to be the worse time or moment to be President of the US yet, if folks would do their research, the improvements or changes are moving us into the right direction but change takes time.  Though we all heard about the meetings and requests for money from Wall Street and Banks by Republicans as reported by talking heads on cable or hearing Speaker Boehner made a visit and held a presser which showed him shaking hands with one if not both Koch brothers.

Speaking of Money, it is important to be reminded of the stimulus, which Republicans voted down but knew they were all going to get for “their” constituents anyway, gave out big checks and took credit for the money while bashing and stating the Obama Administration is spending excessively.  Who knew that Republican Governors would plug their budgets, give the stimulus to their “special interest groups”, or make big bold statements at ribbon cuttings. I guess it should have been obvious to us that Republicans had an agenda that included eliminating social programs or persons employed by the State or Federal government. They say the best middle class jobs are created by small business people but the fact is most are public service positions.  It is important to remind folks that Republicans say stop spending, stop entitlements and continue to be the Party of No while being pro-Wall Street, pro-Banks; maybe doing backroom deals or fund-raising with folks like the Koch bros for the upcoming elections; in spite of We the People.  The question is …why if in the right state of mind anyone would vote Republicans into Political Office in the upcoming midterms knowing that it will be bringing back the status quo. The change in 2014 means voting for members of Congress who will have the courage in this vile environment to put People before Profit and Party, at this moment it is a Democratic Party. We all know that did not happen so our next attempt to get the positive change we need is to vote for the Democratic Party all down the ballot in 2016.

In my utopia, those wanting to be in public service would be required to believe in equal rights for everyone, true Reforms of entities that gamble while creating products meant to fail that impact or demolish our economy locally and globally.

Nevertheless, that is just my dream and ok, it’s Friday the 13th

a new low ~~ back to the future


World 

by history.com

Isolationism refers to America’s longstanding reluctance to become involved in European alliances and wars.  Isolationists held the view that America’s perspective on the world was different from that of European societies and that America could advance the cause of freedom and democracy by means other than war.

American isolationism did not mean disengagement from the world stage.  Isolationists were not averse to the idea that the United States should be a world player and even further its territorial, ideological and economic interests, particularly in the Western Hemisphere.

The colonial period

Pilgrims landing at Plymouth

The isolationist perspective dates to colonial days.  The colonies were populated by many people who had fled from Europe, where there was religious persecution, economic privation and war.  Their new homeland was looked upon as a place to make things better than the old ways.  The sheer distance and rigors of the voyage from Europe tended to accentuate the remoteness of the New World from the Old.  The roots of isolationism were well established years before independence, notwithstanding the alliance with France during the War for Independence.

Thomas Paine crystallized isolationist notions in his work Common Sense, which presents numerous arguments for shunning alliances.  Paine’s tract exerted so much political influence that the Continental Congress strove against striking an alliance with France and acquiesced only when it appeared probable that the war for independence could not be won without one.

George Washington in his Farewell Address placed the accent on isolationism in a manner that would be long remembered:

“The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.  Europe has a set of primary interests, which to us have none, or a very remote relation.  Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns.  Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves, by artificial ties, in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics, or the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities.”

Washington was promulgating a perspective that was already venerable and accepted by many.  The United States terminated its alliance with France, after which America’s third president, Thomas Jefferson, admonished in his inaugural address, “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.”

The 19th century

The United States remained politically isolated all through the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, an unusual feat in western history.  Historians have attributed the fact to a geographical position at once separate and far removed from Europe.

During the 1800s, the United States spanned North America and commenced to piece together an empire in the Caribbean and the Pacific — without departing from the traditional perspective.  It fought the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and the Spanish-American War without joining alliances or fighting in Europe.

The isolationist point of view was still viable in 1823 when President James Monroe gave voice to what would later be termed the Monroe Doctrine, “In the wars of the European powers, in matters relating to themselves, we have never taken part, nor does it comport with our policy, so to do.”

Nevertheless, pressures were mounting abroad that would undercut and demolish that policy near the mid-20th century.  The advent of German and Japanese expansionism would threaten and later nearly snuff out the contented aloofness enjoyed by the United States.  The United States’ occupation of the Philippines during the Spanish-American War thrust U.S. interests into the far western Pacific Ocean — Imperial Japan’s sphere of interest.  Such improved transportation and communication as steamships, undersea cable, and radio linked the two continents.  The growth of shipping and foreign trade slowly enhanced America’s world role.

There also were basic changes at home.  The historic ascendancy of urban-based business, industry, and finance, and the sidelining of rural and small-town America — the bastion of isolationism — contributed to its eventual demise.

World War I

Germany’s unfettered submarine warfare against American ships during World War I provoked the U.S. into abandoning the neutrality it had upheld for so many years.  The country’s resultant participation in World War I against the Central Powers marked its first major departure from isolationist policy.  When the war ended, however, the United States was quick to leave behind its European commitment.  Regardless of President Woodrow Wilson‘s efforts, the Senate repudiated the Treaty of Versailles that ended the war, and the United States failed to become a member of the League of Nations.

German sub sinks US ship   Indeed, isolationism would persist for a few more decades.  During the 1920s, American foreign affairs took a back seat.  In addition, America tended to insulate itself in terms of trade.  Tariffs were imposed on foreign goods to shield U.S. manufacturers.

America turned its back on Europe by restricting the number of immigrants permitted into the country.  Until World War I, millions of people, mostly from Europe, had come to America to seek their fortune and perhaps flee poverty and persecution.  Britons and Irishmen, Germans and Jews constituted the biggest groups.  In 1921 the relatively liberal policy ended and quotas were introduced.  By 1929 only 150,000 immigrants per year were allowed in.

During the 1920s and 1930s, the preponderance of Americans remained opposed to enmeshment in Europe’s alliances and wars.  Isolationism was solid in hinterland and small-town America in the Midwest and Great Plains states, and among Republicans.  It claimed numerous sympathizers among Irish- and German-Americans.  William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska, Robert M. La Follette of Wisconsin, and George W. Norris of Nebraska were among western agrarian progressives who argued fervently against involvement.  Assuming an us-versus-them stance, they castigated various eastern, urban elites for their engagement in European affairs.

World War II

The year 1940 signaled a final turning point for isolationism.  German military successes in Europe and the Battle of Britain prompted nationwide American rethinking about its posture toward the war.  If Germany and Italy established hegemony in Europe and Africa, and Japan swept East Asia, many believed that the Western Hemisphere might be next.  Even if America managed to repel invasions, its way of life might wither if it were forced to become a garrison state.  By the autumn of 1940, many Americans believed it was necessary to help defeat the Axis — even if it meant open hostilities.

FDR signs declaration of war against Japan

Many others still backed the noninterventionist America First Committee in 1940 and 1941, but  isolationists failed to derail the Roosevelt administration‘s plans to aid targets of Axis aggression with means short of war.   Most Americans opposed any actual declaration of war on the Axis countries, but  everything abruptly changed when Japan naval forces sneak-attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  Germany and Italy declared war on the United States four days later.  America galvanized itself for full-blown war against the Axis powers.

The demise of isolationism

The isolationist point of view did not completely disappear from American discourse, but never again did it figure prominently in American policies and affairs.  Countervailing tendencies that would outlast the war were at work.  During the war, the Roosevelt administration and other leaders inspired Americans to favor the establishment of the United Nations (1945), and following the war, the threat embodied by the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin dampened any comeback of isolationism.

The postwar world environment, in which the United States played a leading role, would change with the triumph of urban industry and finance, expanded education and information systems, advanced military technology, and leadership by internationalists.  A few leaders would rise to speak of a return to America’s traditional policies of nonintervention, but in reality, traditional American isolationism was obsolete.


 Don’t let Republicans make America great again or take Americans back to the ole’days by engaging in Isolationism… America has always been GREAT

Nativegrl77

by Nativegrl77beaseedforchangestickersGREEN

After having watched and listened to “the media” as well as “politicians who supported Weapons of Mass destruction Bush” and the folks i call “Doves” a seemingly huge group of voters who didn’t seem to understand chess diplomacy or the responsibilities of a great power, but hey that is just my opinion.  We must all thank goodness we have the right to have different views and can voice them, but sadly in this era of trump these rights we, quite frankly, take for granted are now being shredded away each and every day with a pen seemingly full of revenge takes action. I really do believe we have come full circle and so has isolationism … from print , online news, pundits, tv hosts to a whole lot of politicians that prefer to forget about the Universal Norm against the use Chemical Weapons that was created over 100yrs ago … lest we talk about provocative words, torture or nukes .  I cannot say it enough, contrary to what we are hearing on the airwaves by what some call trumpies, we should all believe in doing the right thing for our country  NOT doing, saying or being stupid knowing that our US military are serving all over the world and could be at risk . We should all expect a #WorldCoalition to engage in the effort to create peace so all can prosper, be healthy, experience equality, be educated and fight for the greater good. If you have kept up with the latest executive orders, actions or comments by #teamtrump it’s clear that we have a lot of work to do … make the media accountable,challenge those who represent trump on camera,mobilize for #election2018 because it matters because it will kill the trifecta and understand that there is no such thing as “alternate facts”

Stay tuned in because strike or NOT,  we are seeing an attempt at getting rid of or a reduction in WMD … just knowing hearing  Russia and Syria stated that they have them is amazing.  The journey toward a No Nuke/No Chemical Weapons World will be long, but one that the World must support and get involved in, if not now when … for the next generation

Be a Seed for Change

~~ the Senate ~~ CONGRESS ~~ the House


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Senate stands in adjournment until 10:00am on Tuesday, September 10, 2013.

  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business until 11:00am with the time equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

At 11:00am, the Senate will resume the motion to proceed to Legislative Calendar #166, S.J.Res.21, to authorize the limited and specified use of the United States Armed Forces against Syria.  The time until 12:00pm will be equally divided Senators will be permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each.

The Senate will recess from 12:00pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

After the Senate convened today, Senator Reid renewed the motion to proceed to S.J.Res.21, to authorize limited use of the Armed Forces against Syria.

 There was a previous order that the Senate proceed to the consideration of S.1392, the Energy Efficiency bill sponsored by Senators Shaheen and Portman, at 11am today. By consent, the order was modified that the motion to proceed be agreed to at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader with the concurrence of the Republican Leader.

Under the previous order, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 11:00am, with the time equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees.

The Senate will continue to debate the motion to proceed to the Syria resolution today. The Senate will recess from 12:00 noon until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

By unanimous consent the Senate confirmed Executive Calendar #191, the nomination of Georgia, Marilyn A. Brown, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority for a term expiring May 18, 2017 (Reappointment).

 The Senate is now debating the motion to proceed to S.J.Res.21, Syria, with the time until 12:00 noon equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees.

WRAP UP

No ROLL CALL VOTES

LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

Adopted S.Res.221, designating the week of October 7 through October 13, 2013, as “Naturopathic Medicine Week” to recognize the value of naturopathic medicine in providing safe, effective, and affordable health care.

Discharged the Finance committee from further consideration of S.1427, the Family Farmer Bankruptcy Clarification Act, and referred it to the Judiciary committee.

EXECUTIVE ITEMS

Confirmed Executive Calendar #191, Marilyn A. Brown – to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority for a term expiring May 18, 2017.

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Last Floor Action: 9/10
2:25:48 P.M. – The Speaker announced that
the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.

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the Middle East


The World is watching…

The marches the violence against the Protesters and those called Rebels fighting back  … people seem to have had enough of dictatorship

My question is … will those deeply invested in or associated with Syria and the Middle East in general step up and renounce the use of Chemical Weapons lest we call them WMD as well as the National Norm enacted approximately 100 yrs ago.

Remember … there is always strength in numbers

people dying for wanting to be heard, for wanting to be participants in their own futures is not new … mothers with children, older men and women and college students are coming out in droves to let the current dictators know it’s time for a change though the chance of death and or certain injuries are at risk

We see a country in possible transition, definitely a movement against dictatorship in all its forms and bad actors allowing elections though the votes of millions seem to have gone uncounted. The demand to be heard is great but to get the change they need and want means the fear of challenging the authority a huge financial risk … and the possibility of death.

The supreme leader tried to cut off all connections to the outside world, stated the US meddled in the process to divert responsibility and is willing to use extreme force — the Militia should rise up against this kind of behavior… don’t they want  personal freedom too … a change from the old ways to a more positive way of life … human rights, a chance for a better economy and a chance to be heard, to participant in the process of life ….

 

They have a dictator/supreme ruler making threats and a militia shooting/ killing their own for non-violent protest …  it is shameful

 

The journey toward freedom is sometimes paved with danger

 

Pray for all those involved and hope Americans are safe