There’s an Albert Einstein quote often heard: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
The Republican House recently voted again to repeal or defund Obamacare. Need I say more?
U.S. war in Iraq
A recent Gallup poll found that 72 percent of Democrats but only 30 percent of Republicans say the 2003 invasion of Iraq was a mistake. Incredible.
I understand the parallel universe of right-wing ignorance, but how in God’s name could 28 percent of Democrats believe the invasion and occupation of a sovereign nation under false pretense was not a mistake?
This administration is a total embarrassment in many areas, but especially military leadership. Dwight Eisenhower must be turning over in his grave.
Ike and others planned D-Day in total secrecy. Military secrets now are a joke in Washington, D.C. It is unbelievable that the Obama administration is planning an attack on Syria and discussing the details in a public forum.
Allow me to offer my solution to the problem in Syria and the rest of the region.
Remove all U.S. armed forces from any country harboring terrorists. Immediately stop foreign aid to those countries. Take some of the billions of dollars saved and increase aid to Israel. Invest more in drone warfare.
Let every terrorist wannabe be afraid to leave home or use a cellphone for fear of a Hellfire missile lurking overhead. Use surgical black ops in certain operations.
Tighten our borders to severely limit entry to the U.S. by people from countries harboring or sponsoring terrorism.
Folks, they want to kill us. Take off your coexist bumper stickers.
According to international law, the United States cannot undertake any military response to the supposed use of chemical weapons in Syria without the approval of the United Nations Security Council, an approval that could never be obtained.
Further, according to international law, the heinous crime of chemical weapons use should be handled by the International Criminal Court, not by the vigilante action of the United States.
Most important, any military action by the United States would considerably complicate reaching a peaceful settlement to a civil war that has killed more than 100,000 people and displaced perhaps 7 million others.
Americans should also realize that U.S. moral outrage over the use of chemical weapons is extremely hypocritical, given our government’s knowledge of and acceptance of the use of mustard gas and sarin gas by Iraq in 1988 in the Iraq-Iran War, and our continued willingness to employ internationally condemned white phosphorus, napalm, cluster bombs and depleted uranium in U.S. military actions.
I urge you to communicate your opposition to U.S. military intervention in Syria to your representatives and senators.
My wife and I went to the Steely Dan concert last week. Between the two drunk men trying loudly to remember the lead singers and the cellphone texter next to me who hadn’t found the dim setting on his phone, the money we spent to go to the concert would have been better spent on manners lessons for them.
I wish people would wait to text their friends until after the concert. And to the people behind us who could not remember the lead singers, take out your iPhone and hit Google. Just please do it after the concert and when you’ve sobered up.
I have not cried in a movie theater for many years, but I did recently while watching “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” It was inspired by the life of Eugene Allen, whose fictional persona, Cecil Gaines, was played by Forest Whitaker.
Gaines witnesses the turbulent 20th century black history for 34 years while serving eight presidents — from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. Daniels keeps the viewers on his tight artistic leash without sparing them a moment to wander away from America’s shameful past when one’s value and dignity was judged by his/her skin color.
My homeland of Korea had the same painful past for 36 years in the beginning of the 20th century as one of Japan’s colonies. Our crime wasn’t our skin color. It was a power issue, like in the wild. We were meek and powerless before Japan’s military supremacy.
Watching the police beat, throw tear-gas bombs at and shoot water hoses at black youths and seeing the Ku Klux Klan’s savage attacks on the Freedom Bus packed with unarmed college students reminded me how far America has come in the last six decades. I respect all those who made a difference in black history.
No one is stunned to discover our government is spying on us citizens of the United States. On Sept. 11, before we get caught up in everyday life, before we move on and let it go, contact the president at www.whitehouse.gov/contact and voice a comment.
Make Sept. 11 mean something about what we don’t want to give up in this country.
Fixing U.S. budget
There are five people who can solve the problems of government spending (budget) and government debt. They are President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
If spending is more than the budget, the debt increases. It’s not rocket science.
If these five cannot meet these two objectives (budget and debt), they should retire. All they will lose are their fancy suites, free plane rides and egos.
The founding leaders of our country said if we do not hang together most assuredly we will all hang separately.
All U.S. citizens are asking is to solve the debt and spending problems — not to start a new country as our forefathers did.
Redo Northland road
Englewood Road between North Oak Trafficway and Antioch Road needs resurfacing, and it has for the last seven years.
Calling the city about this repair is like talking to a tree. Nobody wants to listen. With all the taxes that we pay, I think our city has forgotten about the Northland and the needs of the infrastructure up here.
I would be embarrassed to invite the Republican National Convention to the city the way the infrastructure is here. There is no need for this, nor for city officials wanting to redo Kansas City International Airport and increase taxes. We are paying almost 9 percent sales tax as it is.
Gladstone owns half of Englewood Road and does not want to come to agreements with Kansas City to complete the project. Well, if that’s the case, Kansas City needs to resurface just half of Englewood Road, which would be on the south of the center line.
I recently watched Billy Butler jog to first base on a double-play groundout in the eighth inning of a tie game.
Billy and several of his Royals teammates have earned the right to not hustle. It is a long season, and they might injure themselves if they give maximum effort. Running hard is a lot of work that will not likely pay dividends because those fielders on the other teams are really good.
I am really glad that George Brett could not change the Royals’ culture of minimum effort. That guy is old; what does he know about playing hard and winning games?
Billy and his teammates have inspired me to slow to the same pace he runs to first base when I am doing a four-mile run around the neighborhood. I might die of a heart attack because my heart rate never gets high enough to gain any health benefits, but at least I will not pull a hamstring.