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David McCann: Address the real problems

Posted: February 20, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 20, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

I just finished reading Susan Stamper Brown’s piece about not trusting our government (Santa Clarita Valley Signal, 2-18-14); and, while I could not agree more with you on some of your points, I could not disagree more with you about your reasons for making those points.

The first point about “shortsighted Republicans” and “thickheaded blowhards” in the Democratic Party indicates to me that you are willing to cast a plague on both of their houses, if they disrespect the Constitution and are not “in sync with the American people.” You also write that a “good leader” should respect the will of the people and roll up his sleeves “to join the team, including recalcitrant conservatives.” Again, I could not agree with you more.

Think of some of our greatest leaders: Have they not transcended party politics and worked together for the good of the American people?

I agree with you that Barack Obama has not lived up to many of his promises and his rhetoric—about things like “social justice,” “racial and gender equality,” “toleration of same-sex relationship and marriages,” and most importantly, things like “ending the wars” in Iraq and Afghanistan, “standing up to Wall St. for the benefit of Main Street,” and addressing perhaps the greatest threats to humans--pollution of the planet, global warming and climate change, as well as the threat and danger of nuclear war and proliferation of nuclear weapons.

I wonder what in the world you mean by the words “preaching the secularist gospel of social justice and income inequality”? “Secularist”? “gospel”? I wonder what Jesus, or, for that matter, the Pope himself, might say about this as a “secularist gospel”? What could be more “spiritual” than working together with our fellow citizens to redress the increasing income inequality in this country and the world?

And what could be more in keeping with the “spirit” of our Constitution than a government working on behalf of the people to check and balance corporations, like Comcast and Time-Warner right now, who want nothing more than to concentrate even more wealth and power in the hands of very few. As most Americans know in their pocketbooks, when mammoth corporations become even more gargantuan, who suffers the most? The consumer, for whom service declines in quality, and whose costs for Internet and cable will inevitably go up?

Susan, who cares whether Barack and Michelle have state dinners with finery and expensive food? And who cares whether they both prate about bullying, nutrition, and gay/lesbian equality? Isn’t the proof in the pudding? I voted for Obama in 2008, I admit, because I believed he represented necessary change we “could believe in.”

Today I continue to get solicitations for contributions with a lovely picture of Barack, Michelle, and their daughters, looking like the quintessential American family. What I want to say to them as I look at that picture would be something like this:

Michelle and Barack, how could you even dream of accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, when you have the power of life and death in your hands with your Drone policy of killing human beings, including American citizens, without so much as a nod to our Constitution and international law? How could you sit by and allow some of the largest energy companies in the world pollute the environment seriously, without so much as a slap on the wrist (as the most recent case of the Virginia energy company paying a measly fine of $99,000)? Why would you allow a corporation like Walmart, one of the wealthiest in the world, to not pay its employees a living wage, forcing so many of them to have to rely on government hand-outs to get by? Why haven’t you used your presidential power to put millions of Americans to work on the infrastructure of this country, which is sadly deteriorating, as your predecessor FDR did to alleviate the suffering of Americans after the collapse of the economy in the 30s? And why have you allowed so many hard-working Americans to lose their homes to the sub-prime shenanigans of bankers and mortgagers, while I read in the Wall Street Journal of juicy profits being made by speculators from rents from those lost homes? (WSJ, 02/10 /14).

Susan, with your columns appearing across the country and your influence, why are you not doing what Aristotle said was the task of any great writer—to entertain and to educate—and address the real problems facing this country?

David McCann is a Santa Clarita resident.

 

Comments

chico: Posted: February 20, 2014 6:42 a.m.

He sells pictures of a family, led by the guy responsible for America's awful state of affairs. That's rich.


technologist: Posted: February 20, 2014 9:07 a.m.

Mr. McCann's 2nd to last paragraph reveals ignorance of the Constitution enumeration of powers and 3 co-equal branches of government. He's disappointed in Obama's inability to rule according to his vision of how society should be ordered.

"Social justice" is antithetical to actual justice and freedom.


hepnerkid: Posted: February 20, 2014 9:50 a.m.

The fact that McCann voted for obama speaks volumes about his view of freedom and how it should be exercised. He seems disappointed in the actions of the White House and yet common sense told us that obama was unprepared and not adequate for the job. Community organizers don't gain any real experience unless it is in corrupt politics. If you don't like the outcome then do a better job of selection.


ricketzz: Posted: February 21, 2014 6:16 a.m.

There are no "co equal" branches of government in our Constitution. The Congress is more powerful than the Executive and the Judiciary. Marbury v Madison was wrongly decided.

The Obamas, like the rest of you, have no idea what is happening. That's why you argue over pettiness; you don't know any better.


Indy: Posted: February 23, 2014 5:17 p.m.

Op-ed writer: Michelle and Barack, how could you even dream of accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, when you have the power of life and death in your hands with your Drone policy of killing human beings, including American citizens, without so much as a nod to our Constitution and international law?

Indy: I agree that the use of drones is not helping the US image especially as innocent women and children are being killed in the process. But consider what republicans would say if Obama ‘cut back’ the drones and how the conservatives would beat him senseless in the media for ‘not protecting’ America. This is the problem with the hyer-partisanship that has taken over our congress.

Op-ed writer: How could you sit by and allow some of the largest energy companies in the world pollute the environment seriously, without so much as a slap on the wrist (as the most recent case of the Virginia energy company paying a measly fine of $99,000)?

Indy: Again, it’s partisan politics especially with the fossil fuel companies that republicans will stand by regardless of what they do. Like it or not, Obama recites the same ‘limitless’ economic growth promise that republicans do and no party wants to be the first to see the evenutal economic slowdown as we transition to renewable energy.

Op-ed writer: Why would you allow a corporation like Walmart, one of the wealthiest in the world, to not pay its employees a living wage, forcing so many of them to have to rely on government hand-outs to get by?

Indy: Just ask any conservative ‘market fundamentalist’ libertarian that ‘occupies’ (pun intended) this forum . . . who fight against raising the minimum wage asserting that ‘humans’ when subjected to strict economic principles, are just like any other ‘widget’.

Op-ed writer: Why haven’t you used your presidential power to put millions of Americans to work on the infrastructure of this country, which is sadly deteriorating, as your predecessor FDR did to alleviate the suffering of Americans after the collapse of the economy in the 30s?

Indy: Just ask House Speaker Boehner that blocks any job bills regarding infrastructure . . .


Indy: Posted: February 23, 2014 5:17 p.m.

Op-ed writer: And why have you allowed so many hard-working Americans to lose their homes to the sub-prime shenanigans of bankers and mortgagers, while I read in the Wall Street Journal of juicy profits being made by speculators from rents from those lost homes? (WSJ, 02/10 /14).

Indy: The subprime mortgage crisis blew up in 2007 under Bush 2 but even Clinton has his role in this nonsense by approving the ‘Financial Modernization Act’ that removed whatever barriers existed after the great depression that restricted ‘over speculation’ in the financial markets . . . but indeed, any laws must go through Boehner . . . who for the most part won’t bring any legislation to a vote. Same sort of nonsense in the Senate where Republicans filibuster every bill they don’t like!

As I can see from your writing here, the RNC has done their job . . . making Obama out to the goat yet the republicans in congress fight him at every turn . . .


technologist: Posted: February 24, 2014 9:50 p.m.

Note how the Leftists wish Obama would rule by decree. They deserve to be ridden like donkeys. Fortunately, others will defend our Republic.


technologist: Posted: February 24, 2014 9:52 p.m.

"Indy: Just ask any conservative ‘market fundamentalist’ libertarian that ‘occupies’ (pun intended) this forum . . . "

Surely not as measured by word count, eh? Why does my presence annoy you, Indy?


Indy: Posted: February 24, 2014 5:28 p.m.

technologist wrote: Note how the Leftists wish Obama would rule by decree. They deserve to be ridden like donkeys.

Indy: Saddle up dude! LOL

technologist wrote: Fortunately, others will defend our Republic.

Indy: The wasteful spending on an outrageous military only endangers our future as the economic drivers of the world unrest are simply ignored . . .


Indy: Posted: February 24, 2014 5:38 p.m.

technologist wrote: "Indy: Just ask any conservative ‘market fundamentalist’ libertarian that ‘occupies’ (pun intended) this forum . . . "

Surely not as measured by word count, eh? Why does my presence annoy you, Indy?

Indy: In fact, just the opposite . . . I like to debate libertarians . . . it’s one way to expose the weaknesses of your positions.

Most of your rebuttals lack any cohesion to the points I make if indeed you’ve addressed them without ‘ignoring them’.

Then you take the topics ‘personally’ and feel that since you’ve assumed something that has now shown to be faulty, your personal attachment to the ideology forbids you to recalibrate if you will.

That’s why it’s so vitally important that people with economic, business, environmental, and science backgrounds can successfully argue away your ideology beliefs.

The real sad part for me is that our brightest ‘minds’ are buried away in academia castles and refuse to confront people like you in forums like this.

Fortunately, I’ve kept current since getting my engineering and MBA degrees and realize now how important it is to confront posters like you that are ideology based and simply ignore what doesn’t map to same.

So please, keep firing away, I need the motivation to address the positions that you write that are faulty.

If you don’t believe in the correction, great, don’t, you’re free to reject anything as I see with the constant ‘ignoring’ of the things that dont' map to your worldview.

If you were truly looking for answers, your chippy demeanor would be different . . . but alas ideologues are just that in that they can’t see anything else. Fortunately for the guest readers, I’m here to assist in that type of ideology inspection and call out the areas that are faulty.


technologist: Posted: February 24, 2014 7:40 p.m.

technologist wrote: Note how the Leftists wish Obama would rule by decree. They deserve to be ridden like donkeys.

Indy: Saddle up dude! LOL

Not sure what you're offering here but I'll politely decline to be safe.

Your series of assertions and an appeal to your own purported authority is…wait for it…risible.



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