Category Archives: Wake up!

Food for Thought: Evolving Democracy

Well, I’ve spent some time placing together a few well-intentioned ideas that I had into a digestible document.  This is the product and below is a sample paragraph from the introduction:

Democracy, similar to evolution, is an inherently flawed system.  The subscription to the idea that a government of the people is, in theory, the most rational and most candid system of government to operate is more than reasonable; particularly in comparison to other forms of government.  However, without carefully reasoned, well-intentioned and periodically modernized mechanisms in place, a democracy can begin to work against the very people that the system aims to protect.  Subsequently, while most modern democracies have long implemented legal affirmations of popular liberties like: freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom to peacefully assemble, the right to participate in fair and free elections and freedom from government abuses, there are still many matters that need to be addressed.  Democracy likely cannot be perfected, but that should not be the goal.  Democracy can be made fairer, egalitarian, and better equipped to stand the test time. And also, like evolution, there should be room for adaptation.

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Fear and Loathing in Leaving Iraq

Before you jump to any conclusions about this little rant, I should first say a few things:

1. Going into Iraq was probably one of the worst foreign policy decisions the U.S. could have made.

2. Staying in Iraq too long will not help foreign policy objectives in the future.

3. Leaving too early will only help to destabilize an all ready unstable area.

4. America’s domestic safety is not directly linked to leaving Iraq. Continue reading

Did We Forget About Africa?

A little while back, I wrote about “the Things America has Forgotten”. While that list very truncated, it provided a good foundation upon which I will again complain about the things America has lost sight of.

Only the oblivious could miss the direction I will be moving toward but I’ll ask again, did we forget about Africa? First, to all of you that’s first reaction is, “who cares about Africa?”, you are the imbeciles this is written for. Second, to all of you that said, “man, you are so right!”, thanks for returning to soak up some of my outrage. Continue reading

The things America has forgotten

Naturally, this list can be as long as my arm but for now, here are the first three that come to mind.

The first: What ever happened to the “beacon on a hill” ideal that the country was founded on? Where did that “lead by example” approach that was intended to separate the American life from that of the rest of the world (especially Europe) go? Increasingly we are looking like hypocrites that have abandoned our morals to chase down that all-mighty dollar. I shan’t go into details here, but ask yourself, if we are truly attempting to lead by example, what example are we setting for the rest of the world? Arrogance? Belligerence? Egotism? Continue reading