I am a little more than one quarter of the way through my latest self-imposed reading assignment. I recently completed both Keith Olbermann’s book, The Worst Persons in the World, and John Dean’s book, Conservatives Without Conscience. Keith’s book was humorous and helped me through the dark days of the last weeks of the Do-Nothing Congress’ session between Summer Vacation and Election Campaigning. Will those folks ever do any real work?
John Dean’s book was extremely informative and depressing. It is hard for me to imagine how true conservatives, liberal, and progressives are to succeed in countering the authoritarian My Way or the Highway, self-righteous, amoral, so-called Christian, so-called Republican, small “c”, freaky conservatives. They have no interest in the traditional American system of democratic governing by debating issues of great importance and resolving differences through true bipartisan compromise. I was taught that our founders and other early leaders actual spent hours discussing the problems facing our great nation and eventually voted yes, no, or agreed to compromises. I seem to recall an entire chapter in history classes on the topic of “The Great Compromise”. It has become more apparent to me that traditional American values have been set aside by American “Taliban-like”, Right-wing, conservatives.
My current reading goals are to complete the reading of Fiasco, by Thomas E. Ricks; continue cherry-picking chapters in Bipolar Disorder, by Dr. Francis Mark Mondimore; resume No god but God, by Reza Aslan; and finally get around to my latest Amazon purchases, Crashing the Gate and Wait! Don’t Move to
In Fiasco, I am still reading about the run-up to the Iraq War. I am just now reading about the lack of a planning for what is to happen after defeating the Iraqi army and deposing Saddam Hussein. It is reveal that previous plans for both the war and the occupation of
The parents, siblings, and friends of our war dead, our wounded, and our disabled and permanently maimed troops beg to differ. Troops currently serving in
Our brainiac civilian appointees in the White House, Pentagon, and State Department did not bother to research the history of the cobbled together failed British experiment called
There is a civil war in
Frankly, we have no business trying to referee an Arab and non-Arab, Shia and Sunni, Kurds and the rest of
It is time to come home and review our own history, celebrate our own freedom, and defend our own way of life.