[i]Aaron Reichel is a New York attorney whose writings have been widely published and republished, some in the U.S. Congressional Record. His most notable book remains Fahrenheit 9-12 – Rebuttal to Fahrenheit 9/11.Aaron can be reached at [email protected][/i]
The headlines in the 1960s and beyond accurately portrayed Muhammad Ali as anything but a moderate in relation to people without color in general, and Jews in particular. Who would have imagined that he would evolve into a model of Muslim moderation and appreciation of Jews as well as of members of other religions? Who would have ever imagined that the person who first came to fame as a self-centered narcissist claiming to be the greatest fighter who ever lived, as an individual, would go through various stages as a Muslim, from one of the most militant to one of the most moderate, and evolve into a humanitarian who would speak out on behalf of all believers in God to the point where now, in death, even more so than in life, as more people find out about his personal evolution, he is positioned to become more influential in tolerating, and even respecting, people of other religions than any other high-profile once-militant Muslim, today, or even in world history!
The ironies have never been greater, as will be the representation of the Arabs in the new Israeli parliament now in formation. Prime Minister Netanyahu has been accused of racism upon trying to get out his base to vote by pointing out that the press was observing that Arabs were coming out in droves on Election Day. But what does this tell us? Even the most anti-Semitic Israel basher and Netanyahu basher has to concede that the fact that Arabs were coming out in droves to vote as never before is an indication that the Arabs are and feel enfranchised more than ever before, and the fact that this was a concern to the prime minister confirms that the Arabs, as all other citizens of Israel, wield real power in Israel.
Penn State became infamous for failing to take prompt action against a staff member of its football program a few years ago. But now it deserves to become even more infamous for allegedly wrongfully firing one of its most respected and idealistic faculty members. It gets even uglier when one discovers that the head coach they fired, Emmanuil Kaidanov, is the most successful head coach in the history of NCAA fencing, and known to be extremely popular, ethical, and loyal to the university and its students for 31 years, bringing fame and glory to the university and lifelong appreciation for the positive influence he has had on his team members.
The idea that Obama’s election is a repudiation of Romney or Republicans couldn’t be more misleading, nor could it be more misleading than the misleading communications by the Obama campaign that led to the president’s reelection.
All Romney has to do is set forth the points that his most articulate supporters have made on his behalf, and he is sure to win the debates, the polls, and the election. He can even point to what some of his political opponents have said, and to what Obama himself has said.
President Obama may have called on President Clinton to save his presidency as only a person untrustworthy enough to have been impeached could do, with a straight face. But Obama has been unable to repeat Clinton’s successes, with one exception: he is able to deliver a speech that exceeds normal time limits, just as it exceeds most records for abnormal distortions.
The very fact that Obama had to rely on a past president to nominate him, the first time an incumbent ever showed such desperation, signaled to the American people just how weak his record in office has been. Even before President Clinton opened his mouth at the Democratic convention, his very presence in this position as nominator reminded every American how much better Clinton’s record is than Obama’s. In fact, much of what Clinton said directly highlighted this comparison.
In the immediate aftermath of the speech by Vice-Presidential Candidate Ryan at the recent Republican National Convention, the point has been reached wherein pro-active “fact checkers” can come out with “corrections” even before the words being “corrected” come out of the mouths of the people being “corrected,” and can be cited immediately by hostile pseudo-liberal reporters and analysts even before the echoes of the “corrected” words have receded into history.
Many people in the press and in the Democratic Party (to the extent that they are not one and the same) are so overwhelmed by Paul Ryan’s credentials on domestic economic issues that they have falsely stated that he is weak on foreign policy issues. He may indeed be weaker on foreign policy issues than on domestic economic issues, but he is still far stronger on foreign policy issues than most presidential candidates in recent decades, let alone vice-presidential candidates.
The true scandal of the origin of the American team’s uniforms goes deeper than to and through the proverbial figurative hole “all the way down to China.” It is said that “the road to Hell is paved with good intentions,” and so it may be said, and it may be sad, that the road to unions may have originally been well intentioned, even though it has led to the Hellish situation whereby even the symbols of American patriotism – the American uniforms at the Olympics, and before that American flags waved on the Fourth of July – were made in China. The fact that unions have gone too far is well documented, so that the pendulum has swung full cycle from previous abuses by management to current abuses by many unions, in ways it is unnecessary to articulate again.
Many of those who choose to occupy Wall Street and other public places throughout the world are counterproductive. What is needed now is a movement to counter these occupations, and to do so in a constructive manner.
Perhaps the best thing about Obama’s latest proposed jobs bill – The American Jobs Act—is that it has been drafted at a time when one would expect him to be able to truly empathize with his fellow Americans who have lost their jobs or who fear losing them, since he seems poised as never before to lose his own. Now he can finally give the appearance of being able to feel the pain and desperation of his fellow Americans. But feeling the pain isn’t what we need. We need a leader who can prevent the conditions that lead to this pain.
President Obama’s first Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, set the tone for the president’s administration when he said, in an interview November 9, 2008, shortly after the election that brought him to power, “Never allow a crisis to go to waste.” This approach, of course, enabled the Obama administration to take advantage of the economic crisis to create a trillion dollar “stimulus” plan to reward his backers and set back true economic recovery, and to nationalize, to some extent, the banking industry, the auto industry, and health care.
One of President Obama’s latest public arguments is that it took a lot of time for the slaves to be freed and for minorities and women to get the right to vote, and the civil rights they finally have, so the American people should (G-d forbid) give him more time for his changes to take effect, ranging from his “stimulus” plans to his tax plans to his health care plans, and so on, to perhaps more thousand-page not-fully-read plans not yet hatched and foisted onto the American public.
Even the worst movies can have some redeeming qualities, and Michael Moore’s latest venture into sarcastic distortions and unquestionable hypocrisy is no exception. Let us begin with what may have been the generally tedious movie’s best quality, its epilogue quoting one of the most creative and productive Americans who ever lived, Benjamin Franklin.
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