Well, Fairmon (11:28) if the only objection you have to the concept of American meddling in other countries' affairs revolves around targeting those countries which embrace socialist movements and policies, your knee-jerk reaction ignores a full hundred years of our darkest political history - particularly with respect to our abominable record in South America.
Capitalism is a disease, plain and simple. I hate it and will always do whatever is available to me to denigrate and subvert it. I have far more respect for the writings of Marx than those of any capitalist monster like a Milton Friedman. Despite Rick's rather even handed assessment, I believe capitalism feeds upon human propensity for greed and leads to stratified societies like our own here where opulence lives in safe havens atop mountains while squalor infests worker communities; where private schools have chefs to feed yuppie spawn and crumbling public schools have roofs that leak, feeding mold growing in the walls.
Socialist movements provide solutions for such situations that revolve around recognizing the humanity in all people with no presumed superiority bestowed by the false virtues of wealth or privilege. The fact that the aforementioned stratification creeps into socialist societies because of human flaws and failings is no reason for ANYONE to claim that the capitalist model which feeds on them and engenders them natively is an ANY way superior.
STOP looking at the rest of the world as "strategic opportunities".
STOP trying to dictate how every country in the world should act and govern itself for our benefit.
STOP branding social movements advanced under the banners of equality, brotherhood and sustainabliity as "socialist threats".
STOP sending insidious CIA spooks to subvert and destroy the democratic process in other countries and, after the planned destabilization results in murder and mayhem, installing a compliant dictator to rule with an iron fist for the protection of American capitalist interests.
STOP looking at the resources of the rest of the world as there for the taking for whatever purposes we may envision for them.
STOP seeing everything through the prism of its dollar value.
STOP with the jingo diplomacy which, when something blows up here, says "see, they hate us for our freedoms" when the fact is they hate us for denying them their own.
STOP fawning over the Israeli state and letting it "wag the dog" with our mideast policy. Cut it loose. If it's an "endangered political species", we do not need to give it billions of our tax dollars to protect it from its natural enemies. Maybe it would benefit us and the rest of the world if it were eliminated and we would not be obligated to keep smacking the Muslim hornet's nest for its benefit.
STOP spreading a damnable military empire all around the globe that saps funding from the things that would make America great rather than leaving its social body a depleted husk.
STOP lying. STOP propagandizing. STOP denigrating other cultures. STOP killing innocent people with no remorse. STOP doing things that result in responses like ISIS / ISIL / IS when the preponderance of evidence would say they are just serving up justice for our policies driven by greed, avarice, hubris, and above all, IGNORANCE.
Oh Bob, there you go LYING again. Your vote against the effort to get rid of big money influence in politics shows where your allegiances are ... and they're not with rank-and-file wage earners in Tennessee. You're nothing but a Koch brothers puppet and thinking voters should evaluate you accordingly.
In his recent article "No Economy For Americans, Paul Craig Robersts analyzes the situation well:
"The jobs of the New Economy are in lowly paid, nontradable domestic services–the jobs that characterize a Third World Economy.
Perhaps reflecting the collapse of retail sales, retail trade lost 8,400 jobs in August.
“Professional and business services” accounted for 47,000 or 38% of August’s new jobs. Of these 47,000 new jobs, 49% consisted of “administrative and waste services,” largely temporary help services.
“Health care and social assistance” accounted for 42,700 or 34% of the new jobs of which 53% consists of “ambulatory health care services.”
Waitresses and bartenders accounted for 21,100 or 17% of the new jobs.
There were 8,000 new government jobs or 6% of the 125,000 new jobs.
That’s it. That is the job picture of “the world’s only superpower,” “the world’s largest economy,” “the world’s richest people.” It is the picture of employment in a Third World country."
Yeah, yeah - life goes on.
Well, it's great that the US Attorney General is investigating the Ferguson, MO Police for their overt institutionalized racism and thoughtless murder. Scant comfort for the families of the 40+ people killed in police custody here in Chattanooga and Hamilton County - some of whom have been seeking justice for thirty years all the way from Hamilton County to the United Nations Human Rights Commission with no relief. Disgusting.
And we have our most recent debacle with that little den of corruption at the Industrial Development Board which has been nothing but a conduit for kickbacks and waste of public money since its inception.
Maybe Rev. Weeks should have prayed for justice, honesty and punishment for the wicked because while her god has been sleeping the machinery of our local secular government, like many others, has been getting away with theft and murder despite all the people's many prayers to date.
In answer to the question in the first line, only one word is required: REPUBLICANS.
When the sheeple of Tennessee quit electing them, things will improve but not before.
Thanks, David. I well remember the haughty jingos among us yakking about how we were "going to Afghanistan to re-arrange the rubble" and pasting cartoons on the wall showing F-18s attacking tribesmen with captions like "I'd fly 10,000 miles to smoke a Camel".
Well, when Mall of the Americas blows up, or the Golden Gate Bridge ends up in the bay, or any number of hundreds of other disasters befall this country, the term "blowback" will be on the lips of every citizen and our concept of "justice" will need some real tweaking.
And I think we should immediately gather up all the fundie preachers in this country, put them under the command of idiots like uber-zionist John Hagee, and let them make their best effort at "overcoming the threat of ISIS".
Sigh - just more pejorative political poop from the region's least prescient pundit. A professional would dig a little deeper into the likely results of a radical takeover of American government and not simply proclaim that a numeric majority of homophobic, misogynistic, xenophobic, blatantly racist, talk-radio educated fascist foot soldiers would be a good thing.
Ferguson, Missouri is NOTHING but a microcosm of what will erupt among us if the lurking Kraken of fascist, capitalist, iron rule is brought to bear in our government "of the people".
An extremist republican takeover of all elements of American government (also known as a Koch Brothers wet dream) WILL lead to revolution and the destruction of America. But these trillionaires care nothing about America - they just want castles of gold.
It is a miracle that the dysfunction brought to view by the Congress we have had the misfortune to watch over the last few years has not had more dire effects.
All the people on planet Earth whose loved ones have been killed, maimed and abused by the machinations of our empire and its corporate-driven global resource thievery will convulse in joy at the sight. The emergence of ISIL is not a simple "terrorist threat" it is, as was al Qaida, a RESPONSE but you will never hear admission of that fact by anyone in our military-industrial regime.
Looks like the artesian well of feverish zionist gibberish is still flowing ...
Wow, you'd think those people already had enough problems without having to deal with your cultural terrorism, Ken.
Gotta love Google.
Claims to be "property manager" for the Chattanooga office of REWA Theological Seminary, 117 Lee Parkway Drive, Suite 103, Chattanooga 37421 - another tendril of xtian cultism that seeks to attack the people of Andra Pradesh state in India whose Hindu population has the audacity to embrace a cultism that does not recognize the myth of Jeebus and the attendant cult of "slavery, rape, killing of innocent men, women, and children, incest, and genocide of countless millions" which they refer to as "god's love" (thanks, AYB).