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A vacuum of trust


Fri, Jun 17th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

The Vietnam era, from the war’s questionable beginnings in the late 1950’s and early 60’s to the climatic fall of Nixon with Watergate in 1974, helped to create skepticism about government for many of my generation.

No longer did we implicitly trust that our government would do the right thing, because we knew that there were times when America’s good intentions often led to terribly bad, and often fatal, results.

It was like learning that your parents, who you knew to be loving and caring, had a darker side, an inexplicable past that, once revealed, clouded how you felt about them.

The cynicism that many of us have developed, in reaction to the actions of our government in the 60’s and 70’s, are reflexive today as we question the domestic and international policies of the Bush administration.

Today, nearly 6 out of 10 Americans feel that the Iraq war “is not worth it” and fifty percent feel that President Bush “deliberately misled” them on the issue of weapons of mass destruction; 60 percent of Americans believe it is time to start withdrawing troops, now that more than 1700 have already been killed in action. Perhaps it is no surprise that Bush’s approval ratings now hover at a meager 41 percent (coincidentally, the approval rating for Congress is 33%).

The Downing Street Memo, which President George Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair two-stepped around last week in Washington, adds new ammo to the argument that the Bush administration had made a decision to go to war in Iraq as early as the summer of 2002. It supports the notion that the administration cooked the books to make the intelligence justify invading Iraq.

The cast of characters today are eerily reminiscent of those disgraced officials of the Watergate era. Transpose Donald Rumsfield, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz and the rest of the neo-cons with the arrogance of John Mitchell, Charles Colson, Spiro Agnew and the rest of the loyalists surrounding Nixon. Remember the maxim that power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely?

There is a vacuum of trust today, just like there was under Nixon in the 70’s. That is why we don’t trust Bush to do the right thing for us on Social Security, the Patriot Act, or the war on terrorism. We don’t believe that he and his oil men know how to deal with global warming while creating an energy policy tha .....
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Deep Throat: Traitor or hero?

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2005
Posted in Commentary

So, now we know who “Deep Throat” was.

W. Mark Felt, the number two person at the FBI during the Nixon Administration revealed last week that he was the source of information leaks to Carl Burnstein and Bob Woodward of the Wash ..... 
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Separation of church and state

Fri, May 6th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist recently appeared on a national television program which accused his Democratic colleagues of acting “against people of faith.” During the same broadcast, self-proclaimed evangelist, James Dobson, called the United ..... 
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Ag budget should slash waste, not life’s essentials

Fri, May 6th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

What is the main purpose of agriculture in this country? If it is to feed people and support rural communities, as we believe it is, then taking a serious look at funding cuts being proposed for the U.S. agricultural budget is critical. Congressional ..... 
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Keep God out of politics

Fri, Apr 29th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

When I was a high schooler in the 60’s playing basketball for a Catholic school it was quite common to step up to the free-throw line, make the sign of the cross and let fly. Of course, if you missed the shot it was also quite common to utter an oath ..... 
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Property rights - the case for freedom

Fri, Apr 22nd, 2005
Posted in Commentary

In the latter 1700’s our nation was formed on a foundation of personal freedom. In particular, private property rights were established. That choice resulted in the richest, most powerful political entity ever to exist on planet Earth.

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Peaceful trout streams pose dangerous consequences

Fri, Apr 22nd, 2005
Posted in Commentary

The new fishing regulations are not the only thing trout anglers have to worry about this spring. For the first time in my memory some of the streams are dangerous. The summer of 2004 saw three or four rain storms that climatologists would class as “ ..... 
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When Congress plays God

Fri, Mar 25th, 2005
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Congress spent more time passing legislation giving Terry Schiavo’s parents the right to sue in federal court than they did debating on whether to go to war in Iraq.  For the past 15 years, the brain damaged Schiavo has lived ..... 
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Bases in Iraq create occupier role for US

Fri, Mar 18th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

James Baker, in early February, warned that “any appearance of a permanent occupation in Iraq by the US will both undermine domestic support here in the US and play directly into the hands of those in the Middle East who...suspect us of imperial desi ..... 
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