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Considering U.S. history, past and recent, some Webster's definitions seem to be in order.

HATE: intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury.

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I've heard and read the furor of some of the regular readers of this blog.  They have taken the time, and the far-too-demanding requirements of the system just to be able to post a comment.   I respect all of your comments.  It is a wonderful opportunity for us to express some democratic rights and principles.  I thank you for your comments.  Please know that they are welcomed by me.

I have no control over what comments appear or make the "final cut."  Heck, I don't even know how the system works to accept some comments and "deep six" other comments.  It seems that both righties and lefties have voiced complaints.  Often they see me as the cynical tyrant who expunges their offerings.  Wrong!  I do not OK or deny a single comment, and I never have ...nor do I intend to do that.

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Yes, I know that both Demorats and Republicans stoop to sleazy tactics to win elections.  But there is one place where it is easily the worst.  And a former president used it twice.  The upcoming election in South Carolina indicates that the Republicans there are continuing the sleazo-meter record.

In the 1990's South Carolina presidential primary, George W. Bush hired Lee Atwater to take down John McCain who was gaining in the polls.  Bush knew what he was getting.  Atwater had used blatant lies to bring down Dukakis with the Willie Horton scare, a total fabrication and deceit.

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While we are forced to view and read about the "success" in Iraq, both in the mainstream and right-wing media, we rarely get a glimpse at what is truly happening there.  How about introducing some factual information about Iraq and putting things into some true perspective?

"And today, after seven years under U.S. occupation, Iraqis are still without sufficient clean water, electricity, education, or health care.  Tens of thousands of Iraqis are disabled, physically or mentally.  There are over two million refugees outside Iraq and more displaced refugees inside Iraq; there are three million widows and five million orphans.  Fifty percent of Iraqis are unemployed.  Children continue to drink contaminated water, and large numbers of Iraqi women are afraid to get pregnant because so many babies are born with severe deformities."

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The Iraq war and its causes and aftermath has been and continues to be so distorted, that a word from some Iraq war veterans is in order.  Silly comments are made by Bush supporters about whether the world would be better with Saddam in charge in Iraq.  What a strange question this is after the U.S. supported horrible dictators like Somoza, Marcos, Thieu, Franco, Batista, etc.   It also depends on whether you think the United States should follow international law. 

The following are direct quotations from the IRAQ VERTERANS AGAINST THE WAR website []: 

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***Continuing on a rich tradition of college students protesting actions that are undemocratic, insensitive, war-mongering, greed, attacks on free speech, attacks on academic freedom, etc., I am appreciative and offer my congratulations to the students in Wisconsin protesting actions by Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin.   I have written a blog about the actions of Marquette to have a search committee and the University President offer a deanship contract to a professor at Seattle University and then awkwardly withdrawing it after interference from a backward-looking archbishop.  The faculty and students are still protesting that stupidity.  Good for them.

The University of Wisconsin has announced an increase in tuition again, even during a recession.  As a former college vice president, let me be frank and direct in stating that I think many  college teachers and professors are remarkably overpaid.  Yes, I think that professorships in universities and colleges often are places for lazy people who are not up-to-date and simply lull their way through their teaching duties.  Yes, there are many who do not fit that category, nevertheless I think that college faculties are too often overpaid by a wide margin.  And the students, many of them from poor or struggling families, suffer.  What a shame!  We have college professors whose research is  being funded by outside corporations, and then these same professors profit from their university research.  This money from outside corporations should be used to lower the cost of tuition.  More about this in a later blog.

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If you honestly reflect back on your race, your ethnic background, etc., you will realize that when it comes to immigration and immigrants, we all stand on wretiched ground.  There are so many examples that  will fit us, but here are a few to reflect upon:

Jews were immigrants into Europe.  How were they treated?  There was anti-Semitism from the beginning.  And six million Jews were murdered by "Christian" Germans.  Yes, there were a few people who fought to save the Jews, but for the most part, it was the viewpoint against the "immigrant" Jews that led to a policy of extermination.  Jewish immigrants to Europe resulted in the largest acts of genocide in history.

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Inasmuch as the readers of this blog seem to want to comment about what, to them, is America or who is an American, here is your chance to indicate the specifics you use in that regard.  Simply comment here and voice your opinion.  Be as specific as you can be.  Here are some guidelines, but use your own definitions...

What is an American?

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It was interesting to note that all the comments to the previous post about America and Americans were without any humor.  There are many things about Americans that are humorous, and if you have done a great deal of international travel, you know about this.  We stumble our way around the world, assuming that the world should adjust to us.  And in the process reveal an ignorance that alarms others because we hold so much military and economic power and are using it more and more lately.  Nevertheless, I have some views from others about what consitutes America and Americans...

"The best blood will sometimes get into a fool or a misquito." -Austin O'Malley

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It is time to experience a miracle.  Somehow we have to find a way to get the deluge of corporate money out of U.S. politics.  Corporations, especially war corporations and pharmaceuticals, have American politics in their hip pockets.  And their influence continues to grow.  You have been duped to think otherwise.  It crosses political party lines.  America is for sale, and much has already been sold.

The recent U.S. Supreme Court's conservative and right-wing majority clearly expressed itself politically with its decision on Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission.  This decision lifted limits on corporate spending in the political process.  This action announced a fire sale of American politics.

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