The United States of America was founded by men who were unknown in most of the world. To be sure, they were all white, male landowners. The new nation announced lofty ideals committed to democracy, as long as these goals were for white men who owned land. Nevertheless this new nation experienced a leap forward in establishing democracy drawn up by an amazingly talented and brilliant group of men.
During my study for a M.A. in history, a major part of my work focused on the Middle East. I wrote a major paper on Western World imperialism in that area, including, of course, Iraq.
There was a time in America when conservatives and liberals could discuss politics, religion, economics, healthcare, welfare, etc. in adult, objective ways. No more. Surrendering to religious fundamentalism and greed-capitalism, the once proud Republican Party no longer exists. Though carrying the same name, it has now been taken over by screaming, fanatical, religious, and big corporate interests. Right-wingers are now the party of witch-hunts.
It is good that we have finally come to recognize and salute the heroes of World War II. It is good that we have commemorated the sacrifices made by the military men and women in Vietnam, and to build a monument and traveling monument to them. We have not done as much for the men and women who stood in for all of us in the Korean War. We certainly owe all these brave men and women a tremendous debt of gratitude. We should do everything possible to acknowledge and express appreciation to the men and women who represented the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The celebration of Father's Day takes on many different styles, many different emphases. This year we have a special example in that our President has presented us with a wonderful example. While holding the most important elected position in the world, Barack Obama has taken the time for his family. He has remained as a human being, with normal activities, and being an American father as much as is possible carrying his position and responsibilities. No one can doubt that a terrible burden was unloaded on him when he took office, more than presidents usually have to deal with and confront.