Yes, closing Guantanamo is absolutely necessary. Now comes the hard part. Cleaning up the horrible mess created and left by Reagan-Bush. And though Clinton left Bush a surplus in the federal budget, he was not up to straightening things out because of the time given over to defending his immoral private activities. But the disasters now facing us began with Reagan's "trickle down" economic policies that the first George Bush called "voodoo economics" until he, too, was bought out by the corporate behemoths who benefited so greatly from right-wing hand-outs.
As we go through these days of honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the inauguration of the first African-American president, it is time for me to reflect on a man who did much to bring about the rise of these two stellar men. I met him in Atlanta some years ago. He was a humble man with a strong, low voice that could shake the rafters, but with empathy and compassion in it. He was the pastor of a then-modest red brick church near central Atlanta. His congregation loved him. His family played an important role in his ministry. I only saw him wear an old, shiny, blue business suit, worn from long and modest years in the Baptist ministry.
As H.L. Mencken stated, I respect all religions, but to the extent that I feel compelled to say a man's wife is beautiful or his children are smart.
Comments here from two highly respected and objective journalists about Iraq. How refreshing to read truth. Remember, please, that the American media, even the liberal media, jumped on the bandwagon with Bush about invading Iraq...
With the recent announcement that the latest budget deficit for ONE YEAR is 1.2 trillion dollars, the atrocious legacy of George W. Bush adds another chapter to his sordid presidency. It is easily the worst administration in U.S. history. Even the most hate-filled right-wingers couldn't possibly bring themselves to wish this list on any incoming president. Obama's burden in this office will be overwhelming. In order to try and fix the U.S. we shall need an extraordinary president. Nobody can overcome this sordid legacy, let's hope Obama corrects some of it.