Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I for one is so happy that Scott Brown won the Massachusetts special election to fill the vacancy in the Senate left behind by Ted Kennedy's passing. As a Libertarian, I am happy when one party does not dominate both the White House and Congress, in this case, the Senate. The people of MA have spoken, and it's reverberating across our country today. The bluest of blue states has turned red, which is pretty amazing since Obama won MA by 27 percentage points just over a year ago. Democrats and liberals scan spin it anyway they want, but Brown's win is a referendum of Obama's radical policies of tax and spend, shady backdoor negotiations, broken promises of transparency, sweet deals for unions, buying votes and a nightmare of a health care bill. The Dems made fun of the Tea Parties, and dismissed them as teabagging rednecks, Nazis, and racists. But it was nothing of the sort. It was the people getting their country back, and rejecting Obama's radical polices for our country. Obama's biggest mistake is ignoring the needs of the people: jobs and the economy. With double-digit unemployment, how is it possible that Obama's biggest concern was to pass a health care bill which would absorb 1/6th of our country's economy, and which over 55% of the population was rejecting? Everyone I know, knows someone who has lost his or her job in the past few months. It's like Bill Clinton said: "It's the economy, stupid."
Monday, January 18, 2010
Today is a work holiday for me, and I welcome the day off. But as I lay here in bed this morning watching the news, I feel so helpless. I know it's not my fault that I am unable to help the Haitians. I have no way of being there to hug or caress a frightened child. I remember how frightened my little girl was during the Northridge Earthquake 16 years ago today. I've sent money to the Red Cross and to Doctors Without Borders, but that seems so easy, almost like a cop-out. I know what Haiti needs today is money. I know that...for food, medical supplies and equipment, etc., but I still feel so helpless. Ugh. :(
Saturday, January 16, 2010
It's overwhelming what is happening in Haiti. I find it difficult to even see the news anymore. The graphic photos of the reality that is Haiti today is heartbreaking. How can a people that have been plagued with so much misfortune (government corruption, poverty, crime, hopelessness), now have to deal with such insurmountable loss of life and property? At some point, Haitians will begin to rebuild again, and Haitians may, if they are lucky, return to some normalcy (which is still not saying much since life for Haitians in their country is an every day struggle), but how does one ever get over the loss of life? The loss of, for some, all of their family members? The images of crushed bodies? The smell of rotted corpses? I wish I had a crystal ball and I could see the future for the Haitians, but that is not possible. Still, I have a feeling that it will take a whole generation of Haitians to put this disaster behind. Similar to how it took Americans almost a whole generation to put our wars behind. Yes, the written history will always be there, but the pain, like a deep scar, it will fade with time. :(