Either our nation will continue to depend on oil and other carbon fuel energy systems or we will move towards renewable and less polluting power sources for our lifestyle. The choice is yours this November when the “drill baby, drill” boosters of the Republican party will be begging you to return them to power on Capitol Hill. They promise to block any and all proposals and programs offered by the Obama administration and its Democratic allies currently making up a bare majority.
Either America will continue its late to table imperialism around the globe, or begin to negotiate our retreat from the hundreds of military bases we have sewn throughout third world countries and emerging nations. We must recognize the age of empire has passed, largely due to the genius of a Russian tank mechanic named Kalashnikov, who armed the masses of the oppressed and made conquest and occupation of foreign lands obsolete. The current wars in
Afghanistan and Somalia are examples.
Either we clean house on our government’s inept bureaucracies and the wasteful spending or we continue to sentence our children and grandchildren to lifetime indebtedness and wage slavery under an increasingly fascist economic philosophy that uses government to guarantee profits for the powerful corporate citizens of our fair land.
Either we buy into the dream that brought President Barack Obama to the rescue in 2008 and support his party and candidates in the fall election, or we go back to trying to reclaim a dream that was a nightmare. Between the geriatric anti-communist of the old GOP and the newly minted right wing nuts of the Tea Party fringe, the fog of nostalgia masks any real memory of the McCarthy era, Korea, House Un-American Committee blacklists for filmmakers and the racism that was a hallmark of the “good old days” in the United States of America.
Until the Republican party can enter the 21st century in its thinking and actions, it is only an impediment to progress and deserves to be driven from office collectively in order to facilitate the changes needed to save the nation.
Voting for the GOP is a confession of ignorance in matters beyond our own comfort, and richly deserves to be shunned by patriotic Americans of every stripe. All you need to know about the Democrats this year is that they aren’t Republicans.
“Travus T. Hipp” is a 40-year veteran radio commentator with six stations in California carrying his daily version of the news and opinions. “The Poor Hippy’s Paul Harvey,” Travus is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but unemployable in the Silver State due to his eclectic political views.