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Since making the leap back into the realms of journalism with political columns here at Fab 40, I've become obsessed with political history and biographical books. Always an avid reader, I must confess to a prior lack of interest in past historical events other than those that fueled my own passions for the planet and against war. My political views had been destroyed in the eight years of deficit-building war and tax cuts for those that didn't need them while small business and working folks were taxed to death and out of jobs. Then came all disregard for the Constitution and sides were drawn up. The right against the left. Now, it seemed, we regressing instead of progressing. Division was rearing its ugly head along with all the toxins it spews – racism, religious debate, fear, and especially, irrelevant rhetoric born out of radical behavior.  

Like so many other Americans, disgust at the invading injustices and dishonesty slowly morphed into what had, for me, reached a point of apathy with politics and governments in general. It seemed all that came over the airwaves centered on wars and corruption, man's inhumanity to man. Carbon-based energy sources to feed an insatiable appetite for oil and electrical power were polluting our air and drinking water. The oceans were polluted with plastic islands and garbage. Oxygen-giving reefs are dying while waters are being over-fished to meet the demands for a food source for the ever-burgeoning global population. Rain forests are being devastated for more agricultural land, but insufficient farming practices erode them into wastelands in two short years.  

Political affiliation meant nothing; voting was a case of the lesser of two evils or a 'wasted' third party vote. Turning my full attention to the Environmental issues, I was able to shut out the negative energy put forth by politicians. Causes focused on the planet and the other life forms were areas where I felt I really could make a difference, including, but not limited to, using my writing to make my voice heard. So what brought me back to this obsession with political history? Barack Obama and his momentum of "Change We Can Depend On" and "Yes, We Can". Like millions of others, I got high on hope.  

I started following every inch of footage and every word of print and media. I started writing journalism again. And I started reading history! I read "Team of Rivals" by the incredible presidential historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin. I learned more in that one book than I did in all my years of schooling and college. Then, I read World War I and World War Two era Churchill and Stalin and the man who inspired term limits, Franklin Roosevelt. Then, the John Adams saga, and Theodore Roosevelt caught my eye when I learned he was the "Father" of the National Parks and Wilderness Reserves. Now, there was a man with far-sighted wisdom! Fortunately, Bush's plan to open them up to loggers and drilling was turned around immediately with the new administration.

Then, something happened. The momentum for real change was blocked. Obama's promise of non-partisanship resulted in watered down and inadequate legislation to add more band-aids and no real cure. Obstructionism reared its ugly head in the form of a two-party system that refused to work together. Obama's own party failed to support his agenda for change. Every stride forward brought on another barrage of crucifixion by the opponents. Left or Right!  

The president is so focused on his campaign promises, he remains calm and continues to stretch out his hand only to have it bitten off. He's failing to LEAD!  His brilliance needs to sit down and take a break and he should borrow a bit of President Bush's arrogance, slam his fist down, do a fly-over of the Gulf of Mexico and point it out to the Congress that HE is now "the Decider". He can't even do that because he cannot depend on his Congress to support him blindly like Christ's disciples, as Mr. Bush's did.

This man has to go it alone. Why? Well partly because it is a mid-term election year. To our devoted Congressional servants, retaining your seat regardless what part of your soul you have to sell takes control. I'm happy to see it didn't happen for Arlan Specter even though he changed party to pull it off. Perhaps, there are ripples of justice, after all? Keep that in mind when you go to the polls in November. It really is time to clean house in the Capitol Building. I'm proud of Pennsylvania for that!

Secondly, Memorial Day is only a week away! And what does that mean? Why, it means 'two month vacation' time to go home and hone your rhetoric skills for the big, "November Race to Power!" It's no wonder they don't want to share their benefits with the people. God forbid Government gets too big! There are boundaries not to be crossed! They are erected around the halls of legislation! THEY are the real deciders. Not the White House, not the Supreme Court, and assuredly, not YOU. Well, no thank you. I'll willingly give up my rights if that is the price I must pay. I'd rather fight open abuse than hidden hypocrisy.

My original intent for this column was to expose just how far back career politics and corruption goes. Teddy Roosevelt talked of it continually. Finally, he picked up his Big Stick and did it 'his way'. Ol' Abraham Lincoln and John Adams did the same. Oh yes, it's been going on THAT long. Would you like to hear the history behind the body of men, Our "Founding" Fathers, at the Constitutional Convention? The history you did NOT learn in high school? Fascinating!
Then, as you all know, this column was moved to the 'back' burner in order to move to the front burner, a column on the shocking oil spill in the Gulf. I've been following that story for one month as of today, May 20th. By doing so, I've come to the conclusion that my first goal is now moot. One need only look around them and see what they discover in a closer observation. Corruption is simply a human character flaw born when we rose to a standing position and declared ourselves superior beings in the realm of mammals.

Keep searching for the rainbows . . . .
Susan Haley, Author/Editor

***Susan Haley is the published author of three books, several articles on networking, an award-winning poet, contract copy editor, and book reviewer for AME Marketing. She is a columnist for The Florida Writer the official magazine of the Florida Writers Association, and serves as Facilitator for the Sarasota County Chapter. She is a frequent contributor to the Fox and Quill and the Infinite Writer e-zines and the political columnist for Fabulously 40 and Beyond out of San Diego.  

The audio version of her novel Rainy Day People was awarded in the 2008 Indie Excellence National Book Awards. She also contributes a variety of editorials and excerpts of her work to various newsletters and local papers, and is Founder and Designer of a Spiritual website dedicated to Nature. www.sucarha.com Her third book, Amber Returns to Maine and Other Songs of the Soul was released in March 2010. All are available on Amazon.com.

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      Mztracy wrote May 21, 2010
    • As always, great column!! heart



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      Veggie wrote May 23, 2010
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      Midnightmom wrote May 23, 2010
    • Are you related to Andy Rooney? :) I can hear him reading your article that says nothing but the truth, sad as the truth is. I think corruption comes in play when there is a Standing of some humans above other humans that want to dominate it all to the point of ruination, ie; the oil spill! It is not just power over mammals, it is power over the human race. It is telling you what you need and then providing it.

      With the last election for congress and a new president there was so much hope for correction. At least I had hope. What happened to the team that would bring it about? We have a democrat president and a democrat congress, and still we have no team. It seems that all that is happening is a house standing divided wrestling each other for power instead of solving one single problem.  

      I think the sitting president should make a prioritized list of problems to solve and assign each congress person one problem on the list to solve; or maybe a team of 5 or 6 congress persons, assigned by region they represent, to present a solution. When the problems are so huge they need to be broken down into pieces that can be managed. If nothing else congress needs to learn to be a team not adversaries.

      It would be a good thing if congress had a period every day where a history lesson would be given over a pa system, like listening to Paul Harvey while at work. The president should pick a historian for the job. Pick a history lesson that addresses the depression era that educates congress  on what happened, what congress and the president did about it, and what lesson was learned. Maybe we could keep from repeating the same mistakes since history repeats itself. Or, perhaps they could even pick an action that was used back then that got us past that horrible time and use it again.

      Since reading your column I have learned a little more than I knew before. I wasn’t all that knowledgable about how the machine worked; the bribery that lobbyists do day after day. How money controls who is in power. Seems simple enough to know that, but what to do about it?  

      Yes, it is good to keep talking, especially those who think before they speak. The machine has to have an operator or at least a maintenance crew! Congress today is like a robot gone amuck that has turned on its own creator - US THE PEOPLE. . .



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      Susan Haley wrote May 23, 2010
    • Midnight
      Thank you! This is discussion and input. Although, I appreciate the kudos and ‘thumbs ups‘, the goal is discussion. I wasn’t expecting such a thoughtful post, and now I remember you posting on the last column, too.

      Your ideas deserve a thoughtful response which takes me some pondering time. I’ll get back to this tomorrow. No, I’m not related to Andy Rooney but that is quite a compliment in itself! I always looked forward to Mr. Rooney’s comments on 60 Minutes. He is so able to express his beliefs and opinions with respect and humor whether one agrees or disagrees. Again, thank you. I’d like to hear thoughts and ideas from all of you who read here.

      Susan



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      Susan Haley wrote May 23, 2010
    • Thanks, Annie.

      I think we all could use a dose of something to believe in again. In my six decades, I cannot remember a time of unrest in everything and everyone, everywhere. Oh, we’ve had major issues and problems, for sure, but now people seem permeated with distrust and anger. It’s like the country itself has lost sense of purpose and foundation. To me, that’s scary. When the very foundation of an ideal begins to crumble, ALL stability is at risk.



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      UK Girl wrote May 23, 2010
    • What has always surprised me is a country as diverse and so beautiful as the US has no powerful “Green” lobby and you also shun world wide efforts to deal with climate control in the UK and across Europe the Green party is now a creditable force they have a seat in our Government. But we are not run by lobbist’s or companies with vested interests in seeing legislation past - the joys of the three party system even if it’s a mess at the moment



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      UK Girl wrote May 24, 2010
    • It must have taken at least 20 years for the Green Party to get real acceptance and for people to consciously vote in an election and get taken seriously but it's now a very viable party but in the UK we have way more political groups locally which can cause a big impact due to our electoral system.
      Sometimes things happen when the nation judders over one big incident like the BP leak and they look round and see how their worries are not being taken seriously.
      But hey I'm sat in an unholy mess at the moment and know that all electoral promises are being canned and just bracing for huge tax rises left right and centre



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      Susan Haley wrote May 25, 2010
    • I absolutely love it when you girls bring out your own thoughts. I was never intended to lecture. I need input to inspire me and now you’ve given me some! Thank you.

      UK Girl I find it fascinating to get the views from someone who also observes “America” from another shore. With the current situation, yes, it makes anyone with a sense of priority wonder why we lag so far behind the other democratic forms of government in a “Green” policy. Annie is so right when she speaks of collective view points. Each party has a policy agenda and it’s adhered to like the Gospel! Regardless, if situations or priorities change or the voters may have a mix of feelings on the issues. At least, now, I do sense some momentum in a third Independent party. I’ve been a registered Independent for years!

      Personally, I’m all for brainstorming to solve a specific problem but I detest collective ‘group think’ as a matter of course. That’s one of the reasons things stall out. The members of a specific party can’t get along amongst themselves moreless the other party! But brainstorming should include knowledgeable people on both sides of the aisle with a “the agenda be damned” attitude. There’s a problem here to solve! Now! We supposedly elect representatives to solve problems and lead not just to build a friggin’ career! Some form of term limits are sorely needed. The president is the only branch of government that has a term limit! The other two most powerful branches have nothing to do but please everyone all the time and anyone with a brain knows that doesn’t work! So they DON‘T lead. They follow voters who often times are dumber than a rock on a subject. I’m dumber than a rock on some subjects. Everyone is!

      I’ll continue this in a new post. I’ve been having connection problems and don’t want to lose it all.



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      Susan Haley wrote May 25, 2010
    • Midnight - I see where you‘re going with the ‘assigning’ an issue to a certain group and expecting a solution. On the surface, that makes sense. But, we already HAVE how many ‘congressional committees‘! Many of which are bi-partisan. So they come out of committee with a solution and then it goes before the entire body of that chamber for a vote and we‘re right back where we started. Invariably, someone disagrees for some reason. Usually based on if their own constituents will buy it. The good of the entire nation be damned! And, too, the money enters in. The pocket lining and favors owed. What we should really be asking is why is lobbying in the halls right outside the chamber doors not made illegal? Why does a person have to raise millions of dollars to even run a campaign? How many good and capbable people do we have in this nation who are never heard from because they don’t have the MONEY to be heard? Why don’t we look at the UK where with all their own problems the campaign and election process takes 6 weeks? Why does our campaigns NEVER really end?  

      When Obama first came into office, immediately you heard the phrase ‘political capital‘. How much ‘political capital’ will he use if he pushes for this or that? What in the heck is ‘political capital‘? You’ve been elected to LEAD a nation. How can you use up ‘political capital‘? I’ve decided that ‘political capital’ is nothing but re-electability which means campaign contributions or NO campaign contributions. The buying and selling of souls begins on the day of taking the oath. How democratic is that? Sounds more like anarchy to me.

      Then there is that Constitution they keep yapping about. NO ONE, absolutley NO ONE follows the constitution to the principle. If we don’t like something it’s ammended or a law that can get around it is passed. How do collective minds define equality and separation? There sure common enough words with a meaning not hard to understand! Well, we have no equality and we surely don’t have separation! The two most important principles in the document! All divisiveness, yes, I daresay all, stems from principles of race and religion. The two things that were supposed to be equal and separate! Does anyone ever ask why this was even included in the Constitution? If this nation was founded on the same religious principles and the same equal rights regardless of race, creed or origin as everyone claims, why was it even mentioned in the Constitution? It would have been a given! Why is the subject of integration, racial profiling, and yes, abortion even. Why is government even involved at all?



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      Susan Haley wrote May 25, 2010
    • If anyone else has a point on any of this, I’m happy to hear it. My mind is open to thoughtful rebuttal. Right now, my most passionate issue is the mess in the Gulf of Mexico. Thirty-five days after the explosion of the Deep Horizon oil rig, no one has been able to even answer the questions. We’ve had a plethora of reasons, blame, estimations, and procedures. None have been settled and nothing has worked. Why hasn’t Obama taken a more forceful lead? Why is the oil still spewing? Why are solutions still always experimental?

      I’m convinced the reason is simple. We’ve been lied to since the beginning about the safety of deep-water drilling. The drill, baby, drill crowd pushed for profits and KNEW there was no plan in place to handle an accident of this scope. They just kept insisting that the accidents would NOT happen. But it did and the reason it’s hasn’t been solved, the reason no one has taken the lead is quite simply because they don’t KNOW what to do. Finally, today, some public figure in Louisiana, I didn’t even catch the name, had the gonads to tell the truth. He said there will likely be NO stopping the gushing oil until the relief well can be drilled which even BP admits will be at the least, August!  

      There are somewhere over a million gallons, not barrels, gallons, of oil be emitted into this ‘small body of water’ a day! Add to that, tons of toxic chemicals to dispurse the oil. Dispurse it to WHERE? Does anyone really believe there will be no permanent damage to center of this country’s seafood supply? If they stop the leak tomorrow, the water is already fouled. The marine and avian wildlife is being wiped out. It’s headed for the Atlantic and the Carribean. Aaah, maybe then Boss Limbaugh will be right and the oceans will take care of themselves. Somehow, I don’t believe it.
      What do you girls think about this? I admit I’m closer to the situation. The Gulf is, figuratively, my front yard.

      I will say this as a Gulf Coast resident. For every new job created now, there will be two lost due to this ‘accident that would never happen‘. And I can only pray I’m wrong.

      Please share your thoughts.

      Susan



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      Trudy S wrote May 25, 2010
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      Don’t have time for deep insight right now but just for some perspective ...

      1 barrel = 42 gallons.

      5,000 barrels a day = 21,000,000 gallons.



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      Susan Haley wrote May 25, 2010
    • Well Annie - It was just released tonight that the third try to get the clean up liability cap removed from the laws made following the Exxon Valdeze in order for BP to accept liability was blocked again. It’s been blocked by R Senator Murkowski from Alaska and twice by R Senator Inhoff from Oklahoma. They want the cap to remain which means this mess will be paid for by the tax payers. The cost is going to be billions and billons. Guess we better borrow some more money from China quick. If these two Senators aren’t voted out of office it will be another travesty. I want to know why Obama can’t do an executive order? I guess that’s also against the law in this case because it has to do with budget effects and an executive order won’t apply. It’s congress that gets to decide. Or in this case, two Senators who are in big oil’s pocket. This is a pretty disgusting picture! A lot of people should be brought up on criminal charges. Treason would be a good charge to start with. I’m furious and I’m afraid I’ll blow my top if anyone mentions freedom and rights to me again! We have none.
      To allow 535 crooks to run a nation of 350 million people with nothing but profit as a motivator is nothing but a dictatorship in disguise. All other issues are at the least of importance with this mess looming and getting worse each day. No inhabital Planet, no life. All else is moot. I think we’ve passed the point of no return. My opinion, of course. Hang in there.
      Susan



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      Susan Haley wrote May 25, 2010
    • I was just looking over the posts again to see if I’ve left anything unaddressed. I must ask for your patience with my horrid typing! Doesn’t look good for an editor! :))  

      I’m afraid you are seeing the ‘first draft’ as it rolls out. I’m so afraid of being disconnected again, I’m not taking the time to edit for mistakes, just hitting ‘comment‘.
      Su



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      Susan Haley wrote May 26, 2010
    • Annie, I always knew we were basically on the same wavelength. We only disagreed on a few details. :)) Which is normal and also a good thing. Opens up debate so things aren’t overlooked.

      I agree, too. There’s always been pockets of corruption and power mongering. As said earlier, it’s a human flaw. But now, it seems to be a sickness, a permeating obsession. Oh yes, ignorance is bliss now and then but when the tax and insurance bills roll in and prices continue to rise while standard of living continues to disintegrate, reality hits hard.

      You‘re right. Congress will NEVER pass term limits upon themselves, but if the citizenry wakes up and starts paying attention to voting records and familiarizing themselves with the real issues and dig for the truth, WE can impose term limits at the polls. To me, a lot of it depends on people learning to think of the good of the nation as a whole, not just one issue. Without a strong nation sticking together, nothing else is stable, either.

      Me, too. I’m going on an anti-incumbant spree in November unless it’s a new representative that still shows sparks of honesty and promise. We have a couple of those in Florida, but most of them have got to go. :) Especially at the state and local level. That’s important, too. Our entire board of county commissioners are on the take.

      Have a good day.

      Su



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