The shutdown of the federal government is coming.
Only the makers of tanks and weaponry really like war. Oh, and of course the madmen who start them. Either it’s all about the big-bucks or the up-chucks. As Kendrew Lascelles said in his 1970 poem “The Box,” war’s like a “bouncy bumpy ball made up of flags and guns and all the tears and horror and the death that goes with war.”
How is it possible that Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, has become the voice of peace and reason in the world?
Today, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is giving the “Liberty Medal” to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The medal is awarded annually by the National Constitution Center. Previous winners have included Thurgood Marshall, Kofi Annan, and Bono, which indicates the organization tilts hard left.
As if Louisiana higher education isn’t already going through significant changes, along comes the idea by Pres. Barack Obama to dole out federal dollars to schools on the basis of presumed accountability measures that would impact further the state’s higher education delivery. The problem is these changes don’t reform higher education so much as they empower bigger government, and miss the point of true, beneficial change.
Polls consistently show that the vast majority of Americans oppose military intervention in Syria. In congressional offices, calls have been running 100 to 1 against involvement in Syria. Nevertheless, leaders of both political parties are supporting the President’s plan to launch a limited military strike in Syria.
The world is waiting for the U.S. Congress and ultimately President Barack Obama to make a critical decision that could maintain this country’s place in history as the most fierce and feared "world cop". The question--should the United States intervene in the Syria civil war by bombing specific military installations and assets.
National issues are taking a back seat to international affairs. The civil war in Syria is now on the minds of our leaders as President Obama has asked Congress to authorize a strike against Syria for the use of chemical weapons against its own civilians. The president says he does not need congressional authorization to attack Syria, but he is asking Congress to give him the authority anyway.
Politics for today: Governor Jindal's column is published in Washington Post, his administration reports national media publications support his position after the Obama administration's lawsuit against his education reform, the Mary Landrieu continues to come under assault by the national republican senatorial organization, Louisiana U.S.Senate candidate Rob Maness says no on Syria as do the American people.
Yesterday, in speaking to members of the press outside of the White House, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), recounted a conversation with her five year old grandson. Pelosi said that as she was leaving San Francisco, her grandson asked “are you yes war with Syria, no war with Syria?”