[H]umanity is experiencing a turning point in its history, as we can see from the advances being made in so many fields. We can only praise the steps being taken to improve people’s welfare in areas such as health care, education and communications. At the same time, we have to remember that the majority of our contemporaries are barely living from day to day, with dire consequences. A number of diseases are spreading. The hearts of many people are gripped by fear and desperation, even in the so-called rich countries. The joy of living frequently fades, lack of respect for others and violence are on the rise, and inequality is increasingly evident. It is a struggle to live and, often, to live with precious little dignity.‚ Just as the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say “Thou shalt not” to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion. Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is a case of inequality.
For 8 straight years we heard conservative politicians and pundits telling us that we needed to be at war in places like Iraq and Afghanistan and that anyone who didn't support the wars was unpatriotic. Bush, Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld were all beating the drums of war within days of the 9/11 attacks; attacks that they failed to prevent, even though they had the intelligence, and they then proceeded to get us bogged down into two unwinnable wars with no clear goals. After the failures of the war hawk policies of Bush, why are conservatives still following the same doctrine of shoot first, and never ask questions? Mike Papantonio attempts to answer that question with Corey Robin, author of the new book The Reactionary Mind.
Let's face it: People argue during Thanksgiving, especially about politics.
This year, people of all political persuasions can be thankful that they have as juicy a topic as Obamacare to discuss. Even President Obama thinks you should talk about it [?]:
See link below for all kinds of outpourings of support and dissent, bipatisan-ly speaking--somewhat. Video clips are hilarious!! Hah!
Here's Every Argument You'll Need To Win Your Obamacare Debate This Thanksgiving
We've all got a crazy uncle we love. He might not even technically be an uncle -- it's not something the family likes to get into -- but he's there at Thanksgiving every year just the same, getting heavy handed with the 1.5-liter wine bottle, insisting on calling the dog "bitch," starting with off-color jokes that made people uncomfortable even before the country "evolved" and finishing with a tea party-inspired screed about the Kenyan in the White House. We'll call him Uncle Hank.
Everyone has or knows a Hank -- that is, except for Hank. Hank has a problem on turkey day: his hopelessly naive, Nation-reading, vegetarian niece who likes to quote from Howard Zinn and tell him about the genocidal roots of the holiday they've gathered to celebrate. She wants to spread the wealth around, but has no interest in hard work, no respect for the people who make this country run. She has never signed the front of a paycheck. Let's call her Emily.
Hank: Obama lied. You can't keep your plan if you like it.
Talking point: The president broke his promise and now millions have lost their insurance plans. Cite a friend or somebody you know who got a cancellation notice. If you don't know anybody, pretend you do or use Edie Sundby. Killer stat: More than 4.2 million of those people have received notices that their plans have been canceled or they will need to pay substantially higher premiums. That's not change you can believe in. And it's a lie. And be ready with an unimpeachable source for this number: The Associated Press. Bottom line: The rollout shows that government should stay out of the free market. I've always told you too much regulation hurts people, now I have proof.
Emily's Rebuttal:This is just another example of corporate greed.
Hank: Millions of Americans are seeing their premiums increase.
Talking point: Everybody's prices are going up so we can cover the 47 percent who don't have any work ethic. And you, Emily, are going to subsidize me, as young people are forced to pay more to keep costs down for us. Sucker.......
Indeed alot to get choked up about (as given by Pacino's Thanksgivings guest scene in 'Scent of a Woman').
Just found this on an internet archive of city pictures of Montreal. Long forgotten dealership from the early teens of last century on St Antoine street. Note how this is taken from a french newspaper and the company signage was for the most part english. That is the way things were in Montreal for a very long time.