Isms and Rice

I know I am all over the place, scattered, but hey, I am in the Big Apple for the weekend and this city just befuddles me.  I can not believe the noise level, with all the mega air conditioning units booming, plus the sound volume of the traffic, and all the other city noises added to the mix. I am off kilter and thus, so are my posts here.  I will adjust.

Regardless of all the distractions, there are a few articles that you should read over the weekend.  First is today’s comments by David Brooks of the New York Times:

His thoughts are indeed perceptive and I agree with him.  It still amazes me as to why Cheney has been so vocal over the last couple of months about his tenure with Bush.  Last night, while mulling over this dilemma , I came to the conclusion that Cheney was at odds with Bush for the last few years of their administration.  Most important, Cheney wants HIS  policies, those made during the first term, the ones usurping executive power over international and domestic law, to be his legacy.  So indeed he is fighting for his place in the history books, although his battle is one, as usual, of instilling fear and “Watch out, I told you so”.  He is attacking our new President as a defense mechanism “just in case” another terrorist attack will occur.  Plus, and this goes almost without saying (but let me say it anyway), Cheney is the classic narcissist and needs to validate himself by being “right”.  Consider his recent actions as his personal, and continuing, power grab.  It is as if he is hoping for another attack just so he can be proved a sage in his terrorism forecasts.  The big irony here is that he is totally missing the point (which, by the way, President Obama “gets” perfectly) that by being so hostile and incendiary to foreign entities, as well as to cooler heads here in our own country, not to mention international and domestic laws, Cheney is guaranteeing even more retaliatory antagonism and possible terrorist responses.  Terror breeds terror.  Ugly begets ugly.

The second article, by Ed Cohen in yesterday’s New York Times, is a treasure.  His piece is much more global in nature and scope.  It is imperative for people all over the world to have the basic human rights of freedom of speech, religion and individuality.  The only way to ensure that those rights are delivered, is to make absolutely certain that every person has access to shelter, food, health care and education.  If these basic human needs are met, there will no longer be a cause for war.  I said in a much earlier post, probably well over a year ago, that instead of bombs and guns being the driving forces of foreign policy, the world needs food, shelter and medical access.  THAT is the way you win over your friends and enemies; THAT is the way people can coalesce instead of attack each other.  Every human being needs to feel safe and secure, and BE safe and secure.  If we observe that even one person is not being taken care of, that is a reflection on all of us as inhabitants of this same planet.  The abuse, maltreatment and neglect of children are the ultimate disgrace in our attempts for power and prosperity.  Power plays can not exist if we swear off denigrating, either physically, spiritually, economically or politically, other individuals.

The human race needs to rally, to let a hue and a cry go forward, loud and clear.  No fancy-schmancy rhetoric, no political ideology and no personal grab for power and money can justify even one person not having enough to eat, a safe place to sleep and a chance for an education.

Give the people their rice.  The contentment and peace that will follow will amaze us all.


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