I have not done my general review of recent events that merit kudos and catcalls lately. So here I go in an effort to play catch-up. Let me preface my remarks by saying that in all of these instances, their obviousness and repeated failure to embody common sense, cause me to editorialize with the saying, “No shit, Sherlock”.
I promise that if you spend some time educating yourselves by reading all of the following articles, you will be rewarded. Not only will your brain power expand, but also I will provide you with some weekend funnies. Promise.
Catcalls to our never-satisfied ally, Israel. Our Vice President is visiting Israel this week. In all of their infinite wisdom, the Israeli government chose to zap the U.S. by delivering a blatant slap in the face to Biden during his trip. The Israelis announced that they are going to build thousands more settlements in East Jerusalem, further antagonizing the never-ending peace process, or should I say the “war process”? At any rate, Biden shot back that this expansion policy is unacceptable and counterproductive to any sort of negotiated peace in that region? What was Israel’s intentions in making this announcement while our VP was on their soil? Chutzpah, no? No shit, Sherlock.
I offer kudos to Biden for his quick and effective response. Granted: this announcement was made by the Israeli Interior Ministry supposedly without the prior knowledge or permission of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (and if you believe that, I have an island in Iowa that I want to sell to you.). Here is an analysis of this situation by several Mideast experts. This article appeared in today’s New York Times:
I am so sick and tired of the American, adamant, blind-faith supporters of Israeli militaristic policy, regardless of its value or morality. Some American Jews stand by Israel no matter what the issue is. I have this constant question: if their belief in Israel is so strong, so one-sided, so agreeable with their militaristic platform for existence, why haven’t they enlisted in the Israeli army, moved to Israel or sacrificed their children for the cause by either having them enlist in the Israeli army or just be a victim of the overall violence there? Why do these 100 % backers of Israel mitigate their devotion to Israel by choosing to live here in the United States? Could it be because it is so much more convenient and comfortable to fight the Israeli’s ongoing battles from the coziness of the United States? No shit, Sherlock.
Back to Joe Biden. Months ago (11/18/2009), he made an appearance on Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show”. As they talked about the infighting and dysfunction between and within the two major political parties, Biden made some very funny, yet true, observations:
The GOP’s latest rationale for denying passage of the HCR bill is that it will kill the Democrats at the polls in November. Come on: do the Republicans really care if the Democrats lose elections? If that was truly the case, the GOP would just sit tight, let the health care bill pass and then, revel in all of those upcoming Democratic election losses come November. Make sense? No shit, Sherlock.
Praise, finally, to the majority in Congress and their leader, President Obama. Who lit the fire under them in the last few weeks? They are full of vigor, fire and brimstone and coalescing on the hot-button issues of health care, financial reform and regulation and an earmarks overhaul. However, stupid I am not. All of these fighting words now have to be translated into active legislation. On that possibility, I am not so optimistic or convinced. It remains to be seen if the Democrats can rise above their individual selfishness and come together for the general good. Can they govern for the sake of the people rather than for the sake of government? Fire and brimstone is all well and good only if they can be turned into actions. Or perhaps all of this sudden, decisive rhetoric is merely a show leading up to the polls in November. In any case, allow me this brief moment of generosity to our Democratic lawmakers, because surely, the moment will pass. No shit, Sherlock.
And the next-to-last item on my list for review is the captivity of those pesky American hikers in Iran. After being in custody for 7 1/2 months, they were allowed to speak with their families. Their reasoning for their back-to-nature expedition in Iran still escapes me. I have only catcalls for their stupidity. In fact, so stupid was their mission that it would be a viable possibility that they are actually spies. At least, I hope their hike was the hike of the century. No shit, Sherlock.
It is eye-opening to look back in the recent past to see if certain ideas have “legs”, i.e. if their worth can stand the test of time. Kudos to those trailblazers who are constantly crusading for a fair and decent health bill. I have the utmost respect and admiration for those 40 Democratic Senators who signed the letter still and yet supporting a public option. And Former DNC Chairman Howard Dean can do no wrong in my eyes. He never stops fighting for an agenda that can benefit the American people. Here are two articles on health care reform that prove this policy is still the heart and soul of the changes America needs to compete in the world at large and garner respect for taking care of their own at home. This week, a poll came out stating that only 4% of Americans want the health care system to stay just the way it is. This health care bill is not only important in and of itself, but it is the lynch pin, the rubber match, for all future progressive legislation. Please take the time to read these two articles,both from 12/24/2009:
I daresay that once this HCR bill is passed, other legislation on such issues as financial reform, earmarks and student loans just to mention a few, will be easier to enact into law. The Republicans need to witness an initial legislative victory in the form of HRC to finally realize the President and his party can negotiate their obstructionism. The only question that remains is can the Democrats themselves overcome their own intra-party antics to get the job done. They had better, because that is what they owe the people who elected them to office. No shit, Sherlock.
Tags: American hikers held in Iran, dysfunction between and within the Republican and Democratic parties, Israel's expansion into East Jerusalem, Joe Biden's Israeli trip, kudos and catcalls, Sherlock Holmes