Friday, April 11, 2008

Six Months. Six Years. Six Centuries. Perpetual War Endless war on the installment plan copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. Many Americans may wish to believe that if Arizona Senator John McCain were elected, he would ensure that this nation remains engaged in battle for eons. The conventional wisdom is Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton will "bring the troops home." Citizens, mostly Independents and Democrats, may blame the Republicans for conflicts that seem endless by design. Of course, when war is in question, countless Americans contemplate the current conflicts. Nearly everyone with some exceptions, places the onus on President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard B. Cheney, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, or any of the other Neoconservatives in the Cabinet. Yet, these individuals and groups are not the only creators of combat. Any man or woman who believes, at times, war is the best, last, or the only option is culpable. Citizens throughout the globe have accepted the notion wars will always be. Hence fighting is, forever. The Hundred Years War lasted from 1337 through 1453. The Eighty Years War [1588 – 1648] filled most of the next century. The Thirty Year Conflict [1618 – 1648] began before the latter hostilities were resolved. The Crusades [1095 – 1291], a series of related military clashes filled more than another century. The Northern Crusades, also known as the Baltic Battles began in 1193 and remained uninterrupted through the 16th century. Native Americans recognize that in the 19th Century the United States was perpetually at war. History that is more recent is no less explosive. Since V-J Day 1945 ("Victory over Japan" and the end of World War II), we have been engaged in what the historian Charles A. Beard called "perpetual war for perpetual peace." I [Gore Vidal] have occasionally referred to our "enemy of the month...
Floridians Consider Taxes, Budget Cuts, and Effects the Everglade State 
 copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. On April 15, as Floridians rush to file tax forms few think of more than the burden. The cost of living in the Sunshine State is high. Levies are higher. Each year, the toll these expenditures take on the lives of individuals and families increases. Many citizens in this Southern State cry, "We need some relief!" Representative have heard the call and responded. Yet, the reaction may not be as thoughtful as it first appears to be. Floridians may wish to consider the plea Democratic Party Chair, Congresswoman, Karen L. Thurman presents. The Congresswoman discusses a stark reality. Change may come at the expense of the common people. A reduction in dollars and cents spent does not always equate to a savings. Many in The Orange State are grateful. Representatives in the State reviewed the budget and then expressed a belief cuts must be made. Prompted by much public angst, the Conservatives may claim the people want the Legislature to be more restrained. Few would argue that this is true. What is equally valid is the fact that few would wish to compromise the safety, security, or sanity of the poorest people, and those who are physically most dependent on others. If the impoverished are in need, incidental costs amass and local communities pay the ultimate price. Our children, and their education, are vital. The progeny are our future. Parents are also not persons we would wish to hurt. Throughout our lives Moms and Dads, now elderly protected us. Now, we must help provide for their safety and security, just as they did for us. Without the person who cared for us in our younger years, we would not be as profound and emotionally prosperous as we are. The police and fire...

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