Syria And Majority Rule.

In the United States the majority should not rule. The majority has the right to elect a leader they trust will make the right decisions the majority of the time. This is the way it should be. Today’s world is too complicated for every citizen to understand every issue facing this country. The best we can do is elect a leader that we trust and one that either has the knowledge on all issues confronting the country or has access to such knowledge.

If we lose that trust in the President then we should remove him from office by voting him out or impeachment if we deem necessary.

The President is right about destroying Syria’s chemical weapons if we feel countries should not use weapons of mass destruction. By allowing them to get away without repercussions we are sending a message to all nations, including Iran and their nuclear weapon development.

The Syrian crisis over chemical weapons should cause us to think about what we expect from our President. Do we elect a President and expect him to do what we want or should he do what he believes is right? If we want him to always do what the majority of citizens desire today’s technology allows each American to cast their ballot on every issue confronting the country. We can dispose of both branches of government and vote over the internet. The technology exists to make this happen.

We should demand our President know more than we do. It is unreasonable to expect the majority to make the right decision on every issue. The world is too complicated and us citizens are too busy to know everything about every issue.

We ended up in Iraq because we had 911 on our mind. The public is now deciding what should be done about Syria’s chemical weapons with the deceit in justifying Iraq on our mind. Will we regret this later like we now regret Iraq?

Personally I trust Obama to make the right decision over Romney, Santorum, Cain, Bachmann Gingrich or Perry.

Let The Good Times Roll

If one does not recognize limitations it can lead to psychological problems. We no longer are standing alone on the mountain. We are in the lead but other countries are clawing at our behind.

Over the years we became fat and out of shape. We led the good life for decades and relaxed by taking on excessive debt rather than recognizing our superiority is slipping. We borrowed in excess to let the good times roll and we lost our work ethic thinking we were invincible and wanting more.

The second reason for our decline is more admirable. We encouraged the rest of the world to be like us. At the end of World War II we were the last industrialized country standing and we did not use this superiority to take over the rest of the globe. We encouraged countries to take the route of democracy. We gave them aid and bribed them to become like us. Many of these countries did it and others like China, India and Brazil are now bonafide competitors. A second wrung of nations such as the southern African countries are aggressively in the game

The result is some of our children have grown up, left home and no longer do everything we want or say. Now we are truly in a competitive world and one of the luxuries we no longer can afford is to be the worlds policeman. We are burning resources in an attempt to hang on to this superiority at the expense of our own future. Like all parents, we still love our children but now we must spend more time looking out for our self…. http://lstrn.us/1cNpYjc

Egypt: What Do We Do

It is not clear that cutting off aid will indeed save lives especially if it is replaced by Saudi Arabia. Beyond that there are contentions that thousands of lives have been saved as a result of Egypt’s strong military.
In difficult times it is best to fall back on core principles. We preach democracy. Demand control be released back to the Muslim Brotherhood, educate our country on the Muslim religion so the populous understands whether it is compatible with “Freedom For All” and require half the aid  be used for humanitarian reasons by giving it to the legitimate government instead of the military. The aid should be in the form of food and services.

Islam

In a democracy it is difficult to take action when a nation’s citizens do not understand the issue. This is the case in America with the economy and the middle east. 
The economy is a complicated social science and unlike natural science there are not proven laws to follow. With the middle east, the average U.S. Citizen does not understand Islam. Some believe it is a peaceful religion and others believe that part of the teaching of Islam is “kill the infidel”.
To help solve the problem in the Middle East we must first understand what we are trying to solve.

Torture In Iraq and Dirty Harry

It is easy to condemn torture until your life, or the life of a loved one, is on the line. When torture is condemned I often think of a very old “Dirty Harry” movie; the one where an insane person has an 8 year old child buried alive and if they do not find her quickly she will die.

Dirty Harry, Clint Eastwood, captures the perpetrator and tortures him resulting in the little girls life being saved. After 911 I was cheering for Dirty Harry. It is easy to be against torture until it gets personal. I was not a fan of Dick Cheney and George Bush but in the case of 911 they did what they had to do.

As time passes torture is needed less, however it may rise again. Remember, after World War II all of the individuals charged with crimes against humanity were on the losing side of the war. Just think if we would have lost to Japan.