“Destroying ISIS May Take Years” (TIMES, 9/8/14)

September 9, 2014

So, the United States will still be at war in Iraq beyond Obama’s time in office? In January 2017, when a new president will be sworn in (Hillary Clinton?), the USA will still be stuck in the muck up to its waist.

And Donald Rumsfeld said he “didn’t do quagmires”! At war from 2001 to 2017 constitutes a quagmire with most of the people I know.

Will candidate Clinton’s “muscular foreign policy” save us from this GOP-made disaster or (if the Republicans win in 2016) will the U.S. be at war with Iran and Syria by then?

A. Garavente

“Hocus Pocus” by Anthony Garavente (Shoumende)

July 15, 2014

Harold Meyerson’s dictim (THE AMERICAN PROSPECT, Jul/Aug 2014) that “the Democrats’ ability to improve the economic lives of most Americans has been their primary calling card to the nation’s voters ever since FDR became president” is a simplification of the actual situation. The New Deal of Franklin D. Roosevelt came to an end when the USA got involved in World War II.
Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson can be called liberals (at least about domestic issues), but that cannot be said of John. F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton. They were cold warriors who moved the Democratic Party to the right. They are attractive mostly when compared to the Republicans.
Therefore, objectively speaking, we have a conservative party (the Democrats) and a reactionary one (the Republicans); neither of which is friendly to the workingclass. Indeed, the latter can be hidden from view, like the poor relatives who eat in the kitchen, and can be made to work for low wages and to accept hazardous working conditions. So bad is the condition of the workers that they are disguised as “ordinary people’ or “everyday people,” even by the pundits on MSNBC.
The French and Italians have a…(gasp)…proletariat, but here in the good old USA, we are all middleclass. Hell, that is why Americans are “exceptional”; is it not? Two or three percent plutocrat and all the rest in the vast middle (though, many of the latter are regularly eating macaroni and cheese)–a veritable utopia! And another thing: if the Democrats get a solid majority in Congress in November, how many of their “moderates” will then line up with the Blue Dogs?
Listen up, ye of little faith! Only when we American votes put a progressive party in the political arena will the workers get justice. That is when we might see a New Deal again.

Birthday Greetings to the USA

July 1, 2014

     Best wishes to all Americans on the 238th birthday (7/4/14) of the United States of America (USA), land of the free and home of the brave!

     America, it is usually called nowadays, not the United States; though so much of “America” is not actually part of our country. In the vast Western Hemisphere there are three Americas, North, South and Central, with many different inhabitants. So, when we Americans call the USA “America,” are we being presumptuous?

     The USA is one of the oldest democracies in the world, having come into being in the late 18th century. Recently, though, changes have been made in the political situation (e.g.fifteen of the fifty states have made it harder to vote and the Civil Right Act has been repealed).

     Somehow, over the years, an aristocracy has emerged in our midst. Though it does not have titles or coats-of-arms, it does have great influence. Often these remnants of feudalism are above the law. Many Americans feel compelled to defer to them.

     Elections can actually be purchased, making it possible for the giant corporations (considered “people” by some of our politicians) to have things their way. That can mean no more safety regulations in our factories and offices.

     Well, I could say more but “All the News That’s Fit to Print” does not provide enough space for the people.


    A. Garavente 

Hello readers, my blog site is up and running. Shoumende 7/1/14

July 1, 2014

Reminder: Novella, Duke And Skip’

February 25, 2014


Duke And Skip’ /153 pages, is available on kindle. If you download it and read it through, any comments would be appreciated.

“The Long Goodbye in Afghanistan” (TImes, 11/24/13)

February 5, 2014

     Well, Eisenhower warned the American people in January 1961 about the danger of maintaining a “military-industrial complex!

     Therefore, at this late date, it is necessary to shout: WITHDRAW ALL OUR TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN BY MARCH 31, 2014!

     Since a complete withdrawal is not actually going to be concluded by December 31, 2014 (8000 to 10,000 U.S. troops will remain there indefinitely), the American people can change the timetable.

     Four months is enough time to withdraw our troops from that quagmire. As commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Obama has the authority to give the order.

     Assert yourself, Mr. President; assert yourself!

A. Garavente

The purple strategy

February 5, 2014

     American workers are being disfranchised!

     In fifteen states of the union, it has been made more difficult to vote. Those “red states” have to be countered by “blue states” willing to support a more liberal agenda.

     Since many states identified as blue are actually purple, the Democratic Party should focus its attention there. Only after purple states have been made blue, can any attention be given to the red states.

     When more purple states (e.g., Ohio and Pennsylvania) become blue, we can hope to put an end to the gerrymandering that is undermining our democracy. Moreover, it is easier to make a purple state blue than it is to turn a red one purple, especially given the fact that the Deep South and the Bible Belt remain so conservative. 


A. Garavente

“An Exit Strategy From Afghanistan” (TImes, 10/21/13)

February 5, 2014

     All 51,000 American troops should be withdrawn from the Afghanistan quagmire by 12/31/13. There is no reason to keep them there until the end of 2014.

     American lives will be saved by such a move and billions of dollars as well.

     Our commander-in-chief should take care of this urgent matter now!


A. Garavente


October 7, 2013

     Since a war with Syria is a distinct possibility (whether with drones or boots on the ground_ in the near future, it would make sense to accelerate the withdrawal of our troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year.

     It is time for American conservatives to acknowledge that Donald Rumsfeld created a mess in that sorry country, despite his boast that he didn’t “do quagmires.”

     If we bring our troops home by December 31, 2013, a year earlier than scheduled, we will save many lives and much money.

     Come on, Mr. President; show a little gumption!

A. Garavente

A Modest Proposal

July 11, 2013

         If the United States needs a strike force at the ready for an intervention in Syria, then the drawdown in Afghanistan has to be concluded by December 31st of THIS YEAR.

     The U.S cannot fight two wars at the same time. Bringing the troops home from Afghanistan  by 12/31/13 will save a lot of American lives and billions of dollars as well.

     President Obama, it is time to stop being a politician and start acting like a statesman! The American people voted for you twice. That is enough of a mandate for you to function with more resolution.

     A majority of the American people want to end the war in Afghanistan! 

A. Garavente


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