Archive for October, 2014

“Why Partyism Is Wrong” by David Brooks (TIMES, 10/26/14)

October 30, 2014

Leave it to David Brooks, the moderate conservative, to muddy the waters!

Many other rural people “defend gun rights” because they are guided by the gun lobby or have seen too many films by Clint Eastwood or Sylvester Stallone.

Are the critics of the NRA motivated by “urban snobbery” or are they horrified by crazies armed with automatic weapons and trigger-happy police officers.

We get little wisdom from cherry-pickers like Brooks.

A. Garavente



October 21, 2014

I was first eligible to vote in 1952 but neglected to do so because I was unaware of that fact. Born on November 30, 1931, I was not twenty-one years old on Election Day 1952; therefore I did not cast a ballot, thus depriving Adlai Stevenson of one more vote. According to the voting regulations at the time, any twenty-year-old citizen whose birthday was in November was eligible to vote. Had I been more active politically, surely I would have known that.

In the 1970’s, as a more astute voter and a member of the Peace and Freedom Party, I helped get the 26th Amendment passed, which lowered the age requirement to eighteen. There were great expectations then that broadening the electorate would strengthen American democracy. Alas, that did not turn out to be true! With only about 54% of the voting age population actually casting ballots, the claim that the United States is a democratic country can be called into question especially when it is realized that the workingclass is virtually disfranchised. That means workers cannot do much to improve the economic conditions in this country, When elections are held, more and more of them are absenting themselves from the proceedings.

Something has to be done to rectify this deplorable situation! And we should not have to wait until the Democrats have the majority in the House of Representatives. It is unlikely that such will be the case anytime soon. Moreover, the Republican advantage is only a slim one therefore a Unified minority of Democrats in the House could force a breakthrough in the political arena.

The best way to mobilize that Democratic minority is by advocating the implementation of a second New Deal. There is already considerable evidence that Democrats are ready to try a program of deficit financing, but the more conservative leaders of the party are hesitant. Pump-priming resembles socialism, these Blue Dogs growl. The first New Deal saved capitalism. Weren’t the first measures aimed at strengthening the American banking system?

It should also be kept in mind that there are some Republicans who would support government job programs like the measures Franklin D. Roosevelt advocated in the 1930s. With a small dose of courage, we could do it again.

A. Garavente

Hazing in Sayreville, N.J. ” (TIMES, 10/20/14)

October 21, 2014

Hazing is rape school!

That is so for the perpetrators, the victims and the “spectators.” Just reading about hazing can be a sexual stimulant to some people.

Big “children” learn that they can “fool around” with smaller ones; seniors can grope freshmen. They learn that rape is a demonstration of male prowess.

It is often the case that a rapist beats up the victim after having his orgasm (or not having one).

A thorough investigation of the football team, the coaching staff and the school administration is essential.

A. Garavente

“Revenge of the Unforgiven” by Paul Krugman (TIMES, 10/13/13)

October 13, 2014

Paul Krugman asks why there is no growth in the economy.

Could it be because we have been in a depression, not a “Great Recession”? The latter term is as useless as “”interrelationship”!

Slow growth or no growth would be more likely in a period of depression than in a time of recession.

Didn’t Krugman publish a book in the fall of 2012 entitled: “Stop This Depression NOW!”?

A. Garavente

“End the U.S. Embargo on Cuba” (TIMES, 10/12/14)

October 13, 2014

Yes, opening normal relations with Cuba is a great deal!

But the President has to move on this quickly, before the reactionaries in the Republican Party can organize an effective blocking action.

If Obama drags his feet, not only will he look weak, it might be an opportunity missed. Then, the Cuban government might turn to Russia and China for tighter relationships.

A. Garavente

“A Tale of One City” by Eric Alterman (THE NATION, October 20, 2014)

October 13, 2014

Good for Eric Alterman for exposing David Brooks, the so-called moderate conservative, as the opportunistic media careerist that he is.

As that old song has it, “You’ve got to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative” to hold onto those centrists Brooks so admires.

Well, what else can we expect? Brooks once claimed that there are a million causes of poverty (NEW YORK TIMES, 2/7/12).

A. Garavente