- Politics and Social Issues
Thoughts on Current Events
Protest in the Air
Conflict on the Rise
It seems that the year 2011 will go down in history as the "Year of Protests." Everyone is well aware of the protests in the Middle East, particularly in Egypt where a three decade dictator (Hosni Mubarak), was forced out of office. It took 300 deaths and untold number of demonstrators injured to bring about change in Egypt. Unfortunately, that seems to always be the case to rid one's self of a dictator. But, I'm sure other notorious dictators, such as Colonel Gaddafi of Libya, are fearful of the spreading protests as well. He first praised the protests in Egypt. But, that praise quickly disappeared as his own people began protesting against him and his totalitarian rule of Libya. Gaddafi seems to be especially cracking down hard on protests. In Libra's second largest city, Benghaz, approximately 1000 people are injured and as many as 200 people are feared dead. I would have to say this is Gaddafi's final hooray. He was the cause of the Lockerbie bombing in my opinion. He was the one who freed the final bomber (Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi) who was allegedly dying of cancer two years ago. He is still alive. That is a tragedy no matter how you look at it for the families of the victims. To Colonel Gaddafi I say, "Sic semper tyrannis!"
As if that weren't enough on the subject of protests, we have teachers unions going insane with the Madison protests over the loss of bargaining rights. Bargaining rights have always been the chip that unions could use against an employer. It also can be used to keep mediocre employees on the payroll at the detriment of the employer and employees as well. There are many teachers who can barely read and write right here in the school district in Mobile County. I know that for a fact due to interaction with several. My nephew, who is a schoolteacher in this county, is also aware of this fact. Who suffers the most from teachers of this ilk? It should not be hard to figure out. But, I digress... The governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, is determined to scrap the entire collective bargaining process with the teacher's union. The teachers, and other labor unions, are continuing their efforts in the Madison protests. It appears there can be no compromise reached between the two sides. Wisconsin, like so many states, is in an economic crunch in this "recovering economy" we hear so much about. The governor says he needs the ability to make tough economic decisions without the cumbersome collective bargaining agreement with the teachers union. My only question (and I do support the govenor), which union is next? How about the state highway workers union? Or the state prison workers union? A tough call.
Finally, I do hope the GOP gets its way and Planned Parenthood (the biggest joke of a name in history) is thrown onto the dustbin of history. For the longest time, these people have looked the other way when children, some as young as 13 or 14, come in for help. They are only told of ways to get secret abortions. No discussion with parents, no talk of what they could do by having the child and putting it up for adoption. None of that. I know the Socialists on HubPages hate Glen Beck. But, his show this past Friday was one that would fill you with revulsion with the subject that was discussed. Lila Rose, who has participated in and ran undercover stings against Planned Parenthood, was a guest on the show. For just being 22 years of age, she was an amazing study. Miss Rose has a thankless job and one in which she is now a marked woman for exposing Planned Parenthood for an organization that participates in underage sex rings and helping the pimps of these children on tape. I just hope the Democrats see this organization for what it is now. It could be one of their children on that tape someday seeking advice from this alleged organization.
- Thoughts on Current Events
It seems that the year 2011 will go down in history as the "Year of Protests." Everyone is well aware of the protests in the Middle East, particularly in Egypt where a three decade dictator (Hosni Mubarak),...