Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cheering is not enough, Push Congress to vote for policy changes this Lame Duck Session

There were some dramatic shifts this November. Instead of waiting for the Social Security fight next year, let's make changes the victors tend to agree on this year. Suddenly fewer people think pot and gay marriage will destroy us, Islam haters lost big. Maybe the unintended consequences of that movie insulting Islam, is the new belief that Islamophobes are baiting trouble not warning about it. Dramatic shift in the Orthodox Jewish community who had a habit of voting Republican.

Cuban-Americas voted for Obama or almost did depending on which exit poll is believed, and booted out two hardliners. Peace candidates, or more accurately Council for Liveable World supported candidates won most of its contested races. The one group calling themselves Conservatives who were cheering the general election outcome were the eight Ron Paul supported candidates in the House.

If we dwell on trade issues like ending the embargo of Cuba, and a more peaceful cheaper foreign policy, the Ron Paul people will be on the same side as the other victors.


We don't need an expensive F 15, a cold war weapon, we can close a US base in Germany or Japan, or if such a Congressional vote loses it still will change the parameters of next years cuts debate. If we manage to end the Cuban embargo this year, just ending boycotts and embargoes creates US jobs, builds tax revenue and since some people retire to crime ridden Mexico to stretch there Social Security check, many more could instead retire to crime free Cuba cutting the Medicare shortfall.

Some young folk might not even realize that there is a blockade of Cuba, and that Americans once were very mad that their government would tell them where they couldn't travel. The exit polls differed on whether most Cuban-Americans voted for Obama. I wonder if some exit polls were more private, such as checking a box instead of speaking into a microphone while other people were near by and elderly Cuban-Americans might have been afraid to offend her friends who they thought were still pro-embargo, and thus made a real point to avoid speaking in an exit poll. Maybe someone could pay for stories of people who avoided the poll taker providing they have a friend who they already confided in that they did so.

I have an incredible thought, to me peace won, even where the peace candidate lost. The Council for a Liveable World won every hotly contested Senate races but two. To me, Shelley Barkley of Nevada is no peace candidate and didn'f call herself one, she wrote the shrill resolution at the Democratic Convention on Jerusalem,

Where the candidates arguments concerned peace peace won,
Richard Carmona of Arizona lost to the top opponent of the Cuban embargo in the US Senate. Carmona had the support of local Latins, but peace with Cuba won at that point not the Black-Latin coalition.

But we better watch out, we don't pay attention but al Qaeda is convinced that the West will collapse, and is trying to make it happen with their help sooner, such as placing explosive-laden people on airplanes that could have even been a dud so as not to risk a resuming the draft, a far cheaper way to fight. No one seemed to wonder why bin Laden's notes said he was planning to derail trains. Derailing trains would hurt the US economy without encouraging a draft. They will be suddenly very disappointed and angry if it looks like the dollar may not collapse after all. In their eyes those who borrow like crazy like the West does must suffer destruction for it. Let’s prove al Qaeda wrong by straightening up in a hurry.

Anyway Cuba can be counted on to make positive changes if a Congressional vote to end the embargo gets voted on this lame duck session. People in Afghanistan could care less about making US peace-activists look good.

If we wait until our soldiers have to wonder if their next paycheck will be on time, to leave Afghanistan, it could be confusion and chaos.

Britain is still around, two centuries after the US revolution, the US, with the proper compromises aught be around in another 200 years as well.

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