Who Are You?

Can you hear the Who in the background?

I am always having political conversations with the people around me…..and one day a fellow ask me just who are you?  Meaning he wanted to know my political affiliations.

She was confused because I hole some conservative beliefs as well as some liberal and even some more radical than the Dems.

The question remains politically who am I?

Let’s get started……I am pro-gun but only to the extent that assault weapons should only be available to military or collectors…..I am pro-choice…..because it is a personal decision and NO one should infringe on a person’s personal decisions.  Pro-tax reform….take the 1000+ page tax code and distill it down to 10 pages….everyone pays…..  I support a single payer or a Medicare for all if you like.  I am anti-war….war should be the last resort not the first thing that comes to mind.  Pro-veteran….meaning veterans should get all the benefits that they deserve….superb medical acre, GI Bill educational benefits to the point that the first 4 years are free  Then there is the limited government….by this I mean that we all pay taxes and Pentagon budget gets scaled back to a reasonable level.  Anti Citizens United…all campaigns should be paid for through the government….donations can be given but they would go into a fund for all candidates.  I am pro term limits for the Congress….for the Senate 2 terms or 12 years for the House 6 terms or 12 years.  Lobbyists…NO former government employee can lobby for at least 10 years after leaving government service.  Pro Separation of Church and State…NO religion should have an upper hand in government..again this is a personal choice and as such should not be foisted on the population.

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The Return Of GSFP

Last year I tried to resurrect Gulf South Free Press as an opinion blog…..well that did not go so well for I had to check into the hospital and have a couple of toes removed.  And then with the rehab for those toes I had neglected GSFP and now I wish to re-start it as an opinion blog……post about once a week or so.  GSFP started off originally as my state blog covering the news of my state of Mississippi….then it morphed into a op-ed blog solely…..and now I am trying to re-start the op-ed portion of the site……

Hopefully my readers will pick up on GSFP and find it necessary to comment on the op-eds I present……

Let’s try it again…hopefully there is not going to be any more visits to the hospital…..I believe I have given enough….

Shall we begin?

Is It More Than Dislike?

I, like so many others, have been writing on the presidential term so far of Mr. Trump and I have been accused of despising the man and that made me take back and immerse myself in thought.

As hard as it is for many of his supporters to believe not everybody wants him to fail as president.  I mean I was a critic of Bubba Clinton, GW Bush and Obama…..so I am doing nothing that I have had done to other presidents.

Do I truly despise the man?

There are very few people I actually despise but there are many that I dislike.  I admit that I have used words that were not very flattering to the man to describe his administration but it was not from despise that they flowed more like in retaliation for something some mental midget has written or said.

The truth is in the beginning I was not pleased that Trump had won the election but I would have been equally disappointed if Clinton had won….so safe to say that no matter who won the 2016 election I was not going to be happy.

But despised the man….I think not…..I truly was hoping that he would make good on his campaign promises in trade and foreign policy…..so I wished him well as I have done for ever president since I began analyzing politics.

The problem is that he has nothing but the campaign going for him.  That is evident if you watch he is still campaigning and only visits regions that voted for him.

He could be going around the country thumping his chest about the markets rise….the low unemployment…..but instead he taunts Clinton and her loss and keeps bringing up the “Russian fake story” to the point that rational people are starting to think….”me thinks he dost protest too much”.

Then there are the Tweets.  Tweeting is a great thing but it is NO way to govern or run a White House.

However there is one area where he gets my approval….he truly wants to end Afghanistan but the generals want more troops….generals always want more troops…..if he can figure this aspect of his foreign policy out then there is the possibility of my better feeling about his presidency.

So the question remains…..do I despise the president?

I will admit that what began as a dislike has slowly become a despise for I do not see how he is “Making America Great Again”.  He spends most of his time reliving the election win, which was a good win but it is beyond time to move on to the act of governing.

So I guess despise  can be said to be accurate….but it is not permanent.

A reset would go a long way to reverse this trend for me.

This person shows no respect for the people of this country and he expects my respect to be shown him…..then he is delusional.

So I guess despise will have to do for now….but there is always tomorrow.

Only Takes A Spark!

OMG!  There is so much tension around the world that it is starting to look more like the beginning of the end.  I know that sounds a bit much…..but look at the world…..NK is strutting around with its missile in hand, US is verbally threatening so many countries, Turkey is fighting but NO one knows for sure who they are fighting, China, India and Pakistan are all pushing along their borers with each other….and then there is the “games”…all being played in and around the Baltics and Southwest Europe….all along the old borders of the Cold War dividing the USSR from the West.

Right now the US and its NATO allies have a military build-up along said borers and Russia has done likewise….all under the pretense of “war games”.

This September in Europe was a tense month of military posturing and preparations. Sweden recently began a three-week war game, its largest since the Cold War. Even as it did so, across the Baltic Sea, Russian and Belarusian forces concluded the Zapad military exercises – which NATO officials called “serious preparations for a big war”.

Major war games such as these bring a risk of real conflict. But neither the Russian invasion that Russia’s neighbours fear, nor the NATO incursion implicit in the Zapad scenario, are likely events. Our research on conflict escalation suggests that the U.S., Russia and Europe should worry about a far riskier contingency: what if a separate crisis emerged at the same time that large numbers of troops and equipment are already deployed in the region?

A crisis could be precipitated from at least three different types of events: unattributable attacks, unilateral actions by anxious allies, and military accidents. Such dangerous situations could quickly produce unintended consequences that slip Russia and the West into armed confrontation.

Source: What Would It Take to Trigger War Between Russia and NATO? Just a Spark | RealClearDefense

It is not a “war game”…..at best it is a stare down.

Who will blink first?

Of course…..a simple blink could light the fuse of no return.

The Kurds: Now What?

The votes have been counted and the Kurds overwhelmingly voted to set up a free Kurdistan……about 92% in favor of session.

There is NO one that sees this vote as a positive thing for Iraq or the wider Middle East and that includes the Kurds biggest ally….the United States.

The PM of Iraq, Abadi, has demanded that the results of the vote be nullified……

The results of the Iraqi Kurdistan referendum on secession are in, with over 92% of the voters in favor of seceding from Iraq. Iraq’s Prime Minister Hayder Abadi has threatened military action in retaliation.

In fact, Abadi is now demanding that the Kurds totally cancel the vote, even though it’s already taken place and the results are already in, saying he will “never discuss” the results of the referendum because Iraq’s parliament didn’t give them permission for it.

Iraqi officials seem to be throwing everything at the situation in Kurdistan now and seeing what sticks. Demands for the Kurds to surrender their airports have been spurned, and Kurdish officials had ruled out returning to Baghdad’s rule before Abadi’s latest demands were even made.

The Iraqi Parliament has asked the OM to send in troops and retake the district from the Kurds…

With Iraqi Kurdistan voting for secession, the fate of the Kirkuk Province is very much in doubt. It’s not legally part of the Kurdistan territory, but historically has had a large Kurdish population, and was “annexed” by Iraqi Kurdistan after it was taken early in the ISIS war.

The oil-rich province could be a major bone of contention, with Iraq’s parliament urging Prime Minister Hayder Abadi to send in troops and physically reconquer the province from the Kurds.

They might have help. Kirkuk Province has an ethnic Turkmen minority,  and that has Turkey’s nationalist MHP Party leader Devlet Bahceli vowing that the Kurds will never rule over Kirkuk.

The Turkmen….a relatively unknown ethnic group has stepped out of the shadows and volunteered to fight the Kurds….but for who are their loyalties?  Turkey? Or Iraq?

Thousands of Turkish volunteers are ready to fight in Kirkuk and other Iraqi cities to defend the country’s Turkmen population, the head of Turkey’s nationalist opposition said on Wednesday.

Devlet Bahceli said the minority Turkmen, who have close ethnic ties to Turkey, would not be abandoned in Kirkuk.

The city, home to Kurds, Arabs and Turkmens, has been controlled by Kurdish peshmerga fighters since 2014 and Kurdish authorities included it in this week’s referendum for Kurdish independence in northern Iraq, angering the Baghdad government.

(Reuters)

ISIS is a dying problem…..the Kurds are a problem on the rise…..the violence is far from over.

Today, Friday, will be a telling day in this situation…..

In response to more than 90% of Iraqi Kurds voting in favor of independence through peaceful means, the Iraqi government has issued the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) an ultimatum: hand over control over your airports and control of your borders. The Iraqi government is threatening an air embargo if the Kurds don’t comply with the demand. The move shows exactly how weak Baghdad is. Knowing it can’t force the Kurds to comply militarily on the ground, it’s only option is to threaten civilian air traffic.

The Kurds have until 6:00 pm local time on Friday to comply. They are unlikely to do so.

The Iraqi government has ruled out negotiations. “The referendum will have a negative impact on all of Iraq and the KRG. We will never compromise the unity and sovereignty of Iraq. We will not have any negotiations with regards to the outcome of the referendum,” said Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

The Iraqi Prime Minister’s stance may start a civil war in the country, a war he can’t possibly hope to win without US troops fighting the war for him. Given the US State Department’s opposition to democracy in the country, that may be a possibility.

The next question to ponder is……Is this the end of Iraq?

There are many worthy markers that America’s Iraq Wars have been a terrible, terrible waste, but as history loves a signature event, let it be the 25 September, 2017 Kurdish independence referendum. While the referendum is non-binding and the final vote tally may not be known for several days (though it will certainly be “yes” to independence), the true results of America’s decades of war in Iraq are already clear.

Along with the ongoing decimation of Iraq’s Sunni population, the referendum means that in practice “Iraq” no longer exists. In its place is a Shiite state dominated by Iran, the de facto new nation of Kurdistan, and a shrinking population of Sunnis tottering between annihilation or reservation-like existence, depending on whether the United States uses the last of its influence to sketch out red lines or abandons the people to fate.

The waste comes in that a better version of a de facto tri-state Iraq was available in 2006. Every life lost (out of a million some, including 4,424 Americans), every dollar spent (in the trillions), and every unanticipated outcome suffered (rise of Daesh, conflict in Syria, de-democratization of Turkey) since then has been unnecessary.

Source: Why the Kurdish referendum means the end of Iraq – Middle East Monitor

Turn The Page!

Let’s Talk John McCain

WARNING:  This post will feature some pretty raw words and thoughts….proceed with caution if you are easily offended.

It is safe to say that I do not think much of John McCain’s conservative ideas…..we agree on very little….but no matter the man deserves all the respect one can muster for he has served his country in so many ways and given up a lot for his country.

But for a couple of months now McCain has become the whipping boy of Trump….he blames so much of Trump’s failures on John McCain….especially the numerous failures the the GOP plan has had trying to repeal and replace Obamacare.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough has ripped into Trump and his mindless supporters for all their attacks on McCain….

“Mornine Joe” host Joe Scarborough on Tuesday ripped President Donald Trump and other critics of “dying” Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who last week announced his opposition to the latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

“You have no humanity if a man is dying and  your using him for political punchlines on talk radio and also to audiences in Alabama,” Scarborough said of Trump, who has voiced criticism of the senator, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.

The MSNBC host called people who “boo” McCain “ignorant,” and asked them to “show a little respect” for the U.S. Navy veteran and former prisoner of war in Vietnam.

Scarborough also found it disturbing that others would attack someone who is fighting cancer.

“By the way, for the people at home. If you’re in the audience, and John McCain is getting attacked, and he’s fighting for his life, unless you were raised in a barn, keep your mouth shut, all right?” Scarborough said, sobering the mood of the show. “Show a little respect. Show a little dignity. Show a little class.”

Scarborough asked who raised “these people,” saying he grew up in the same situations that they did.

“I guarantee I was raised in the same region. In the same socioeconomic background, going to the same Southern Baptist churches, going to the same public schools, going to the same public colleges, state schools these people went to,” Scarborough said.

“So I ask, Who raised these people? Who have they become, that they would boo a man who is fighting for his very life and has served his country in uniform, who was a prisoner of war?”

“”You should keep your mouth shut, and you should go home, and you should talk to your children, and you should tell the story of John McCain to your children,” Scarborough said, explaining that McCain had the choice to be released from prison in Vietnam, but refused until his fellow service members could be released with him. “A man who served his country in uniform when he could have done what Donald Trump did. He could have avoided the draft.”

That was an apparent reference to Trump, who got repeated deferrals to avoid military service in Vietnam.

Watch the rest of the video….

http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/joe-who-raised-the-people-that-boo-john-mccain-1055021635932

There is the real problem with this country…..Donald Trump and his mindless drooling supporters have NO respect for anyone that disagrees with him or them….

John McCain like all our veterans they have earned their respect and this president has earned NOTHING but disdain from humans.

Time for these slobbering fools to leave the insults unsaid and start working on actual policies that will lead America forward.

Society Was Warned

I am one blogger that did not write that much on the problems in Charlottesville because it would do NO good what so ever because this is a subject that is emotionally charged and they are same problems we have been fighting for decades and never make any headway.

Back in the Dark Ages, 1989, I wrote a paper and submitted it to a scholars conference,”Short coming in the theory of non-violence”….it was accepted and I presented it to my colleagues in March of that year.  (I would post it here but that was before a hard drive everything I did was on paper and Hurricane Katrina totally destroyed many of my past originals.)

I used movements to make my point, India’s independence movement, the civil rights and the women’s search for equality.

I pointed out that in India…the things that Gandhi fought far never materialized…it was only a matter of time before India got its independence with or without Gandhi….England could NO longer afford the empire.

The Civil Rights Movement…what did Blacks accomplish?  Yes they got the right to vote but beyond that their plight is pretty much the same today as it was back in the beginning….plus they are slowly losing the vote thing.

Then the women’s protests…..not much has changed there either.  They fought the hard fight but in the end not much changed……They still make far less than a man….the jobs are pretty much minor jobs as they were back in the 70’s….that glass ceiling is still a ceiling for them.

IN conclusion to the paper I stated that while some minor progress had been made it was far from a victory and all the “rights” they think they have won will be slowly back peddled and the fight will continue.

Why?

The activists settled on what was offered them….instead of continuing the fight to a proper conclusion.

Now fast forward to 2017……we as a nation are fighting the same battle from our past…voters rights, racism, equality….in all these years little has changed….only the fight remains.