Many observers of the Middle East, myself included, have derided the President for putting concerns over his legacy before concerns about the safety of the free world. But if he allows Iranian intransigence to prevail as the terrorist regime spins clandestine centrifuges, then the legacy he achieves will be a dubious one at best.
Fifty years later, that experiment has finally earned a retrospective.Â Looking back on it, we should have seen as a nation that the Great Society could not have been a permanent solution and might even be detrimental to Americaâs growth. The programs began to grow and expand as more and more citizens, got involved. For far too many, Johnson era anti-poverty programs became more of a permanent dependency rather than a lift out of poverty. In a perverse way, the Great Society helped to further entrench some of the social problems that gave rise to it.Â And as American population growth slowed, it began to reveal its other flaws as well.
What would the two distinguished men discuss, and what tone would their conversation take?Â Given that they are both leaders of their respective branches of the co-equal triumvirate (the executive, judicial and legislative) constituting our government, would either dare tread upon the territory of the other?Â Both are lawyers after all, and each graduated from the top law schools of the country: Harvard and Yale.Â Alas, we do not have a fly-shaped drone on the wall listening in.Â But if we did, here is what we might overhearâŚ.
While the Clinton machine is ever so skilled at deflecting the core issues and focusing the media discussion on the irrelevant matter of personal convenience, she may have just been caught in her own web of deception. Not only do recently disclosed email communications indicate that Clinton used multiple devices, but they also show that at least on one occasion she replied to an official email with personal information. The implication here couldnât be clearer. What is the likelihood that she also replied to personal communications with âofficialâ and possibly classified and sensitive information?
We are finally at a point in this country where the civil rights era politics have worn too thin to serve as a freedom suit. First, they are not as relevant to todayâs political realities. No one is talking about taking away anyoneâs vote or instituting a system of de jure segregation. And yet in practice, blacks have found themselves isolated and gerrymandered on the local level â ultimately unable to build coalitions to advocate for broad-based change within the Democratic Party ghetto. Furthermore, blacks are starting to fall behind economically â and not just at the lower levels of the socioeconomic spectrum. Even black college graduates have fallen prey to intractable unemployment in a rapidly changing economic climate for all Americans.
Historians have penned SC State University as an institutionÂ where history was made.Â FromÂ post CivilÂ War through the Civil Rights Era, defining events that influenced monumental change took place on the campus of SC State University. History tells of the transformation of a people and culture within the classroom walls of SC State University where excellence in everything was the standard.Â A coveted degree from SC State opened doors of opportunity and allowed dreams to be realized.
77-year old comedian, educator and actor Bill Cosby came of age during a particularly nasty time in this country for race relations.Â In the late 1940s and 1950s the regime that controlled the Jim Crow South was baring its lethal fangs in the face of increasing agitation by blacks for legal and social equality.Â Though Cosby was and is widely known for taking a more conciliatory approach to race relations, one wonders if his formative experiences inside the crucible of Americaâs race wars may have produced a seam of resentment that ultimately spilled over into his mistreatment of women.
When Senator Tom Cotton (R-AK) and 46 other Senate Republicans sent Iranâs top officials a letter on March 9th, there was and continues to be much controversy as to whether or not they have violated the Logan Actâa 1799 law that forbids any U.S. citizen (acting without official U.S. authority) from influencing âdisputes or controversiesâ that involve a foreign government and the United States of America. While the senators in this case are clearly attempting to sway negotiations towards restricting President Obama from coming to an agreement with Iran, it is less definite as to whether or not the Republican congressmen are acting without official U.S. authority. One may argue that those who have signed this letter do in fact wield âofficial U.S. authorityâ and that these signatories serve as federal officers considering their role as senators in the United States Congress.
In Washington a firestorm of controversy has been sparked, but not over Iran's continued intransigence, its stonewalling of international arms inspectors, or even its expanding sphere of deadly influence in the Middle East and gross repression of civil and human rights.Â Instead, the Presidentâs minions are playing politics to discredit Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before he addresses a joint session of Congress on the very real threat posed by Iranâs nuclear arms program.
Being an avid tennis fan, I watched with horror and great pain the 2001 tennis matches at Indian Wells, California where the Williams sisters and their father were treated asÂ unwelcome aliens.Â Trying to grasp the fact that an adult audience could heckle, boo, and downright cheer Serena's double faults and errors in the championship was a time in sporting history I was hoping to forget ever happening. For theses hisses and boos toÂ continue during the trophy awarding ceremony was most embarrassing to where one had to conclude there was deeper meaning to this outrage against the sisters.