Don't petition the White House, Use Change.org

Don’t petition the White House, Use Change.org

Nov 18, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
Secessionists. I first want to say thank you for finally learning something from history. The last time so many desired to rid themselves of a tyrannical president they declared war on the Union. Thus, your use of a peaceful means through petitions on the White House’s site is commendable. Furthermore, each state now finds themselves represented by a petition and signatures from people possibly wanting to secede from the United States. Texas leads the way with more than 100,000 people asking the White House to address the issue. This is the same state governed by Rick Perry who drummed up his base of supporters with calls for seceding prior to his Republican bid for President. The irony seemed lost on him. Governor Perry is obviously not a viable option to lead the cause. He hardly put up a fight against a weak group seeking his party’s nomination. I also question...
The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The whole campaign season did not just depend upon the presidential race that finally came to an end last night. Yes, the country voted clearly to give Barack Obama another four years in the White House. He received more than 50 percent of the vote and won handily in the electoral college. Yet, it is what happened down the ballot that shows the nation’s move toward progressive values. It appears that Democrats will pick up a couple seats in the lower chamber but the real change happened on the senatorial level. Voters said no way to Republicans Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock after they attempted to scapegoat women and downplay the trauma of rape and sexual abuse. Furthermore, women won in Massachusetts, North Dakota, Hawaii, and Wisconsin for their first terms. All four of them will be more progressive legislators than their predecessors. In Wisconsin Tammy Baldwin will be the...
Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Oct 24, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
During last night’s Indiana Senate debate the Republican candidate, Richard Mourdock, did more than stick his foot in his mouth. I believe life begins at conception. The only exception I have for to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from God, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape. It is something that God intended to happen. Mourdock joined a club made exclusively of Republicans but a club that seems to be growing as the November election nears. Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh made a reprehensible comment about exceptions for the life of the mother following his debate. “There is no such exception. With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance.” Complete crap as this woman explains. Of course who can forget Missouri...

bin Laden’s dead – let’s move on to the future

May 2, 2011 Aaron Krager 2 Comments

As news spread of Osama bin Laden’s death last night many American’s rejoiced. The most dangerous terrorist leader was finally dead nearly a decade after the most heinous attack on United States soil. Fans at the New York Mets versus Philadelphia Phillies game chanted “USA! USA!” The epitome of America! Hell Yeah! attitude.

We should be proud of our military and the long search to find the mastermind of al Qaeda’s terrorist organization. We should be proud of the long fight finally having come to some kind of resolution. Now the news is a day old – we should move on from the entire war on terrorism.

As 9/11 widow Kristen Breitweiser summed up earlier today in a post entitled: Today Is Not a Day of Celebration for Me

Ten years later, now fully awake in the bright sunlight of the day, when I contemplate the definition of victory for our country when it comes to the death of Osama bin Laden, I can only think about the damage that has been done.

I think about the thousands of lives lost — American, Afghani, Iraqi. I know firsthand the sorrow those families have felt. I ponder how the billions — maybe trillions — of dollars could have been better spent. I remain alarmed about the continued expansion of absolute Executive power in the name of fighting this seemingly ongoing and never-ending “war on terror.” I worry about the further erosion of our constitutional rights. I wonder when our troops will ever be called home. I know all too well, that thousands of young American men and women soldiers will never have the opportunity to return home. And of course, I fear reprisal.

There may be reprisal at killing a symbol of American hatred. There may not be. But most of all the symbol of the war on terrorism has been our utter willingness to let go of basic freedoms as well as spend ourselves into an unconsciousable debt through two wars. We argue now about the latter in terms of funding for public radio or Planned Parenthood instead of the real causes. We carry ourselves as a beacon of freedom while allowing our phones to be tapped in violation of the Constitution.

Neither of these are winning a war on terrorism. We need to move on and find peace in time for the 10th anniversary of the horrific events of 9/11. In just about four short months we will commemorate the day with a moment of silence, a reading of the people we lost on that day, may be a 21 gun salute, a reef, etc. But we can commemorate it best by finding peace in bringing home our troops, restoring our civil liberties and ending the wars we are fighting.

We have spent far too much time in the past decade caught up a Cold War style of the last century. Osama bin Laden is dead – let’s move on and begin moving our country forward in this decade. We can allow the American hope and ideals to cultivate this next decade and beyond instead of fear and hatred of the other.

  • Reed

    Well said, AK.

  • http://www.aaronkrager.com AaronKrager

    Thanks!

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