Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 10:19 pm

Odds and ends for March 25

I think it’s about damned time the president of the United States reminded Israel (as well as congressional Republicans) that we have no permanent allies and no permanent enemies, only permanent interests.* It’s a position with which Israel should be familiar.

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich says that if Sen. Elizabeth Warren isn’t seeking the Democratic nomination for president and no one else runs on economic issues, he might have to run. That’s an interesting development. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s support is a mile wide and, on average, an inch deep (see this Meredith College poll re her N.C. standing), precisely because she’s not running against the GOP’s continued reaming and killing of the working class and strip-mining of the little remaining wealth of the middle class. If Reich jumps in soon — which he would have to do to win — he’d pose a formidable challenge to Hillary and would add some desperately needed real-world substance to the 2016 debate.

N.C. Republicans continue their war on equality. Serious question, guys: Why do you hate America? And spare me your “religious freedom” crap, please.

North Carolina’s private-school voucher program has met with, to be charitable, deeply mixed success. So what do the Republicans want to do? Quadruple it, duh.

And they want to privatize the state ferry system, an essential public service for Outer Banks residents. Look at the backers’ financial support and see what you find.

I usually try to end these posts with something lighthearted or at least satirical, but today I’ve got nothin’. Have a good evening.

*Attributed to Henry John Temple Viscount Lord Palmerston


  1. Om reminding Israel….

    This is one heck of a column that should be read with clear thought and an open mind.

    Attempts to Undermine Democracies by Present Day Fifth Columnists

    A couple of quotes:

    In 1941, author Ayn Rand wrote of “Innocent Fifth Columnists,” who, by their ignorance of the looming Nazi threat, were participating in the defeat of America as surely as those who would take up arms or plant explosives in the Capitol.

    Rand’s open letter to “Innocent Fifth Columnists” asked Americans

    ,”Are you the kind who sits at home and moans over the state of the world — but does nothing about it? Are you the kind who says that the future is predestined by something or other, something he can’t quite name or explain and isn’t very clear about, but the world is doomed to dictatorship and there’s nothing anyone can do about it? Are you the kind who says that he wishes he could do something, he’d be so eager to do something — but what can one man do? Are you the kind who are so devoted to your own career, your family, your home or your children that you will let the most unspeakable horrors be brought about to destroy your career, your family, your home and your children — because you are too busy now to prevent them?”

    Through her pointed prose, Rand sought to puncture the indifference of many and the paralysis of the individual who refused to acknowledge the danger to our collective freedoms.


    Consider Revolutionary War hero Patrick Henry’s powerful cautionary advice to his colleagues:

    “Mr. President, no man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism of the worthy gentlemen who have addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; it is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope. I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it. I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging the future but by the past, and judging by the past …”

    Small wonder we built a nation on the words of such men. Now it is a question of whether we can defend America.

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Sunday, March 29, 2015 2:20 am @ 2:20 am

  2. I like Reich. He tells it like it is:

    Comment by Roch — Tuesday, March 31, 2015 4:23 pm @ 4:23 pm

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