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English: Seal of the President of the United States Español: Escudo del Presidente de los Estados Unidos Македонски: Печат на Претседателот на Соединетите Американски Држави. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Barack will soon have four years of experience being President of the US; Mitt has none. If the GOP continue their obstruction and the economy turns sour and international tensions mount, we will continue to need Barack’s experience. We will not have the luxury of training someone new to the presidency. In fact, it may be a good idea to consider repealing presidential term limits. Like FDR, we may need Barack for a third or fourth term.

Why I support unions


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When I was young and naive, I supported the arguments of those who criticized unions. I think that I have heard every possible argument against unions and I bought into them wholeheartedly at one time. At some point in my life, I was exposed to the thought of Louis Brandeis, who was an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court from 1916 to 1939. He argued that a healthy and vibrant middle class was essential to a well-functioning democracy, which I support.

Now there are those who contend that the US is a republic, not a democracy. In my opinion, that is a distinction without a difference. It is a guiding principle around the world in democracies of universal suffrage, one man, one vote. Those who raise the difference between a republic and a democracy are the people, in my opinion, who support a property qualification for the right to vote. It is an argument that has simmered since the founding of democracy in ancient Greece.

Therefore, a healthy democracy requires a healthy middle class and the middle class in the US is under attack and fast disappearing. The US had a healthy and growing middle class in the 1950s and subsequent decades when we had strong unions. As union membership declined and unions came under sustained attack from the 1%, the middle class started to shrink. Both a shrinking middle class and shrinking union membership continue to this day. Therefore to preserve our democracy, we must encourage union membership which in turn will preserve and enlarge the middle class.

Brandeis argued, and I agree, that we can have a great concentration of wealth or democracy, but both at the same time. In theory, it is possible to have economic opportunity without unions. However, in practice individual workers must band together in order to withstand the economic might of concentrated wealth, either in corporate or private hands. It is possible to list union abuses at length, but that is not sufficient reason for limiting or abolishing unions. It is sufficient reason for reform, but the preservation of the middle class and the rescue of our democracy from the 1% are of paramount importance.

Think about it this way as a pyramid. At the base are the citizens with the right to vote and a need to work. Some are organized into unions which negotiate certain rights for their members which influence rights for all workers. Above them is a layer, the middle class, supported by the health and strength of the workers beneath them. Above the middle class is the 1%. And above all of them is an umbrella representing our democracy shielding all of them from the slings and arrows of fate.

P. S. Age discrimination, although illegal, is widespread in the US. In my opinion, unionization is the best protection that anyone can have against age discrimination.

Please see Unions are good for democracy | Supreme Court | Freedom | Dynasty


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Cropped version of File:Official portrait of Barack Obama.jpg. The image was cropped at a 3:4 portrait ratio, it was slightly sharpened and the contrast and colors were auto-adjusted in photoshop. This crop, in contrast to the original image, centers the image on Obama's face and also removes the flag that takes away the focus from the portrait subject. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As I roam the blogosphere, the criticisms I see of President Obama often make no sense at all. What is causing much of the lies and distortions that are wildly off the mark? I must conclude that they are based on fear of someone different and frankly on race.

Barack had a black father and a white mother. Yet in the blogosphere, all that critics of Barack talk about is his father and how great an influence his father had on him. Hardly any mention is made of Barack’s mother, Ann Durham, nor of her influence on Barack before her death in November, 1995 when Barack was 34 years old. After his father abandoned his mother in Hawaii, Barack saw his father only once for about 4 weeks when he was 10 years old. Barack received half his genetic inheritance from his mother and the vast majority of the environment that shaped him came from her, not his absent father. Both Barack’s father and mother were very smart people; Barack received his intelligence from both of them. While his mother was working in Indonesia on her research, he lived with his white grandparents in Hawaii.

Barack’s critics label him as black. Having met the man briefly and watched him speak in person, I like to tell his critics that he is not black, he is a rich brown. To emphasize that fact, I tell them that he is mocha, not black. If they cannot understand that, they need to adjust the gamma of their computer monitors or the color controls on their TVs. I have noticed a difference on TV from one station to another, and I sometimes wonder if the difference is deliberate.

P. S. While thinking about this article, I was suddenly struck with the realization that Barack Sr. visited his wife and son in Honolulu for the only time in December 1971, and I was there, making my first visit to Honolulu. If only I had known then what we all know now, I could have met the family at their reunion.

Please see Racial discrimination

My numbers

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When I blogged for Barack on my.barackobama.com, I was somewhat limited in subject matter and I tried to follow their instruction to be positive. That was and is difficult when Barack’s opponents will say or repeat ANYTHING that they believe will damage the President or advance their cause. I have always tried to stick with the truth, because then I don’t have to remember what I said. Barack’s opponents don’t care; like Mitt Romney, they will say anything at any time, darn the consistency.

Well having my own blog now, my hands are no longer tied to subject matter or to being always positive. I prefer being positive, but I will answer Barack’s critics in kind when necessary. As a member of the Barack Obama Truth Team, I will continue to stick with the truth. I was examining my numbers today, and I found that having a site of my own was truly liberating:

4.5 years of my.barackobama.com  1200 posts  265 annual average
5.0 years of his site and my site combined 1675 posts 325 annual average
6.0 years projected total  2200 posts  365 annual average

After this election cycle, I will have averaged one post per day for six straight years. I hope then that with a Democratic House and Senate and Barack in the White House, it won’t be necessary to post so often. If we have a Republican sweep, I think that I will surrender to despair. If we continue the present stalemate in Washington, DC, it will be necessary to continue at my present pace or accelerate my writing.

Please see 3 scenarios for 2012



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Memory is a strange thing; as I grow older I remember events from my youth clearly and can’t recall some things that happened yesterday or last week. I guess that is a common human failing. I have found one cure that works for me and maybe it will work for you too, writing down my thoughts.

I started a group for Barack on February 12, 2007, two days after he declared his candidacy in Springfield, Illinois. I named the group Dixie4Obama since this part of Utah is known as Utah’s Dixie because pioneer families grew cotton here. I started posting on a blog at my.barackobama.com and wrote 1200+ posts. Then in July 2011, I started my own site at http://www.bell-book-candle.com where I have posted nearly 400 articles. If I needed to, I believe that I could rewrite all the articles from memory. Not just a similar article, the entire article word for word. Slight exaggeration there.

Why do I think so?   In part because I have given some or a lot of thought to the article before I write it. Then there is typing it on my computer that helps my memory retain what I have typed. There are the typing mistakes that require correction and the fact checking at www.wikipedia.org . And finally there is the proofreading several times looking for errors and ways to improve the post. I think that the mere writing is sufficient to retain the thoughts, probably as well as the computer memory and for a longer period of time, given that computer hard drives do fail.

Give it a try. If there is something that you really want to commit to memory, try writing about it. It works for me. Maybe it will work for you too.