As U.S. Congressman James Sensenbrenner and U.S. Senator Ron Johnson have a hissy fight about how to best damage Obamacare, it is time the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and/or other news periodicals take a look at the actions, legislative decision-making, and past financial investments of these two conservatives.
Yes, it is nice to blow horns, throw confetti, and celebrate the coming of a new year. However, for more and more Americans, this is not a time for celebrating. The future looks less secure, less hopeful, and certainly less just. America has hit the skids, and it is Americans who are causing it.
As we celebrate the birth of one of the world's great religions, it is time to reflect on the meaning of that foundation.
It is time for American voters to grow up. As I converse with and read comments about the political environment in the U.S. today, I am astounded at how little voters know. That is not a comment from some self-appointed expert, it is a comment from a man who knows how desperately we need informed voters if we are to save our democracy.
With the passing of Nelson Mandela people the world over will comment in every medium possible about what he meant to the mural of history. Some of it will be informative, some will be self-serving, some will be a lot of hot wind, etc. If one studies history it is relatively easy to see him as one of the brightest lights of the past two centuries. For Americans, I believe his role combines elements of those of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Socrates, and George Washington. He was a giant of a man who represented humility and pragmatism.