May 3, 2012
The United States’ war on terror moved into Iraq on March 20th2003. One must be extremely careful when indicating who America was at war with, because they did not attack the nation of Iraq. U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair organized a joint effort to infiltrate and overthrow the Saddam Hussein. The two leaders articulated three reasons for the invasion.
Former President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, makes a point during his initial interview by a special tribunal, where he is informed of his alleged crimes and his legal rights. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
First, Saddam Hussein possessed nuclear weapons. Second, that he had ties to Al-Qaeda. Third, Saddam’s regime had been oppressing the Shia Islam population for decades. The first two have been, for the most part, proven untrue, causing Bush to be deemed a liar by a mass delirium throughout the nation. As a result of his reputation as a liar, many Americans overlook the incredible joy felt by every Shia Muslim upon hearing the news that Saddam Hussein had been captured by the U.S. on December 13th2003. They would finally be allowed the religious freedom taken for granted in America, and would no longer fear the oppressive Sunni regime, something that would have been impossible without U.S. intervention. This did not mark the end of America’s occupation of Iraq, however, and America decided to stay in control of Iraq until a stable democracy was established. It ended up taking until the December of 2011 for the U.S. to withdraw its troops from Iraq under President Barack Obama, thus putting an end to the Iraq war.
When evaluating the decision to invade Iraq it is possible to assert that President Bush lied to the American people about Saddam’s ties to terrorism and still deem his decision to invade admirable. Saddam was executed in 2006 after being found guilty of 148 murders of Shia Muslims in 1982. Since then it is impossible to accurately calculate the number of Shia he was responsible for slaughtering, but had America decided to stand idly by it is fair to say that Saddam would still be murdering the Shia today.
May 1, 2012
There it was. The paper handout that I had brought home from the gun show over three years ago was still hanging on my bedroom door.
I remember the sorrow I felt when I found out about Barack’s “plan” to take away my rights to go hunting, a tradition that was very important to me and my hunting state of Wisconsin. I was only thirteen at the time, just old enough to claim my first ten-point buck! I knew that Kenyan Muslim Barack Obama would make it illegal for me to join in the tradition that had been in my family for generations.
I looked over the Plan over an over again. I just couldn’t understand. Here is what the handout claimed to be Obama’s Ten Point Plan:
Ban use of firearms for home defense.
Pass Federal laws eliminating your Right-to-Carry.
Ban the manufacture, sale, and possession of hand-guns.
Close down 90% of gun shops in America.
Ban rifle ammunition commonly used for hunting and sport shooting.
Increase Federal taxes on guns and ammunition by 500 percent.
Restore voting rights for five million criminals including those who have been convicted of using a gun to commit a violent crime.
Expand the Clinton semi-auto ban to include millions more firearms.
Mandate a government issued license to purchase a firearm.
Appoint judges to the U.S. Supreme Court and Federal Judiciary who share his views on the second amendment.
Since then I have become an Obama supporter, and I decided to remind all of us of the 2008 accusations brought against our president. On another note, I never did go hunting (and no, Obama did not prohibit me from doing so) and I am a strong believer in Government gun regulation. It has been shown to work in the UK, which enforces some of the toughest gun regulation laws in the World.
Total Firearm related death rate (Per 100,000)
- United States: 10.27 (CDC 2004-2006)
- Great Britain: 0.46 (KRUG 1998)
Intentional Homicide Rate (Per 100,000)
- United States: 4.8 (2011)
- Great Britain: 1.23 (2011)
Please feel free to comment on this, sure to come up in 2012 election, issue! I want to hear your personal opinions and comments regardless of whether we see eye-to-eye on this issue or not.
March 28, 2012
It seems as though the GOP has come to the consensus that environmentalists are no more than tree hugging, oil hating, windmill builders that have come to take away jobs, and that anything that comes out of their mouths can be disregarded. Many conservatives do not realize that clean energy is not limited to algae. There is a source of energy more efficient than solar power, wind power, algae,and natural gas combined, and it happens to be nuclear.
Instead of complaining about gas being $4 a gallon I believe a push to expand the number of America’s nuclear power plants. I believe it would, or at least should, be an area in which both parties agree on. Also, did I mention that Bill Gates is a strong supporter of the future of nuclear power?
wind power (Photo credit: twicepix)
Thankfully the movement towards nuclear energy is finally starting to pick up, although I do not know much about the negative impacts this brings. If anybody has any information regarding this type of energy I strongly encourage you to help inform me!