Obama’s Advisors Should Respect Marcus Garvey

I never knew Marcus Garvey. He died when I was 6 years old. But my mother heard him speak when he visited Guy’s Hill back in her childhood. And, if my information is correct, my granduncle, the Rev. William Graham, advised and encouraged him. Click here to read about Garvey. To my mother, Garvey seemed […]
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Trillions for Banks, Nothing for Storm Relief?

In an America that secretly doled out $16 trillion in no-interest loans to domestic and foreign banks following the financial crash three years ago, there’s no money to help Hurricane Irene victims. That’s what we’re hearing today, as the result of the first-ever audit of the U.S. Federal Reserve makes the headlines alongside a report […]
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Behind Ron Paul’s Libertarian Mask

There’s something mildly attractive about perennial presidential candidate Ron Paul. He’s been around so long, as you can tell from his weathered face (photo above). And he’s so cheerfully persistent. And he has never wavered in his political message: scrap the federal government and all its works. He keeps promising to bring American troops home […]
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If I Don’t Like it Here, Why Don’t I Go Home?

Remember the mantra of the right during the Sixties – love it or leave it? When activists complained about America, they were told to find some¬† other country to live in. Some of them emigrated to Canada. But most stayed in America. Those that didn’t succumb to drugs and other excesses of the hippie lifestyle […]
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Now That Money is Talking, Congress Might Listen

Obviously, most Americans have had it with Congress. Not just the Republicans, who earned a 40 percent approval rating in a recent national survey but also the Democrats, who managed to scrape only a 43 percent rating. Put the parties together and Congress gets 12 percent approval from the electorate. Twelve percent! Down from 21 […]
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The Rise of “Kick-ass” Conservatism in America

Someone said on TV recently that while George Bush was a “compassionate conservative,” presidential candidate Rick Perry is a “kick-ass conservative.” I suppose that means Perry doesn’t try to ingratiate himself with voters but says what he thinks regardless of the fallout. And he certainly says outrageous things. In fact, he has written a book […]
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Are Americans Ready for a Retreat from Utopia?

Americans take so much for granted despite mounting evidence that their way of life is under siege.¬† I may be more able than most to grasp what’s happening because I did not grow up in the United States. I grew up in Jamaica when there was no government welfare to speak of, and the destitute […]
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With Friends Like These, the Earth Needs no Enemies

I hold the environment in such high regard that it approaches reverence. And I am grieved by the way human beings have despoiled – and are continuing to despoil – the wonderful earth that God gave us. To me that could well be “the Unforgivable Sin.” But sometimes I feel like shaking some sense into […]
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A Cult of Ignorance Threatens American Society

I did not enjoy school. I hated sitting for what seemed like eons in a stuffy classroom, looking at Mr. Newnham’s bony back while he painstakingly conjugated Latin verbs on the blackboard… Amo, amas, amat, amamus, amatis, amant… Off my mind would go, conjugating the delightful possibilities of real-life amorousness. Usually, my daydreams would be […]
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Let’s Take the Economic Crisis Seriously

Even Sandra, who is a faithful follower of the 24-hour-news channels, is getting frustrated. “I wish they’d quit yapping,” she said yesterday, her hands over her ears. Me, too. I don’t care whether Rick Perry used to own stock in a porn-film distributor. I don’t care whether Michele Bachmann knows Elvis Presley’s birthday or what […]
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