he likes it so much in DC he’s decided to become a fixture …

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Don’t count of this new GOP promise … remember it’s the same one that Arizona Congress Jeff Flake made …

And he likes it so much in DC he’s decided to become a fixture …

New GOP-ers: Sorry, we can’t stay

By: ALEX ISENSTADT

Roughly half of the Republican freshmen say they won’t remain in Washington for long.

What a joke …………

What “battle” is he suggesting we prepare for … you just might be surprised…?

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What “battle” is he suggesting we prepare for … you just might be surprised…?

Van Jones: We Must Prepare for Battle

By Adele M. Stan, AlterNet … Posted on November 6, 2010, Printed on November 9, 2010 … Read complete article … http://www.alternet.org/story/148764/

In a darkened space bedecked with impressionistic portraits of the progressive movement’s great heroes, Van Jones — community organizer, environmental activist and erstwhile presidential adviser — steps onto a tiny stage that has just been warmed up by two local teenage poets and graced by Amy Goodman, the voice of Pacifica Radio’s “Democracy Now!” The audience is filled with Washington activists, including the comedian and civil rights leader Dick Gregory, CodePink founder Medea Benjamin and Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., president of the Hip-Hop Caucus.

The room is packed, and a line snakes along the sidewalk outside Busboys and Poets, a restaurant designed as a gathering place for progressives, even as the event begins.

In a passionate speech focused mainly on the costs and horrors of America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Goodman sets the stage for Jones’ talk by imploring activists to organize. While a portrait of Rosa Parks by Anna Rose Soevik glimmers behind her, Goodman debunks the mythology surrounding the woman whose refusal to give up her seat on a bus sparked the civil rights movement. “Yes, she was a tired seamstress,” Goodman says, “but Rosa Parks was an organizer.”

It’s the evening after the big Rally to Restore Sanity hosted by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, and an odd mixture of exhilaration and anxiety fills the room — the thrill of having been part of a gathering of like-minded people who flooded the National Mall in a repudiation of the harsh rhetoric of the Tea Party and cable news media, and anxiety about the Republican tide about to come crashing into the nation’s capital in the midterm elections.

Jones has taken the temperature; he knows the score. But he’s not about to let anybody off the hook.

“Now, here’s our problem,” he says. “Most of the people who are in this room have given away, over the past two years, almost all of our power. The reason the country is in the shape that it’s in is not just because bad people created a hate machine; it’s that good people shut down the hope machine.”

Hard as it is to argue with that, Jones makes no mention of the impact on hope machine operators by his own ascendence to the White House and abrupt purge from its ranks, thanks to a smear campaign conducted against him by Fox News and Americans for Prosperity, the astroturf group that organizes Tea Party activists.

Perhaps no one in the progressive movement can ignite the passions of his listeners like Van Jones; that’s one reason why AlterNet’s Don Hazen welcomed his untimely exit from the White House because it returned Jones to the community, releasing him from the bonds of rhetorical restraint that come with a job inside the power structure.

Although this recently built Busboys and Poets in a formerly down-at-the-heels Washington neighborhood is a sprawling space for a city restaurant — it features a fair-trade gift shop, a performance space, and a large bar-in-the-round — the venue is minuscule compared to the big conference stages where I’ve seen Jones speak in the past. His manner here is in keeping with the atmosphere, which somehow manages to convey the intimacy of a jazz club, but one infused with the politics of its diverse clientele: hipsters and buppies, gay activists and hip-hop poets, anti-war crusaders and pillars of the progressive establishment.
Forgetting Our History … Jones’ remarks veer from admonishment (with a subtle note of self-recrimination), to pep talk, to prescription. Partway through the talk, his aim becomes clear; he has come not just to commiserate with the Washington contingent, but to organize its members to do battle as power changes hands in the halls of Congress. After pointing the finger at his own allies in the room, he tells them they have forgotten their own history, then buoys them up by recounting that history.

“The politics of hope and change in this country did not start in Iowa in 2008,” Jones tells the faithful. “The politics of hope and change started in 2003, when we didn’t have a superhero; we didn’t have a messiah, we didn’t have a lot of organization, we didn’t have a bunch of money. What we had was one-party rule here in D.C., and an unjust, unlawful war about to start — and each other. And with no superhero, and no messiah, you and me and people that we know took to the streets. And in six weeks, we organized more people against that war in Iraq than were organized against the Viet Nam war in six years. We did that. You did that.”

He goes on to recount how the progressive movement almost stopped George W. Bush’s re-election in 2004, coming within 100,000 votes in Ohio of defeating the Republican president’s bid for a second term, and how progressive organizing helped win Nancy Pelosi the speaker’s gavel in the House of Representatives. The Obama victory, he explains, didn’t begin with Barack Obama inspiring progressives; it began with progressives inspiring Obama.

“So, if there’s an inspiration deficit, or an inspiration gap in America, don’t look to him,” Jones says, “let’s look back to ourselves.”
Two Big Battles Ahead … In the coming session of Congress, Jones tells his audience, there are two major battles he sees as critical to both the progressive movement and the well-being of all Americans: the fight to maintain social programs and the struggle to save the Environmental Protection Agency from a promised assault by the Republicans who now rule the House.

“Both parties are likely to unite on the question of shoving an austerity program down the throats of the American people as a way to reduce the fiscal deficit,” Jones says. “Both parties are likely to say we’re gonna cut back on benefits for people who need help.”

Republicans have already promised an assault on the new health care reform law that was passed in March. “If we cut back the health care bill,” Jones says, “we’re going to let hospitals and clinics start closing around the country because we can’t afford to keep them open.”

But before allowing Congress to address the federal budget deficit on the backs of the people, Jones, says, “our movement is going to have to stand up and say, what about the moral deficit? The moral deficit, where we give money to Halliburton while taking money from hospitals in our own country.”

“This is not a left-right issue, this is not a red-blue issue,” Jones insists. “You can go anywhere in this country and ask, do you want 44 kids in a classroom so we can keep these wars going, and you won’t find anybody in red states or blue states who will say, yeah, I want these wars.”

The second big battle, Jones says, is for nothing less than the fate of the planet — which is how he sees the assault on the EPA promised by the GOP.

At present, Jones says, EPA administrator Lisa Jackson has powers granted her under the Clean Air Act, as interpreted by the Supreme Court, “to start dealing with greenhouse gases, whether Congress likes it or not.” Having thwarted climate change legislation in the last session of Congress, Jones says, Republicans will next attempt to “change the rules to strip that authority away from her.”

Indeed, a number of Tea Party candidates ran on platforms that include defunding the EPA. “An attack on Lisa Jackson is an attack on the entire progressive movement,” Jones says, “and we’ve got to let them know that right away.”

“That fight is going to be the most important fight for the environment on Planet Earth next year,” Jones says. “If we allow the authority that she already has to be taken away, the planet may be greenhouse-gas attacked.”
The Donut Theory of Despair … But as much as Republicans are the opposition, Jones says, the real enemy is despair. “You know, we went from despair to hope in America, and then we tried to do the change and now we’re all going back to despair.”

“Now I want you to look at your personal life,” he continues. “If you were, like myself, 10 pounds, 15 pounds overweight, and you say to yourself, I’m overweight, but I’m still going to eat this donut — I’ll even eat two donuts, right? That’s called despair. That’s despair.”

“Now, with your fingers still sticky from the donut,” Jones says, wriggling his fingers, “you might be walking through the mall, and you see a fitness magazine in the window, and you stand there, you look at the fitness magazine, and you see somebody with the washboard abs, you know? And they got the biceps” — he makes a muscle — “and they got the triceps” — he pulls his arm back to show a tricep — “and you say to yourself” — putting on a faint and geeky voice — “I could look like that.”

“That’s called hope,” he asserts. “That’s hope.”

He goes on: “Actually going to the gym, changing your diet, doing all those sit-ups — that’s called change, right?” The audience bursts into amused applause.

“You have good days, bad days — you’re up and down, you know? And in politics, when you do change, you have good years and bad years; you have ups, you have downs. But the one thing you know is, if you fall all the way back to despair, then no change is possible. But if you can just stick with the hope in the tough times, then all change is still possible. And that’s where we are.”
If We Are The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For, What Are We Waiting For? … There’s been too much focus on Obama among progressives, Jones says, and not enough on growing the movement on our own terms, even though, he notes, progressives helped to create as many jobs in the wind energy industry as there are coal miners in America — 80,000 — and another 46,000 in the solar energy industry.

“But somehow we became a movement, after our greatest victory, that sits around munching popcorn, waiting for one person to give a great speech so we can feel good,” tells the activists. “Now, that’s gotta stop.”

The inauguration wasn’t even the high point of the post-election euphoria in 2008, Jones asserts. It was brutally cold, he reminds his audience: “People had snot frozen in their mustache and beard and nobody told ’em,” he says. “It was horrible. The inauguration was an important day; it was not a happy day.”

Far happier, he says, was the pre-inaugural event two days before — the star-studded We Are One concert at the Lincoln Memorial. “Who remembers the president’s speech that day?” he asks, rhetorically. “Nobody.”

He raves about being in the presence of Bono and Samuel L. Jackson. The lineup also included Bruce Springsteen, Garth Brooks, Beyoncé, Josh Groban, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, among others.

“You had the full beauty of the American people, the full force of our culture on display,” he says. “None of those people quit the movement and joined the Tea Party. All that creativity, all that power, all that spirit, all that soul — it’s still here. We went from We Are One to We Are Done, and we never got a chance to bring that back out. Well, guess what? The days are now over when any of us can afford to wait for a politician in Washington, D.C., to set the tone and the tenor and the face of our movement.”

If Jones’ talk had a sound track, this is where you would cue up the orchestra swell for the grand finale.

“Now, once we unleash that force, we are not going to be stopped ever again. Understand that. That is the great fear, I believe, that the other side has. They’re not concerned about what’s going on in D.C.; they have that under control. They’re concerned about what you represent out there: every color, every class, hugging and kissing — November 4, 2008 — they’d never seen that before; the world had never seen that before.”

“That does not have to be the great exception in the American story,” he continues.

If we decide in this room that that day, that minute, is going to be the great example of who we will be every day, we will be able to achieve in this country every single thing we said we were going to do in 2008, and much, much more…and, yes, we still can. We — we — still can.”

Adele M. Stan is AlterNet’s Washington bureau chief. … © 2010 Independent Media Institute. All rights reserved.

View this story online at: http://www.alternet.org/story/148764/

You don’t honestly expect them to look out for your best interest do you …

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FDA … USDA … has morphed to nothing more than owned subsidiaries of Mon$anto … Merck & friend$ …

You don’t honestly expect them to look out for your best interest do you …

Fool .. ! ! !

Feds dismiss misconduct claims at FDA device unit … By Matthew Perrone …Associated Press … Published: Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 8:24 a.m. MST

WASHINGTON — For the second time this year, federal inspectors have dismissed allegations by Food and Drug Administration scientists who say they were pressured and harassed by their managers into approving medical devices against their judgment.

The office of inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the FDA, concluded there is “no evidence of retaliation” against the employees, according to a one-page memo obtained by The Associated Press. The memo, dated Oct. 14, concludes “this case is closed.”

The inspector general reached a similar finding in February, but agreed to reopen the investigation at the request of federal lawmakers and advocacy groups. Those groups complained that the previous investigation was too narrow and did not look into allegations of misconduct that fell short of criminal violations.

A spokesman for the inspector general declined to comment beyond the memorandum.

Nine current and former FDA medical device reviewers have alleged since 2008 that agency managers improperly overruled their opinions and tried to intimidate them when they went public with their concerns.

At issue are CT scanners, MRI machines and other medical devices that use radiation to detect or treat diseases.

Many of the devices allow lifelike pictures of the human anatomy, but carry a higher risk from radiation than older scans such as X-rays.

The FDA scientists pointed to multiple occasions in which managers overruled their decisions without properly documenting the reason, as required by FDA regulations.

At least three of the whistleblowers have left the agency in the last year, saying their contracts were terminated after they sent letters of complaint to Congress, the administration and other outside groups.

One of those whistleblowers, Dr. Julian Nicholas, said he has never been interviewed by the inspector generals office. Nicholas, an Oxford-trained intestinal specialist, said that his contract as a medical reviewer was terminated after he repeatedly opposed approving a CT scanner for routine colon cancer screening.

Nicholas said that he objected to exposing otherwise healthy patients to the cancer risks of routine radiation scans.

“Its hard for me to believe this was a bona fide investigation when they havent even contacted the people who reported these violations,” said Nicholas, now a practicing gastroenterologist at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego.

“Such a huge amount of money is at stake and so many people are affected, that for the (office of inspector general) not to conduct a credible investigation is criminal in itself.”

FDAs device leadership shared the results of the latest investigation with employees last week, according to a Nov. 5 e-mail obtained by The Associated Press.

The e-mail was written by Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, head of the FDAs Center for Devices and Radiological Health, to members of his staff. In it he said the investigation found no evidence of retaliation against the scientists who complained nor of “material violation of rules with respect to documenting significant decisions.”

Shuren pointed out in his e-mail that the FDA hired a private contractor last spring to review the device units structure and make recommendations for improving relations between scientists and management.

The contractor recommended changes in internal communications and training opportunities, Shuren said.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT ….

A Perspective … in the end it’s all about disclosure & transparency

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT ….

What took you so long to get angry?

You didn’t get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.

You didn’t get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq .

You didn’t get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.

You didn’t get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.

You didn’t get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.

You didn’t get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.

You didn’t get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.

You didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq.

You didn’t get mad when you found out we were torturing people.

You didn’t get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.

You didn’t get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.

You didn’t get mad when we didn’t catch Bin Laden.

You didn’t get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.

You didn’t get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn’t get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown.

You didn’t get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the filthy rich, over a trillion dollars in taxbreaks.

You didn’t get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.

You didn’t get mad when over 200,000 US citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.

You didn’t get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.

No . . . You finally got mad when a black man was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick.

Illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, job losses by the millions, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, and the worst economic disaster since 1929 are all okay with you, but helping fellow Americans
who are sick ……..

Oh, Hell No … !!

Thank you … MaryMarie …

AMERICA’S WAR ON DRUGS IS AN ABSOLUTE FRAUD

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Get over it … HEMP … has absolutely phenomenal commercial and food value …

Lend A Hand To The Farmers – End Hemp Prohibition

11-10-2010 • Farm Wars

Willie Nelson sings of the farmers’ plight. This song was written by Willie for anyone to use. Watch this video regarding hemp legalization, with Willie singing in the background.

AMERICA’S WAR ON DRUGS IS AN ABSOLUTE FRAUD

A most interesting take on carrot juice … something worth contemplating …

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A most interesting take on carrot juice … something worth contemplating …

What’s So Special About Carrot Juice…?

Thirty-five years ago, when I was told I had colon cancer, Evangelist Lester Roloff encouraged me to eliminate all animal foods (both flesh and dairy) from my diet, along with refined sugar and refined grains.
He went on to encourage me to consume lots of carrot juice if I wanted to restore my health. Not understanding all the reasons why, I took his advice.

Within days of making these dietary changes my rectal bleeding had stopped. Within less than a year the tumor in my colon had disappeared – all without any help from a doctor or the use of any chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery.

After this experience I rationalized that if carrot juice could help my body recover from colon cancer, it might be good to continue consuming it order to help me remain well. And I have done just that.

Today, 35 years after eliminating some health-destroying things and adding carrot juice to my diet, I find myself just three years short of my 80th birthday still alive and well with an extremely youthful body.

Now I’m not saying that it was the carrot juice all by itself that has allowed me to enjoy such excellent health, but I do believe with all my heart it has been a huge factor.

What’s In Carrot Juice That Makes It So Special

Carrot juice not only tastes good (if the carrots are grown in California – more on that later), it has a vast array of nutrients and health benefits. It’s also easily absorbed and highly cleansing.

Carrots contain approximately 16% sugar. Some think this is negative because it results in a glycemic index of 80. However, research here at Hallelujah Acres reveals that it has less spiking affect on the blood than a baked potato or two slices of whole wheat toast.

Carrots are one of the most healing foods, providing the finest and highest quality nutrients, especially in juice form. Carrots are an excellent source of pro-vitamin A in the form of carotene, along with vitamins C, D, E, K, B1 and B6.

Carrots are rich in biotin, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, organic sodium, plus lots of trace minerals. Carrots are also high in anti-oxidants and are loaded with enzymes.

Phytonutrients are nature’s marvelous provision in healing various diseases. Carrots are also rich in phytonutrients, including lutein, lycopene, antioxidants, alpha, beta, and gamma carotenes, zeaxanthin, and xanthophylls.

Carrots Effect on Common Health Problems
Acidosis
The alkalizing elements in carrot juice help balance the blood’s acidity as well as blood sugar levels.
The Standard American Diet consists of highly acidic animal protein, refined sugar and grains. Conversely, The Hallelujah Diet contains lots of alkalizing plant sourced foods (carrot juice being one of the most alkalizing).

When people stop consuming the Standard American Diet and start consuming The Hallelujah Diet, they are usually able to stop taking their over-the-counter and doctor prescribed antacids in a short period of time.
Anemia
The molecules in carrots are very similar to the molecules in human hemoglobin, making it a tremendous blood builder.
Atherosclerosis

This miraculous cleansing power of juices helps scrub away built-up fat deposits on arterial walls, reducing risk of heart attack and stroke, while often eliminating need for medications due to high blood pressure.

Cancer
The daily consumption of fresh carrot juice not only reduces cancer risk, but also contributes in its reversal after the cancer has manifested.
At the Gerson Institute in Tijuana, Mexico, they have helped patients empower their immune systems to reverse cancer (even terminal cancer). Patients receive eight glasses of freshly extracted carrot juice daily and four glasses of green juices along with other healing modalities.

Cholesterol
The pectin in carrot juice helps lower serum levels of LDL cholesterol, reducing the need for cholesterol lowering medications.

Congestion
The juice of carrots is extremely effective in dispelling mucus from the ears, nose and throat, while improving sinusitis, asthma, and allergy problems.

Eyes
The beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, and zeaxanthin found in carrot juice are some of the most powerful nutrients for the optic system. In addition to helping to improving eyesight, these nutrients also provide special protection against astigmatism, macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma.

After consuming carrot juice on a daily basis since the 1970s, I was able to pass my North Carolina drivers eye test without glasses at the age of 75. This ended a restriction on my driver’s license for corrective lenses after over 50 years.

Infertility
One of the primary reasons for infertility is a lack of nutrients and enzymes in the diet. Regular use of carrot juice can help provide nutrients that benefit the reproduction system.

In fact, dozens of women who could not conceive prior to adopting The Hallelujah Diet have been able to conceive after changing their diet.

Inflammation
Carrot juice has anti-inflammatory properties that greatly reduce the symptoms of arthritis, rheumatism, gout, and other inflammations.

Immune System
Most people who consume the Standard American Diet (SAD) have immune systems that are not sufficiently protective against germs, viruses, and bacteria. Carrot juice is a powerful immune system builder. It helps the body build resistance to germs, viruses, bacteria, and infections.

Nursing Mothers
Carrot juice enhances the quality and quantity of mother’s breast milk, helping the baby to grow strong and resistant to disease.

Skin Problems
The incredibly high quality nutrients in carrot juice nourish the skin. This helps prevent dry skin, psoriasis, and other skin problems. It also helps improve or eliminate these conditions if they already exist.

Water Retention
Carrot juice is a diuretic that helps the body eliminate excess fluids, reducing water retention, and thus reducing the need for medications. Carrot juice is especially helpful for women during their monthly menstrual cycle and during pregnancy.
The above is only a short and partial list of the benefits one can derive from the regular consumption of carrot juice. There are numerous more benefits, but we could go on for days.

Eating Carrots vs. Juicing Carrots
In short, you simply cannot get the same benefits of carrot juice by eating carrots.

According to Dr. Kirschner (M.D.) in his book Live Food Juices, eating a carrot forces your digestive system to separate the carrot fiber from the carrot juice. This uses a lot of energy and destroys over 65% of the nutrients in the process.

Dr. Kirschner goes on to say that juicing carrots before consuming them is a different story. The juicing machine removes the pulp for you, eliminating much of the digestive process.

As a result, 92% of the nutrients are available at cellular level for almost immediate use.

It takes approximately one pound of carrots to produce eight ounces of carrot juice. Few people could eat a pound of carrots even if the nutrient intake was the same. Consuming eight ounces of carrot juice is much easier.

It Matters Where Your Carrots Come From
Carrots that contain the highest level of nutrients produce the sweetest juice. That is why we personally use and recommend California-grown carrots. The Hallelujah Acres Store carries the Bunny Luv (Grimmway Farms) brand of organic carrots.

Ancient volcanic activity in the California region accounts for a large amount of trace minerals in the soil. Trace minerals produce a sweeter carrot. For the same reason, California-grown fruits are sweeter, as are fruits grown in Oregon and Washington state.

The Best Juicers For Carrots
I do not recommend a centrifugal juicer for juicing any vegetable. This kind of juicer has a basket that spins at a very fast speed (up to 3,000 RPM) which flings the juice through the air, causing oxidation. Centrifugal juicers are more affordable than other juicers and are better than nothing. However, they are not advisable for a person dealing with a serious illness.

Champion Juicer
This is a workhorse of a juicer that has been around for a very long time. It does an excellent job of juicing carrots but not as good a job juicing leafy greens.

Green Star Juicer
This juicer does an excellent job juicing carrots as well as leafy greens. The brand new Green Star Elite is an exceptional machine and probably the best juicer on the market today except for the $2,000 Norwalk Press.

Hurom Juicer
This is an excellent juicer for the person who has very little room on their countertop. It has a small footprint in comparison to the juicers mentioned above. It is also easier to use for the person without a lot of arm strength, but not recommended for large amounts of juicing.

Why Factory-made Carrot Juice Is Not Worth Your Money

I believe factory-made carrot juice, commercially available in a can, bottle or other container, is basically worthless. These juices have either been cooked or pasteurized, which destroys the enzymes. They are dead food.

Occasionally you will find health food stores that offer freshly extracted, non-pasteurized carrot juice. This juice will usually keep a day or two in the refrigerator.

How To Store Carrot Juice
All of the living nutrients in freshly extracted carrot juice can be preserved for 24 to 72 hours if certain steps are taken. First, use any of the above juicers, strain, and place in 8 oz canning jars all the way to the top. Cover the jars with a tight fitting lid, locking out as much air as possible.

Then place in a refrigerator or ice chest (if traveling).

Start Juicing Today!
Juicing is one of the best ways to nourish your body and to provide it the building materials it needs to build healthy cells and a strong immune system. It is not always convenient and it takes some time — but I guarantee it is well worth it!

A Canadian offers a perspective worthy of our consideration

A Perspective … in the end it’s all about disclosure & transparency

A Canadian offers a perspective worthy of our consideration …

There was a time not so long ago when Americans, regardless of their political stripes, rallied round their president.

Once elected, the man who won the White House was no longer viewed as a Republican or Democrat, but the President of the United States . The oath of office was taken, the wagons were circled around the country’s borders and it was America versus the rest of the world with the president of all the people at the helm.

Suddenly President Barack Obama, with the potential to become an exceptional president has become the glaring exception to that unwritten, patriotic rule.

Four days before President Obama’s inauguration, before he officially took charge of the American government, Rush Limbaugh boasted publicly that he hoped the president would fail. Of course, when the president fails the country flounders. Wishing harm upon your country in order to further your own narrow political views is selfish, sinister and a tad treasonous as well.

Subsequently, during his State of the Union address, which is pretty much a pep rally for America , an unknown congressional representative from South Carolina , later identified as Joe Wilson, stopped the show when he called the President of the United States a liar. The president showed great restraint in ignoring this unprecedented insult and carried on with his speech. Speaker Nancy Pelosi was so stunned by the slur, she forgot to jump to her feet while clapping wildly, 30 or 40 times after that.

Last spring, President Obama took his wife Michelle to see a play in New York City and republicans attacked him over the cost of security for the excursion. The president can’t take his wife out to dinner and a show without being scrutinized by the political opposition? As history has proven, a president in a theatre without adequate security is a tragically bad idea.

Remember: Apart from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?

At some point, the treatment of President Obama went from offensive to ugly and then to downright dangerous.

The health-care debate, which looked more like extreme fighting in a mud pit than a national dialogue, revealed a very vulgar side of America . President Obama’s face appeared on protest signs white-faced and blood-mouthed in a satanic clown image. In other tasteless portrayals, people who disagreed with his position distorted his face to look like Hitler complete with mustache and swastika.

Odd, that burning the flag makes Americans crazy, but depicting the president as a clown and a maniacal fascist is accepted as part of the new rude America .

Maligning the image of the leader of the free world is one thing, putting the president’s life in peril is quite another. More than once, men with guns were videotaped at the health-care rallies where the president spoke. Again, history shows that letting men with guns get within range of a president has not served America well in the past.

And still the ‘birthers’ are out there claiming Barack Obama was not born in the United States, although public documentation proves otherwise.

Hawaii is definitely part of the United States , but the Panama Canal Zone where his electoral opponent Senator John McCain was born? Nobody’s sure.
Last month, a 44-year-old woman in Buffalo was quite taken by President Obama when she met him in a chicken wing restaurant called Duff’s. Did she say something about a pleasure and an honor to meet the man or utter encouraging words for the difficult job he is doing? No. Quote: “You’re a hottie with a smokin’ little body.”

Lady, that was the President of the United States you were addressing, not one of the Jonas Brothers! He’s your president for goodness sakes, not the guy driving the Zamboni at ‘Monster Trucks on Ice.’ Maybe next it’ll be, ‘Take Your President to a Topless Bar Day.’

In President Barack Obama, Americans have a charismatic leader with a good and honest heart. Unlike his predecessor, he’s a very intelligent leader. And unlike that president’s predecessor, he’s a highly moral man.

In President Obama, Americans have the real deal, the whole package and a leader that citizens of almost every country around the world look to with great envy.

Given the opportunity, Canadians would trade our leader, hell, most of our leaders for Obama in a heartbeat.

What America has in Obama is a head of state with vitality and insight and youth. Think about it, Barack Obama is a young Nelson Mandela.

Mandela was the face of change and charity for all of Africa but he was too old to make it happen. The great things Obama might do for America and the world could go on for decades after he’s out of office.
America, you know not what you have.

The man is being challenged unfairly, characterized with vulgarity and treated with the kind of deep disrespect to which no previous president was subjected. It’s like the day after electing the first black man to be president, thereby electrifying the world with hope and joy, Americans sobered up and decided the bad old days were better.

President Obama may fail but it will not be a Richard Nixon default fraught with larceny and lies.

President Obama, given a fair chance, will surely succeed but his triumph will never come with a Bill Clinton caveat “if only he’d got control of that zipper.’

Please. Give the man a fair, fighting chance.

This incivility toward the leader who won over Americans and gave hope to billions of people around the world that their lives could be enhanced by his example, just naturally has to stop.

Believe me, when Americans drive by the White House and see a sign on the lawn that reads: No shirt. No shoes. No service, they’ll realize this new national rudeness has gone way, way too far.

By: William Thomas

I am grateful to a dear friend for forwarding this to me which I offer to you …