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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS PRESIDENTIAL

After his speech honoring those in Tucson who were killed and injured and those who acted to subdue the lone gunman, the talking heads and radio mouths praised President Obama’s speech. Even those morons at Fox news got in on the praising.

The part of the speech that I liked best:

“But what we can’t do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another. As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility. Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together.”

If only the politicians on the left and right would heed his call for civility in the debates that will take place this year and in 2012 during the presidential election.

And some of you bloggers need to tone down your language, too.

PEACE

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON’S THOUGHTS ON LEAVING 2010

What is going to take to convince those fools in South Carolina that the South lost the “War Between the States?” And secession was no act of bravery, it was an act of stupidity that resulted in the death of whole lotta young men north and south.

To the governor of Mississippi: man, pick up a good history book and find out how it really was for us Black folks in Mississippi, including your hometown. I sure hope he don’t make a run for president of the United States of America cause, baby, he either don’t know his history or he historically blind. I give the dude credit for releasing from prison the two sisters who were given life sentences for their part in an armed robbery that netted $11.00. But consider this: they shoulda never been given such a sentence in the first place.

The President of the United States called the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles football team and congratulated him on giving the felony, Michael Vick, a second chance after he served his time in prison for his participation in dog fighting. I don’t think Vick deserved the attention the President gave him. The President must have more pressing problems to deal with. After all, he is the most powerful man in the world.

I also don’t agree with the talking head, a Christian no less, who thinks Vick should be executed.

For the best analysis of the Vick situation read Richard Cohen’s article in the Washington post.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS OBAMA DOING HIS JOB

The president’s critics on the right deride him as a radical socialist seething with anti-American rage. To them, he’s a frightening success who has transformed the federal government, ruined the economy, and undermined national security. To the left, Obama is a tragic failure who squandered his chance for dramatic change: no single-payer health-care plan, no heated battle against Wall Street, and endless war in Afghanistan. If the president is struggling these days, the critics say, it’s perhaps because he’s out of touch with Americans, and even at odds with his own principles.

In his article in Newsweek dated November 17, James T. Kloppenberg, defends President Obama’s presidency. As he notes, critics notwithstanding, Obama “is doing exactly what he said he would do.” He refers readers to Obama’s two books Dreams From My Father (1995) and The Audacity of Hope (2006) for confirmation.

The purists on the left and right accuse the President of not doing what they think he ought to be doing. They in effect want to tell him what he must do in the name of the American people (always be skeptical of anyone who says he or she is acting for the American people, or even more dangerous, acts as if they know what the American people want).

For those on the right, the main goal is to defeat President Obama in the 2012 elections. This means demonizing him and any policy he favors. Their idea of bipartisanship is to just say “no” to anything the President wants to do. Why? Because the American people don’t like what this President is doing.

The left’s self-defeating attitude is if the President doesn’t do exactly what he promised or, better yet, what they think he ought to do in the name of those nonrich folks, they’ll abandon him in the next election. Man, that’ll teach him and the next Democratic president a lesson. That this course of action will return the governing of the nation to the Republicans and Sarah Palin and her ick seems to have escaped them.

The right-wingers ain’t gonna change their attitude. But you on the left remember this: politics is the art of compromise.

 

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS TIME FOR TEA PARTY LEGISLATORS TO GOVERN

The Tea party now has many of its followers in the Congress, which is indeed a triumph. Congratulations are in order. You fought hard and you won.

Someone said politics is the art of compromise. I say governing is the art of politics. Smart alecky sound bites aint leadership and won’t get the job of governing this nation. You have, as it were, taken back America. From whom is still not clear.

What is your agenda? In what direction do you plan to take the nation? Saying cutting spending, making the Federal government smaller, saving the tax cuts without showing how you plan to do these things aint gonna cut it.

Reality will soon smack you in the face. And you will have to prove you can lead the nation to better economic times.

The biggest problem we have is the slow economy. How do you plan to put folks back to work?

How to you plan to improve the economy?

Do you plan to waste the tax payers money (we are, after all, paying your salaries) trying to stop the Healthcare law from becoming effective? Do you truly believe that is what the voters sent you to Washington to do?

Time for you Tea Partiers to shut up and lead.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS IT’S FOOTBALL TIME

I know we in the middle of an election cycle. Them midterm elections coming up is causing a whole lotta lying and jiving.

Man, I say relax and watch some football. Down here in Knoxville, Tennessee, the drama of the University of Tennessee Vols football team continues, and I never tire of reading bout it.

At the end of last season, the newly hired coach just up and left and took his dream job in California coaching the University of Southern California Trojans. Man, a whole lotta folks was sho mad at the guy cause it done us wrong. He only stayed one season and then left us with a team still trying to find its way after the coach who had been here for a long time was fired.

I aint mad at the one season guy cause it just football, you know what I mean. Now with another new coach, I get to watch the drama of rebuilding the team cause, baby, he got a lotta freshmen and sophomores. Watching them Vols takes my mind off Sarah Palin and the Tea Party.

I say its time to let all that serious stuff go and ifn you’re a real American, you’ll watch football cause that’s what real Americans do this time of year.

Oh yeah, I’m ready for some football.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SEES HOPE

What the Philosopher of Commonsense wants to know is if there is any hope that religious tolerance will return to the United States any time soon? Because, man, he or she done left the country to the whacko idiotperts.

I read a story in the Huffington Post bout Texas attacking textbooks again. This time the State Board of Education, which oughta be the Board of Misinformation, claims the social study textbooks they reviewed exhibited pro-Islamic and anti-christian bias and that past social studies textbooks have also been “tainted” with pro-Islamic and anti-Christian bias.

I guess them folks in Texas want to reverse the religious intolerance shown by textbook publishers. No more pro-Islamic views. The publishers, I guess, must show pro-Christian views or more tolerance toward Christianity and less tolerance toward Islam.

Curious fact: no other bad religion is mentioned, only Islam.

But, man I aint ready to give up on America because of few idiotperts. Signs of tolerance: the pastor dude in Florida didn’t burn the Koran; a Roman Catholic Archbishop has denounced the hate and intolerance swirling around “ground zero” and the community center the Muslims are building near it. Some preachers of all faiths spoke out against pastor dude.

America is hope itself.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS WE ARE IN DANGER OF BECOMING LIKE AUTOCRACY

Here in Tennessee, last year a US Representative advocated denying citizenship to children born in the United States of illegal immigrant parents in violation of the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution.

Well, folks, this year he aint alone. Several US Senators have jumped on the blame illegal immigrants for every thing wrong train. These politicians want to repeal or rewrite the 14th Amendment to deny children born in the US whose parents are illegal immigrants. Changing a nation’s constitution on a whim is what authoritarian nations do.

Open up the US Constitution to change it, and every group with a cause will want to get in on the process. Can you hear the antiabortion calling for an amendment to outlaw abortion. The antigay folks aint for behind with their amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman. The environmentalist will also jump on the constitution train, as will birthers who will insist on an amendment forcing presidential candidates to submit their birth certificates for public scrutiny. And lets not forget those will want to outlaw the Islamic religion. And those who want it in the constitution that the United States is a Christian nation.

No, man, I say dont mess with the US Constitution.

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