Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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The enemy within

Stephen Tuttle - January 25th, 2010
The Enemy Within
Let’s review, shall we?
Slightly more than a year into Barack Obama’s presidency it is quite clear
all the problems we now face are his fault because he is a radical
left-wing ultra-liberal socialist Democrat who has surrounded himself with
a Chicago mafia of incompetent czars hell-bent on destroying our
Constitution and our country. And he probably isn’t even an American
citizen and might be a Muslim terrorist. Not to mention all of his liberal
Wait a minute... that’s not exactly right.
Slightly more than a year into Barack Obama’s presidency it is quite clear
all the problems we now face are the fault of George W. Bush because he is
a radical right-wing ultra conservative who surrounded himself with a
jack-booted neo-con Mafia of incompetent ideologues hell-bent on
destroying our Constitution and our country. And he was probably an
alcoholic and cocaine addict who faked his way out of the military. Not to
mention all of his conservative pals.
No, that’s not quite right, either.
In fact, neither scenario is even remotely close to reality. But that’s
what the political landscape has become – a conspiracy of ignorance and
invective in which no problems get solved because everyone is too busy
calling each other names. The stridency on every side of every issue has
become ever more infantile. We have officially reached the Am Not – Are
Too Age of American politics. Our citizenry has developed eyes that don’t
see, ears that don’t hear and brains that don’t work. We’ve jumped down
the rabbit hole and pulled the dirt in after us.
The fact is it was Republicans, led by Phil Gramm, who started
de-regulating the banks and investment houses. It was Democrats who
insisted we provide mortgages to folks who couldn’t really afford them.
The result was adjustable rate mortgages provided to people who could not
pay that were then bundled into securities known as derivatives and sold
as investments. A bipartisan effort that crashed the housing market and
collapsed the banks and investment houses.
It was Republicans who used the Big Lie of weapons of mass destruction
(WMD) to conjure up an illegitimate war and Democrat lemmings who voted
for both the war in Iraq and the onerous intrusions into Constitutional
protections inherent in the Patriot Act. The result has been two wars, a
death toll exceeding 6,000 Americans, with nearly 35,000 wounded -- many
grievously -- and a Bill of Rights in shambles. A bipartisan effort that
led to the Wars That Never End and a Constitution that no longer protects.
It was Republicans who were gung-ho to outsource jobs overseas to help
their big business friends. And Democrats who supported unsustainable
contracts in several industries to help their big labor friends. The
result was manufacturing jobs that disappeared by the millions and labor
unions in tatters. A bipartisan effort that has turned us into a nation
that exports waste and imports foreign-made goods we can’t afford because
our economy is crippled.
Are you starting to get the picture?
Partisans on both sides now search desperately for issues that solve no
problems but divert our already limited attention. There is no real
debate about anything. The idea is to find something that will scare or
enrage us, then find someone from the other party to blame.
We could accept this, as we have for decades, if it was the exception.
But intransigent incompetence is now the rule. You’ve likely heard of the
U.S. Senate needing 60 votes to pass legislation. There is no law that
requires 60 votes – a simple majority of 51 is sufficient. Not anymore.
All significant legislation is now threatened by filibuster (think Jimmy
Stewart in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” but with ignoble purpose) and it
takes 60 votes to achieve cloture, the end of a filibuster so a vote can
be taken. The Republicans needed 60 votes when they were in power because
the Democrats wanted to stop everything in its tracks and the Democrats
now need 60 votes because the Republicans are engaged in the same
shameless cause.
It’s enough to make you wish you were Moe, you had a hammer, and the
politicians in Washington were all Larry and Curly. Boink!
What is most discouraging is we absolutely know the root cause of this
problem. It isn’t Rush Limbaugh and it isn’t Sarah Palin. It isn’t the
liberal pundits or columnists. It isn’t even our self-appointed national
churl, Dick Cheney. We look at the source of this farce every morning in
the mirror. We elect these folks and then re-elect them over and over.
Instead of demanding they listen to us, we keep listening to them.
Instead of demanding solutions, we keep nodding at their accusations.
To steal shamelessly from Walt Kelly, we have met the enemy and he is us.
What the hell is wrong with us?

Political consultant Stephen Tuttle has advised both Republican and
Democrat candidates for office. He formerly wrote for the Arizona

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