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The Eyes of the World

Posted by on Sep 24, 2009 in Foreing Policy, Israel, President Obama | 0 comments

It seems it has been a rough week for President Obama.  Although he is battling mightily for health care reform, he still has a long way to go to build consensus.  On the foreign policy front, he is having even more difficulty.  His inability to create consensus of any sort in the Israeli – Palestinian issue is most troubling.  For he willingly entered as a moderator of sorts in the peace process, but was soundly rebuffed by Netanyahu.

Obama’s call for a jewish settlement freeze went nowhere.  This creates issues not only for the ultimate prospects of peace in the region, but signals the world that the U.S. President is incapable of reversing any decision of “No.”  I found the following article in the Jerusalem Post that more specifically describes the problem.

Debating issues with students and faculty as a law professor does not really help one develop the negotiation skills essential to a world leader. Let’s hope somehow President Obama learns to negotiate the tough issues with better success.

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Remembering Dominique Pandolfo

Posted by on Sep 10, 2009 in 9/11, Remembering, Victim, WTC | 0 comments

As part of a dedicated project to remember each of the victims of 9/11/2001, I was selected to remember Dominique Pandolfo.  In my research into Dominique’s life, it was clear that she was a wonderful and talented person who died much too young at age 27.  

Dominique was born on March 18, 1974, the only child of George and Barbara Pandolfo, in NYC. Her family moved to Paramus, NJ where she was raised and attended Paramus High School and then went on to Rutgers College and received her degree in 1996.

After college Dominique began teaching, but decided that the business world was more suited for her; especially in the computer field where she could still be in a teaching atmosphere. On Monday, September 10, 2001, she started her first class toward her MBA at NYU Stern School of Business. She previously worked at Price Waterhouse Coopers and eventually found her niche at Marsh & McLennan as a regional training coordinator for new employees. 

The WTC was not her home office, but she was called there for a meeting on the 99th floor on September 11, 2001.  There were many people in Dominique’s life whose lives were forever shattered by those who do not believe in American Values or the American Dream.  Dominique was living the American Dream, and should be an inspiration to all of us.  Her unfortunate death should remind all of us about the fragile nature of life, the promise of America, and the necessity to defend both.

Truly no person is an island, and we were all diminished by the loss of Dominique Pandolfo, and each of those lost on September 11, 2001.  Let’s keep their memories alive by continuing to fight those who aim to take away all that was precious to Dominique, her family and America.  

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Defending WFB

Posted by on Aug 28, 2009 in Conservatism, public square, WFB, William F. Buckley | 0 comments

Cheers to the author of a letter to ‘The Atlantic’ a while back, which responded to an article that seemed to debase William F. Buckley.  The letter was published in the September, 2009 edition:

“Garry Wills’ article on William F. Buckley had much potential, but left one with a profound sense of regret. Instead of any posthumous homage, there was an inescapable theme that Wills simply wanted to have the last intellectual and ideological word. What a shame WFB is unable to respond.

Wills effectively debunked any notions that WFB was a social, ideological or intellectual snob. Why the need to convey a sense that WFB lacked intellectual rigor, or a sound dedication to the English language in the process? For example, the etymology of oxymoron may indeed fit Wills’ description of it in Greek. However, most dictionaries, and even H.W. Fowler’s usage of the term, bear out WFB’s meaning.

It is dispiriting to witness the ongoing efforts of those who benefited most from WFB’s confidences and friendship, to debase him and the indelible mark he left on modern conservatism. For if nothing else, WFB advocated meaningful dialogue from all sides of an issue to hone the ideas being shaped in the public square.”

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The Battle of Ideas

Posted by on Aug 26, 2009 in administration, capitalism, Conservatism, GOP, ideology, Mtv, Socialism | 0 comments

I was going through some emails today and came across a great one from someone who has genuine concerns about the direction of our ideals.  The concern surrounding government or private ownership of business is real.  Our current national debate over healthcare and the public option, and looking back at the corporate bailouts in exchange for government ownership proves the point for concern.  Where are we headed?  Does the current Administration only favor private ownership or self government only when the public refuses to have it any other way?

Here’s the email….what do you think?

“So im becoming frustrated.
I can’t comprehend the huge difference between the liberal and conservative viewpoints. I believe it is natural for people to have fundamental differences in their beliefs, but it is coming to the point where the gap in beliefs is so wide and the sides are so angry that it is ripping this country apart.
Is it that one side is blind or uneducated? Are they stupid? I’m sure that liberals think we are stupid, but when I rationalize my own thoughts and values, I cannot see how their view points are in any way correct. I see it as a fast track to socialism……but I talk to more and more people who are OK with socialistic ideas. Is this just a sign of the times? Is America becoming so lazy that the majority no longer want to work for their success? Do we all just want to sit around and wait for a handout?
However, the liberals don’t see it as a hand out. Do they really believe that this is good policy or is there a higher motivation? The liberals in charge have money, perhaps more money than conservatives. SO what is their motivation? Are they really so brilliant to prey off the [needy] in society, empowering the[m] and using them for votes and policy change which makes those in charge richer? Or are the leaders (Obama, Pelosi, etc) really this naïve? 
The liberals are now so empowered that they are using Rush Limbaugh as the face of the GOP, and its working. This leads me to believe that, while conservative beliefs are correct, that the GOP leaders have no idea what they are doing. It also leads me to believe that the MTV/Reality show world is winning. The media and mainstream society conducts full assaults on all conservative beliefs and wins……….is there hope for our beliefs or will this cycle continue?

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Sentator Ted Kennedy – RIP

Posted by on Aug 26, 2009 in Bipartisanship, Senate, Ted Kennedy | 0 comments

I am saddened by the passing of Senator Kennedy.  Although I did not agree with many of his policies, he stood for something very important.  I believe he stood for bipartisanship, whenever possible.  For all of the terms Senator Kennedy served in the Senate, he learned how much more could be accomplished when you obtain support from both sides of the Senate aisle.

Too many politicians today seek to further their own careers or the goals of their respective parties at the expense of getting something done.  If we all pursued our own self interest all the time, America would suffer in the long run.  The Founders set up our Legislative and Executive branches to protect us all from the tyranny of the majority.  In doing so, the stage was set for Congressional gridlock, which can only be resolved with true bipartisanship.  In such a setting, everyone’s voice is, or has the potential to be heard.  Can anyone plausibly argue a contrary means to effecting meaningful legislation that benefits the greater good for all?

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