I enjoy observing the English Parliamentary Political System, operate.
The House of Commons, which we were privileged to visit in 2012, is the home to vigorous political debate.
When the elected, Prime Minister speaks, he or she is greeted by jeers from the political opposition and cheers from his/her own party.
Religion or personal faith…plays little part in the United Kingdom’s politics.
‘Thirty years ago, it all seemed very clear.’
‘American Planes Hit North Vietnam After Second Attack on Our Destroyers; Move Taken to Halt New Aggression’, announced a Washington Post headline on Aug, 5 1964.’
‘That same day, the front page of the New York Times reported. ‘President Johnson has ordered retaliatory action against gunboats and ‘certain supporting facilities in North Vietnam’ after renewed attacks against American destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin.’
‘But there was no ‘second attack’ by North Vietnam – no ‘renewed attacks against American destroyers.’ By reporting official claims as absolute truths, American journalism opened the floodgates for the bloody Vietnam War.’ FAIR
As a child I could see that the Vietnam War was a political contrivance and was primarily at the whim and behest of Presidents Johnson and later Nixon. It was painfully apparent to me and members of my family and my friends…that young men were dieing to facilitate the ego of our benevolent leaders.
Osama Bin Laden struck a catastrophic blow on our country on 9-11-2001.
We quickly understood that Bin Laden was hiding in the mountains of Afghanistan, and we retaliated accordingly.
Then…we began a war in Iraq…that was basically to avenge the president’s anger regarding the fact that Saddam Hussein had attempted to assassinate his father, former president George H.W. Bush.
Lies were perpetrated and promulgated, by the Bush administration, that Saddam had nuclear weapons.
We discovered…after thousands of deaths…that he did not.
I heard a woman say, during the Trump Candidacy for President, ‘that he is soon going to be the leader and he can do whatever he wants to do,’…and sadly this is the mentality of many Americans.
Issues that are true should be able to be supported by verifiable facts.
The plea to, ‘Trust Me’ or ‘Believe Me’…should not be the controlling criteria or rationale for a Trump Doctrine.
I often associate my years at SIU with our countries governance. I hope you will indulge me…as the two have distinct similarities to me and the corollaries are patently evident.
Constructive change should be able to be supported by direct evidence of success.
SIU is almost 150 years old and has a rich and vibrant history.
Productive and lasting enrichment of the Campus and the increasing of enrollment and retention of students…will be directly tied to that illustrious history.
A collaboration of ideas and a blending of demonstrated success is the key to the revitalization of a our country and our wonderful and pristine Southern Illinois University.
I was at the public firing of former chancellor, Jo Ann Argersinger, and a member of the Board of Trustees admonished, us…in the audience, to trust them.
Since the untimely and unwarranted firing of chancellor Argersinger…enrollment has declined…almost every year…for 20 years.
To take on the mantel of being an informed citizen of your University and your Country and your planet…is an awesome and rewarding task.
Whatever you are a member of…whether it be a church or or a nation…keep a critical ‘eye peeled’ for Bullshit in the guise of truth from the mouth of the leader.
‘Fact – a thing that is indisputably the case’
‘Evidence – the available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid.’ Dictionary
As a youngster I loved to watch the popular television show, Star Trek, and my hero was Mr. Spock. Mr. Spock could cause a person to fall to the floor by simply placing his hand on their shoulder and squeezing.
Mr. Spock often told Captain Kirk, who although he was the Captain of the Starship Enterprise…was a man who was basically ruled by his passions,….that a plan that he had…was illogical.
I marveled at the intellectual superiority of the pointed eared, Mr. Spock.
It is fun and rewarding to think for yourself. You will make some mistakes along the way…but they will be your mistakes.
One of the all time great singers, Frank Sinatra, sang his, very popular song, ‘I did It My Way.’
‘To thy own self be true.’