Happy Presidents’ Day

In celebration of Presidents’ Day we honor John F. Kennedy, Jr., to whom this blog is dedicated.  Here is his inaugural speech, narrated by today’s prominent Americans reflecting the spirit of his commitment to the Remarkable Great Experiment:

The Insanity of Our Healthcare System

Minimum wage workers make too much money to receive healthcare they can’t afford:

When it comes to tangibly honoring great Americans, Washington tends to drag its collective feet, usually decades, before making room along the Mall for a tribute.  The notable exception is the Viet Nam war memorial that was completed a mere 7 years after the war ended; the impetus to build it so quickly was the hope that it would begin to heal the hemorrhaging wound of the Viet Nam war on our society.  It fulfilled that hope for the healing to begin.  Read the rest of this entry

In one of the Republicans’ most breathtaking assaults on Americans’ right to vote, Colorado Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler has ordered that Denver and Pueblo counties not mail absentee ballots to Colorado residents in the US military who are deployed overseas.  Their crime that denies them the right to vote this year?  They didn’t vote in 2010.  Despite requirements of the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act that requires local authorities to send ballots to soldiers deployed in foreign theaters of war 45 days before an election, Gessler has decreed that military personnel (from Democratic leaning Colorado counties, of course) should be denied the right to vote, just in case they might vote for a Democrat. Read the rest of this entry

Robert Scheer: Murder Is Good Politics, Bad Justice – Robert Scheer’s Columns – Truthdig.

One of the biggest lies that the media allows right wing conservatives to continually get away with is that government cannot create jobs.  Eric Cantor, John Boehner, and every GOP presidential candidate repeats the lie as a mantra, to the point that many Americans (read Tea Partiers) now believe it.  Nothing, of course, could be farther from the truth and no knowledgeable person actually believes it, even many who repeat it.  The falsehood is so obvious that even as Republicans repeat it, they relentlessly work to reduce government jobs in a coordinated effort to keep the unemployment rate as high, and the economy as weak, as possible Read the rest of this entry