What I Care about Politically

Okay, I have a couple of non-political posts in the hopper, but I want to get this down in pixils before returning to regularly scheduled programming. So, here's what I care about at the present political moment:
  1. Real health care reform that does not simply reorganize the current domination of insurance and pharmaceutical companies. I would prefer a national single payer plan, but I am open to innovation.
  2. An economic stimulus plan that pushes investment in infrastructure, education, and and green energy.
  3. A complete and unambiguous repudiation of extraordinary rendition, torture, and the warrantless wiretapping of American citizens.
  4. A complete & final withdrawal from Iraq & no escalation in Afghanistan.
Number three will be a bright line indicator for me of the Obama administration's moral seriousness. There are also several things I don't give a hoot about:
  1. Hillary as Secretary of State -- might create something of a circus atmosphere, but if Obama wants her I don't have any objections.
  2. Same goes for bringing in seasoned professionals from the Clinton administration. I seem to recall that, long ago, in what seems like a fairy tale, president Clinton presided over eight years of peace and prosperity despite the frothing radical right's attempts to destroy him.
  3. Prosecuting Bush / Cheney for war crimes. Some on the left are disappointed that this appears unlikely & yes the invasion of Iraq was a crime, but a prosecution wasn't / isn't ever going to happen in any case & would consume all of Obama's political capital if it did. That's just not the way the system works & I'm not going to spend too much time regretting this. History, as Bush himself has said hopefully, will judge. (I think his hope is misplaced & that he will be judged harshly.)

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

3 thoughts on “What I Care about Politically”

  1. This is a good time to reflect on what changes must occur in the first hundred days of the new administration. We’re close. I tend to have a simple two plank platform: Peace and Justice. It helps me keep things clear. Last week I wrote the President-elect a letter outlining my hopes. I don’t expect him to actually read it, but I felt the need to communicate these thoughts.

  2. RED SKY

    Everybody has
    a given life.
    None get out alive.
    Sense, sex, intellect

    friends (maybe
    w/ benefits).
    Some learn or
    take instruction.

    Caring, Ecstasy,
    Sympathy, Insight:
    life’s fateful cast:
    before endarkening

    graying blue skys
    greening red nights.
    Don’t care now if
    you’ve an ill-fitting

    wrinkled tan jacket–
    less suspect tattoos.
    You gave life a nod
    let it snake by pissing.

    Boston hero, plum lad.
    Red sky at night,
    Sailors’ delight. JFK:
    remember his light.


    EDWARD MYCUE 22 November 2008

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