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Jonah Goldberg’s misinterpretations on the Obama campaign

Conservative analyst Jonah Goldberg’s article The Adventures of Captain America emphasize on criticizing President Barack Obama for unveiling “what many believe will be his new reelection theme: Country first.” Mr. Goldberg quoted Mr. Obama as saying that “There is nothing that we’re facing that we can’t solve with some spirit of ‘America first’” and claimed that the latter “borrowed” it from “1930s isolationists and the presidential campaigns of Patrick Buchanan,” probably trying to make the nowadays economic situation look like the 1930s during the Great Depression in the eyes of the reader. In this short article I will point out three misinterpretations in Jonah Goldberg’s article regardless of whether or not they were done on purpose. Continue reading

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Osama Bin Laden is Dead!

On May 1 Osama Bin Laden was killed by the Navy SEALS in operation Geronimo. President Barack Obama announced the death of terrorist number one but there was no compelling evidence that he was really killed. We came across a video of the interior of his compound featuring blood next to a bed, messy furniture, and some medications in a liquid form, yet we didn’t see any images of his dead body. According to reports from the federal government, cited by the media, the 25 commandos – the 25 brave men who completed the operation – took custody of Osama Bin Laden’s dead body, identified it as Osama Bin Laden, and later buried it in the sea. No photos or clips were taken during the ceremonial burial either which prompted a lot of conspiracy theorists to claim that the federal government was lying about Osama Bin Laden’s death. Do these theories have any merits? Continue reading

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Liberal and conservative emotions

I have often been reading and hearing opinions that Conservatives are rational while Liberals are emotional. This statement is appealing to Conservatives’ favor not only from a wording point of view but also from a conceptual point of view because rationality is generally preferred to emotions. While rationality could be both short-term and long-term, emotions are more often than not short-term. Continue reading

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The Battle

 

The American dream is not about just living in the United States. It is about political, social and economic freedom where the government is not the one to stay on one’s right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. On the contrary, the idea of the American dream is that there should be policies to protect the citizens from government’s imposing on their lives and instead promote creativity and entrepreneurship (the more neutral- and pleasant-sounding word for capitalism, for capitalism is perceived differently from different people). That’s how the Americans attract foreign investments and foreigners – through guaranteeing them freedom, honesty and integrity. The rest of the world – due to numerous factors and depending on the region we are talking about – hasn’t achieved that yet. Continue reading

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How non-partisan is the Congressional Budget Office?

We all read, watch and listen to the news quoting the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) when it comes to the U.S. budget. Oftentimes we detect through our eyes or ears the word “non-partisan” before the name of the institution – a guarantee for transparency and equity both to reporters and other people in what’s going on with the federal government spending. How trustworthy are the team of economic and public policy analysts that comprise the CBO though? Is it a myth that it is non-partisan? Who appoints these experts? Continue reading

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Alvin Greene for U.S. Senate

Interesting news in American politics today – jobless veteran Alvin Greene, a candidate for the U.S. Senate won the Democratic nomination in South Carolina, a Republican stronghold, by merely paying the fee of $10,400 from his own pocket to just enter the race. He actually never even met with his main opponent for the Democratic nomination, longtime state politician Vic Rawl, who claimed he never met Mr. Greene. Continue reading

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Tragedy in Smolensk, not conspiracy

 

I woke up this morning, went to BBC, and saw this breaking news: Polish President dies in plane crash. Lech Kaczynski was on his way to Katyn to mark the 70th anniversary of the massacre that was committed there by Soviet forces against the Polish inteligentsia, police and military. Speculations have already arised, with some people arguing that this crash is not an accident, and that the Russians did it on purpose because there was an 88-strong Polish delegation. This conspiracy theory came as a result of the strained relations between Poland and Russia which, according to observers, have been improving recently but, some say, Russia might have been behind the tragedy in order to liquidate a great deal of the Polish political elite and thus commence reestablishment of its sphere of influence in Poland. Continue reading

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