A Politician

A politician may be defined as somebody engaged in politics, and politics is concerned with public affairs, public life, public issues, or public activities.

As a society, a community or a nation, the need to organize ourselves to provide services to our people is always there. We do such organizations by either selecting or electing people whom we think have the vision, wisdom, honesty, decency and the altruism to take charge of such noble responsibilities. The uphill battles begin as soon as the doors-of-nominations are opened to fill those positions. Battles in whatever form you can think of – war-of-words, fist fighting, weaponry fighting, ‘spiritual’ fighting, etc, gradually tear the fabrics of our societies. These fights are sometimes so intense that they overshadow the real issues at hand. Agendas on the political manifestos are never short of beautiful, lofty, and inspiring “I-will-do-for-you” projects and programs .

Campaign platforms are many times painted with divisions, violence, segregations, blood, etc. A process that is always corrupted from the beginning with campaign donations from individuals, interest groups or lobbyists, organizations, etc, mostly for their personal aggrandizements. People whose votes matter the most, and who are supposed to be focus of whatever projects or programs that are designed, and supposed to be implemented or executed are immediately forgotten once the platform for campaigns are dismantled and shelved for another round of false promises and lies. The agendas of the society are torpedoed and trampled upon by the agendas of the lobbyists, greedy fat-cats, interest groups, the politicians and their henchmen. Power that supposedly belongs to the people is hi-jacked by a very few, and whatever socio-economic needs and services that are needed in their various communities are largely forgotten. Rat race to truck-away the limited resources of the nation or community, to satisfy egoistic

Homeless Doll – Political Indoctrination or Important Social Commentary?

Andrea Peyser New York Post column caught my eye today. As a mother of a 10-year-old girl, anything with American Girl dolls in it is a must read. While I share Ms. Peyser’s distaste for the price and often cultish nature of the entire American Girl empire, I was somewhat surprised by the tone of her recent article on new American Girl doll Gwen. Gwen Thompson is part of this year’s “Girl of the Year” collection. Each year, for those of you without a daughter between the ages of 4-14, American Girl) introduces a “Girl of the Year” doll. As with all American Girl dolls, these dolls come with a story and many times a collection of one or two friends.

The girl of the year this year is Chrissa and her story is focused on the issue of bullying. In the course of this story we meet two additional dolls, Gwen and Sonali. Gwen is a girl whose father left the family and they are now living out of a car, homeless. Peyser’s column quickly highlights the ways in which she believes that this story line for a doll is inappropriate suggesting that it will lead young girls to believe that men are bad and women helpless. She goes on to call doll a tool of political indoctrination although I am unclear as to the political message that parent company Mattel may have been trying to send.

As I mentioned, I have my own set of concerns about the American Girl culture with its overpriced dolls and catalog of accessories, many of which come in around $100 too. Had Peyser led with the irony of a company that hocs $100 dolls promoting awareness of homelessness and economic hardship, she would have earned a loyal follower in me. However in

Homeless Politicians

Have you ever talked to the homeless? A strange idea to most of us that are too busy with our lives. Many of the homeless had normal lives once. Some where store managers in places like south Chicago, Boisey Idahoe and even Lincoln Nebraska. Others had once thriving business’s that are now just a memory. Most had wives and children. Many children are now homeless along with their parents.

On a hot day they will sit and talk about their former lives. Now that they are homeless practically no one will hire them. So sitting and talking about better times is the bulk of their entertainment. Like most americans many are intellegent and have opinions about the news of the day. The talk ranges from obscure topics like comic books of the eighties to solar flares. It is not the deranged talk of uninformed as many in the press would have you believe. These people once ran companies where managers, sales people in short ordinary Americans. The only diffirence between them and you is the sadness. After they talk about their former lives they often walk away dispondent. A dazed look on their faces as they ask themselves again how did this happen to me? They still can’t believe with all of their skills they are now in a homeless shelter. All over America this is happening. Brave people are dealing with being homeless.

I wish our politicians had the guts that these people have. The soft bellied Politicians that sent American jobs overseas are responsible for this. The politicians that to this day let big oil bleed us dry with high gas prices are responsible for this. The politicians that gave billions of dollars to wealthy companies for no reason are responsible for this.

I have a solution. Elections

Ways that Moms Can Get Involved in Politics

No matter what your party affiliation, you as a mother can get involved in politics. It is rewarding to know that you are fighting for the causes you care about, and it shows your children that they can also one day become a part of the democratic process that exists in our great country. Moms are busy, and most of us will not ever get a chance to run for office, but here are some ideas of smaller ways we can get involved:

1. Be sure you are registered to vote, and vote. Most states now make registering so easy that you can do it at the same time that you get or renew your driver’s license. Once you are registered, be sure to keep your registration updated if you move or get married. Then, it is important that you do vote. Take your child(ren) with you to the polls and let them watch you vote. Explain to them the importance of voting and how men fought and died for us to have this privilege. I try to make “voting day” an exciting event for my son, and he already looks forward to the day when he will be able to vote for himself.

2. Join your party’s Women’s Chapter. Both the Republicans and Democrats have women’s chapters, and probably the lesser known parties do as well. Join so that you can receive emailed updates of issues that are important to you. You will also receive ideas of other ways you can become involved in your political party.

3. Donate money if you are financially able. Obviously, as a mom with one or more children, you may not be in a position to help out your party financially, but if you are, consider donating even a small sum.

4. Be …

Hollywood Politics: The Effect of the Stars on the 2008 Presidential Campaign with John McCain and Barack Obama

Hollywood stars always seem to think it’s important to tell the world about their politics and views, whether they are on the right or the left and whether they support Barack Obama or John McCain. Since we’re exposed to it whether or not we want to be, the relevant questions become: 1) What effect do the political views of the stars have? and 2) What effect should the political views of the stars have?

Hollywood Politics Question #1 – What Effect do the Political Views of the Stars Have?

This is a very difficult question to answer. There is a reason that celebrities are paid millions of dollars to endorse products and companies. In that line of thinking, you would imagine that Hollywood endorsements would carry an enormous amount of weight with the general public. However, I’ve not been able to find any research to back that claim. It may be that a celebrity can influence the type of pop that you drink, but not a more important decision like the political future of the United States.

One way that celebrities may affect the Presidential campaign, however, is fundraising. Star power could help when the celebrities throw a fundraising bash that includes all of their ultra-rich friends. Typically, you hear about the fundraising assistance of celebrity democrats like George Clooney, Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, etc… However, according to the Washington Times, even John McCain is also getting into the act with a fundraiser set to include John Voight, Robert Duvall, and Jon Cryer. No offense to the latter group, but the serious star power still appears to be on the side of Barack Obama and the Democrats.

Hollywood Politics Question #2 – What Effect Should the Political Views of the Stars Have?

The answer to this question is hopefully, no …

Lobbying in American Politics

Lobbying, the act of communicating with elected officials in an attempt to influence the outcome of legislation. Often hired by businesses, corporations, and non-profit groups, lobbyist’s have been a staple in American politics since the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant. Marred by highly publicized scandals and controversies throughout history, lobbyist’s are often held in contempt by the American people and considered to be a corrupting influence in our nations capital. I am arguing that the use of lobbying is not a cause of corruption in American politics. And that the hiring of lobbyist’s by major corporations has been misrepresented and demonized by the mainstream media, drawing attention away from the real problems in Washington. Also resulting in widespread misunderstanding regarding the function of lobbyist’s as public policy experts and advocates. Political lobbying simply would not exist today if it was detrimental to legislative processes.

Conceding the fact that lobbying does not have an immaculate ethics record in Washington, only a small percentage of the 40, 000 lobbyist’s may participate in illegal practices (Birnbaum, 2005). The most notable instance of a lobbyist taking part in corrupt activities is the case of Jack Abramhoff. Abramhoff, dubbed a “Super Lobbyist” by the media, was convicted of conspiring to bribe public officials, tax evasion, and fraud. More like a successful conman than super lobbyist, Abramhoff’s case has become the gold standard for associating lobbyist’s with corruption. But I would like to look at this from another perspective. Abramhoff went to jail for conspiring to bribe public officials, earning six years for his actions. I agree that what he did was criminal, but when it comes to bribery it takes two to tango. Upon further investigation of Abramhoff’s actions, one member of the House of Representatives and two high ranking White House officials were found …

Understanding Workplace Politics in America

You know, most executives don’t think much about labor until there’s a strike or a walkout. They don’t even have enough respect for us to look us in the eyes when they talk to us. If a suit has a problem with one of us, he or she usually tells a subordinate to hash it out with us, lest they lower their royal selves by talking to us common dogs.

In those rarest of times that they will actually converse with one of us, it is usually just to humiliate or degrade us, getting their jollies if one of us cowers before them with our tail between our legs. If one of us bites back, or even barks, we are punished with written reprimands, unpleasant duties, demotions, or even termination, and then used as an example by holding our bloody, severed heads up before the other dogs to frighten them into submission, should they ever even think of standing up for themselves.

They swing the power of their position around like some huge cock, intimidating every employee who will let them get away with it. Most of them are sad, pathetic little people with insecurity issues and feelings of inadequacy. Brutalizing the dogs for some sick, bizarre reason makes them feel powerful, just like the bullies that they are. Hell, the truth is that these suits are just pussies that wouldn’t have the guts to walk into a barroom, or anywhere outside of the corporate microcosm, and treat us like that.

You see it every day in the office, at the jobsite, and on the shop floor. They never return a “hello” or “good morning” except with a sneer or that twisted half-smile eye-roll that lets you know you aren’t worthy to speak to them unless they speak first. And …

The Politics of Morocco – Lunch with the King

The very best food of North Africa is some of the best in the Arab world. Moroccan food means spices of modest power with the healthiness that Middle Eastern food is known for. The Arab world is in a frenzy right now as governments throw off monarchy and dictatorships for free elections. But food (oddly enough) will also be affected. In Morocco, every restaurant has a dish named after or influenced by the King’s likes or dislikes. When I visited Morocco, I enjoyed eating the very best food that local restaurants had to offer and the “King’s Dish” was almost always the best food in the restaurant. At “Sim’s Restaurant” it was a dish featuring camel meat and spices. At each restaurant it seemed to be different. I surmised the dish was probably the restaurant owner’s favorite and had nothing to do with the king at all. I gathered it was similar to the way Americans view the president’s favorite food, but with one important difference. Unlike the United States which has a much larger population, the subjects of the Moroccan king seemed to have at least attended some function he was present at. They used the term “met the king” but I understood they had been in his presence. I found this odd. So it seemed they had a relatively positive image of him regardless of their level on the social ladder.

In America, we couldn’t imagine serving a ruler given his position by genetics. That seems morally reprehensible to us. But Morocco is very different than the United States. Sitting and talking to the people of Morocco, it seemed they loved their king; he came to the mosque and worshiped with them, so some people locally felt they knew their ruler. Although he had more than 10 palaces, …