Over and Over and Over and….

Yesterday on an early morning cable news show, a list of possible Republican nominees was dissected. You won’t be surprised to learn that most of them are, in this commentator’s view, totally unqualified to even begin to think about inhabiting the august office he/she may dream about. In fact, we wonder whether all of those listed do in fact dream about becoming President of the United States. How many of them are the figments and desires of news organizations, and these mostly to set up only to tear down later?

Also yesterday in The New York Times is a column about how the U.S. Senate cannot bring itself to ratify a treaty promising fair and equal treatment for all disabled human beings on the planet, despite the fact that the treaty is based on laws of our own. This is the same body of legislators who alternately praise and damn the United Nations itself for any number of failings, including of course spending too much of the U.S.’s money, not being strong in the face of militaristic regimes, not being able to control international epidemics, and of course meddling in our affairs…this after a founding instigated by nations of all stripes who had such good intentions and such high hopes for an international body to keep the peace worldwide and to improve the living conditions of all members’ populations, wherever and of whatever kind they may be.

We recall with dismay and a huge dollop of humor the Republican primary debates of 2011 and 2012. They were, and remain, the best of live television presented for the edification and amusement of the nation. In 2015 and 2016, it appears we won’t even have new faces to see or new ideas to hear. Potential nominees even now ankling their ways down long red carpets include Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee, Paul Ryan. Newbies now include Scott Walker, John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie.

Based on the popular belief that only governors qualify – i.e., those who have actually run a state legislature and a state’s economic problems – only half – Bush, Kasich, Walker, Huckabee, Perry and Christie – make the cut. Since we’re so in love with the politics of the future we can hardly wait to the end of the current administration, that means we may have already dropped forty percent of those slated to consume our time and attention. Now that is good news.

But what we’re left with are deeply flawed men who increasingly are unmasked as less than trustworthy, if not less than honest. This takes care of Christie, Walker, and Perry. Another fifty per cent cut.

Leaving us with – at present: who knows who else will surface? – Bush, Huckabee, and Kasich.

Are we happy with this list? The risk of falling off our chairs as we listen and view once again the Republican primary debates is huge.

Are Americans who want more than anything else NOT to be the world’s policemen doing everything they can to strengthen the abilities of the United Nations in that role? Did we learn nothing from the demise of the League of Nations earlier, as individual independent countries shrugged their shoulders, lofted their noses, and walked away to do what they wanted as single nations freed from international commitments? Forget paying dues.

Some had international agenda and wars of their own to pursue. They couldn’t be bothered to wait for the League to adjudicate disputes. Germany, Japan, Russia,Spain and Italy all had itches that needed to be scratched. In 2014, China, Russia, Syria, Israel and an entire raft of central African republics – not to mention the Middle East – have itches of their own. And they aren’t waiting for the U.N. to come scratch them, either.

Remember the League of Nations? Founded after a horrific World War I in order to make certain such an event never recurred? After yet another horrific war – World War II – the nations of the world ached for peace and prosperity of every member. But here, too, individual nations ignored, demolished, destroyed the value of the organization in favor of their own projects and agenda.

And since today we’re marketing déjà vu, let’s remember the sainted Ross Perot who years ago, when the North American Free Trade Agreement was being negotiated, declared in no uncertain terms that “the giant sucking sound you hear are jobs” being drained from our shores. He was right. Now we face the prospect of negotiating something called the Trans Pacific Free Trade Organization which promises to do for America what NAFTA promised to do: broaden our markets, do away with border restrictions and tariffs between Mexico, Canada, and the U.S., and create millions of jobs. It was the outsourcing, the off-shoring of those jobs that Mr. Perot heard so clearly being drained, and which in part led to the U.S. ceasing to manufacture real products, and becoming a service civilization marketing information only. This led to the gaming of that same system by Wall Street. You know the rest.

American politics, trade, and international status were at stake in the 80s. They are today. How much smarter are we now than we were then?


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