Saturday, December 10, 2011
A blog to read
Because I have the following link and its blog on my other blog roll, since it's not always about politics, I want to be sure nobody misses this one by Hal. It's not only right on for our history with the look at Pilgrims and Puritans, dual philosophies still today for our nation, but good questions for our future. From a retired military man came what sounded to me like a good suggestion for a reorganization, which I doubt many of our political leaders would even think of doing due to fear of a powerful part of their base.
I wish more Americans knew more about history. It might help. To hear history professor Newt Gingrich smugly talking about how Palestinian people were invented-- showing once again his ignorance of history, of ethnicity, and of how conquering a people nor occupying them, none of that erases the existence of the culture who live there. It just means their identity is pushed around by others for awhile (in this case also the British and neighboring nations), but it can't erase their existence as a people (ask Native Americans about that one). I don't know if Gingrich is really ignorant but I do know he panders and reaches out to the lowest and most ignorant denominator to grow his base.
Yes, the story of that region is complex and can't be explained in one quick soundbite but some people vote on those soundbites, and that kind of comment panders to the Rush Limbaugh types. It also shows absolutely, if there was any doubt by anybody, that he didn't get paid that nearly $2 million from Fannie and Freddie for his history knowledge.
He does, however know more than a bit about inventing-- as in himself...