HAPPY DAYS

English: Elvis Presley meeting Richard Nixon. ...

English: Elvis Presley meeting Richard Nixon. On December 21, 1970, at his own request, Presley met then-President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office of The White House. Elvis is on the right. Waggishly, this picture is said to be ‘of the two greatest recording artists of the 20th century’. The Nixon Library & Birthplace sells a number of souvenir items with this photo and the caption, “The President & the King.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nixon’s Mastery of American politics now days you hardly hear his name anymore but he is not gone, well not quite yet. From a small Quaker community in Southern California, now surrounded by alfalfa, bean and barley fields, burst a man whose funeral would be attended by five presidents: Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. They would salute a man who started out as a supporter of Chiang Kai-shek and ended up shaking the hand of Mao Zedong, and who had a dangerous taste for poker until the end, though with a dash of daring and flair that delighted his supporters and irritated his detractors.  He went from this tiny house, the scene of economic heartbreak and emotional upheaval, to college and law school, to the House and Senate and to five national campaigns — the most of any man, excepting Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In truth, his entire life was a campaign for acceptance, for advantage, for achievement, finally for redemption. President Obama had just turned 13 when President Nixon left office, old enough to remember him and his fall from grace. And Nixon is firmly in the consciousness of Senator John S. McCain since he was the president who greeted the president former POW after five years of pure misery in a Hanoi prison. Senator Hillary Clinton was shaped by the former president.

English: In January 2009, President of the Uni...

English: In January 2009, President of the United States of America, George W. Bush invited then President-Elect Barack Obama and former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter for a Meeting and Lunch at The White House. Photo taken in the Oval Office at The White House. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Something I’ve observer over the years that most politicians are a slimy, slippery bunch, well aren’t they? No wonder no one trusts them. Most are a master warding off the truth even though it is obvious to everyone; and they probably think they are telling it like it is. It must be difficult deluding themselves every day that they are actually on the people’s side. I’m 77 years old and through the years I’ve seen politicians come to bad ends. I’ve seen them become drunks, I’ve seen them become crooked, have sex scandals, have money scandals, abuse of their power – one after another they’ll eventually hit the dust. Some are caught and then become embattled and made uncomfortable by their confessions that they fathered a child from an extramarital affair, while always stressed “family values…… Truth or Consequences!

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan (Photo credit: Fresh Conservative)

Mama, I want to be president…….. What does a presidential campaign truly demand of a candidate?  To become president, you must love talking about yourself: Talk, talk, brag and talk, every day, every evening, on national television, in the company of newspaper reporters, in every spare moment, and not just for a few days or weeks but for years and years on end. If you don’t crave attention, if you don’t long for admiration if you don’t, and at some level, feel you are God‘s gift to the American people, you don’t run for president at all. Nonetheless in order to become the candidate, each also had to make a series of utterly ruthless decisions, choices that most nice guys would find revolting.  Any person who was ever closely connected with either candidate is at risk of unpleasant media exposure. No one who works for either man job security, any can expect any favors. I want to be president! Yes Mama I want to be president.

It’s 1952 and America is at war in a strange place called Korea, the upcoming America president election is just around the corner. World War 2 had ending and rationing was no more, the time was just like the old TV showHappy Days.” Rock n Roll and Hop dancing was held at the local high school, car loads of kids going to school and all the high school girls looked like “Peggy Sue.” No homeless and no frozen pizza could be found anywhere, either trash or gang bangers could be found. Every afternoon once school was out I headed t local and favorite teenager hang out for a quick soda and meet up the “Peggy Sues” of the day. School home work who had time for it and besides I was a teenager who knew everything worth knowing. I hated Math but loved U.S. History and English classes. I did my best to stay of trouble and later I  joined the  Civil Air Patrol as a cadet. My dream was to be an Air Force pilot and fly the blue sky fighting America’s enemies whoever they be.

General Dwight Eisenhower meets the daughters ...

General Dwight Eisenhower meets the daughters of his running mate, Senator Richard Nixon, Washington National Airport, September 10, 1952 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Soon the 1952 Election mpaign came to the town I was living in at the time. Dwight Eisenhower entered the 1952 presidential race as a Republican to counter the non-interventionism of Senator Robert A. Taft and to crusade against “Communism, Korea and corruption.” On late afternoon after school My friend Don Rucker went to meet the train that was carrying Eisenhower and his wife Mamie. Smiling his warn “Ike” smile at the crowd and then introduced his wife, said a few word to the cheering crowd of about one hundred. And then a t toot the campaign train pulled out while the crowd waved good-by. Within a week and again after school would have it another carry S. Truman

This time the crowd of on lookers was not friendly as they had been to Ike, in fact the crowd threw old apples and booed every chance they had.Yes, I’d say they were just plain unfriendly. No cheering crowd this time. But the president stood tall on the back of the last train car while he campaign for Alai Steven. After giving short speech Truman smiled to the crowd and waved as the train pulled out on the iron rails.

While Germany surrendered a few weeks after Truman assumed the Presidency, the war with Japan was expected to last another year or more. Truman’s decision to use nuclear weapons against Japan led to a speedy end of the war but remains controversial. His presidency was a turning point in foreign affairs, as the nation supported an internationalist foreign policy in conjunction with European allies. Working closely with Congress, Truman assisted in the founding of the United Nations, issued the Truman Doctrine to contain communism, and passed the $13 billion Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe. Wartime alliance with the Soviet Union became peacetime opposition, and the Cold War began. He oversaw the Berlin Airlift in 1948 and the creation of NATO in 1949. When communist North Korea invaded South Korea in 1950, he immediately sent in U.S. troops and gained UN approval for the Korean War. After initial success, the UN forces were thrown back by Chinese intervention and the conflict was stalemated through the final years of Truman’s presidency.

Truman was born in Missouri, and spent most of his youth on his family’s farm. During World War I, Truman served in combat in France as an artillery officer in his National Guard unit. After the war, he briefly owned a haberdashery and joined the Democratic Party political machine of Tom Pendergast in Kansas City, Missouri. He was first elected to public office as a county official, and in 1934 became U.S. senator. He gained national prominence as head of the wartime Truman Committee, which exposed waste, fraud, and corruption in wartime contracts.

While Germany surrendered a few weeks after Truman assumed the Presidency, the war with Japan was expected to last another year or more. Truman’s decision to use nuclear weapons against Japan led to a speedy end of the war but remains controversial. His presidency was a turning point in foreign affairs, as the nation supported an internationalist foreign policy in conjunction with European allies. Working closely with Congress, Truman assisted in the founding of the United Nations, issued the Truman Doctrine to contain communism, and passed the $13 billion Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe. Wartime alliance with the Soviet Union became peacetime opposition, and the Cold War began. He oversaw the Berlin Airlift in 1948 and the creation of NATO in 1949. When communist North Korea invaded South Korea in 1950, he immediately sent in U.S. troops and gained UN approval for the Korean War. After initial success, the UN forces were thrown back by Chinese intervention and the conflict was stalemated through the final years of Truman’s presidency.

Ike won by a landslide, defeating Democrat Adlai Stevenson and ending two decades of the New Deal Coalition. In the first year of his presidency, Eisenhower deposed the leader of Iran in the 1953 Iranian coup d’état and used nuclear threats to conclude the Korean War with China.

Poll shows over half of voters dislike both Dems and GOP… I’m happy to see that people appear to be seeing through the Republican Party. Neither party is really looking out for the interests of the people nor do they both really oppose each other on issues that are relatively unimportant. Take immigration for instance, on the surface, it would appear that both parties are not willing to do anything to stem the tide, despite what the Republicans say. It’s real easy; you enforce border security and go after the companies who are illegally hiring these illegal immigrants. Both parties are for big government and uncontrolled spending, while neither party is willing to do anything to stop the corruption, despite what they say.

There seems to be a pattern where we keep trading the Democrats for Republicans and then the Republicans for Democrats, with the same anti-freedom and anti-liberty policies being set. I’m surprised that it is taking so long for the American people to realize that we are no better off with the Republicans than we are with the Democrats and vice versa. They both push the same agenda that benefits interests that are contradictory to our own interests. When the Republicans rule the roost, we get screwed over so we trade them out for the Democrats, only to continue to get screwed over. We repeat this cycle every 6 years or so, meanwhile it is only the American people losing out and the same interests winning. How much longer are we willing to trade one obnoxious party for another?

Another Politician Snow Job…  While it may sound like a great idea to have our President sponsor more Government jobs such as building roads and things of that nature, believe me, that’s not what we need. The Government doesn’t have any more money to spend. The money they do spend is money they have borrowed from overseas. Borrow, borrow, borrow, and then borrow some more. Meanwhile I can just imagine the Washington politicians saying to each other, “That’s awesome! That’s progress. What a huge step!”

The country was in the great depression in time of FDR but we didn’t have the kind of debt we have today. What we need is for our Government to lure back private businesses! When businesses feel like they can grow again, that’s when we will see jobs on the rise. Government hand-outs in the form of sponsored projects or welfare, or anything else is like paying a credit card with yet another credit card. Eventually it will lead us to spiral down all the way to the bottom of the hole.  Unbelievable to some, I can almost hear the squeals of politicians as they are voted out of office in the November election.  There is a great deal in this country that truly think like that unfortunately. They have no qualms about spending massive amounts of money to build the infrastructure or provide healthcare to foreign countries. The policy makers in Washington give the impression that the US and its present currency system are toast, along with all pensions, savings, and everything else…Give me a break

Mexico, Drugs and the Recession…  I wonder sometimes what the politicians in Washington might do in this great recession; they might be able to deflect the jobless recovery for several years by waging war on the drug cartels. Would Mexico allow to a takeover by the cartels or would they willingly turn to the US for guns and butter? Some African nations might go along for the economic benefits.  Invading Mexico would truly bring the drug wars to the US. The Mexican people and the world will not stand by if the US repeats its adventures into Mexico as we did so many years ago. The previous wars were not that popular, except in some regions of the South West. I’m there will be always someone who cheers that. When people in the US start dying because of the stupidity of a leadership that chooses to ignore the reality of what happened with regards to prohibition, the consequences to the cost will be enormous.

 The careless attitude expressed about war, suggests someone more interested in a political agenda than anything to benefit Americans, and the misreading of history is enormous. Which is exactly right is saying – worked out in the rise of something similar to Nazism. I can imagine that if the government was looking to take the pressure off the working class they would round up the illegals and send them packing. In the short-term the government will need some policy to pretend at leadership. I just think that, looking at the prospects, I guess waging a real shoot-em up war with the cartels would be their best shot while waiting out the recession. I often wonder how the Afghan and Iraq wars have lasted far longer than WWII. Did it take that long to restore the oil fields and get oil flowing again? Didn’t the Al-Queda leave the battle field years ago?

Of course when I was a kid  there was no war on drugs – only air warrens that come by in the darkness of the night and then inform my Dad to pull down the air raid curtains which were very heavy and made of the color green and sometimes the neighbor’s dog trashing his Victory Garden and boy there was hell to pay. Furious and shaking his head my old man somehow gotten his hands on a one shoot BB Gun and lay in wait for wandering dog.  I now can recall he’d have me as his lookout as he hid from sight  from our trespasser, when I spotted this ‘god damn dog’ as my old man called him like an alien spaceship flew down from the sky my Dad would take aim with his trusty BB Gun and shot the dog in the rear. Guys remember this was long before TV and the radio entertainers were either drafted or entertaining the troops. But sometimes we would gather around the family radio and listen to Tokyo Rose…Looking back 60 some years I guess it was our entertainment. Then, no TV  to watch or hot pizza to be delivered – can you imagine that! Oh before I forget to tell you the BB Gun had been given to me but I was never allowed to use it because it might put out my eye.

United (States) Parcel Service.

United (States) Parcel Service. (Photo credit: matt.hintsa)

Asia – Pacific Mutual Treaty…  I am becoming more and more convinced that we need an Asia-Pacific Mutual Defense Treaty with Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and the Philippines as founding members. The U.S. shall be invited as an observer while the Treaty is being deliberated and negotiated and requested to protect a security umbrella in case any hostile power decides to launch a pre-emptive attack. The U.S. interest is enormous and must be protected. The sea lanes in what is variously known as South China Sea, Sea of Japan and West Philippine Sea as well as the straits of Malacca must continue open and conflict-free to ensure free trade and the movement of goods from and to the U.S. This is why it is in the interest of the U.S. to guarantee that no war erupts in Asia and the Pacific while the Asia-Pacific Mutual Defense Treaty is being established. The Treaty needs an endearing moniker and I have tentatively crafted the following: The ASPAC Treaty. The treaty shall be fashioned in the same spirit of cooperation and peaceful settlement of disputes as NATO. In fact, the organizers in drafting the charter may be advised to hue closely to the wording in the NATO charter, which has kept Europe free from invasion of any of its signatories’ territories by any superpower or aspiring regional military power.

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