Do The Freakin Math

Liberals and conservatives alike frequently rely on limited evidence, personal experience, religious beliefs or gut emotions to determine solutions for complex problems. From immigration to global warming - taxes to terrorism - or health care to free trade - analytical study is rare. Science based policy making isn’t the way of Washington. And the consequences are catastrophic. Change is urgently needed. Just do the freakin’ math.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Romney the "Peace" President?



Will Mitt Romney be the new “Peace” president worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize?  He said “peace” 12 times in the last debate focused on Foreign policy.  Or, is Mitt just gunning for votes knowing most Americans are weary and/or fearful of war? 
In the same debate Romney mentioned Israel 34 times with no mention of the EU, biological or cyber weapons, or climate change?  Is our greatest national security threat really a nuclear armed Iran or a nuclear armed Pakistan as a failed state?
Mitt agreed with at least ten of President Obama’s foreign policies.   Was this an attempt to steal over unhappy Obama supporters? 
If the Obama Administration is negligibly guilty of the loss of four American lives in Bengazi then the loss of nearly 3000 American lives on September 11, 2001 and another 6000 since then can be put on President Bush’s shoulders.
Mr. Romney may have brilliant tactics to win votes but what does this tell us about how a President Romney would deal with any number of national security crisis? 
The means of human destruction are exponentially increased with the matrix of biotechnology, robotics, cyber and eventually nano based weapons for which defensive tactics are catastrophically limited….and offensive efforts are ultimately counterproductive.   
It was encouraging that Mitt adminitted "we cannot kill our way" to victory in the war on terrorism and that it would take a greater focus on our resources 'over there' on development, education, rule of law, just as Obama has done.
It’s unfortunate however that no Presidential candidate (democrat, republican, libertarian, constitution party, green part…) have offered no other rational option.  Our original 13 colonies faced a similar dilemma over 200 years ago.  Transforming a confederation of 13 independent states to a federation had its problems.  But it got us this far.  Expanding that genius to the global level is the only sane option forward. 
It’s unfortunate that biblical scripture paints this as the path to the anti-Christ and Armageddon.  It’s a belief system that is taking us straight to hell.

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