|To: Broken_Clock who wrote (435620)||8/22/2021 8:36:33 PM|
|USA is ruled by $$$, just like every other country. USA is just better at it than others. No one said life is fair. In fact, life has never been fair.|
To be sure, money is not the be-all-and-end-all.
USA was never intended by the Founding Fathers to be a Christian Nation. They were quite explicit about this.
Not taking a stand and just attacking others indiscriminately makes one weak and a hypocrite.
Everyone has their faults, including Joe Biden.
It is easy to criticize others. Looking for the goodness and positivity takes guts and courage.
As for Biden, he is not perfect, but he is a breath of fresh air in comparison to Trump.
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|To: Aladdin Sane who wrote (435912)||8/22/2021 9:19:40 PM|
|Making lots of money is nice. But what you do with the $$$ counts more. |
How one earns money means a lot. Here we come to the age old question, do the ends justify the means?
On an individual or personal level, the answer is no. Humans should never be treated solely as means, but as ends also.
It is trickier on a global ( country) level because no nation is moral. On that scale, you either eat life or life eats you.
I am just being realistic or pragmatic.
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|To: Rarebird who wrote (435911)||8/23/2021 2:00:29 AM|
|"As for Biden, he is not perfect, but he is a breath of fresh air in comparison to Trump."|
There is no defense for Trump and there is even less for Biden.
ATLANTIC – In the spring of 1975, as North Vietnamese divisions approached Saigon, hundreds of thousands of South Vietnamese with connections to the U.S.—soldiers, officials, spies, interpreters, drivers, bar girls, cooks—begged their American friends and colleagues to help them find a way out. But the embassy in Saigon and the Ford administration in Washington were slow to face the gravity of the situation and reluctant to prepare an evacuation for fear of panicking the population into chaos. In mid-April, President Gerald Ford finally realized that the government of South Vietnam might fall, and he asked Congress for $300 million in emergency aid, including money to evacuate the remaining 2,500 Americans and their dependents along with up to 175,000 South Vietnamese.
But Congress, led by Senate Democrats, had no interest in throwing away more money on a lost war that Americans wanted to forget. The prospect of sending U.S. troops to help evacuate Vietnamese along with Americans was a nonstarter. Some of the most strenuous objections came from the 32-year-old first-term senator from Delaware, Joseph R. Biden.
“I feel put upon in being presented an all-or-nothing number,” Biden said at a rare White House meeting between the president and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 14. “I will vote for any amount for getting the Americans out. I don’t want it mixed with getting the Vietnamese out.”
Ford countered: “We opened our door to the Hungarians. I am not saying the situation is identical, but our tradition is to welcome the oppressed. I don’t think these people should be treated any differently from any other people—the Hungarians, Cubans, Jews from the Soviet Union.”
Biden and other Democrats were unmoved. In a Senate speech on April 23, Biden argued that the president lacked the authority to rescue any Vietnamese. “I do not believe the United States has an obligation, moral or otherwise, to evacuate foreign nationals” other than diplomats of third countries, Biden said. “The United States has no obligation to evacuate one, or 100,001, South Vietnamese.” The U.S. should leave the task of protecting them to “the organizations that are available” and “diplomatic channels,” he added. A week later, North Vietnamese tanks entered the grounds of the presidential palace in Saigon just hours after the last helicopter carried the last Americans out of Vietnam.
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|From: Thomas M.||8/28/2021 10:52:54 AM|
|You're at the water's edge watching the American working class drown. Occasionally a few bubbles come to the surface. When they burst at the surface you hear the words:|
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|From: Terry Maloney||9/24/2021 12:30:28 PM|
|Years ago Box by the River got me on a group mailing list that at the time included Luc and Heinz. I rarely read it, but I never 'unsubscribed', just set up a mail filter and more or less forgot about it.|
Anyway, this morning by chance I came across this:
I know that many of you are good friends with Heinz Blasnik ( www.acting-man.com). You will probably have recognized that he has not made any postings in the last couple of months and that he did not write in this e-mail-group anymore.
Unfortunately his health has deteriorated further and he is now in hospital. According to the doctors, the situation is very, very serious. I will try to visit him next week. Hopefully not for the last time.
My thoughts and prayers are with Heinz and I will pass on your best wishes to him.
I can't vouch for this, obviously, but I do remember Heinz mentioning years ago that his health wasn't good even then.
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