Author: Robert DeVries

Wars Of The United States

Afghanistan—11 years, 5 months (so far) Vietnam War—10 years, 9 months Second Iraq War—8 years, 10 months Revolutionary War—8 years, 5 months Civil War—4 years, 6 months World War II—3 years, 9 months Korean War—3 years, 2 months War of 1812—2 years, 7 months Mexican War—2 years, 1 month First Iraq War—7 months Spanish-American War—4 months Robert DeVries Related articles Top 10 deadliest American wars (americanlivewire.com) The Last Time America Declared War (reason.com)

Getting Specific About Exactly What Has Been Accomplished In The 11 Year War In Afghanistan

January 29, 2013–The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to Afghanistan. The security threat to all U.S. citizens in Afghanistan remains critical. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Afghanistan issued on June 27, 2012, and reminds U.S. citizens of ongoing security risks, including kidnapping and insurgent attacks. No region in Afghanistan should be considered immune from violence, and the potential exists throughout the country for hostile acts, either targeted or random, against U.S. and other Western nationals at any time. Remnants of the former Taliban regime and the al-Qaida terrorist network, as well as other groups hostile to International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) military operations, remain active. Afghan authorities have a limited ability to maintain order and ensure the security of Afghan citizens and foreign visitors. Travel in all areas of Afghanistan is unsafe due to military combat operations, landmines, banditry, armed rivalry between political and tribal groups, and the possibility of insurgent attacks, including attacks using vehicle-borne or other improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The security situation remains volatile and unpredictable …

Updated Travel Advisory On Neanderthal Country

In The Tradition Of The State Department Consular Information Sheets http://www.travel.state.gov Anthropological Background For more than two decades the scientific consensus was that the latest possible date before the Neanderthal species became extinct was about 18,000 years ago. Now however Neanderthal remnant populations have been discovered in Washington DC and other remote locations in the United States. This species does not have fully developed brains and therefore they are unable to focus on anything except money and power. They are generally known as the Tea Party. Total Commitment To An All White America The remnant population is severely racist in their outlook. One only needs to look at Tea Party websites and mailing lists to discover that Tea Party activists consider President Obama to be a “coloured boy who does not know his place”. They consider the Democratic Party’s commitment to all Americans being equal to be a “betrayal of the Founding Fathers”. When an African-American, business executive Herman Cain, became a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, Republicans considered this a major …

We Need Progressive Reform Of The Social Security Program

Recent developments have shown the great importance which the Democratic Party needs be giving to progressive reform of the Social Security program. Conservative Republicans have become skilled at manipulating life expectancy tables to make it appear that the Social Security system is ““broken” when this in fact is total nonsense. And the Tea Party, a Marxist organization, has seized control of the Republican Party. The final stage of Classical Marxism is “the withering away of the State”, and this is exactly what the Tea Party wants. Of course Marx and Lenin thought of the “withering away of the State” as the arrival of a workers’ paradise. The Tea Party seeks the same goal for another reason, unrestrained corporate greed. Progressive reform is not of course possible without a Democratic majority in both Houses of Congress and a Democrat in the White House. So our temporary position should be to draw a line in the sand against any reductions in Social Security benefits. But when the right time arrives, there are a number of reforms which …

Best Political Speech of the 2012 Election Season

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan’s speech in Sydney on September 1, 2012 “Let’s be blunt and acknowledge the biggest threat to the world’s biggest economy are the cranks and crazies that have taken over the Republican Party.” Related articles Australian deputy PM: ‘Cranks and crazies’ in GOP threaten US economy (nbcnews.com) Fiscal cliff reveals how dysfunctional Republican nihilism makes US politics | Michael Cohen (guardian.co.uk) Economy not immune to US saga – Swan (bigpondnews.com)

Estes Kefauver

  Estes Kefauver who successfully transformed the Democratic Party into the Nation’s leading civil rights organization. Senator Kefauver was a member of Congress from Tennessee from 1939 until his death in 1963. He was a major contender for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 1952, 1956, and 1960, and our Party’s Vice Presidential nominee in 1956. But it was at the Democratic National Convention in 1956 that Kefauver’s influence was decisive. In 1952 the Democratic ticket was Governor Adlai Stevenson of Illinois and Senator John Sparkman of Alabama. And the Party’s racial policy was best articulated by Governor George C. Wallace of Alabama: “Segregation Today! Segregation Tomorrow! Segregation Forever!” With the adoption at the 1956 Convention of the Kefauver-inspired Platform’s Article Eleven, the Democratic Party became permanently committed to the principle that America belongs to all Americans. And the only acceptable school is an integrated school. It was not the politically expedient way to go. The Solid Democratic South would soon become the Solid Republican South, and this loss would make a Democratic Party Electoral College …