According to the Associated Press, both the BBC and the New York Times are finding the death toll numbers in the Hamas-Israel fight to be fudged. Instead of 1,900 innocent civilians being killed, about 1/2 are actually Hamas fighters that have been killed. Moreover, it appears as many as 100 (or more) of the "innocent civilians" Israel is blamed for killing were not killed by Israel, but by errant Hamas rockets. More importantly, it has been reported that over 50 Palestinians were executed because they publicly protested Hamas in Gaza. Yet, where is the media on this front? Still citing UN death figures supplied by, you guessed it, Hamas. Now I know innocents have been killed in Gaza, but "collateral damage" is always an issue in war. How many innocents have been killed as "collateral damage" in US attacks in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and elsewhere (not to mention those killed in Dresden, Hiroshima and Nagasaki in WWII). But the lie that Israel is committing "genocide" of innocents continues to live on in some media (with many in the World believing it). And more lies are coming.
According to the New York Times, Republicans are preparing their agenda in the event they successfully take control of both the US House of Representatives and the Senate. According to the article by Carl Hulse, if victorious, the GOP will again push for a balanced budget, along with the repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act and vote to immediately approve construction of the Keystone Pipeline. The article goes on to cite leading Republicans warning that if victorious in 2014, Republicans "must be mindful of the potential vulnerability of their senators up for re-election in 2016." And there we have it. Instead of focusing on immigration and tax reform, instead of dealing with income inequality and corporate "tax inversion strategies", instead of dealing with the reality of crushing student loan debt, American infrastructure and the urban decay of some of our larger cities, the GOP leadership is planning to "solve" America's problems such as "ObamaCare" and the "Keystone Pipeline." But before they do anything, they must first check to see if by doing what they deem is "right for America" is it right for their incumbents to get re-elected? And there you have it. Another lie. When political parties publicly claim to be representing the best interests of America while really primarily concerned on gaining political power and keeping it, we have another big lie. Now don't get me wrong, this is not new. Both parties play this cynical game. And to make matters worse, the article goes on to say that Democrats, once in the minority will resort to the same obstructionist strategies employed by the Republicans since 2010. And this makes America better, how?
So as long as the electorate is uninterested in finding the truth about our current state of politics, we as a nation will remain divided and in decline. As President Woodrow Wilson once wrote; "If you think too much about being re-elected, it is very difficult to be worth re-electing." Now if we can get the American Electorate on board and exercise its voting power come every election November! As I have been saying all along about both Republicans and Democrats, "Stop running for re-election to a job, and start doing the job!" Have a great week!