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Voters should toss both GOP and Obama
By Ray Hanania –– No one among the Republican presidential contenders has risen above the chaos they have caused through their extremist voices.
And while that may sound good for President Barack Obama’s chances for re-election, it’s not good news for American voters.
The country is in the toilet. The people have been living off of wages that have barely inched up over the past decade, while costs continue to skyrocket. The no-ending and pointless war in Iraq continues to exhaust our resources not to mention the 5,000 Americans who have died there.
And like Iraq, Afghanistan is a disaster and not even close to being a Democracy – a woman and her daughter were murdered in front of the police and military headquarters recently in Afghanistan by the Taliban.
Apparently, killing Osama Bin Laden hasn’t changed anything one bit, except maybe satiate America’s insatiable appetite for revenge.
Americans are struggling and all the rah-rah patriotism isn’t putting food on our table or making us safe in a world that continues to oppose our foreign policies.
We need real leadership, not self-serving Republican demagogues nor a president who can’t seem to find his spine to do what needs to be done. Obama is a failure as a president, and he’s the best out there so far.
That’s not good enough. We need someone who can lead this country out of the maelstrom we helped create with reckless foreign wars and wasting money to bailout the big bankers and investment firms helping them avoid collapse at the taxpayer’s expense. Those bankers continue to give themselves hundreds of millions in bonuses to celebrate their taxpayer funded orgies.
Americans continue to scrape the bottom of the barrel, begging for jobs, and many turning to crime just to feed their families. The news media which once championed the “little guy” is now the protector of the powerful corporations that have gobbled them up.
Members of Congress – Democrats and Republicans – are using their insider knowledge to buy up large orders of company stocks to gain instant profits in the millions.
Who is that leader? I don’t know. But a good person to start with is Hillary Clinton, now Obama’s Secretary of State.
I liked Bill Clinton. He was a great president. He brought prosperity to the American people, a prosperity, a great economy and a budget surplus that his less than smart successor George W. Bush squandered to achieve the revenge sought by his managers, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.
Clinton was no one’s patsy. He had some personal flaws – but who doesn’t? Newt Gingrich who cheated on his own wife even during the time that he was leading the charge against Clinton during the former president’s affair with Monica Lewinski?
We’re in trouble folks. And right now pride in politics should not trump addressing our needs. Our health system is a mess, not just because of Obama’s inability to push anything through but because of the obstructionism of the Republicans.
Voters need to open their eyes and put their interests first and find a new leader to rally around to save this country. Save us economically. Save us politically. And save us morally.
(Ray Hanania hosts Radio Chicagoland every Sunday morning on WSBC 1240 AM from 8 until 11 am. Call in to talk about this column.)
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Hanania loves to write about American Arabs in politics, and focuses on Arab life in America.
Currently, he writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com. He writes on American politics for the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News newspaper and the Reporter Newspapers. He also writes for the online websites TheArabDailyNews.com and NewsAmericaNetwork.com (Illinois News Network at IllinoisNewsNetwork.com).
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Hanania began in journalism as an activist publishing Chicago’s first English-language American Arab Newspaper “The Middle Eastern Voice” from 1975 through 1977. In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. In 2004, he published “The National Arab American Times” monthly newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East ethnic food stores in 48 American States.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Hanania also has written news, features and Opinion Columns for Al Jazeera English, the Jerusalem Post, YNetNews.com, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News, Regional News and Palos Reporter newspapers in Chicagoland. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.
Hanania is Palestinian Christian from prominent Bethlehem and Jerusalem families. His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.
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Email him at: RGHanania@gmail.com
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