The American Health Care Act that is designated to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is racing through Congressional Committees towards adoption in the House and eventually in the Senate. After excoriating the Affordable Care Act for six plus years, Paul Ryan Republicans have put forward a bill that illustrates the incapacity of right wing conservatives to govern in the interest of the vast majority of working class Americans.
The rational procedure would be to wait for the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office to score the bill. The CBO was set up for that specific purpose so that lawmakers could have an estimate of the impact that such a bill would have. Health care is a life and death issue and a rush to judgment before examining the full impact would be gross irresponsibility on the part of the Paul Ryan Republican leadership.
President Trump has interjected himself into the …
By Basil Wilson for Carib News
We have had more than forty days and forty nights of the Trump presidency and the federal system in America is suffering from what has become a situation of chronic chaos. Trump’s state of the union address gave the country some hope that the billionaire President would begin to steady the White House ship of state but by the following sunrise, the country was again caught up in the whirlwind of the President’s penchant for conspiracy theories.
What is the Trump worldview? How does it differ from the established post-World War 11 America? What does Trump mean by Made in America, Buy in America? Is this a new Pax Americana? How do you reduce corporate and income taxes at the same time expand the military budget, provide more for veterans, build a wall and augment border security without exploding the deficit? How does the …
By Basil Wilson for Carib News
Trump has turned the tiger loose. The Immigration and customs Enforcement, otherwise known as ICE, has embarked on escapades of deportation sweeps. In the Queens area, New York City, there were reports of ICE agents swooping down on Home Depot in search of undocumented workers. It is anticipated that new executive orders will be issued by the Trump administration, and that will begin a new reign of terror on immigrants.
The militarianization of American life began long before the age of Trump. Something peculiar is occurring in contemporary American society which distinguishes it from the rest of the democratic world. From 1880 to 1980 the American prison population increased over the 100 year period by approximately 280,000 prisoners. But from 1980 to the present, we have witnessed an exponential increase in America’s prisons. At this juncture, there are approximately 1.4 million Americans in prison …
By Basil Wilson, Carib News
When Barack Obama was elected to the Presidency in 2008, there was some evidence that America had entered into a post-racial zone. But the election of Obama in 2008 and 2012 was only part of what was occurring in America. At the same time that the Democratic Party was being successful in Presidential elections, reactionary forces at the state level and in congressional districts were moving in the opposite ideological direction.
The election of Donald Trump in 2016 represents the re-racialization of American politics. We presumed that Jim Crow is in the burial ground but Jim Crow has re-surfaced in the form of Scare Crow politics. America has experienced centuries of uninterrupted democracy, but concomitantly, American democracy has forever been plagued with concoction of the bogeyman and in today’s America, it is Hispanics and Muslims.
Southern society could not envision living without having black slave …
For Carib News 1/25/17
When Samuel Huntington, the late Harvard Political Scientist wrote his provocative work, A Clash of Civilization, he was referring to the world of western civilization clashing with Islamic civilization but over the inaugural weekend, it is clear that what we are witnessing in America is a clash of civilization about the future of America.
On Friday, January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump took the oath from the Chief Justice Roberts and became the 45th President of the United States. From his pedestrian inaugural address, President Trump laid out his vision of America which did not deviate from his campaign rhetoric. In his speech, Trump’s clarion call was that in his administration in every aspect of policy, it would be America First.
In the second decade of the twenty-first century, Trump’s analysis is that the rest of the world has been preying on America and robbing America …
For Carib News 1/18/17
We are approaching a strange week in American history. In the same week that the nation celebrated the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the latter part of that week, the nation will observe the swearing in of the 45th President of the United States. What a contrast in personalities. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. became the symbol of the finest moral movement in America and Donald Trump is fast becoming the symbol of the amoral pursuit of power.
C.L.R. James, the late Caribbean intellectual, was convinced that the non-violent civil rights movement was the finest in American history. King used non-violent and mass protest to effectively appeal to the conscience of white America and in the process revealed all the venom and hatred of white supremacy.
The dogs, the hoses, the deviance of the Bull Connors and the George Wallaces representing white America collapsed …
For Carib News 1/12/17
On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America. Under normal circumstances, this would be a glorious occasion. But in Mr. Trump’s inaugural swearing in, there will be concerns about the legitimacy of his Presidency. The unclassified reports of America’s leading intelligence agencies unequivocally state that President Vladimir Putin and Russian apparatchik interfered in America’s democratic process of selecting a President. From the intelligence gathered, the Russian government sought to deploy its cyber operations to denigrate the candidacy of Hillary Clinton and to favor Donald Trump.
Espionage is as old as the nation-state but cyber espionage is only decades old. Nations like the United States, Russia, China, Iran and North Korea use cyber espionage to obtain commercial secrets, military information and to furnish decision-makers with a better understanding of adversaries. Cyber espionage can be …
For Carib News 1/6/17
The precipitous decline in violent crime that began nationwide in the 1990s caught criminologists by surprise. There were some criminologists like John Dilulio and the late James Q. Wilson who had predicted a rise in violent crime based on their demographic forecast that the increase in the juvenile age group would mean American society would be overrun with super predators.
The opposite occurred as America witnessed the widest and deepest crime decline in its history. The decline that began in 1990 essentially lasted until 2014. Homicides were reduced nationwide from approximately 24,000 to 14,000. The murder rate per 100,000 plunged from 9 per 100,000 to 4 per 100,000. There were different explanations for the decline. Some attributed the decline to the new aggressive policing, some to the phenomenon of mass incarceration and others to changes in drug markets. None of the explanations was definitive largely because …
For Carib News 12/27/16
These are the last days of the leap year of 2016 and at a vote in the United Nations Security Council, the Permanent Members and Non-Permanent Members made an effort to save the two state solution vis-a-vis the Palestinian question. The United States did not veto the resolution and indeed abstained.
The Resolution 2334 (2016) reaffirmed the United Nations Security council’s commitment to the Jewish state of Israel and the self-determination rights of Palestinians. Much has changed in the world since the Truman administration in 1947 recognized the state of Israel. The world community was aghast at the atrocities of Nazi Germany and the slaughter of 6 million Jews. The vulnerability of Jews in Europe and elsewhere necessitated a nation-state for the Jewish people. Based on the historical and religious heritage of Jews, Palestine seemed to be the appropriate land for the Jewish homeland.
The United …
For Carib News 12/19/16
In this week of Christmas activities while children are scrambling to open presents under the Christmas tree, adults are preparing for an inaugural for the 45th President of the United States. That is the outcome of an election marred by Russian interference, Wiki leaks, fake news and bumbling from hyper-partisan forces inside America.
It is ironic that Donald Trump who maliciously did everything to make the preposterous claim that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, on the eve of his inauguration much of the maliciousness that surrounded the Presidential sweepstakes of 2016 raises serious questions regarding the legitimacy of his presidency. Trump won 306 electoral college votes to Clinton’s 232. Clinton lost the election but accumulated over 2.8 million more votes cast than her rival.
It is not just the anomaly of the electoral college that calls into question Trump’s legitimacy. It …
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