Carl Luna is a professor of Political Science at San Diego Mesa College and a lecturer on politics and international political economy at the University of San Diego.
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That does say it all. And yet, I am going to say a few more things anyway-cause i feel the need for a mea culpa of sorts. See, I’ve written on here a few times, about my fearful and i now see flawed analysis of what i saw as a very difficult road to victory for Obama, I am still in kind of a simultaneous shock that they were able to win election, with amazement that it would require the most unpopular prez in History, coupled with 2 wars, an economic collapse, a law thwarting admin, and still required an amazing performance by the candidate, and a surprisingly horrible cand. by the other party to gain 52% of the vote. But amazingly, there are still 2 parallel universes out there-the 63% of so of Calif’s, NYers, etc and the continuing 65% of Wyomers(whatever they’re called) Idahoans, Georgians etc-so odd to me that the country has emerged as almost different species- seeing the world in 2 totally diff ways.
Also, my wish is that this pattern of Dems always having to clean up the awful mess left by W’s, Nixon’s, Reagans, Hoovers’ etc would end. Couldn’t we ever elect them w/o disasters happening first and make that connection. And from McCarthy to McCain couldn’t we see that they always question “how American” blah blah the Dem candid, is. The patterns continue. Time to see them for what they are.
Let’s hear it for The strategy of Obama’s guys. Brilliant. They sure saw things that I didn’t, and glad to say and see how wrong I was!
Regarding the selection of America’s next Secretary of State: Who is better suited than Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts in becoming our nation’s top diplomat. It was another familiar American also from Boston, who endeared America to the world that being Benjamin Franklin. Mr .Franklin through a piercing intellect, sensitivity, strength and charisma was the darling of The United States throughout Europe and especially with our oldest ally, France. From the historic meeting in Normandy with the great French General Lafayette to the ensuing years, Mr. Franklin held our fragile democracy in high esteem throughout the world. Senator Kerry is fluent in French, language of Diplomacy and will strive to carry on the proposed north –south dialogue espoused by former French President Francois Mitterand in 1981. Several years ago I had interviewed Senator Kerry’s Uncle at the Senator’s childhood home in Saint Brieuc Sur Mer on the Brittany coast in France and can vouch for the selection of Senator John Kerry as America’s next Secretary of State. Daniel j. Smiechowski San Diego, Ca 92117 858-272-1992
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