44th president elect

This brought a major smile to my face. 😀

36 responses to “44th president elect

  1. amazing picture! thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. I like that picture.:yes:

  3. Si je suis une personne américaine, j'élirai le président Barack Obama!

  4. englishlearning

    USA shows a liberal perception supporting to B.Obama as the 44th Africa-American president. I am glad to see this event. THe war will not exist on the globe when Democratic party are going to lead your country.Anyway, this is a deeply significant picture.

  5. The Democratic party sent 2 nice young people by my house a few weeks ago to ask how I was going to vote.They also asked what was issue #1 for me. I said, "stopping those wars". War is not normal. Some say it is since there have been so many throughout history. I don't like to think this way. I saw the Vietnam war go on for what seemed forever. I was a child when that war was going on. Even so, it has impacted my thinking and point of view on everything from then right up to the present moment.Gulf of Tonkin….WMD's. Wars ride in of packs of lies.

  6. It's humorous

  7. Please correct me if I am wrong but isn't the Congress to decide about war in USA? Sometimes when I read about politics in USA I cannot understand well the roles and the separation of powers between the President and the Congress (which should be divided in two chambers)…

  8. Yeah, I don't understand it either. Isn't Congress supposed to authorize war? Why doesn't it work that way?

  9. Not only the Congress should decide about war, the Congress should also decide about the whole military, like spending, approval of budget for different projects, directions, numbers, etc. More in general, the Congress like the parliament in any republic, should make the laws.The president instead should be the "executive" power, that means managing the State machine. But this is how it should work in theory. Like I said, actually I can't understand how things work, how much power the Congress and the President have, if and where the two powers overlap, if and when the two powers can act and decide in disagreement or in opposition, who rules on the other, etc.What happens for example if the Congress vote for declaring a war and the President does not agree? (or vice versa). What happens if (I don't know if it is even possible) the President declares a war and the Congress decides to reduce the military to 10 soldiers armed with water guns?

  10. All excellent questions Lorenzo, all interesting, and all worth talking about.I think one of the main things about the Bush II (Shrub) years was expanding executive power.

  11. Neoliberalism == executive power expansion. It is happening the same in my country, even to the point of constitutional ammendments to keep the executive power above the rest.Same stuff happened in Argentina back in the 90's ending with one of the biggest economic recession in that country… and also happened in Peru with Fujimori where it ended with an overuse of military power by the Executive, therefore accusing the president as Human Rights violator, who is now in Japan an cannot go back to Peru.I hope with the new US regime everything could look a bit better. Nice pic.

  12. Fox, I was impressed with the information presented in your post until I got to this rhetoric:

    I hope with the new US regime

    Though I have used these words myself at times, try to be at least a tiny bit polite on my blog.

  13. See, in Italy we have some kind of surreal situation about politics, because:1. Currently people don't vote "names", you can only vote for the party.2. The party then nominates the "elected" who go to the Parliament, that is similar to the US one, Senate and Rapresentatives, two Chambers with exactly with the same "authority". That means each law must be discussed and approved (or modified) by both the Chambers.3. The President has got no executive power, he just supervises the other Institutions to guarantee their actions follow the Constitution. The President is not elected but nominated by the Parliament, usually among old time Senators.4. The President then chooses somebody to be Prime Minister and gives him/her the mandate to chose the Ministers. Both the Prime Minister and the Ministers aren't elected but they can be simply "experts" in some field or politicians from the party that won the elections. Once the Ministers are chosen and so the "goverment" formed, they ask the Parliament the approval (here it is called "fiducia" that translates in "trust"). 5. As consequence of point 4 the Parliament can remove the Prime Minister and his/her government at any time, when there is a minority of Senators and Rapresentatives that support the goverment against a majority that opposes.6. It goes in the opposite direction, the majority in the Parliament actually expresses its own goverment. So that means when a party wins the elections with a large difference, that party can rule BOTH the Parliament and the executive. Like it is happening these days.In short, in Italy the executive power given to the Prime Minister and his/her government is very limited. The real power is in the hands of the Parliament and then in the hands of the parties that rule the two Chambers. The flaw in the mechanism is it is very difficult to make any changes because the parties have a very huge "inertia", since they defend some particular interest (that means to spend State money for "friends").Where sometimes "friends" are those who make the offers you can't refuse, you know what I mean :)My guess is the US Congress works more or less like the Italian one. There are "parties" that go for some "local interests" like spending money for some industry or another or for some place or another etc.What puzzles me like I said is the relation between the Congress and the President, who in US does not get his/her mandate from the Parliament but he/she is elected with ANOTHER election like some sort of "anti-Congress" power. Making it very simple, it looks like US has got two parallel and somehow overlapping powers. The question is: when US change the President, does the President have the power of really change how things work or not?I mean, currently USA ALONE are spending like the rest of the world together in the military. Is this a decision that comes from the Congress or from the President? I must admit I don't know much about US history but I've got the vague perception that "democratic" presidents like Kennedy were actually pretty "aggressive", with things like the crisis of the missiles in Cuba or the beginning of the Vietnam war. Probably ALL the american Presidents have been involved in some conflict or another… Is the President in chief of the Military and the CIA or is he/her some sort of "puppet" in their hands (speaking of Tonkine and WMD)?On a side note: I saw the movie Independence Day some time ago on TV. The role of the President could be read with two keys. One is the "hero" who jumps on a jet plane to fight the alien invaders, the other is a man who is informed and took around like a suitcase by the Military and secret agencies that decide where he goes, what he does, what he sees, what information he can get, etc. Then I can't help but recalling the Roman history, with emperors who got "nominated" by the Army (with the formal approval by some sort of fictional and useless Senate) and then "terminated" when they became a problem. Is it an accident that so many US Presidents got shot?

  14. I am sorry. As you know english is not my language and I didn't intend to mean harsh words towards you or your country. Here, 'regime' is a synonym for 'government' so maybe I should have used that word instead.I apologize for the misunderstanding.

  15. englishlearning

    @foxM:

    'regime' is a synonym for 'government'

    regime means "a government, but especially authoritarian one" –> oxford dictionaryi am not a native speaker, too.For me, it's very dangerous if you use "big word" without understanding the meaning thoroughly. In this case, " regime" was going to "bad government".A lot of English learners including me tend to use "thesaurus dictionary" in order to show how plentiful vocabularies they have.For this reason, it sometimes makes our statements become difficult to understand. I am sorry to inform you that but it's really true :)@slackwrdave: please sympathize with our mistakes and we will be happy if you help us fix them.:yes:

  16. englishlearning,Feel free to use your English here. I am a Spanish learner, so I know how things can be when you are not exactly "swimming in your own water".I have extremely high regard for everyone who has posted above. Little language "hiccups" will not drive us apart. :love: One of the wonderful things about the Internet and blogs is that we can bypass most of the usual checkpoints and sentries and talk right to each other. I like that!

  17. Hey Fox."Regime" did seem a little gratuitous and out of place, so now I can understand why. I'm sorry as well that I was so reactive to it. I'm sorry."Regime" is a favorite word of those White House inhabitants, especially the most recent one. They like to hurl that word all over the world at others without thinking that it is often appropriate at home. I am hoping, just maybe, the new administration will calm down on that a bit. To hear Obama called the "new US regime" so early did cause me some anxiety, but unfortunately there is the chance that it will indeed turn out that way.It has been a great week where I have been. I often travel and work in some extremely downtrodden areas, yet I can detect joy and hope in the faces of so many. I've never seen this happen before. Some of the elderly African-Americans seem almost 3 feet off the ground! I have heard that it was somewhat like this when Kennedy won the presidency in the early 60's and again when LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act in '64. I can only hope.I am worried that Obama had to raise so much money to get elected that he will be badly compromised. He has not promised to stop the war nor contain military spending. He also did the usual ass-kiss show for AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), which makes me SICK. In my opinion, the only thing that can exceed the vile side of US foreign policy is that of Israel. (Two heads of the same monster?)Fox, you made some interesting mentions of recession and human rights in Latin America. The government here has done some horrific things to the south, using its favorite tools, the IMF and World Bank…and those trade agreements. The term "Chicago Boys" also comes to mind. These institutions force shock and upheaval upon debtor nations; things that would never be tolerated at home, but are actually coming to pass here, too. I can also never forgive the actions of the government for what happened in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua.I can only hope Obama can *do something*, at least *start* to turn around, and be less regime-like than the ones before. Ultimately it's big business, especially the trans-national ones, that calls the shots, so I'm hoping he can tame them down some.These things depress me.

  18. *sigh* I sometimes would love to be a hermit.

    Well hell, LorenzoCelsi already is one!I'M JUST KIDDING LORENZO!!! I'm just trying to rattle your cage, lol. 😀

  19. Thanks. I hope you understand my mistake. I do not normally use dictionaries and I sometimes forget the language change and… how do I say it?… mmm … Speak spanish using english words.I do hope also that Obama gives a new hope to find a solution to the political situation not only in northamerica, but also all the countries it has relationships, and that makes practically the rest of the world. I read in http://www.change.gov , a website that was running a mere couple of days after the results were official, that he (Obama) does plan "to end the war in Iraq responsibly and finish our mission in Afghanistan, and to work with our allies to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, among many other domestic and foreign policy objectives" (http://change.gov/agenda/agenda/) but, as you say, politics are politics, even to the 'machiavelistic' point of using every mean possible to get the work done. We will have to wait and see how things develop, but from my heart, as I have no idea of northamerican politics, I would say the future looks brighter with Obama… (wait… I already said that, didn't I? 😛 )I also agree in the Iraelian politics, the have always been a 'golden pair' with some northamerican foreign politics and of course for the Free Trade Market, a tool that only could give more money to the powerful ones and give the rest the only choice of being über-consumers.*sigh* I sometimes would love to be a hermit.P.S. I was going to say misanthropic but I am not that apathetic

  20. I had to look that one up!

    P.S. I was going to say misanthropic but I am not that apathetic

    mis·an·thrope (mĭs'ən-thrōp', mĭz'-) n. One who hates or mistrusts humankind. [French, from Greek mīsanthrōpos, hating mankind : mīso-, miso- + anthrōpos, man.]

  21. Hey Mike,My opera is a nice place. I like the people a lot.I need to get over there for that Moscow tour. You can take me to that store where you have the "frequent shopper" discount card! 😉

  22. See, I am reading in US there are already over 200 million weapons in the hands of private citizens (I don't know if the number includes illegal weapons). After the election of mr. Obama it seems the gun shops are being assaulted by people who want to buy more weapons just in case Obama (being some sort of "leftist") would make some restrictive law (back to the role of the US President I don't understand). Some time ago I was reading a post here on MyOpera about somebody who asked a gun among Christmas gifts.I am cynical and I don't believe in the "miracle man" who comes to save the world. To change the world you must change the minds of most people, otherwise the "miracle man" ends nailed on a cross.On the other side I am cynical because I know people here who go to the "no-global" meetings (some sort of socialist-communist movement) but they park their black huge luxury car some blocks away to not show it to the "comrades". Because "pecunia non olet" (latin for "money does not stink" – it was referred to the big business of coloring clothes in the roman age that was done with urine).

  23. Hi Dave, i really enjoyed reading your post. Its great that so much people all over the globe telling their opinions about situation in the world. Way to go.:yes:

  24. otherwise the "miracle man" ends nailed on a cross

    There may not be a lot he can do, actually. I can only hope he can tame the monster some, whoever or whatever the monster may be.The gun thing is one of the biggest hot button issues in the country. All you have to do is drop that into any web forum and watch the mayhem ensue. It seems that even thinking about even the mildest restriction on the most extreme firearm dooms any politician running for a big office.There seems to be this mindset that a home firearm can ward off a government run amok. Is the government even the biggest danger domestically? Who is the man behind the curtain?I hardly see Obama as a leftist, but I guess if he's not hard right, then in the eyes of some, he's practically Castro.Those wars are another mind blowing issue. There are so many people making so much money from them that I doubt they will ever stop. Democracy or nation building are hardly the issues. Not all the money is "over there" either. I frequently drive through the nearby military town of Fayetteville, North Carolina where there is a huge Army base. Some time ago it was fairly sleepy around that city, now it is bursting with people and traffic. The Walmarts are PACKED with military stocking up before deployment. Money is flying around all over the place. Based on that alone, I think there would be little incentive to hope for an end to it.

  25. I will take you there Dave, you can count on it.:lol:

  26. Ok but… Lets say any government is about wasting public money in a way or another. Why Americans are worried to waste money in the public health care (that is understandable) but they don't mind of wasting money in nuclear submariners or stealth bombers (that is pretty strange)?I mean, here the government wastes public money building roads to nowhere, hospitals that aren't used, giving pensions to blind people who drive trucks, hiring and overpaying State employees who don't work and so on. But at least nobody gets hurt.About weapons, I don't know, it is very difficult to understand. I would feel much more at risk knowing everybody around me has got a gun than about criminals.

  27. englishlearning

    there have been 10 comments within some 7 hours. the opera world might focus on here 🙂

  28. Why Americans are worried to waste money in the public health care (that is understandable) but they don't mind of wasting money in nuclear submariners or stealth bombers (that is pretty strange)?

    It's truly mind blowing isn't it? I can hardly believe it when the government cries poor on anything where a person might get a direct or individual benefit, yet the military and the multiple wars are draining the treasury as fast as a punctured can.The military and healthcare industries have tremendously powerful lobbies to protect their interests and have incestuous relationships with those who are in control. They make the government vote against the interest of the people almost every time, and they have the influence to make people think this is necessary, or at a minimum that they are powerless to change it.It was jaw dropping when no-bid medication for seniors on Medicare was pushed through. Where was that capitalist competition mantra then? Then the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), beholden to the industry, lobbied against the interests of its very membership. All seniors ended up getting was a handful of confusing "store cards" to play a roulette game on getting their prescriptions. It seems like all that has to be said is "socialized medicine", and everyone will swallow the bad stuff like it has to be that way.I still remember somebody from the White House (was it Bush himself?) getting in front of the TV cameras holding those Rx cards in his hands like it was some kind of solution. He was shuffling them and preening the position of them in his hands like a child would try to do when wanting to look like a poker player for the first time. I asked myself how this could be presented as real, as it was so comical, though it was definately not funny.

  29. On the other side I am cynical because I know people here who go to the "no-global" meetings (some sort of socialist-communist movement) but they park their black huge luxury car some blocks away to not show it to the "comrades".

    To inject a little humor here, your words made me think of the opening words of a Sheryl Crow song called "Soak Up the Sun".My friend the communist Holds meetings in his RV I can't afford his gasSo I'm stuck here watching TVI don't have digitalI don't have diddly squatIt's not having what you wantIt's wanting what you've got, ooohhDEEP, isn't it? Not bad actually, lol.

  30. I don't know. There are other things that are strange, for example we are including east Europe countries in the EU and trying to build some sort of partnership with Russia. Besides the fact that the EU needs the russian resources and Russia is an interesting new market, much easier than Asia for us, to make business together is the better way to forget about wars, like the EU itself demonstrates.Then US is using NATO against the EU turning those countries against Russia, see for example the installation of US military bases in Poland with the ridiculous excuse they are meant to defend Europe from Iranian nuclear secret weapons (AGAIN).You know, russian girls like italian boys so we really don't think of re-build another iron curtain.

  31. Here in my country we copied the northamerican style of giving every big (northamerican) farmaceutical company the rights of patents and distribution for almost every medicine in the market. Therefore, big companies control the market and thus, government does not push at all to make medicines for everyone. Actually, they made the whole medical thing a market in itself, where all of us are forced to buy bundles of medical services (like if we were buying a Big Mac) and there are a lot of little companies that are not really up to the task of giving those services with quality.

  32. like if we were buying a Big Mac

    So, if you need just a little aspirin, you have to take a giant greasy french fries and a large sugary Coke with it? Plus, the french fries will be cold and the Coke watery.I don't know about these things that well, but I can guess that the pharmaceutical model there was due to some condition of a trade agreement or the war on drugs funding. Like, "if you want this aid money or this agreement, you have to set it up so that certain companies can do their usual raping of society".Am I anywhere close?

  33. You are quite right!not only the french fries will be cold, they will be made with 100% hidrogenated oil, full of transfat and the Coke will be half ice, half water and a drop of coke.On the other hand, the speech more or less goes like "We will put some companies there, and we will get all the money from you. Now, if you want some share of it, then don't stand in the way and help us by opening your market. We can agree on, at most, a 99/1 share. Non-negotiable."

  34. :lol:Now which one is Obama?

  35. You do alright daxon! :up:

  36. Once I get that jogging mastered I will, Ì guess.

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