Cinque anni sono passati in fretta
Ci siamo, di nuovo, capperonzoli sono già passati cinque anni? Ricordo con piacere quel periodo di campagna elettorale che portò alla vittoria dell’attuale sindaco Roberto Bet. Erano altri tempi.
Cos’è cambiato e cos’è rimasto uguale?Quante cose sono cambiate in cinque anni. La crisi morde ancora, i politici ed i politicanti sono diventati sempre meno credibili e si sono divisi l’elettorato in tre parti uguali (più o meno). Grillo sbraita, Renzi dice di fare,Alfano sottoscrive e Berlusconi sta andando ai servizi sociali o agli arrresti domiciliari.Brunetta fa dichiarazioni di guerra e viene smentito dal Cavaliere
Formigoni appare in tutte le trasmissioni televisive ostentando una faccia tosta e non solo; riesce a distribuire consigli e frecciate ai suoi compagni di partito ed ai suoi opponenti quasi fosse il nuovo “Messia della politica“. E’ di oggi la notizia del sequestro di 40 milioni di Euro di valore immobiliare che lui naturalmente, continua a negare
I Veneti vogliono più autonomia
Il Veneto vota il plebiscito. Vengono arrestati dei Veneti con un trattore armato di cosa non si sa, mentre chi ruba e ha rubato è comodamente seduto in poltrone inattaccabili in parlamento
Vogliamo il referendum ma sappiamo che non ci lasceranno mai essere indipendenti. Qual’è il contadino che lascerebbe andare la sua “mucchetta” più fedele nel fornire abbondanti quantità di latte fresco e appena munto e di ottima qualità?
Come voteranno i Codognesi?
Le elezioni di un Comune sono molto legate alla persona ed alla squadra che è stata scelta per governare. Poco centrano con i giochi subdoli e strani i un Palazzo che sembra sempre più lontano dalle esigenze della gente comune e semplice (mi riferisco ovviamente al Palazzo di Roma, non a quello di Codognè).
Se dai frutti dovremo riconoscere se l’albero è buono, non servono altre promesse elettorali. Se la gestione di Roberto Bet è stata buona lo si capisce facendo un breve rewind degli ultimi cinque anni, tenendo vicino il foglietto su cui erano scritte le promesse fatte in campagna elettorale.
La domanda è semplice e lascia spazio solo ad una piccola riflessione dettata dal buon senso: Il sindaco e la sua squadra hanno saputo governare bene il paese oppure hanno dimostrato incompetenza e menefreghismo verso i problemi e le opere da realizzare?
Ognuno si dia la risposta. La mia me la sono già data. Cinque anni dopo non appartengo a nessun gruppo politico e non ho nessuna tessera in tasca. Baserò il mio voto su quanto ho scritto sopra.
Non voterò invece per le Europee. Non credo all’Europa Unita, mi spiace. Facciamo fatica ad andar daccordo tra Paesi della stessa provincia, tra province della stessa Regione, tra Regioni dello stesso Stato e vogliamo mettere insieme la Finlandia con la Francia, la Norvegia con la Turchia (prossimo candidato all’entrata in Europa) la Danimarca con la Spagna? Non abbiamo una politica estera, una legge che tuteli l’immigrazione e la regoli in modo da non far pesare tutto su un solo Paese. L’unica unione in Europa è quella monetaria e dello strapotere delle banche più forti (Germania) Abbiamo bisogno di un’Europa che ci dia le direttive su come vogliamo spendere i nostri soldi? O come dobbiamo cucinare le nostre Pizze con forno a legna o elettrico?
Votiamo chi conosciamo
Nessuno ha formule magiche per uscire dalla crisi e le promesse se non si possono mantenere è meglio non farle. La nostra gente è tutto fuor che stupida e saprà fare la scelta giusta.In Paese abbiamo l’opportunità (e non è poco) di dare la fiducia con il nostro voto a volti conosciuti, a gente che possiamo andare a trovare in municipio se abbiamo bisogno di parlare e discutere di qualche problema.
Non resta che continuare sulla strada iniziata, sperando che diventi meno ripida, meno tortuosa, soprattutto per le persone più deboli,per i giovani che cercano un esempio ed un pizzico di fiducia nel futuro che avevamo promesso essere più bello;
per i nuovi poveri,i disoccupati, gli esodati,i cassaintegrati e tutti coloro che hanno perduto o rischiano di perdere il lavoro travolti da una crisi che sta mettendo alla prova tutti.
Nel nuovo modo di far politica le promesse poco contano; siamo ai ferri corti, il FARE è di gran lunga superiore al “Prometto di…” al quale ormai non crede più nessuno.
(by pio dal cin)
A CHESS GAME
Putin probably likes to play chess, as every other Russian does. Chess for the Russian is like Baseball for Americans.
The game he started with Europe and the USA in Crimea has already him as the one and only winner. As a former KGB official he knows all the game’s rules, not with the chess game but with International balances. He knows when and what to do.
He knows for example that the European Union is more a dis-Union when it comes to foreing policy. Look what happened with the Lybian crisis; there was not a unique policy and while the French decided to attack alone, everyone else was still talking on what was the best option to stop Gaddafi. What about the Syrian conflict? Same as above; if Russia (and its twin China) decide that there should not be any interference in the matter, who is going to stop them from doing exactly what they want? Nobody.
PHONE CALL TO CHINA
All Putin has to do is that phone call to China, to make sure he has the ok to act as he wants and BAM, he is the Zar of the modern world. He will decide good or bad weather, war or peace. He knows that Obama will only raise his voice and will be silenced , if not by fear of another troop deployment to save Ukraine, for sure by “friendly advices” from the Chinese Government who can dictate if Mr.Obama can or cannot meet the Dalai Lama in the Oval Room or if he can or cannot send troops in Europe to save their Democracy.
THE NEW ZAR OR THE NEW HITLER?
What difference does it make how you call him. Hilary Clinton calls him “the new Hitler” and she knows darn well how dangerous this guy can be if you touch his interests in any area of the world. (China approves). Syria is a great example. Russia matches up with China and the rest of the World please shut up.
When Putin “smiled” at the Winter Olympic Games closing ceremony in Sochi, he looked like me after I cry for two days. He is not popular, The only one who can talk to him is Berlusconi (who says openly he hates comunists and has a strong frienship with Putin who was and in my opinion is still a comunist).
Nobody likes Putin. He doesn’t care. As cold as he looks he doesn’t give a flying hoot on what anybody in the world will think about him or his policy. He has the freedom of choice. To invade Crimea, Ukraine, and one by one (why not?) all the other European Countries. Who is going to stop him?
|Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Remarks by the President on Trayvon Martin
1:33 P.M. EDT
“THE PRESIDENT: I wanted to come out here, first of all, to tell you that Jay is prepared for all your questions and is very much looking forward to the session. The second thing is I want to let you know that over the next couple of weeks, there’s going to obviously be a whole range of issues — immigration, economics, et cetera — we’ll try to arrange a fuller press conference to address your questions.
The reason I actually wanted to come out today is not to take questions, but to speak to an issue that obviously has gotten a lot of attention over the course of the last week — the issue of the Trayvon Martin ruling. I gave a preliminary statement right after the ruling on Sunday. But watching the debate over the course of the last week, I thought it might be useful for me to expand on my thoughts a little bit.
First of all, I want to make sure that, once again, I send my thoughts and prayers, as well as Michelle’s, to the family of Trayvon Martin, and to remark on the incredible grace and dignity with which they’ve dealt with the entire situation. I can only imagine what they’re going through, and it’s remarkable how they’ve handled it.
The second thing I want to say is to reiterate what I said on Sunday, which is there’s going to be a lot of arguments about the legal issues in the case — I’ll let all the legal analysts and talking heads address those issues. The judge conducted the trial in a professional manner. The prosecution and the defense made their arguments. The juries were properly instructed that in a case such as this reasonable doubt was relevant, and they rendered a verdict. And once the jury has spoken, that’s how our system works. But I did want to just talk a little bit about context and how people have responded to it and how people are feeling.
You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.
There are very few African American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me — at least before I was a senator. There are very few African Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.
And I don’t want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African American community interprets what happened one night in Florida. And it’s inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear. The African American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws — everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws. And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case.
Now, this isn’t to say that the African American community is naïve about the fact that African American young men are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system; that they’re disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violence. It’s not to make excuses for that fact — although black folks do interpret the reasons for that in a historical context. They understand that some of the violence that takes place in poor black neighborhoods around the country is born out of a very violent past in this country, and that the poverty and dysfunction that we see in those communities can be traced to a very difficult history.
And so the fact that sometimes that’s unacknowledged adds to the frustration. And the fact that a lot of African American boys are painted with a broad brush and the excuse is given, well, there are these statistics out there that show that African American boys are more violent — using that as an excuse to then see sons treated differently causes pain.
I think the African American community is also not naïve in understanding that, statistically, somebody like Trayvon Martin was statistically more likely to be shot by a peer than he was by somebody else. So folks understand the challenges that exist for African American boys. But they get frustrated, I think, if they feel that there’s no context for it and that context is being denied. And that all contributes I think to a sense that if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.
Now, the question for me at least, and I think for a lot of folks, is where do we take this? How do we learn some lessons from this and move in a positive direction? I think it’s understandable that there have been demonstrations and vigils and protests, and some of that stuff is just going to have to work its way through, as long as it remains nonviolent. If I see any violence, then I will remind folks that that dishonors what happened to Trayvon Martin and his family. But beyond protests or vigils, the question is, are there some concrete things that we might be able to do.
I know that Eric Holder is reviewing what happened down there, but I think it’s important for people to have some clear expectations here. Traditionally, these are issues of state and local government, the criminal code. And law enforcement is traditionally done at the state and local levels, not at the federal levels.
That doesn’t mean, though, that as a nation we can’t do some things that I think would be productive. So let me just give a couple of specifics that I’m still bouncing around with my staff, so we’re not rolling out some five-point plan, but some areas where I think all of us could potentially focus.
Number one, precisely because law enforcement is often determined at the state and local level, I think it would be productive for the Justice Department, governors, mayors to work with law enforcement about training at the state and local levels in order to reduce the kind of mistrust in the system that sometimes currently exists.
When I was in Illinois, I passed racial profiling legislation, and it actually did just two simple things. One, it collected data on traffic stops and the race of the person who was stopped. But the other thing was it resourced us training police departments across the state on how to think about potential racial bias and ways to further professionalize what they were doing.
And initially, the police departments across the state were resistant, but actually they came to recognize that if it was done in a fair, straightforward way that it would allow them to do their jobs better and communities would have more confidence in them and, in turn, be more helpful in applying the law. And obviously, law enforcement has got a very tough job.
So that’s one area where I think there are a lot of resources and best practices that could be brought to bear if state and local governments are receptive. And I think a lot of them would be. And let’s figure out are there ways for us to push out that kind of training.
Along the same lines, I think it would be useful for us to examine some state and local laws to see if it — if they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of altercations and confrontations and tragedies that we saw in the Florida case, rather than diffuse potential altercations.
I know that there’s been commentary about the fact that the “stand your ground” laws in Florida were not used as a defense in the case. On the other hand, if we’re sending a message as a society in our communities that someone who is armed potentially has the right to use those firearms even if there’s a way for them to exit from a situation, is that really going to be contributing to the kind of peace and security and order that we’d like to see?
And for those who resist that idea that we should think about something like these “stand your ground” laws, I’d just ask people to consider, if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman who had followed him in a car because he felt threatened? And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, then it seems to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws.
Number three — and this is a long-term project — we need to spend some time in thinking about how do we bolster and reinforce our African American boys. And this is something that Michelle and I talk a lot about. There are a lot of kids out there who need help who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement. And is there more that we can do to give them the sense that their country cares about them and values them and is willing to invest in them?
I’m not naïve about the prospects of some grand, new federal program. I’m not sure that that’s what we’re talking about here. But I do recognize that as President, I’ve got some convening power, and there are a lot of good programs that are being done across the country on this front. And for us to be able to gather together business leaders and local elected officials and clergy and celebrities and athletes, and figure out how are we doing a better job helping young African American men feel that they’re a full part of this society and that they’ve got pathways and avenues to succeed — I think that would be a pretty good outcome from what was obviously a tragic situation. And we’re going to spend some time working on that and thinking about that.
And then, finally, I think it’s going to be important for all of us to do some soul-searching. There has been talk about should we convene a conversation on race. I haven’t seen that be particularly productive when politicians try to organize conversations. They end up being stilted and politicized, and folks are locked into the positions they already have. On the other hand, in families and churches and workplaces, there’s the possibility that people are a little bit more honest, and at least you ask yourself your own questions about, am I wringing as much bias out of myself as I can? Am I judging people as much as I can, based on not the color of their skin, but the content of their character? That would, I think, be an appropriate exercise in the wake of this tragedy.
And let me just leave you with a final thought that, as difficult and challenging as this whole episode has been for a lot of people, I don’t want us to lose sight that things are getting better. Each successive generation seems to be making progress in changing attitudes when it comes to race. It doesn’t mean we’re in a post-racial society. It doesn’t mean that racism is eliminated. But when I talk to Malia and Sasha, and I listen to their friends and I seem them interact, they’re better than we are — they’re better than we were — on these issues. And that’s true in every community that I’ve visited all across the country.
And so we have to be vigilant and we have to work on these issues. And those of us in authority should be doing everything we can to encourage the better angels of our nature, as opposed to using these episodes to heighten divisions. But we should also have confidence that kids these days, I think, have more sense than we did back then, and certainly more than our parents did or our grandparents did; and that along this long, difficult journey, we’re becoming a more perfect union — not a perfect union, but a more perfect union.”
See the video here
Thank you, guys.
- ‘Trayvon Martin could have been me,’ says Obama (tv.msnbc.com)
- Obama: “Trayvon Martin could’ve been me 35 years ago” (cbsnews.com)
- Obama Speaks About Trayvon Martin (bet.com)
- Was President Obama Right to Address Race and the Shooting of Trayvon Martin? (usnews.com)
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