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Sunday, September 21, 2008



I took a break from my computer to watch a few minutes of TV and the DNC Convention. Obama was speaking on the causes of the so-called housing meltdown. This man does not have a clue as to why the housing financial markets are failing. Obama is one of the more eloquent talkers on the political scene today but I am afraid to say what comes out of his mouth is a lot of hot air. Although he knows almost nothing about why the housing financial markets are failing, he, nevertheless, pontificates as if he does, and many who blindly hang onto his every word are sopping it up as if what he says is the truth.

I am always leery about politicians when they speak sound like Southern Baptist church preachers. Now don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong about Southern Baptist preachers who are having a tough time firing up their congregation to believe and follow the dictates of God. The difference is that a politician is trying to fire you up to believe in him – a different type of god.

Getting back to Obama, he for several years has been feeding at the trough of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But he admits no culpability. For being in the senate for only three years – two of which he has spent running for office – he was able to receive the second largest donation from these two quasi governmental agencies. The largest donation went to Christopher Dodd who is Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. There is something wrong here, and, if you cannot see it, maybe you need to give up your voter registration card. Pigs who feed at the trough usually have to pay with their lives at the end. But, politicians keep on feeding killing only the people they are supposed to serve.

Years ago it was required to be able to read and write in order to vote. I guess this was because your vote was worth something if you were intelligent enough to know what you were doing. Now everybody can vote and I am afraid to say that many people do not have a clue about which and whom they are voting. Am I sounding too elitist here? I better sound more humble and admit I do not have all the answers.

I wrote a Blog once on why I became Republican when I was only 10 years old, long before I was able to vote. You see, I grew up in Salem, MA, a suburb about 20 miles north of Boston. In the Boston area the Democrats had the electorate sewed up. My parents came from Italy and were factory workers who swallowed the myth that Democrats were for the poor and minorities and the Republicans were for the rich.

I would listen to the Democratic politicians who would preach in the Italian communities that they would protect the Italians from the Irish. In the Irish communities they would preach they would protect them from the Italians. In the Polish areas they would preach they would protect them from both the Italians and Irish. To the Jews they would say they would protect them from the non Jews. It all of a sudden dawned on me. The Democrats were creating and keeping alive minority groups pitting one against the other and promising each to protect them from the other groups.

The poor Republicans who could not muster many votes would speak in generalities trying to persuade all groups to join a common cause and get along together. I liked that message and did not like the Democratic message of keeping minority groups alive. This was classical class warfare, and the Democrats continue this practice today. Both my parents never went to school but they believed that I was intelligent and encouraged me to attend Prep School, College, and finally Harvard Medical School. My parents depended upon me to help sift things out. Eventually, I was able to control three votes, those of my parents and I. Pity I have only one vote now and in the State of Maryland where I live the impact of a Republican vote in no more than urinating in the ocean!

When I was 10 years old the Democratic politicians sounded like preachers as they do today. Eventually, I shed my Republican credentials and became a Libertarian. Power does corrupt. And it corrupted the Republican Party as it did the Democratic Party when it was in power for many years before the Republican cycle. Please do not think that your party is totally good and the opposition party bad. Look what has happened to the Democrats since they won the House and Senate just two years ago. They have become more partisan with every passing day. Do you remember when Speaker Pelosi promised a clean non-corrupt government? Now they wont even reprimand Representative Rangle who has cheated big time on his tax returns and has been involved in other nefarious financial activities. Each party has its bad apples and these do come to the foreground as they get more power. A clean, non-corrupt government? Please spare me!

The Libertarian Party appears quite clean. This is because they have never been in power. Wait until they get in power – a day which will probably never come! When and if this ever were to happen, we will see corruption in that party also. Why? Because all parties are made up of just another sample of the human race.

nicola michael ©. Tauraso, M.D.)
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic
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