By Steven R. Maher
Trump was right to cancel the military strike against Iran, after the Iranians shot down a U.S. unmanned drone. Such a strike could have ended up as a prelude to another world war, and further destabilized an already fragile Middle East. This might have satisfied neocons like john Bolton, someone whom Trump hopefully will fire soon.
Conservative columnist Patrick J. Buchanan, in a column posted Friday entitled “Memo to Trump: Trade Bolton for Tulsi” suggested that Trump trade Bolton for Hawaiian Congresswoman and Democratic Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard.
Buchanan has long been critical of the neocon advocacy of Middle East wars and U.S. military involvement in “regime change.” Bolton has been advocating military strikes against Iran for years. Said Gabbard at the June 26, 2019, first night Democratic debate: “For too long our leaders have failed us, taking us into one regime change war after the next, leading us into a new Cold War and arms race, costing us trillions of our hard-earned tax payer dollars and countless lives. This insanity must end.”
“By debate’s end, Gabbard was the runaway winner in both the Drudge Report and Washington Examiner polls and was far in front among all the Democratic candidates whose names were being searched on Google,” wrote Buchanan. “Though given less than seven minutes of speaking time in a two-hour debate, she could not have used that time more effectively. And her performance may shake up the Democratic race. If she can rise a few points above her 1-2% in the polls, she could be assured a spot in the second round of debates. If she is, moderators will now go to her with questions of foreign policy issues that would not have been raised without her presence, and these questions will expose the hidden divisions in the Democratic Party.”
Buchanan writes that Gabbard will pose difficulties for the political establishment of both parties: “The problem Gabbard presents for Democrats is that, as was shown in the joust with [Congressman Tim] Ryan, she takes positions that split her party, while her rivals prefer to talk about what unites the party, like the terribleness of Trump, free college tuition and soaking the rich. Given more airtime, she will present problems for the GOP as well. For the foreign policy Tulsi Gabbard is calling for is not far off from the foreign policy Donald Trump promised in 2016 but has since failed to deliver.”
The U.S. does not need any more military involvement in the Middle East. Hopefully, Gabbard’s star will continue to rise.
Think again this Independence Day
By Heather Moore
Do you plan to cook a cat this Fourth of July? How about grilling a canary? It sounds sick, I know, but it really isn’t much different from celebrating the holiday by eating cows, pigs, chickens and other animals, who can feel pain, love, joy and sadness, just as cats, birds and dogs can.
The euphemistic names given to many animal-derived foods — hamburgers and hot dogs, for example — belie what they really are: the flesh of sentient animals who were killed in violent, bloody ways.
But why balk at the notion of a cat kebab if we don’t have a problem with throwing a chicken kebab or a hot dog on the grill?
After all, eating a “hot dog” is no less perverse than eating a dog. So why is it “acceptable” to eat some animals but not others?
Animals who are commonly killed for food may not be as familiar to us as the dogs and cats we live with, but they’re sentient individuals with unique personalities. They form friendships and they love their families, just as our animal companions do.
🌺When hens aren’t imprisoned in factory farms, they lovingly tend to their eggs and “talk” to the chicks who are still inside, waiting to hatch.
🌺Piglets run to their mothers’ voices, and mother pigs “sing” to their young while nursing.
🌺On dairy farms, grieving mother cows bellow and frantically search for their babies long after they’ve been sold for veal or beef.
It’s speciesism — a form of discrimination based on nothing more than species — to claim that certain animals deserve compassion and empathy, while others do not. Decent people realize that blacks shouldn’t be enslaved by whites, that women are just as capable as men, and that children shouldn’t be mistreated regardless of their citizenship status. So why is it so hard to acknowledge that cows, chickens and pigs don’t belong on a barbecue any more than dogs and cats do?
PETA wants everyone to give a thought to what (or rather, whom) they eat and the fact that eating one animal is no different from eating another.
Right now, chickens are being shackled upside down, their throats are being slit, and many are being scalded and dismembered while they’re still conscious.
Pregnant pigs are being confined to gestation crates so small that they can’t take a single step in any direction.
Cows are being branded with hot irons, their horns are being cut or burned off, and the males are being castrated — all without any painkillers. These animals endure all this suffering just so people can eat a burger or a piece of cheese.
This July 4 holiday, please think of them, and declare your independence from meat and other animal-based foods!
Today, there are endless tasty vegan options to enjoy instead, such as marinated vegetable kebabs, Beyond Burgers and faux BBQ chicken. And if a grilled dog actually does make your mouth water, try a veggie dog!