Arab leadership: Will the real slim shady please stand up!

March 21, 2011

Where are the Arab leaders?

Where are the leaders of Arab nations? Who is dressed in the armor of Islamic righteousness? Who stands against their Muslim brothers who do evil? I don’t see them anywhere, do you?

Below, a little background music: Eminem, The Real Slim Shady

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Muslim unity has a LOUD hollow ring to it and it’s being heard – and discussed – around the world. Many centuries ago, Westerners learned that shared religious views are no substitute for cooperation backing up a firm will and commitment to effect positive change. Even when the different prayers of peoples are formulated with the same words, intentions and aspirations, religion is separate from statesmanship. If the two-faced Pan-Arab commentary and confusion continue, American and European empathy for the Pan-Arab cry for freedom, democracy and justice may wane, even disappear. Read the rest of this entry »

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The coming U.S. elections will be exciting and interesting.

October 27, 2008

Obama will win by a landslide

Election day will be exciting. Prayers will be answered. People will shout out, “Amen!”

The news talk show sock puppets will be talking about unprecedented voter turn outs- not to mention a record level turn outs of first time voters, black Americans, Hispanics and other minorities at the polls. They will talk about the American people’s hunger for hope and change. And they may even express a certain surprise to the unexpected tide of white votes for Senator Barack Obama.

Throughout the day and early evening, Journalists will be chatty and make wild eyed predictions as cautiously as possible in anticipation of the electoral votes. I plan to look for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. It’s not difficult to imagine that Indecision 2008 could just be the most insightful coverage of the elections

More thoughtful commentators will be reminded of the past excitement of Ronald Reagan and others, JFK and Martin Luther King, Jr. These are interesting times. Everyone, everywhere will overuse the idea of history in the making.

Yes, everywhere.

The excitement and anticipation will not only stir in the hearts and prayers of Americans, they will stir in hearts, minds and prayers across the planet. I would not be surprised if Kenyans celebrate the day. Senator Obama is a son of Kenya as much as he is a son of America.

The Death of the Neo-Conservative Movement… and spiritual bankruptcy of the left and right

Neo-conservativism as a movement is dead. It began with a passion for classical liberalism and left-sided problematics. It stirred with intellectual curiosity and an almost spiritual enthusiasm. However, the neo-conservative movement evolved into a souless snap step that merely served the greed and folly of undisciplined capitalists. On election day, some will bemoan the tragic end of something that could have become an engine of hope.

The values of the Democrats will not be vindicated if there is an Obama victory. Senator Obama will get a landslide of votes even if he were an Independent. Hopefully, he knows it too. Hopefully, Senator Obama will remember that he owes his rise not to the Party but to the American people and their willingness to suspend their ho-hum apathy and cynicism when they heard Obama’s message of hope.

When Senator Hillary Clinton threw the kitchen sink at Obama, it was clear that the Democratic power base has a racial preference. Democrts are as reluctant to embrace change as Zappata (aka corporate oil interests of the Bush family), the HRHs and Rockefellers. On the other hand, Democrats won’t ignore a rising tide that helps them grab seats in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

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The McCain campaign has been a piss poor campaign. It will be worse in the last days. It will stink on election day. Senator John McCain had nothing new to say. It appears to too many Americans that he believes in nothing as well. In fact, the hard core of the Republican Party, like the hard core of the Democrat Party, has been spiritually and politically bankrupt for a long, long time. The old guard, left and right, has nothing useful to pass on to us. Just some parlor tricks and more of the same old.

Perhaps Senator McCain’s lackluster campaign represents the folly of Republican prejudice that Americans would not vote a black president into office. Somehow the Democrats made the same mistake earlier this year.

So we shall see tears of joy on election day. And some of us will join black America with our own unbid tears as black Americans tell their story of how they have long waited for this day. Some black Americans will know and feel for the first time in their lives that America is home and that opportunity is not suspect.

Race Matters, Economics, and the Cause of Freedom

In the wonder of Senator Obama’s triumph, some may also face up to the truth that opportunity is something wonderful but that opportunity is not a welfare check, a hand out, or a hand up. It is what it is. Opportunity and not Pie.

Equality in dignity is not necessarily correlated to personal accomplishment, professional achievement, success, happiness, wealth and/or property. On the other hand, the problematic of a welfare state does not mean that we should not be concerned with the welfare of the nation, of the people, and of the person. The unfortunate paradoxes that we find ourselves pondering simply reflect the small mindedness– left and right.

Most of our American problems are not quite as chronic or inescapable as the commentators, government pundits, and opinion makers say. On the other hand, some of the problems are worse than we could have ever imagined.

America shall re-awaken

We are Americans. We have set the milestones of freedom, democracy and hope. For all nations. For all peoples. Yes, we can do great things. Yes we have done greater things than others have yet to do. And so I believe that America shall shine bright a few more years. Who else shall step up and carry the torch for humankind and progress? The French? The Chinese?

Not.

Below, Amerika from Ramstein.
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Stan Faryna
October 27, 2008
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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About Stan Faryna

Mr. Faryna is the founder and co-founder of several technology, design and communication companies in the United States and Europe including Faryna & Associates, Inc., Halo Interactive, and others.

Stan Faryna is also a Global Voices author and translator. Global Voices is a non-profit global citizens’ media project founded at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a research think-tank focused on the Internet’s impact on society.

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Mr. Faryna also served as editor-in-chief of Black and Right (Praeger Press, 1996), a landmark collection of socio-political essays by important American thinkers including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

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Barack Obama, Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln, et al: Viva la Vida

July 3, 2008

Friday, 04 July 2008

As I reflect on the meaning of Independence Day, I cannot help but to see the stark contrast between the freedoms which we as Americans have come to take for granted and the situation in Romania, where the Romanian people struggle to live day by day under the capricious and self-serving will of oligarchs and authoritarians and a corrupt and impetuous government.

Never you mind that the 2008 NATO Summit was held in Bucharest.

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We the people of the United States, in order to form a

more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic

tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote

the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty

to ourselves and our posterity…

United States Constitution

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The purpose of human government is to enable the people to obtain, individually, for themselves every good and moral opportunity to pursue and enjoy the common good.

Regardless of geographical differences, the purpose is everywhere the same. This, the human spirit has taught us in its longings, triumphs, and struggles through human history. And this wisdom is made more compelling by our own tears, hopes and prayers.

George Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, Jr. understood themselves as instruments of human destiny. They saw that the implications of their efforts, sacrifices and triumphs were not limited to their time; they understood that the things for which they struggled for must also belong in a wider sense to humanity and the future.

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Here’s Obama, there’s Obama…

March 12, 2008

Notes from a Patsak:

The key to victory was not who wins a few cherry-picked states that the Clinton campaign and the Media had told us were important. The key to understanding Obama’s victory is realizing that every vote and every voter matters.

Below… play the song, mentally replacing the word, llama with Obama…

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Hillary Clinton played a polite and fearsome card game

Some say Hillary was dealt a bad hand and that Obama was counting the cards. They say Barack even saw the deck, marked the aces, and dealt Hillary that bad hand.

Don’t believe a word they say. It’s all untrue. They just can’t handle the truth. It’s that simple.
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Rising Black Tide of Poli-fluentials

February 21, 2008

Five cents tour in Bablion:

The Internet is proving to be the most powerful political campaign tool in the 2008 Party races for a US Presidential nominee. Senator Barack Obama, the Illinois prophet, made out like a bandit and I’ll tell you why. It’s also going to be interesting to see how the Internet will be used in politics elsewhere in the world. In Romania, for example, political candidates are thinking hard about how they can get similar results.

Politics is More Engaging

Politics got a lot more interesting this year. The Internet is proving to be the most powerful political campaign tool in the 2008 Party races for a US Presidential nominee. How quickly politics will change, globally, is yet to be seen. However, I suspect that political campaigns in Romania, for example, will quickly adopt the new online strategies and forever change the way politics is done there.

In the last four years, US political online strategies have demonstrated huge successes in fundraising, volunteer recruitment and candidate profiling, current political campaigns are aggressively adapting social media and online brand strategy to get empathy, popularity and votes. The concept of Poli-fluentials and their role in the new political process was defined by a recent report from the Institute for Politics, Democracy & The Internet (IPDI).
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Hillary, The Wedding is Off

February 18, 2008

Five cent tour for Patsaks:

With the gold-embossed wedding invitations all mailed out and her online gift registry all set up, Hillary will have to have her good cry before she can get over the canceled ceremonies. The only thing appropriate is for us to send her our heart-felt condolences.

Barack Obama doesn’t make a comeback like they say; he had a slow start as planned by the Democratic leadership. After all, he wasn’t supposed to go very far. Now he’s closing on the finish line of the presidential election and neither Democrats or Republicans know what happened. Below, Mark Lazen retells his recollection of this amazing story.

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Tell that long tongue liar… sooner or later

February 17, 2008

Five cent tour for Patsaks:

If the Democratic leadership continues to hide behind sorry excuses for neutrality and fairness, card-carrying Democrats across America may become disillusioned with the Party. They know Barack Obama is a man that can win the presidential election. They know that he comes to the American people with more than a message of hope; he is a man of action. Democrats need their Party leaders to come out and lead the victory march- carrying the Illinois prophet on their shoulders.

Obama wins hearts and minds

The popularity contest has been decided; Barack Obama has won the heart of the American liberal. And he will make headway with disappointed conversatives and the religious right as well. No one can deny the upper hand of the silver tongued prophet from Illinois. His message of hope has gone as far to even touch the hearts and inspire the imagination of Europeans and other observers.

It has been a long time since the American people were this excited about a Party nominee, presidential election or about a presidential candidate. Americans and the world want an American president that brings empathy, courage, will and justice to the presidential office. Barack Obama appears to have all that and much more.
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