National Politics

Essays found in this category pertain to American history, its foundation, the Declaration of Independence, national politics, Washington, the economic crisis following the 2008 global banking crisis.

PBS: American Forum with Douglas Blackmon (We look like a bunch of drunks…)

PBS: American Forum with Douglas Blackmon (We look like a bunch of drunks…)

Ted Burnett To Ted Burnett dab5wd@virginia.edu CC Congressman Bradley Byrne Senator Richard Shelby Dr. Larry J. Sabato Lucien Bass Martha Roby Paula A. Kerger Today at 1:42 PM Mr. Blackmon, The following email is written out of great respect, I’ve watched your program and others most weeks on PBS. However, after the attacks of 9/11, two prolonged wars with no victories and the 2008 global credit crisis, the home foreclosure crisis that led to mass unemployment while an education arms race took place driving up the cost of a college education. It created massive student loan debts backed by our federal government resulting in no prospects for jobs and finally random acts of global terrorism. I see no interest by your generation to understand the current path...

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The Lafayette Policy Institute — A Call to Action

The Lafayette Policy Institute — A Call to Action

September 30, 2016 A Call to Action Judge, I am interested in starting a policy institute, in the spirit of French Lieutenant-General Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette to address the many bad federal and state laws and policies that have caused our nation’s train to jump the tracks while continuing to inflict harm on our country in the process.  Would you or anyone in your other society be interested? I would like for this organization to do research and draft original white paper to promote policies that restore America back to cultural, economic, financial, military, political and spiritual health.  Policies will be presented to our lawmakers and to incoming presidents. It’s time for Americans to take back our country from the career...

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The British – the Red Coats and understanding the 2nd Amendment

The British – the Red Coats and understanding the 2nd Amendment

christopher.ingraham@washpost.com Christopher, Re: British – Red Coats and understanding the 2nd Amendment It sounds like you know a lot about American history while working in Washington of all places, as a journalist.  If the British Army (red coats) were the American colonists standing army as some might want to believe then please explain how the American Revolution (1775-83) would’ve ever gotten started?  Remember that the Red Coats had the guns, we (George Washington and the founding fathers didn’t) because the British were “protecting” us. Amendment II A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. The Second Amendment...

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Video: The Story of Ted Burnett and Mental Illness — May 12, 2016

Video: The Story of Ted Burnett and Mental Illness — May 12, 2016

I gave a 30-minute speech to a local NAMI group about my story on mental illness, the impact of denial by the patient, the stigma by society and whether one should work before taking questions from the group. My website: www.tedburnett.com. I’m available for public speaking, traveling from Daphne, Alabama, out of PNS or MOB. I charge a modest speaking fee for my travel time. Sound quality maybe so so. Running time: 48:32 Contact information: Ted Burnett 500 Lincoln Street Suite B-105 Daphne, Alabama 36526 USA C: 251-709-0280 E: ted@tedburnett.com W:...

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Dear Representative Bradley Byrne

Note: The following email is addressed to Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL). Byrne represents Alabama’s 1st Congressional District (Southwest Alabama). December 9, 2015 Congressman Byrne, When I recently spoke with you, I mentioned that this country is becoming too expensive to live in. Healthcare and Higher Education are breaking the bank of families and individuals. This government continues to raid the Social Security Trust Fund to tune of $150 billion, this year. In the coming weeks, the Social Security Disability Trust Fund will be bankrupt sooner than originally projected because of the Great Recession. The unemployed, from around the country, who used up their benefits were encouraged to sign up for disability when they didn’t even qualify....

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The Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) addresses my latest commentary…

The Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) addresses my latest commentary…

Note: I recently shared my latest essay on Congress robbing the Social Security Trust Fund with the Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the leadership from both parties. I specifically sought a response from the new speaker. Here it is… Ted Burnett Daphne, AL December 23, 2015 Ted Burnett Philosopher and writer 500 Lincoln Street, Apt. B105 Daphne, AL 36526 Dear Ted: Thank you for contacting me regarding federal spending and H.R. 2029, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. I appreciate you taking the time to let me know your views on these important issues. Like any family or business, the federal government must set a limit on what it can spend. Each year, Congress must pass a budget agreement to set overall spending levels...

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Who goes to prison when Congress steals from the Social Security Trust Fund?

Who goes to prison when Congress steals from the Social Security Trust Fund?

Note: The following email is addressed to Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL). Byrne represents Alabama’s 1st Congressional District (Southwest Alabama). December 9, 2015 Congressman Byrne, When I recently spoke with you, I mentioned that this country is becoming too expensive to live in. Healthcare and Higher Education are breaking the bank of families and individuals. This government continues to raid the Social Security Trust Fund to tune of $150 billion, this year. In the coming weeks, the Social Security Disability Trust Fund will be bankrupt sooner than originally projected because of the Great Recession. The unemployed, from around the country, who used up their benefits were encouraged to sign up for disability when they didn’t even qualify....

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Do #BlackLivesMatter?

Do #BlackLivesMatter?

November 12, 2015 Do #BlackLivesMatter? By Ted Burnett I am for violence if non-violence means we continue postponing a solution to the American black man’s problem just to avoid violence. – Malcolm X (1925-1965 (assassinated)) As a political writer, many people upon meeting me for the first time assume that I do a lot of writing given all the newsworthy material coming out of Washington, across the country and around the world. In reality, I write very little while taking a long view towards the subject matter that I do cover. Since the shooting of the nine black churchgoers in Charleston, SC, I’ve taken a heightened interest in this incident given the fact that I’ve visited this charming city numerous times and that I got married on one of its barrier...

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No Pain, No Gain

No Pain, No Gain

September 17, 2015 No Pain, No Gain By Ted Burnett There is no coming to consciousness without pain. – Carl Jung, 1875-1961 Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist I’ve spent my entire life, all 44 years, living with alcoholics and drug addicts, their families and friends. As a child, I played with them in the neighborhood and later I partied with them on Friday nights. I went to school and to college with them. I even worked with them. As an addict, I grew up seeking the next big thrill while trying to avoid pain, at all cost. I’ve watched a few including myself find “sobriety” while some were incarcerated repeatedly and others went to their grave a bit too soon. Among the group was my own father, at the age of 53. This Vietnam Veteran, like many, died penniless...

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Re: Are we safer? [The Iran Nuclear Deal]

Re: Are we safer? [The Iran Nuclear Deal]

Note: The following is my response to Representative Bradley Byrne’s (R-AL) commentary on the Iran Nuclear Deal. His original comments follow mine. September 13, 2015 Bradley [Byrne], U.S. Representative, 1st Congressional District of Alabama By what measure? Fourteen years after the attacks of 9/11, the United States looks like a sinking ship, like a burning Rome with a growing national debt at $18 trillion that Congress simply ignores. Where three programs: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid’s unfunded mandates total $127 trillion while making up 60% of the 2015 proposed federal budget. If the aim of Osama bin Ladin was to merely take down the World Trade Centers, in NYC, and the Pentagon, in Washington, DC with four of our own commercial...

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Your tweet on South Carolina’s Confederate Flag

Your tweet on South Carolina’s Confederate Flag

To: Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com I read your tweet that appeared in a story, in today’s Huffington Post where you placed demands on South Carolina’s government to remove the Confederate Flag from the state capitol’s grounds. See below… Marc Benioff @Benioff I agree @MittRomney: Take down the #ConfederateFlag at the SC Capitol. To many, it is a symbol of racial hatred. Remove to honor victims. 2:54 PM – 20 Jun 2015 As a southerner from Alabama and a thinking man, what’s the difference in flying the Confederate Flag with its history and pledging allegiance to the American Flag after invading Iraq, which resulted in 500,000 dead Iraqis, in just the first four years? The U.S. has invaded countries and has installed its own...

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Why gross domestic product (GDP) and other popular metrics are no longer an effective measure of America’s economy and well-being.

Why gross domestic product (GDP) and other popular metrics are no longer an effective measure of America’s economy and well-being.

May 31, 2015 Why gross domestic product (GDP) and other popular metrics are no longer an effective measure of America’s economy and well-being. By Ted Burnett For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul? – Jesus Christ (0-33 A.D., Troublemaker to some and Savior to many.) As the U.S. and much of the industrial world struggle to recover economically from the 2008 global credit crisis, the Federal Reserve’s policy to keep interest rates artificially low to spur new growth among businesses, through hiring and capital spending, hasn’t worked. Following the housing bubble and the home foreclosure crisis, policymakers and politicians have been looking for the next red hot industry to expand our economy. There have been...

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From the office of Senator Elizabeth Warren: ISIS

From the office of Senator Elizabeth Warren: ISIS

March 30, 2015 Dear Ted, Thank you for contacting me about President Obama’s proposed Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the terrorist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). On February 11, 2015, President Obama submitted to Congress an authorization for the use of U.S. military force against ISIS. The proposal would formally authorize continuous U.S. military operations against ISIS or forces associated with this terrorist group for three years, and would repeal the 2002 AUMF used by the Bush Administration to invade Iraq. I am deeply concerned by the rise of ISIS and I support a strong, coordinated response – but I also believe it is critical for those nations in the region that are most immediately affected...

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Another letter from The White House: ISIS

Another letter from The White House: ISIS

The White House Washington March 25, 2015 Dear Ted: Thank you for writing. I have been meeting regularly with my national security team to implement the strategy I outlined last year to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL in Iraq and Syria. ISIL poses a threat to the Middle East, to the international community, and to our Nation, and we will continue to meet ISIL’s atrocities with the undeterred and united resolve of the international community. Part of the reason I ran for this Office was to end our foreign wars and welcome our troops home. As Commander in Chief, I will not allow the United States to be dragged into fighting another war on the ground in Iraq. There is no American military solution to the larger crisis there; the only lasting solution must...

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Congress: No skin in the game.

Congress: No skin in the game.

March 24, 2015 Congress: No skin in the game. By Ted Burnett Representative Byrne (R-AL), I think the time has come to ask members of Congress to start “feeling the country’s pain” even if the financial sacrifice is just symbolic. Its time for these millionaire public servants, your colleagues in the House and in the Senate to take a pay cut especially those who have access to family fortunes. For Congress not to suffer while the rest of the nation does and already has — is quite the joke. I guess I’m asking too much of our dukes and duchesses, princes and princesses to pay their fair share during a time of crisis and it is. In many ways, it’s the actions of Congress and our presidents that have caused the current problems....

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