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.

A Message from Representative Nancy Pelosi

A Message from Representative Nancy Pelosi

Congress of the United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515-0508 March 2, 2015 Dear Ted, Thank you for taking the time to express your opinions about an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). I appreciate hearing from you on this issue. As our nation confronts the ISIS threat, President Obama has engaged Congress in determining the United States strategy to degrade and destroy these brutal terrorists. A key part of Congress’ responsibility is to debate and pass a new and narrowly-tailored AUMF. The President’s draft AUMF submitted on February 11, 2015 is serious and thoughtful, one which ends the outdated 2002 AUMF that authorized the Iraq war that I opposed; restricts the use of ground...

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Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve (An email to Richard Fisher)

Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve (An email to Richard Fisher)

Note: Minor edits have been made. The following email is addressed to Mr. Richard Fisher, the former President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He’s featured in the documentary, Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve. See the embedded film below.  All of the regional presidents of the Federal Reserve Bank were Cc:ed. February 17, 2015 Mr. Richard W. Fisher President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Mr. Fisher, This past week, I discovered on NetFlix the film, Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve, and I found it to be, both, interesting and disturbing as a 43 year-old, philosopher and writer with political aspirations. Since 2007, I’ve built a global audience of 18,000 contacts, via email, living in more than 25 countries. Some...

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Medieval castles, America and the story of fire ants

Medieval castles, America and the story of fire ants

Note: The following is an email exchange between economist and college professor Mark Skousen and myself. Some minor edits have been made. December 13, 2014   Medieval castles, America and the story of fire ants By Ted Burnett Mark, One of the essays that I hope to write is a comparison of medieval castles in Europe, how so many of them are now abandoned and the state of America. These structures once protected their owners (kings, queens or lords), maybe their subjects and all their worldly possessions. With their thick stone walls and their mountain-top views, where are these owners, their subjects and all that highly-valued stuff, today? It’s all gone. America looks a lot like one of those castles with tall walls on its southern border while...

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Red Snapper fishing — states’ rights?

Red Snapper fishing — states’ rights?

December 5, 2014 Red Snapper fishing — states’ rights? By Ted Burnett Hearings were held on Thursday, in Congress, regarding Alabama’s red snapper population, the role of the federal government in determining the size of the population, the length of the state’s fishing season and how much was caught. The following are two links. The first is a story from Congressman Byrne’s website about the testimony given in the hearing and the second is a story from the WWF regarding unsustainable fishing, worldwide. I’m not a red snapper fisherman nor am I an expert on this subject, but those of us who grew up on the Gulf Coast fishing, shrimping, crabbing or oystering in these same waters have come to see the haul get smaller as the...

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Gabby Get Your Gun

Gabby Get Your Gun

Note: The following email is addressed to Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, who run a PAC (Americans for Responsible Solutions) to support candidates who are for gun-control. This email was written in response to their latest email blast seeking financial support. Some minor edits have been made. October 20, 2014 Gabby Get Your Gun By Ted Burnett Is there any real difference between gun violence in America and war? What would Martin Luther King, Jr., who led the non-violent Civil Rights movement in the South to end desegregation, have to say? Gabby accepted the Navy’s very tempting offer of naming a combat ship after her not because she served in the Navy or the Marine Corps or because she was a big supporter of the Armed Forces while a member of...

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From The White House

From The White House

The White House Washington October 8, 2014 Dear Ted: Thank you for writing. I have heard from many Americans whose lives have been affected by mental health issues, and I appreciate your perspective. The needs of people with mental illnesses have gone unaddressed for far too long. Since the first White House Conference on Mental Health over a decade ago, doctors and researchers have made extraordinary progress in diagnosing and treating mental illnesses, and promoting mental health. Yet, many families still lack access to the treatments and community resources needed to help their loved ones recover. As a longtime supporter of mental health parity, I recognize we must do more to improve services for individuals and families. My Administration has coordinated...

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My appearance on Chuck Morse Speaks: Mental Illness and Stigma

My appearance on Chuck Morse Speaks: Mental Illness and Stigma

September 15, 2014 If you missed the live broadcast of my radio interview, here’s your chance to listen to the podcast. The interview starts at the beginning of the show and it’s about 50 minutes long.

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Risk averse

Risk averse

Introduction If you missed your first chance to watch my short film, In the company of geniuses, I would encourage you to check it out. It’s been well-received. Here’s another chance… YouTube: http://youtu.be/3iClXzj32xo?list=UUG_arS5C4wdc4c6KorfrCwg “This short film (18 minutes +/-) is about famous people with a mental illness and how our schools, our teachers, our textbooks failed to mention the connection between their illness of bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia… and their groundbreaking achievements and breakthroughs to generations of American children that later created a false impression and a stigma for those diagnosed with a mental illness. Rather than appreciate the mentally ill or have empathy for them, too often there’s...

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USS Gabrielle Giffords — “the laying of the keel” ceremony (a moral dilemma)

USS Gabrielle Giffords — “the laying of the keel” ceremony (a moral dilemma)

Note: An email to Gabrielle Giffords’ organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions.May 29, 2014  Gabby, I live across the bay from Mobile, Alabama. I caught your recent visit to the port city for “the laying of the keel” ceremony for your new combat ship, on the local news. Given the unique qualifications for naming a Navy ship after a living person, it seems to me that a person who nearly died from an assassination attempt and who lost members of her staff and even constituents from that event might want to pass-on having an American warship named after them. Given the fact the Iraq War was a bogus war started by an American president that led to a lot of innocent Americans and Iraqis getting killed and wounded, isn’t it easy to see...

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President Obama: A loser coach managing a losing team.

President Obama: A loser coach managing a losing team.

Note: The following is an email exchange with Jan McNamara, an executive with PBS, in response to my complaint over Mark Shields’ recent comments made on inside Washington about the president.  Some minor edits have been made. October 31, 2013 President Obama: A loser coach managing a losing team. By Ted Burnett To: Jan McNamara, Sr. Director and Sr. Strategist, Corporate Communications, PBS [Public Broadcasting Service] Cc: Senator Jeff Sessions (AL-R) Senator Richard Shelby (AL-R) Senator Mitch McConnell (KY-R) Senator Rand Paul (KY-R) Senator Angus King (ME-R) Senator Mike Johanns (NE-R) Senator Mary Landrieu (LA-D) Senator Chuck Grassley (IA-R) Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA-D) Senator Mark Rubio (FL-R) Representative Nancy Pelosi (CA-D) Representative...

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Ted Burnett’s introductory video as an American philosopher and writer.

This is my first video shot overlooking Mobile Bay (Daphne, Alabama), in May 2013. For more information on me, you can visit my website at www.tedburnett.com Over eighty commentaries can be read on my blog at www.toxicnationus.com Copyright © 2013 by Ted Burnett.  All Rights...

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An interview with Jennifer Meadows and Josh Bernstein on the Grit and Grace Radio Show.

Listen to internet radio with Grit and Grace on BlogTalkRadio Click on the above “arrow” to play my first radio interview as a writer.   The interview starts at the 35:00 mark in the show (45 minutes long).  This internet audience has around 800 listeners. (Starts at the 35:00 mark.) The interview was recorded on July 9,...

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Are the current U.S. fiscal and monetary policies a ticket into the grave?

Are the current U.S. fiscal and monetary policies a ticket into the grave?

IntroductionSince I last wrote to you, in early May, several interesting opportunities fell in my lap.  First, I was contacted by two members of this audience requesting that I call-in on their radio shows after they received my latest essay. However, I have a poor history with public speaking so I deferred their offers to a later date.  Anticipating more of these types of situations coming my way, I’ve made a conscious decision to work on developing some strategies and aids that lets me work around these weaknesses while gaining some confidence.  In response to these requests, I shot my first video to give this audience another means by which to connect with me that black ink on white paper doesn’t offer.  When you read someone’s work or talk to them by phone it...

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What does it take to make democracy work as it should?

What does it take to make democracy work as it should?

Introduction If you haven’t already figured this out by now, know that “life” is simply a series of problems from birth to death, from our beginning to our end.  Even our own birth was fraught with peril as our death could be, if it’s not sudden, quick and painless.  This may be seen as a pessimistic view on life, but it can also be the starting point for taking full responsibility for our lives, for our problems (both, new and old) and any opportunities that come our way while making the remaining years of life – our best!  Knowing how to solve problems, as opposed to avoiding and denying them, and to recognize and act on opportunities in the quickest, cheapest and easiest manner is what separates the truly successful in life (those finding some inner peace,...

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America – “She’s brain dead.”

America – “She’s brain dead.”

January 6, 2013 America – “She’s brain dead.” By Ted Burnett Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.  – Sir Winston Churchill Prime Minister of Great Britain (1874-1965) If Washington’s mishandling of the “fiscal cliff” demonstrated one thing to me, it’s that our elected officials can no longer govern on behalf of the nation.  It’s as though the body no longer has a functioning brain to make accurate and timely decisions and give instructions to its other organs and to all four limbs.  If the brain is essentially dead, the body can’t and won’t live on.  Last year, I heard several news reports state that 30% of all health care costs are spent...

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