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In the beginning…

US Capitol Building
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Month by month, state by state, seventeen of the United States’ most brilliant political and business icons provided the American electorate a brief history of themselves to convince the voters that they had the solutions to this nation’s ills and were best qualified to lead this country for the next four years.

Only time will tell.

To quote the veritable statesman Adlai E. Stevenson, “In America, anyone can become president. That’s one of the risks you take.” (Stevenson was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for president in 1952 and 1956.)

This primary season’s elite cadre of 17 Republicans included candidates who have served our country as governors and US senators; one who is the brother of and the son of two former presidents and another who was also a religious leader. There was an ex-CEO of a major corporation and a billionaire who has distinguished himself as a builder of hotels and casinos, as well as the host of a popular TV show. In addition, this historic group included a brilliant pediatric neurosurgeon.

For almost a year now, the nation has heard and read of these and tolerated the Republican candidates: Their names are familiar to most of us: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, John Kasick, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, Donald Trump, and Scott Walker.

Most of us looked forward to the Republican debates, expecting to find substance and gather information about the candidates’ credentials that would lead to solving our problems. Unfortunately – no, that is too innocent a word – tragically proved to be nothing but a sham!

It was a shameful, dishonorable, embarrassing, humiliating show by would-be candidates whose shabby political ignorance was echoed, not only here throughout our beloved nation, but heard in every corner of this earth.

They not only slandered their colleagues, but raised the ire of women and even children in the use of their foul and shallow language. Candidates spoke in the most unconventional way; often not completing sentences. Those sentences lacked substance, digressed from the questions, issues and solutions to this nation’s myriads of problems. Instead of concrete and direct answers to questions, they gave fraudulent responses, attempting to mask their ignorance with dangling participles left floating in the air.

And in this notable lot who, under pressure, collapsed were the young, good-looking, presentable and articulate, Marco Rubio, senator from Florida, and Dr. Ben Carson, the soft-spoken physician whose gifted hands saved the lives of hundreds of children and opened the way to groundbreaking medical advancements, the director of the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital’s pediatric neurosurgery. There was John Kasick, the Governor of Ohio, who described himself as “one of the chief architects” of the last balanced budget. Ted Cruz, a Harvard graduate who has argued cases before the US Supreme Court, who would spank “naughty” children, who advocated that “Children should be seen and not heard,” manipulated factoids and offered them up as facts. This learned scholar, disavowing any knowledge of the events, employed campaign consultants who spread false information that Dr. Carson had suspended his campaign in Iowa, when he had not; that Gov. Kasick had agreed to suspend his campaign in Indiana so that the Texas senator could challenge Trump one-on-one, when he had not.

This 2016 Republican group has been fodder for today’s press and will continue to be for future political writers of history.

Did I forget something or someone?

Of course not.

There is one…Donald Trump…the only one left standing of the elite 17, whose caustic tongue cut down his rivals one by one.

I personally would like to see Trump in the Oval Office. Wait, please, bear with me. I believe it will be a farce and the news media will have material for years to write and talk about. Much has been said and written about the billionaire who wantonly, slanderously cuts down anything and anybody who stands in his path.

If ignorance is bliss, then Trump must be a happy man. He is definitely unique in the history of American politics.

It appears, as the saying goes, “What you see is what you get!” But I wonder…all of us wear masks to a greater or lesser degree at times. Trump’s immediate circle of family, friends, political strategists, and advisors have assured us that the Mr. Trump seen on the political stage and on his reality show isn’t the real Mr. Trump. They maintain that the future builder of the Great Wall is passionate, virtuous, lovable, and a champion of the people, as proven by the numbers who have supported him at the voting booths in the majority of the states.

“Mr. Trump will be presidential,” they say, “once he and his beautiful wife are awarded the keys to the White House.” So, friends and foes will embrace this Republican Adonis, whom they believe will soon “Make American Great, Again!”

Yet his stage persona mirrors the painting of Dorian Gray, created by the fictional Basil Hallward, of Oscar Wilde’s imagination. Who has the key to the attic, where we can see the true nature of the man or beast, where good and evil stand side-by-side? That evil and that good is in all of us.

Now there is one.

But, look to the horizon…there is more to come.

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bookTom Mooradian was one of 151 Americans who traveled to Soviet Armenia to repatriate during the 1940’s. Thought to be a spy by the KGB, Tom miraculously survived 13 years behind the Iron Curtain winning the hearts of the Soviets through his basketball prowess.  Filled with political drama, romance, and intrigue, Tom’s autobiography, The Repatriate reads like a novel, and will have you guessing how Tom managed to return to America alive.
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The Age of Stupidity

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles and FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image courtesy of Stuart Miles and FreeDigitalPhotos.net

When are the Congress of the United States and the President of the United States going to end their “Cold War?”

The People deserve an answer.

It is absolutely disgraceful and degrading to hear and listen to the rhetoric emulating from Washington these days. Our elected officials are absolutely content with their babbling and divisiveness, while misery and poverty continues throughout the nation.

In our pursuit of happiness, they, who we have put in office, are the biggest obstacles.

“Our people,” stressed Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, in his Farewell Address to the Nation, noted “…expect their President and the Congress to find essential agreement on questions of great moment, the wise resolution of which will better shape the future of the nation…”

Regrettably, this has not been the case in recent history…

…children are no longer safe in their classrooms or playgrounds, an entire city has been poisoned by lead because of inept elected officials, citizens have been gunned down in the streets, movie houses, even our places of worships. Who is in charge?

It is unquestionably true that our leaders do not know who our enemies are abroad….and yet our men and women are fighting an invisible army, being killed by men and women they have trained, dying in cities whose names we can’t pronounce. Upon their return from the battle fields, many are dreadfully demoralized and have so many psychological and physical scars that a reported 22 vets commit suicide every day. Their readjustment to life is filled with way too many potholes. Shameful. Disgraceful that this nation, the richest in modern history is not helping them.

My heart breaks each day when the mail carrier delivers yet another letter for another request from one of the charities because the government is not doing its job.

And how I cringe each evening when I settle into my chair and watch the nightly news and learn of yet another holocaust and genocide committed against humankind, sandwiched between yet another TV commercial of a wounded American GI, who has bravely served his country, now put on “display” to help raise funds to help those who can’t help themselves.

If the government can pay its bills to those who manufacture the weapons, the missiles and bombs – yes, as Ike pointed out “the permanent armaments industry of vast proportions”…should it (the government) not also pay ALL of the bills for those who were wounded and scarred by the legal and illegal wars we have been involved in for the past 14 years?

The narrative of the 20th Century, with four wars, two of those World Wars, and the Atomic Bomb is written in blood and has left civilization critically wounded. Earth survived .

We human beings are made for something better than to kill one another….we are not stupid. We are creative beings, beautiful creatures who find dignity in our work and our achievements. We DO work together and have created a remarkable world.

This nonsense in Washington must stop. It is degrading, disgustingly harmful to the nation. The way some of the candidates for the presidency have performed in the debates is outright stupid. It’s more Reality Show than Presidential. The reality of it all is that today and for the foreseeable future, the office of the Presidency of the United States is and will be viewed as the seat of the most powerful figure in history. His – or her – hands will hold the destiny of mankind. Members of Congress hide in the group, each sees him/herself as “only one” of many. It’s so much easier to blame one person, rather than the 535, who have an equal responsibility.

Some may believe my words here are in vain, after all Stupidity has been with us since the dawn of thought. And the United States is not immune to ignorance. The 18th century poet Friedrich Schiller wrote, “Against stupidity the very gods fight in vain.”

Schiller may be right!

Although stupidity may be a virus that seems to have spread in recent years, I believe it can be conquered by education and knowledge. I believe Stupidity is most prevalent in despotisms and dictatorships. Yet I could nominate one of our recent Presidents…

Let’s not go there; I want to be able to continue writing this blog!

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bookTom Mooradian was one of 151 Americans who traveled to Soviet Armenia to repatriate during the 1940’s. Thought to be a spy by the KGB, Tom miraculously survived 13 years behind the Iron Curtain winning the hearts of the Soviets through his basketball prowess.  Filled with political drama, romance, and intrigue, Tom’s autobiography, The Repatriate reads like a novel, and will have you guessing how Tom managed to return to America alive.
The Second Edition is now available on Kindle and in Paperback!

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