Frank Baumgardner

CALIFORNIA'S FIRST GREAT CARTOGRAPHER. HIS CITY MAPS INCLUDED SAN FRANCISCO SONOMA, BENICIA AND STOCKTON. 1, "Blood Will Tell Divvying Up Early California from Colonel Juan Bautista DeAnza to Jasper O'Farrell" BIOGRAPHY OF O'FARRELL, 2. 'KILLING FOR LA

Are we any better off now that the debt crisis is temporarily past us?

February 17, 2011

Tags: On not repeating the mistakes of the past

Over the past month (Jan. 15-Feb. 15, 2011), especially in Egypt but also all across the Middle East in Algeria, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya, and even in Iraq and Iran, we are all witness to a popular revolution that has been delayed for far too long. The United States and its allies in Israel and the EU must share the onus of blame for the suffering of Arabic peoples whose rights and freedoms have been so long repressed by dictatorial regimes. They have done this on their own. It is doubtful that the US did enough to help them.
When we are blinded by greed, lust, and driven by racial prejudices, as many leaders were in early Oregon and California from 1800-1900, we ignore the cries of those who are crushed and doomed to struggle on for a hand to mouth existence. But as the recent Egyptian people's struggle showed the world and as did the struggle for freedom by patriots during the American Revolution or the French Revolution in the eighteenth century accomplished in North America the cry for freedom and the right to a decent life cannot be quashed forever.
The Obama Administration must look very closely at what it is doing by funding military regimes such as Mubarak's in Egypt. We could be making the same mistakes that King George III made and others like Stalin, Mao and Hitler made. Governor Weller in early California had no reason to conduct genocide against the California Indians. And yet this is exactly what happened. We should recall the words of Voltaire who said, "It is not enough to just be stupid to succeed, one must also be well mannered." Being well mannered is not the kind of leadership the world needs today President Obama!