Bill Sykes' - In Retrospect
Sykes looks back in retrospect at material which has
been published in previous editions of "View from
America", in an attempt to determine whether the
subject matter written then is still applicable in
The ins and outs of electing an American President.
As this is a subject that most people outside of this
country do not have a clue what is going on, (and
really in most cases do not give a tupenny damn),
I’m going to try to provide a much abbreviated
assessment of what I consider to be the salient features
of a very complex subject - The election of an
Who better than the American public to create such
a long winded, complex, and costly method, of what
should be a simple procedure in a two-party system
of electing a candidate from each party, Republican
and Democrat, to be selected and placed
upon the ballot for the legal voters of this country
to elect as their choice, (?), to be the President
of the United States of America.
The candidate who
has the greatest number of votes is then declared the
I would suggest that the American public should consider
changing their procedure to a procedure something similar
to the British system where the party in power, Conservative
or Labour, selects from within their own party the
person that they consider to be the their best choice
for Prime Minister, without all the fuss, bother, cost
or months of TV propaganda that is prevalent in the
United States of America.
Not that easy - why not? - Here’s
a radical suggestion:
Forget the Caucuses, the Primaries, the Delegates and
the Super Delegates, and forget all the other insignificant
people like Ralph Nader who only put up for President
as spoilers - yes a real two-party system where
each party picks one candidate each from their own
party to put up for the office of President. This would
cut out all the months and months, of constant TV
and other media propaganda which certainly would make
the selection much more economic - much to the dismay
of course of the three so say iInternational television
news stations that would loose lots and lots of revenue.
OK. Tell me why my suggestion will not work? I’m
sure that there are many amongst you who have zillions
of reasons why it will not work so please be my guest
but I beg of you to not quote the Founding Fathers
and the Declaration of Independence, as their words
of wisdom which were perfectly applicable for the time
period when they were written, but
in today’s modern world they are outdated and
the time has come for some radical changes to be made.
If you disagree with my suggestions, (and you have
the inalienable right to do so), then for goodness
sake please provide me with details of what you disagree
with and the reasons why you disagree. Do not tell
me that the American public have always chosen their
President this way, as that is a complete fallacy -
big business and big money are the main powers that
choose the President of the United States and the real
American people do not have a say in the matter except
to vote for one of the two candidates that have been
selected for them.
Think about it.
I’m going to make one more try at explaining
the extraordinary, and somewhat immature, methods that
the American voters have to put up with in the election
of their President, and then I give up.
It’s still more than six months until Election
Day, on the 4th of November 2008, and this is the first
week in June of 2008. The Democrats have finally chosen,
after months and months of daily, (nay hourly), bombardment
by the three main American TV news stations, and other
news sources, giving their estimate of which of the
two candidates has won the right to represent the Democratic
Party in the Presidential election.
Graphs, graphs, graphs, and still more graphs, most
of which contradict each other as graphs are only as
good as the people that are surveyed, the location
that those people are from, their economic class, (working
class, business class, management class, etc) and the
standard of their education.
The Republican Party decided some time ago that John
McCain was to be their candidate. Why, I will never
It would appear that the dreaded old age syndrome of
being forgetful appears to be affecting John McCain
as a few times recently he has in his TV broadcasts
provided incorrect information, and even after being
corrected by Joe Lieberman he has repeated the incorrect
information several times. Joe Lieberman has
frequently being seen alongside John McCain. Surely
McCain is not thinking of considering offering Lieberman
the position of running mate in order to get the Jewish
The two democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton, and
Barack Obama, fought a long, gruelling, reasonably
fair, but extremely costly campaign for the honor of
representing the Democratic Party in the November Presidential
election. Barack Obama finally took the honors after
a very close finish with Hillary Clinton.
The final voting tally, when taking into account all
of the somewhat weird rules and regulations imposed
by the Democratic Party, which include Caucuses, Primaries,
(which were discussed in Article
#10 of the February 2008 Edition of Bill Sykes’ - Looks
Back in Retrospect X), and then there are
the Delegates and Super Delegates who appear to be
forever changing their votes.
I really don’t think that you want me to offer
an explanation as to what Delegates and Super Delegates
For what it’s worth, please let me sum up how
I think that the Presidential election potential vote
I would suggest that the American Presidential voting
system could be currently assessed as follows:
1) At least 20% of the American voters will not vote
for John McCain, who apparently has got into the habit
of changing his position and his rhetoric on a daily
basis on very important issues that will not only affect
the lives of the American people but will also affect
the people of the world at large.
2) At least 20%, (mainly male chauvinists), would not
vote for a "female" Presidential candidate.
3) At least 20%, (mainly racial bigots), would not
vote for a "black" Presidential candidate.
4) And at least 20% will abstain from voting as they
have always done.
So, if one tallies up the percentage totals, then it’s
up to the "Independents" amongst us to
see that John McCain does not become President, as
that could possibly be a complete disaster in the making
for not only the people of America but the people of
the world in general.
Now we come to a situation that may have a direct bearing
upon who becomes President, and why I think that the
choice of a suitable running mate to become Vice President
is so important, especially for the Democratic Party.
At this time I have no knowledge as to whom either
Presidential candidate will choose as their running
mate - but if I may, please let me give my input as
to whom I think could perhaps be a good choice for
Barack Obama, and why. I personally, would suggest
that Hillary Clinton, would boost Barrack Obama’s
chances of sealing the Presidential appointment as
Hillary had a greater number of the "popular
vote" than Barack Obama during the election process,
and as she recently promised to fully support Barack
Obama in his Presidential bid then many of the people
who voted for Hillary, (less the one’s who obviously
will not vote for a Black President), may transfer
their voting allegiance to Barack Obama, especially
if he invites Hillary to become Vice President, and
more importantly if she accepts.
The situation could then become very favorable for
a Barrack Obama Presidency as the total number of popular
votes country wide, (when counting his own, plus a
percentage of Hillary’s, plus quite a number
of the Independent votes, should be sufficient for
him to be selected as the overall winner and gain the
By the way the estimated "popular vote"
totals for the Democratic candidates in the democratic
selection process were: Barack Obama 17,869,542 - Hillary
Of course another possible candidate
for the Vice Presidential position could be John Edwards
who was the Democratic Senator for North Carolina in
Many people, including myself, have had some doubts
in the past, and maybe will also have in the future,
about whether Obama’s Muslim upbringing could/would
affect some of the decisions he makes if he gets into
the White House.
But after reviewing his background and education, I
figure that he has enough common sense and intelligence
to weigh his decisions very carefully and very wisely.
I do so that if Barack Obama does become President
that my assumptions are correct.
There again, surely anything has to be better than
the current political situation and the possibility
of John McCain becoming President and continuing to
support the Bush debacle that has caused this country
so much grief, with a possible continuation by McCain
of four more years of the Bush agenda but furthermore
expanding upon it.
Now, let me get down to the real nitty gritty. Who
am I going to vote for, or on the other hand who am
I not going to vote for? As if you really care.
As far as I’m concerned my vote will definitely
not go for John McCain as in my opinion the people
of the United States cannot afford, (literally speaking),
another four years of the disastrous decisions made
by the Republican Party under the Presidency of that
petty dictator Bush, which in today’s world McCain
apparently is determined to not only continue the Bush
agenda if he were to become President, but to expand
In all fairness we have to take into account that the
members of the Democratic Congress, (In the House of
Representatives and the Senate), have accomplished
very little in their short tenancy, but there again
with a majority of one in the Senate, which has been
negated a number of times by Senator Lieberman, who
after leaving the Democratic Party declared himself
to be an Independent and in generally has voted with
the Republican Party.
I cannot see the Republican Party returning to power at
any time soon, as this country is in a terrible shambles
with an unwinnable military fiasco in the two Middle
Eastern wars, (with the loss of over 4,000 young American
lives), a full economic recession, (which Bush has
denied so strongly for so long - incidentally the Dow
Jones is down nearly 400 points, as I write (5th June
2008), on the news that oil has skyrocketed another
$9 a barrel to a current price of $139 per barrel of
In a recent statement, even a Saudi Official said that
oil prices are artificially elevated and are being
manipulated, yet the American Senate blocked a bill
in Congress which was aimed at instituting an oil company
windfall profits tax.
The oil companies apparently challenged the bill by
indicating that they would just add the tax onto the
price of all their gasoline products, therefore depriving
the consumers of any means of getting a reprieve from
the artificially elevated price of gasoline products.
By the way Exxon/Mobile declared a profit from their
companies’ last quarter earnings which was in
excess of ten/twelve billion dollars. No wonder the
oil companies do not want the government to institute
a windfall profits tax.
Then there is the unintelligent and disastrous lack
of foreign policy initiatives in which Bush, Cheney
and other members of the Administration, such as Carl
Roe, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice,
lied through their teeth to promote and initiate two
unwinnable wars, one in Afghanistan and the other one
in Iraq, which in my opinion the confrontation with
Iraq has led to and has had a direct bearing upon the
tremendous hike in the price of oil. Of course the
monetary greed of certain stock market profiteers of
this world to elevate the price of oil to unsustainable
exorbitant price levels has led to a number of cases
of price gouging. Shall I go on?
As I said previously the United States basic lifestyle
is currently in a shambles, which without a shadow
of a doubt is due to the irresponsible actions of our
current President and his entourage, his Administration,
and the Republican Party in general.
Of course once again I must state that I consider that
a great deal of the blame must also be placed upon
the Democratic Party who’s ineptitude in blindly
accepting many of the Bush decisions as being gospel,
and not recognizing them for what they were downright
lies and subterfuge. The Democratic Party just sat
back, obviously not wanting to be named as unpatriotic
Americans in a war time situation, and went along with
the Bush, Cheney, dictates without challenging them.
It would appear that many American citizens in their
naivety also went along with the lies and subterfuge
that was being fed to them on a daily basis with respect
to the potential wars and like the members of Congress
stayed on the sidelines in order not to be accused
of being unpatriotic in times of war. These two
wars unfortunately have cost the lives of over 4,000
of our young people who have made the ultimate sacrifice,
and these wars have resulted in the terrifically elevated
price of a barrel of oil which is affecting not only
the lives of the American people but the lives of the
people of the world in general.
Surely there are many intelligent people out there
in America who recognized that they were duped, especially
with the reasons or lies given for the war in Iraq,
and who now face the financial consequences of two
unwinnable wars, and all the detrimental effects on
their way of life which has been caused by these wars,
I would therefore suggest that they also must recognize
that a vote for McCain would exacerbate, (not alleviate),
the unfortunate economic world price crunch situation
that we now find our selves in.
Mission “NOT” Accomplished.
Over five years ago on the First of May 2003, President
George W Bush landed aboard the aircraft carrier
USS Abraham Lincoln, which was anchored in San Diego
Harbor, and declared: "Mission Accomplished",
in a speech in which he announced the end of major
operations in the Iraqi war.
The jet landing by Bush upon the deck of the aircraft
carrier, posing in a flight suit with the pilots and
members of the crew, was denounced as a theatrical
and expensive stunt seeing that the aircraft carrier
was well within the range of Bush’s helicopter
and a jet landing was just playing to the crowd.
How wrong could Bush be in declaring "Mission
Accomplished", when one considers that over 4,000
of America’s young men and women have died in
that same war that he virtually declared to be over,
but is still continuing and has American young men
and women fighting and dying to this very day.
Would you believe that John McCain used the same phrase
in June and December of the same year, but later denounced
the phrase on the First of May 2008?
Late breaking news:
to impeach President Bush. (10th of June, 2008)
Why has it taken so long - someone had to do it?
Democratic Representative Dennis Kucinich defied his
Democratic leadership on Monday the 9th of June 2008
by calling for the impeachment of President Bush for
launching the Iraq war under lies and false pretences.
The Ohio Representative outlined his intention to propose
more than two dozen charges against Bush on the floor
of the House.
Rep. Kucinich accused Bush of executing a "calculated
and wide-ranging strategy" to deceive the citizens
and Congress into believing that Iraq posed an imminent
threat to the United States.
A clever way of saying that Bush and
his cohorts lied to the people and the Government of the United States in order
to start a contrived war against Iraq and its people.
House Speaker, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, has repeatedly
said that she opposes trying to remove the current
President as she believes that the attempt would be
divisive and most likely unsuccessful. Her words "divisive"
she know that at least 65% of the American people want
an end to this unwinnable war and our troops be brought
Another case of weak
leadership in the Democratic Party?
Rep. Kucinich, who has been an outspoken critic of
the Iraqi war, has consistently voted against continued
funding of the war and has led anti-war efforts
in Congress, and in April of 2007 he even offered a
resolution to impeach Vice President Cheney which failed.
Late Breaking News:
(Monday the 16th of June 2008)
I've just listened to an inspired fire and brimstone
speech on American Television from Michigan, in which
Al Gore endorsed Barack Obama for the position
of President of the United States.
It certainly got me thinking back to the Florida voting
debacle in which a case of voting irregularities,
finally went to the Supreme Court, which gave
a decision that robbed Al Gore of the Presidency
and gave George W. Bush four more years in the White
I would suggest that the Supreme Court decision turned
out to be a complete disaster for the people, of not
only America, Afghanistan, and Iraq, but also many
other nations of this world.
I suddenly started to wonder what kind of an America
we would now be living in, if Al Gore had been successful in counteracting
the voting robbery that occurred in the Florida voting
process, and had won the election and deposed
Bush as President.
I would suggest that the world in general would be
in a far better state than it is now.
Enough is enough - well at least I’ve tried to
unravel some of the flotsam and jetsam that floats
along the murky waters of electing an American President.
I don’t expect that many people will read this
newsletter but at least I can say that I have tried
to give a fair opinion "Without Fear or Favor" of
what I consider to be the current situation in the
Presidential Election fiasco.
The webmaster has his say with respect to the price of oil and the
effect that it is having upon the UK economy.
In answer to your previous message I have to agree
with you that the current economic and energy price
rises are becoming something of a farce. I am under
the impression that speculators on the oil market are
keeping prices high and that this could continue for
another x number of years! Dabbling in futures is costing
the likes of you and me dearly. Fuel prices rise, commodity
prices rise, everyday goods such as food and housing
rise - it goes on and on. Unfortunately the spending
power of your average Joe is not keeping pace with
this inflation and, as a result, the populace is suffering
from a tighter and tighter budget squeeze. Something
has got to be done about this and I wish I knew
a way to make my protest.
Here in the UK we are seeing fuel and energy prices
rise, taxes on goods and services rise, local government
taxes rise, food prices rise. It is unsustainable and
the lot of Mr. and Mrs. Average is becoming harder
and harder. On top of this, despite the extra revenue
(and don't forget that Britain benefits from oil
prices rising because of its North Sea oil production)
Government services are slowly being eroded. We are
facing refuse collection fortnightly instead of weekly,
less investment in road and rail services, well I could
go on and on but who listens? Not the damned politicians!
So is there a solution? Not while the countries of
the world are working independently instead of agreeing
a reasonable rate rise for oil and services. Perhaps
a cap should be placed upon the price of oil?
Meanwhile the oil producing nations must be laughing
all the way to the bank.
It is important for comparison purposes that the reader
of Article #11, also reads the following previous
"Newsletters from America" which can be found upon the www.huddersfield1.co.uk website.
In the L.H. column of the "Huddersfield One" home
page you will see the notation "US Newsletter" and
if you click on that it will take you to a complete
list of all my previous newsletters.
April 2003 Edition: This edition
includes articles concerning the lead up to the
Bush War and gives an insight as to what is expected
2003 Edition: This
edition provides my ideas as
to the postwar future of Iraq and its people.
Some of the information gathered for this news
letter has been gleaned from American and International
media sources, (Including the Internet), and
as such is quoted as accurately as possible.
I try to obtain confirmation on each subject
from several outlets, so the text is a mixture
of composite news items and my personal comments
and therefore the reader must make his/her own
judgment as to the reliability and degree of
accuracy of the subjects discussed.
Eric (Bill) Sykes, (Southern California).
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