The tag line for the new movie The International runs: "They control your money. They control your government. They control your life. And everybody pays." This resonates with many Americans who, regardless of where they fall on the political spectrum, sense at some level that there is an establishment — corporate and banking elites working together to influence national and international affairs, often at odds with the best interests of the country and its people.
"Mister Welter! Mister Welter!" Brooke Forrest yelled down the hallway of Oprah's School for Relativistic Females and All Males Who Dress or Feel Womanly, formerly known as Ms. Prim's Academy for Genteel Young Ladies. "Please wait!" she called. "I need to talk to you! Please!" she gushed in a rush as she skittered up the hall, careening off one student after another as she sought to catch up to her reclusive English lit teacher.
Since 2006, an amazing group of free Chinese artists has gone on a tour that spans the globe, presenting a Chinese New Year Spectacular of music and dance. Divine Performing Arts (DPA) has resurrected China's glorious cultural heritage of classical and folkloric dance and music, which the communist government of the People's Republic of China has gone to extraordinary lengths to systematically destroy, especially since the start of Chairman Mao's "Cultural Revolution" of the 1960s.
Back in September 2005, I wrote a short column for The New American stating that "I'm okay being middle-of-the-road." The column chronicled how acquaintances and family had mistaken my stinging criticisms of the policies of the Bush administration and the Republican Congress as evidence of an occasional leftward bent.
Sometimes the apple does fall far from the tree, and sometimes that's a good thing. You may not know the name Rebecca Walker, but she is a woman who learned, in a very harsh way, the often stark difference between theory and fact. She is the daughter of The Color Purple author Alice Walker, a militant feminist who, in deference to her belief that children enslave women, treated Rebecca as a burdensome cross.
As President-elect Obama continues to name the men and women who will fill his administration, I searched in vain for a newly anointed appointee who supplies even a glimmer of hope that the nation's economic meltdown will be properly addressed.