So Where Is The Organization of American States?

Way back in 1948, the United States and a number of Latin American countries formed the Organization of American States. It acted as a defense pact for the Western Hemisphere and a Cold War deterrent…sort of. But some of its other functions were to provide aid for economic support and stability, bolster regional co-operation, and foster equality and human rights in the Americas.

So as the refugee crisis continues to play out at the US/Mexican border…and thousands more continue to flee Central America…and millions of Venezuelans migrate into Colombia…where is the Organization of American States?

I imagine it’s atrophied since the end of the Cold War but wouldn’t it be the ideal organization to get involved in solving the economic and legal issues that are causing these various mass migrations? Shouldn’t the OAS help in  overcoming poverty across the Americas? Shouldn’t they help provide military or police help in areas that are essentially out of government control?

Here are some of the essential purposes of the OAS:

Article 2 then defines eight essential purposes:
To strengthen the peace and security of the continent.
To promote and consolidate representative democracy, with due respect for the principle of non-intervention.
To prevent possible causes of difficulties and to ensure the pacific settlement of disputes that may arise among the member states.
To provide for common action on the part of those states in the event of aggression.
To seek the solution of political, judicial, and economic problems that may arise among them.
To promote, by cooperative action, their economic, social, and cultural development.
To eradicate extreme poverty, which constitutes an obstacle to the full democratic development of the peoples of the hemisphere.
To achieve an effective limitation of conventional weapons that will make it possible to devote the largest amount of resources to the economic and social development of the member states.
Over the course of the 1990s, with the end of the Cold War, the return to democracy in Latin America, and the thrust toward globalization, the OAS made major efforts to reinvent itself to fit the new context. Its stated priorities now include the following:
Strengthening democracy: Between 1962 and 2002, the Organization sent multinational observation missions to oversee free and fair elections in the member states on more than 100 occasions. The OAS also works to strengthen national and local government and electoral agencies, to promote democratic practices and values, and to help countries detect and defuse official corruption.
Working for peace: Special OAS missions have supported peace processes in Nicaragua, Suriname, Haiti, and Guatemala. The Organization has played a leading part in the removal of landmines deployed in member states and it has led negotiations to resolve the continents’ remaining border disputes (Guatemala/Belize; Peru/Ecuador). Work is also underway on the construction of a common inter-American counter-terrorism front.
Defending human rights: The agencies of the inter-American human rights system provide a venue for the denunciation and resolution of human rights violations in individual cases. They also monitor and report on the general human rights situation in the member states.
Fostering free trade: The OAS is one of the three agencies currently engaged in drafting a treaty aiming to establish an inter-continental free trade area from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego.
Fighting the drugs trade: The Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission was established in 1986 to coordinate efforts and crossborder cooperation in this area.
Promoting sustainable development: The goal of the OAS’s Inter-American Council for Integral Development is to promote economic development and combating poverty. OAS technical cooperation programs address such areas as river basin management, the conservation of biodiversity, preservation of cultural diversity, planning for global climate change, sustainable tourism, and natural disaster mitigation.

So why can’t the United States or Mexico or anyone of the affected nations ask for OAS assistance? Just thinking out loud.

And wouldn’t financial support of the OAS prove more productive and maybe even less expensive for an ineffective wall?

P.S. And why isn’t the United Nations concerned either?

NO President Trump: Places of Worship Shouldn’t Need Armed Guards!

Following the latest hate crime, domestic terrorist attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh that has left at least ten dead as of this writing and numerous other people wounded…our president suggested that THEY bring back the death penalty, THEY toughen laws, THEY, THEY, THEY…something has to be done.

You’re the god damned President of the United States…you’re the one who can do something! And yes we should have better gun laws. And yes we need better mental health services. And no we don’t need stronger death penalties or faster trials. That shit all occurs AFTER a tragedy. We need to do things that will PREVENT them.

And no, we should never never ever have to arm or fortify America’s places of worship.

And those statements of yours about doing something about HATE! Look in the mirror you stupid fool…you are the Wacko…you are the Madman. The HATE is coming from your mouth.

There was another CBS video I wanted to post but it’s restricted. But the president babbled on about what a shame this is, how awful hate is, how they should have had ‘protection’ in the synagogue, and of course we don’t need more ‘gun laws’.

Trump Requests Unity Amid Assassination Attempts Against His Opponents!

[I started working on this yesterday but didn’t finish it so that it could be published. Since then authorities have arrested a suspect in the mailed pipe bombs so some of my original thoughts are being updated before I publish today. And with the news changing so fast, this may be out of date when I do publish]

When Donald Trump visited the airport in Mosinee Wisconsin for a hangar rally to support Governor Walker’s re-election campaign and State Senator Leah Vukmir’s US Senate run, he read a prepared text from the teleprompter. It made him appear more President Trump instead of Rally Trump but it didn’t totally prevent him from being inappropriate at times.

But he talked about the pipe bombs that were being discovered…those sent to his opponents…people that he has castigated and denigrated…prominent Democrats, media organizations, and people critical of the administration. People who he has ridiculed and called out on the campaign trail, in his speeches, at his rallies and in his constant tweeting.

Here’s where it gets interesting because here’s the President Trump stuff. He basically asked for unity in the face of this threat to American Democracy. He said political violence has no place in America. I have to give him credit here for doing the right thing…and promising that the FBI and other federal agencies will give this priority and they will quickly bring the perpetrator to justice.

And then he went a little off script and tore the sleeve off of his suit while patting himself on the back for being nice.

But then a few hours later, the president tweeted that the fake news mass media are to blame. They need to stop publishing all of that incendiary stuff. Are there no mirrors in the residence at the White House? The only way the media can stop publishing incendiary information against the Dems and the media and his opponents would be to stop covering the president’s rallies, press conferences, and tweets!

I used the word assassination in my title. Is that too strong a word? Well when I started writing this, no it wasn’t. We didn’t know if the bombs were capable of exploding or not. It looks now, that they were all missing key components needed to detonate them. But initially it looked like someone was intent in harming if not killing people. Now that we know that the bombs couldn’t go off, we have to wait until the suspect decides to tell us if the bombs were inert intentionally or as the result of his lack of expertise in bomb making. Or was his actual intent to just threaten and intimidate Democrats and opponents of the president? Either way this is domestic terrorism…a term that I haven’t seen in the media…yet. I was heartened today to see that at one point the president apparently called mailing the bombs as ‘terrorizing acts’. So we’ve cleared one hurtle so far in the West Wing.

Unfortunately Sen. Vukmir didn’t get the message on unity before she took the stage to present her stump speech. When she mentioned Hillary Clinton, the audience broke into the anticipated “lock her up” chant…and Sen. Vukmir just stood there and smirked. No indication she knew or cared how inappropriate that was considering Ms. Clinton was one of the first recipients of a pipe bomb. Sen. Vukmir remains as tone deaf as ever and the consistent unthinking mouthpiece of the Trump wing of the GOP.

And now, it appears, that the president is saying that the bombs are hurting the chances of the GOP in the mid-term elections on November 6th. I hope he is right this time!!

You know what they say in political boiler rooms everywhere: “bomb stuff happens!”

And thanks to the FBI, Postal Inspectors, Secret Service, and those law enforcement agencies involved in investigating these mail bombs.

Ten Years Ago per the New York Times

This past Sunday’s New York Times Business section was devoted to the economic collapse in the United States that occurred ten years ago. They covered ten points in the decline and fall of banking and Wall Street starting with the failure of Lehman Brothers…

Here is item 10:

and the fine print in the lower left hand corner:

No further comment.

Alderman Cavalier Johnson: Governor Thompson Could Be Ally On Corrections Reform

An Op-Ed piece from Milwaukee Alderman Cavalier “Chevy” Johnson on corrections reform in Wisconsin and how former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson can be a valuable ally:

Last week Wednesday I was in the audience at Marquette University when Mike Gousha interviewed former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson. Governor Thompson spoke about his journey from a modest childhood in Elroy, Wisconsin to rising through the Wisconsin State Assembly on to the Governor’s Mansion, serving as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in President George W. Bush’s administration, and becoming a successful businessman after his lengthy career in public service. Governor Thompson went on to candidly discuss a few missed opportunities from his time in office, and highlighted that even someone who made history as Wisconsin’s first four-term governor has regrets.

In the 1990s, Tommy Thompson’s welfare reform programs gained national attention, and by his count, his name was in virtually every major newspaper in America. With his reputation as a reformer, Governor Thompson says that he had a moment in time, 1996, when he should have capitalized on his notoriety and run to serve as President of the United States. He didn’t. Instead, he yielded to Bob Dole and Bill Clinton recaptured The White House that November. Governor Thompson says that he regrets that decision and missed opportunity.

Outside of politics, the thing that Governor Thompson says that he regrets the most was also born during the 1990s: Mass incarceration. Under Tommy Thompson’s leadership Wisconsin was no exception to the allure of laws like Truth in Sentencing — however misguided. Fast forward 20 years, and we can all see the results.

• With more than 22,000 inmates, Wisconsin incarcerates about twice as many people as Minnesota, a neighboring state more similar to ours than not
• Wisconsin’s prisons have more inmates than proper space to house them
• Reducing the prison population has become a focal point in our 2018 gubernatorial election
• The sitting governor has expressed that there is no value for him to visit state prisons run by his Department of Corrections
• At $1.2 billion annually, Wisconsin’s taxpayers spend more on locking people up than we do on education — including crucial early childhood education which could stem the flow into prisons in the first place
• Wisconsin is home to the most incarcerated zip code in the United States, 53206

Governor Thompson reflected on his regret to presiding over a massive prison building boom in Wisconsin and now realizes the error of locking so many people up, not helping them to gain the necessary skills to reintegrate into society, and labeling them felons which strips them of many opportunities to enter the workforce. On top of that, the message from the Department of Corrections upon release is, “don’t come back” — even though their return is all but guaranteed.

When democrats have reached across the aisle — even in hyper-partisan times like these, they have been able to deliver for their constituents and the state. Democrats with an eye toward bipartisanship led the charge to shutter Lincoln Hills. Democrats with an eye toward bipartisanship are working to ensure that expungement means a clean slate.

My message for democrats is simple. Take Governor Thompson at his word. Democrats want to reverse the bullet points mentioned above. It only makes sense that they capitalize on this opportunity for bipartisanship by working with Governor Thompson who a) was an architect of the prison boom and b) is probably the most popular republican in Wisconsin’s history. In a world where the GOP controls which bills are or are not heard, it would not be such a bad idea to have Tommy Thompson advocating for the same cause.

Chevy Johnson
Milwaukee’s 2nd District Alderman

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