Obama and Wasserman: Sorry! Feminism does not Equal Abortion August 26, 2012Posted by musingmaryann in Current Events, MSM, Obama Administration, Politics.
Tags: Abortion, Anderson Cooper, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC, Republican Women for Obama, Women Against Obama
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If you need more proof that the Obama Campaign is running scared, look no further than this video (Hat tip: Chicks on the Right) that was posted on YouTube on Friday. Entitled, “Republican Women for Obama,” two women featured in the video have been proven to be strong in the Democratic party – one having enough juice to have actually had a meeting with Michelle Obama earlier this year.
So, for starters, not only are the women in this video disingenuous, I have to laugh at the scenery given in the video as well. Trying to appeal to the rural voters, we see farms with old barns, wheelbarrows, flowers and the wind blowing through their hairs. This little veiled slight-of-hand didn’t get past me – making liberals look wholesome?
Going further, the claim that supporting abortion somehow makes Obama a believer in the Republican stance of smaller government is nothing short of laughable. In fact it is hysterical. How can any rational thinker say that by supporting abortion in addition to supporting that governmental financial monstrosity called Obamacare equates to smaller government?
This video is nothing more than an affront to all American women and a direct insult to our intelligence. As a Conservative I know how to glean real information from an ad or article and don’t simply take anything that comes from either side of the aisle as gospel. My response to this is simple – there is no way any of these women could have been long-time Republicans because Republican women just aren’t that naïve. This video erroneously insinuates that Feminism equal Abortion. This has been a liberal tactic for years now – telling women that if they don’t support abortion that they are saying they don’t support their gender’s right to equality within the law. True equality covers every aspect of our lives politically, socially, economically and educationally. Equality is not synonymous with the right to an abortion.
The Republican Party’s platform on abortion has been consistent for as long as I can remember – we are against it. Some waiver when the issue of rape and incest are brought into the picture; yet we are firm on the fact that is it not a form of contraception. Going further, these women are claiming that the only issue that is of concern to them is a woman’s right to choose. If this election were based on this one issue alone, then why are both campaigns wasting all of this money campaigning and traveling around this great country of ours? The Obama Campaign is trying to narrow the scope of their argument to the only part of it that he can control.
Because of Obama’s dismal record on the economy, his Obamacare and his inability to control the deficit (to name a few); he has no other choice than to attempt to move the focus of the election away from his failures. He tries to tell those stupid enough to believe him that the Republican Party has suddenly changed its stance on abortion and that we now want to overturn Roe v. Wade. Sorry Honey, but that has been on the Republican books since the day Roe v. Wade was passed.
After taking a look at how Democratic Party Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was taken to task by CNN’s Anderson Cooper for clearly lying about the Romney/Ryan Campaign’s position on abortion by misquoting the LA Times, this kind of slight-of-hand is obviously now part of the DNC’s platform. Taking completely out of context said quote, Wasserman was caught red-handed by Cooper and did so much doublespeak in defense of her misquote that she shot herself in the foot so many times I lost track. Cooper caught her red-handed misrepresenting a quote from a LA Times article, which spoke in generalities about the GOP’s platform and made no specific reference to abortion. Wasserman used this LA Times article as the foundation of her claim to Obama supporters in a fundraising email stating that the GOP was making substantive changes to the party platform on abortion . After Cooper refusing to let the issue go, Wasserman refuses to admit that she was caught and stated that, “It didn’t matter.” It didn’t matter because, according to Wasserman, the purpose of the email was to show,
Anderson, the bottom line message of our e- mail is that, A., women need to know the difference between the two parties and the two presidential candidates on a woman’s right to make her own reproductive choices and that Mitt Romney can say that he’s for an exception for rape or incest. His party platform doesn’t reflect that. He has previously fully embraced a human life amendment with no exception and said he would be delighted to support it and women need to know the difference. And women need to know that Mitt Romney is simply saying one thing, but not insisting that his party’s policies as reflected in their platform reflect his views. And we’re not going to let him get away with it. This is an important decision.
Cooper goes on and insists that a candidate’s views can be different from the party’s platform and that while a candidate can make suggestions or recommend changes to the platform, Romney’s platform and the parties do not and apparently aren’t one in the same. Remember, this is Anderson Cooper, not Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh, going after Wasserman for outright lying to solicit funds from Obama supporters. That speaks volumes when someone like Cooper isn’t giving the liberal left a free pass when they lie to the American people.
I guess my next question would be; what does matter to the DNC? -Apparently winning at any cost and a woman’s right to an abortion – those are the only two things.
In closing, I want the media to continue to brow beat Wasserman as she overtly uses misdirection to deceive the American people.
And, I want these women to put their money where their mouth is. I want them to show us their voter registration record for the past 10 years and then, I would love to have a chat with these ladies! We can sit out on that nice patio at their farm …
Tags: Obama, OPSEC, Osama Bin Laden, Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund
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This morning I was greeted by the faces of heroes…
A few days ago a 501(c)(4) educational group, Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund, released a powerful and timely video wherein active duty as well as retired military officers, intelligence officers and even Navy SEALs share the reckless abandonment of the present administration.
Their website defines their mission statement as:
STOP the politicians, President Obama and others, from politically capitalizing on US national security operations and secrets!
EDUCATE the public on the importance and necessity of Operational Security in today’s environment.
To Do Nothing is not an option as that allows the special operations and intelligence capabilities to be degraded, and paraded around like a show dog…ACTION IS REQUIRED NOW!
By knowing choosing the political punch of intelligence information over the need for operational security, this administration has put our nation and its military personnel in danger by sharing what amounts to military secrets with the world. The video, which runs approximately 22 minutes, focuses on how Obama and his administration mishandled the death of Osama Bin Laden by not only being too quick to make the news public but also for having given far too much detail into the operational aspects of the raid.
According to these heroes, the Obama Administration chose to announce the death of Osama as soon as possible instead of giving intelligence officials the opportunity to capitalize on the potentially significant amount of intel that was seized at the compound where they found Osama. This shows the OPSEC immaturity of the most senior leaders at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Instead of allowing military and intelligence agents time to develop and exploit this intel and leave the world in the dark on the death of OBL, the Obama Administration wanted to take advantage of the political side of this information and announced it to the dismay of not just military personnel but members of Congress, even some on the left-side of the aisle.
The other side of the coin addresses those who seek and provide the intel. First, it will make the job of those who search for intelligence much more difficult because they will find fewer individuals willing to share information knowing that US politicians would sacrifice an asset for a sound byte on the evening news and the attention of constituents.
It is believed that so much information on the OBL raid was shared (name of unit, location, operational tactics and techniques, etc.) that the lives of those who took part in the raid and their families are now in jeopardy. Knowing the tenacity of our enemy, terrorists will expel an exorbitant amount of effort to track down and destroy these individuals. Now, they and their families live in constant fear of retribution because the Obama Administration used these men as political weapons to boost their approval ratings.
The Pakistani doctor who provided the intel to the US intelligence community is now spending over 30 years in jail for his involvement while President Obama invited members of Hollywood’s A-List to the White House to provide them with details on the raid so a film on the operation could be developed.
The video shares other specific and highly viable intel that the Obama Administration has willfully leaked to the public which has put the intelligence community at a huge deficit on a global level. Tactics, technology and techniques have now been publicize to the extent that they are now seen as obsolete.
The Obama Administration has reacted to this OPSEC group by likening them to the Swift Boat campaign that Vietnam Veterans levied against Senator John Kerry (R-MA) during his 2004 presidential campaign. While an interesting comparison, there is none. Kerry’s situation was based on a he-said, she-said of his exploits as a junior Navy officer during the Vietnam War. In the case of the Obama Administration, there is insurmountable evidence, supported by both sides of the political aisle, expressing utter amazement at the audacity of the White House and the undeniable proof that this administration has little, if any, respect or understanding of the military or our clandestine services.
In contrast, while Obama has no issues with putting the lives of other families in jeopardy, his family is another story. Today while discussing this story with a friend, she shared the debacle at a recent concert of UK boy band One Direction in Fairfax, Virginia attended by one of the first daughters, Malia Obama. Security was so tight that young fans were not only frisked upon entering but they were not allowed to bring in posters, many handmade, to hold up during the concert.
A few years ago, I had the privilege of attending the Evening Parade at the US Marine Corps Barracks at the famed 8th and I Streets in Washington, DC. In attendance that evening were the President and First Lady along with a small entourage. We were required to be in our seats at least an hour prior to the start of the parade and were not allowed to exit the parade grounds until Secret Service members alerted 8th and I officials that the President was safely inside the White House; a wait of approximately 45 minutes.
Now, if our Commander in Chief can understand these security precautions for himself and his family; why can’t he understand them for the men who have made a conscious choice to serve and protect the ideals of the United States of America?
Leo Manzano Flag Flap: A Missive on Mexican Immigration August 14, 2012Posted by musingmaryann in Current Events, Fleecing of America, On the International Front, Uncategorized.
Tags: Illegal Aliens, Immigration, Leo Manzano, London Olympics, Mexican Immigration, US Track and Field
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On Friday, August 10th, US Olympian Leo Manzano, winner of the Silver Medal in the 1500 meter track and field race ran his victory lap in London holding both the US and Mexican flags. While the majority of the Mexican-American community sees this act as a recognition of Manzano’s roots, many Americans find it nothing short of offensive and dare I say, an affront on our sense of patriotism. Manzano supporters like columnist Esther Cespeda see it an another example of American bigotry.
What Manzano has done is bring the sticky Mexican immigration issue to the forefront once again and allowing him to slap the hand that has fed him and everyone else who crossed the US/Mexican border in the past 100 + years. According to Cespeda, Manzano came to the US at the age of four and is a dual citizen of both the US and Mexico. This means that Manzano could have represented either country in the 2012 London Olympics; he chose to represent the red, white and blue. That is the only flag he should have touched during the Olympic Games.
While people like Cespeda inexplicably want carte-blanche for the Mexican community in the US and feel that they can live with a foot on either side of the border, many Americans question loyalties, and rightfully so.
The first issue is geographical. Unlike the European immigrants of the 20th century, Mexican immigrants can hop in a car or even a plane to go back to their roots. European immigrants boarded boats and never looked back because they knew they couldn’t. They knew that as they watched the shoreline of their homeland fade away that it would most likely be the last time they would ever see it or the loved ones they left behind.
With their close proximity to their homeland and the advent of technology, people of Mexican origin tend to see the border between their homeland and the US as some imaginary line, more like the Prime Meridian than a true border between two sovereign nations. Their ability to cross, almost effortlessly, between the two countries adds to their misguided belief that they can be Mexican and American; without the hyphen.
Then there are those in the Southwestern US who believe that because the lands taken in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo as a result of the Mexican-American War (1846-48) which were once inhabited by Mexicans, that at least symbolically, they are still on Mexican soil.
Add to this the simple fact that many Mexicans have no intention of becoming American citizens and making the United States their permanent home. That is why the US government’s attempts at offering amnesty to immigrants from Mexico has always been unsuccessful. Many are simply here to make money, take advantage of our entitlement programs, etc. and then, one day, move back to Mexico and live out the rest of their lives much more comfortably than they would have without having spent time (and earned money) in the US.
This kind of mentality is what keeps companies like Western Union in business. Many send money home to help support their families and also to build homes in their villages for them to move into when they make the permanent move back to Mexico. The large majority do not want US citizenship and all the expectations that come with it, like paying income tax. Yes, illegals do pay income tax out of their pay checks but when they claim five or six dependents (which they never have to justify in April), the amount that they pay into the IRS and Social Security barely seems equitable.
The number of illegals on the dole of entitlement programs in the US is one of the things that many Americans find distasteful. Knowing that few want to make the US their permanent home or even learn the language, it is a slap in the face to those who pay into these systems via legitimate income tax payments expecting the funds to be used to help their fellow Americans. We don’t even want to discuss in detail the number of Mexican women in border states who come across to have their babies free in our hospitals and to establish their anchor babies.
So, what Leo Manzano has done is put an exclamation point on the slap in the face that Mexican immigrants have been giving to the American people for decades. His message is clear; I’m only here for the benefits.
Yet, all of the above aside, the true irony here is that Mexico has very strict regulations for the protocol under which their flag can be used and displayed. You can read the details here. While the US believe that burning the flag, stepping on it, etc. are all part of free speech, in Mexico there are strictly adhered to laws that govern when and how the flag can be displayed. Mexican celebrities have been fined for posing nude wrapped in the Mexican flag, another was fined for have the flag displayed on his guitar and even the use of the image of the flag requires a special permit for broadcasting.
I sincerely hope that the US Olympic Committee sits down with Manzano and reads him the riot act. He could have run for Mexico if he wanted to, as someone with dual citizenship he had that right. I have to wonder, if he had, would he have run around the track draped in the Mexican flag and proudly holding the US flag in his hand? I think we all know the answer is no.
Gays vs. The Church: Whose to Blame? August 8, 2012Posted by musingmaryann in Current Events, Politics.
Tags: Bible, Catholic Church, Chick-Fil-A, Christians, Gays, homosexuality, zealots
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I have a theory, and while I don’t expect many of my church-going Christians to agree with me, I am going to stand my ground. This mess that we, as a nation, find ourselves in with the gay community is of our own design. Yes, I am blaming (certain) Christians.
Here is a quick history lesson. Any group, social, religious or otherwise, unites in solidarity when they are under attack. The gay community pretty much kept to themselves … until they became targets by zealots within the Christian Church (Catholic and Evangelicals just to name a few). Once these zealots called out the gay community, they did what any group that is threatened does – they organized. Now the gay community is a powerful weapon in both political and social realms because they were forced to do so by those who saw them as an easy target.
History has taught us, even the Bible has, that homosexuality has existed for centuries. Yet, it took those who screamed from the pulpits attacking this group to mobilize and become a force to be reckoned with. Since the 60′s men and women have been more fervent in their desire to be accepted because, from the pulpits, they were defiantly forced out of their proverbial closets and have been slamming doors behind themselves ever since.
We are ALL filled with sin, none of us, not a preacher preaching to a crowd of thousands or a believer sharing the gospel with a friend, can say that we are perfect. In fact, we are far from it. We have been told by Christ not to judge one another, only to love one another. The message that Jesus came to us with was to love one another and let Him do the rest. 1 Corinthians 13 says it best;
The Excellence of Love
1If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.2If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
4Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there isknowledge, it will be done away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 12For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 13But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
As a Christian I believe the Bible when it states that homosexuality is a sin and that marriage should be between a man and a woman. Yet is it my responsibility to point a finger where I should be reaching out a hand? If the Church and the select few who angrily were allowed to target the gay community had handled things differently decades ago, the entire Chick-Fil-A controversy might have been avoided.
There a lots of sins expressed in the Bible; the two most well-known are the Seven Deadly Sins and of course, The Ten Commandments. Yet, if you notice, homosexuality is NOT listed in either. Apparently the Lord felt that other sins were more important to highlight. Why aren’t preachers getting red in the face about Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride? Many people in the gay community feel chastised by the Church and we as Christians are knowingly keeping them out of the Church and distant from Christ and a loving God because of these misguided preachers.
In short, until God sends Moses back up that mountain and adds an 11th Commandment regarding homosexuality … Christians should do what the Lord has mandated us to do – love one another – and let Him do the rest.
ABC’s “Castle” – Muse and Murder January 13, 2010Posted by musingmaryann in Uncategorized.
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Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion of ABC’s “Castle”
Edging over to the lighter side today to talk about one of the best TV shows to come along in a long time, “Castle” on ABC. Now in its second season, “Castle” follows the exploits of a New York City homicide detective Kate Beckett who, due to the Mayor’s friendship with crime novelist Ricard Castle, is saddled with said writer as a long-term drive-along. Being a writer, I liked the idea of a writer tagging along with a homicide detective and the potential for the comedic collision of a charismatic novelist with a by-the-book detective.
As with most crime shows that have stood the test of time, “Castle” is more character-driven than plot-driven. Taking a look back at “Homicide: Life on the Streets” and other classics such as “Magnum, P.I.” and even more contemporary shows like “NCIS” and “CSI: NY” the web of solving the case at hand takes a backseat to what we learn about the characters along the way. The character of Kate Beckett is rather secretive as the onset and the interaction that is woven between she and Castle is what makes the show.
Initially there is some negativity as Beckett resents having to babysit the well-known playboy yet interestingly enough, as time passes she realizes that his knowledge of crime scenes, his personal connections and his often smarmy charm serve them both well when attempting to solve a murder. As the second season develops they begin to interact socially more frequently and it appears, based on last night’s teaser for next week’s episode, they are going to be working closely together on an assignment that Beckett considers to be the most important of her career.
Maureen Dowd: Is there a real McCain? January 11, 2010Posted by musingmaryann in Uncategorized.
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Intelligence officials were adamant that this was a message from a POW still alive in Southeast Asia
I have often read Maureen Dowd’s column and I find her refreshing and enjoy her edgy commentary even if I don’t always agree with her. Yet, her December 22nd (Yeah, I know, I am a little behind from the Holidays) column on John McCain couldn’t be more on the money. John McCain has and always will be loyal to only one entity, himself. Maverick is a kind term for pig-headed and self-centered. John McCain is never wrong, even when he is. You see his reality is a place where he is king, the center of attention in any room and he is the intellect whose opinion everyone seeks.
I have always been struck by McCain stating in his first interview when he returned from Vietnam that he wanted to get involved in politics. An interesting turn of event for someone from a long line of military officers. What experience did he have that would make him break with tradition? One can only speculate and since I have no reliable confirmation of my opinion, I prefer to not express it here.
What I would like to do is direct readers to this blog post that chronicles McCain’s history in an issue where he should have been the one leading the charge instead of digging in his heels.
If John McCain cannot support those who never returned from Southeast Asia when he, most likely due to his family ties, returned to have a prosperous life and political career, well, as the blogger so vividly summarizes, it is indeed the measure of the man.
“Eight Years Later”? The NYT Editorial Needs a History Lesson January 8, 2010Posted by musingmaryann in Current Events, MSM, Obama Administration, Politics.
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This narrow-mined editorial, sans by-line, in the NY Times is nothing more than the Obama Press attempting to spin an issue, as he often does, claiming inheritance as his cover.
More and more often Obama himself or a member of his staff is pointing the finger at the Bush Adminstration for their ills. I find this move childish and a true sign of the simple fact that Obama just wanted to show that he could win the election, not run the country. Much like the brides who focus their entire energy on planning the perfect wedding, they never take a look at what happens after the honeymoon and if she and her future husband really have what it takes to survive marriage.
The “ghost” writer of this editorial needs to do some homework on the intelligence community – they are a bunch of boys playing on the same playground refusing to share their toys. The CIA, FBI, NSA, HLS, etc. all want to be the one getting the press when a story breaks so they refuse to share info and we, the American people, pay the price.
Legislation has been passed, some even repeatedly, insisting that the big boys of DC’s Alphabet Soup Gangs start freely sharing information yet they still refuse to do so for no other reason that pride, bragging rights. This has been a problem long before Obama was born, let alone took office. If Obama wants agencies to share information he will have to start making high-level heads roll to get their attention.
Unfortunately, Obama is still sitting on his couch eating popcorn watching his inauguration, much like the unhappy bride watching her perfectly planned wedding video … both are ignoring the reality that is staring them in the face and wondering how something so perfectly planned could have gone so badly so quickly.
Jasper Schuringa: Being the Thermostat January 4, 2010Posted by musingmaryann in Uncategorized.
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Jasper is now a household name, he is getting his 15 minutes and then some. Unlike many who find themselves in the limelight for not so pleasant things, Jasper is the exception. In fact, I say let’s give him more than just his 15 minutes, let’s give him an entire hour; Lord knows he deserves it.
Jasper is the heroic Dutchman who, while quietly sitting in Seat 20J of Northwest Flight 253 from the Netherlands to Detroit, saved America from a terrorist attack on Christmas Day. On December 28, 2009 the Washington Post’s Views Section posted this question about the secret to spontaneous leadership.
Just like those brave Americans on Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania on 9/11, Jasper is made of that little extra something that makes him instinctively act while others simply watch. What that is, we may never truly know. Could it be a strong upbringing with rock-solid values? A diligent work ethic? A Type A personality? We could go on and on.
This past weekend I was struck by an amazingly concise and powerful concept that Jasper certainly exemplifies. In life we have two choices in any give situation; we can be the thermostat or the thermometer. We can either make things happen or simple react to what is happening around us.
Part of my New Year’s Resolution is to be more like Jasper … How about you?
Get a real job, Griffin! January 2, 2010Posted by musingmaryann in Current Events, Entertainment, Hollywood.
Tags: Hollywood Greed, Kathy Griffin
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I have changed careers before, yes, it is not fun and there is a lot of soul searching involved in it as well, but there are some people that really need to let their dreams of fame and fortune go and just get a real job. D-List comedianne Kathy Griffin is one of them.
CNN apparently didn’t learn their lesson last year when Griffin went vulgar on their New Year’s broadcast because they had her on again this year. Once again, she decided to play with the F-bomb relating it to the first name of the now infamous “Balloon Boy”.
Now, I am not a prude, when things don’t go as planned, the f-bomb flies out of my mouth as well but my mother would disown me if I said it on national TV least of all during a festive event like the New Year’s broadcast. Griffin is a perfect example of someone who has stayed too long at the bottom of the celebrity food chain and just needs to go home.
This shtick of hers has been around for over a decade and I am willing to bet that the average American is sick and tired of her off-handed insulting comments (Remember her “Jesus, suck it!” comment?) which she later covers up in an apologetic press release. Yet, she continues to whore herself out for money as a comedic Howard Stern. Kathy, the 80′s ended twenty years ago, Honey. Your contemporaries really don’t think it is funny anymore.
Get you resume together and start posting on monster.com …
Ann Coulter’s take on Homeland Security: Right on the Money January 1, 2010Posted by musingmaryann in Uncategorized.
This week Ann Coulter took a pretty hard swing at Homeland Security in her column over the failed terrorist attack in Detroit on Christmas Day. Yet she made an extremely solid point “The government refuses to perform the only possibly effective security check — search Muslims — so instead it harasses infinitely compliant Americans. Will that help avert a terrorist attack? No, but the Americans don’t complain.”
Being someone who spends a lot of time in airports I have to agree with Ann on this one. I have gotten in fights with TSA agents over taking off military dogtags and exchanged jabs with them over the inconvenience of being one of those randomly selected individuals for a more detailed search.
We as a a nation are stumbling over ourselves to not do what we all really know we should do; select Middle Eastern men traveling alone, who pay for their tickets with cash and have no luggage. That is not profiling – profiling is when you only use the variable of nationality/physical appearance. When one includes the other variables it cannot be considered profiling – it is simply doing what every History tells their students – learn from history’s mistakes so as not to repeat them.