I hold that the President has gone back on a campaign promise regarding openness in health care discussions. I don't know if it was a wise promise to make, particularly given republican efforts against mavericks, but it is nontheless broken, regardless of Gibbs' efforts to pretend it has not.
Regarding Huckabee's pardoning scandal, I believe it was something probably only mistaken in retrospect. I don't like Huckabee, but would prefer he be rejected for his ideas than for his scandals.
I recently got an invite to a facebook group - I normally don't read facebook notices (and I've disabled most of them), but I happened to read this one - it was protesting an article in 「Seventeen」 magazine, where "My Boyfriend Turned Out to be a Girl" - the claim was that several things in the article are "Transphobic". I'm not sure what that means exactly, but there has been a lot of healthy debate about the content of the article. (view full entry for contents)
I consider Clinton's call for peace discussions before Israel halts settlement building irresponsible. The US should take a much stronger hand with Israel on this matter, withdrawing any weapons deals and financial support until the settlement construction ends, and threatening to bomb all settlements flat unless construction on them and expansion into East Jerusalem stops.
Israel is currently making a last big grab to make a new status quo before peace talks begin, and it should be stopped.
I disagree with Obama in his decision to rescind the ban on entry for those with HIV. Quarantines and similar tools for life-destroying diseases are pragmatic.
Looking back through the various party systems and presuming myself limited to major parties in the United States,
Quick impression on a reasonable subset of presidents of the US:
The king of Saudi Arabia has spared a Saudi journalist from lashes for her production of a programme that discussed casual sex. In several other cases in the islamic world, royalty or presidents pardon people for clear vioations of Sharic law. Suspension of laws both necessarily weakens rule of law and says something about the relevant laws. To rely on such suspension of judgement places society in a strange place. (not meaning to comment on the particular content of this law here)
I feel that it was deeply inappropriate to free al-Megrahi, and that it was further inappropriate for Libya to offer him a hero's welcome. Given his planning role for a successful militant attack, he should have been executed.
Andrew Carnegie and Henry Frick, both much honoured in Pittsburgh by people only lightly aware of them, are not people worthy of honour. Robber barons of their time, their brutal pursuit of wealth at the expense of the lives and well-being of their workers overshadows any philanthropy they did later in life. Never having treated workers well, their efforts to break strikes had them bring in thugs who killed and maimed workers, and his advocacy of lassiez-faire government styles contributed to a system that itself harms the public good. Frick was the more brutal of the two, and I approve of the attempts that were made to assassinate him. Carnegie's brutality towards the workers was both less, and mitigated by some beneficial ideas. Nontheless, as a whole, history should not look kindly on either man.