Francis Saitta 
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Re: “Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Monday Jan. 21

In Honor of the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King: The Great Social Reformer!!

Time to Break the Silence on Palestine, Michelle Alexander: Opinion Columnist, Jan. 19, 2010(https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/19/opinion…)

"....the crisis in Israel-Palestine...."

"......Until very recently, the entire Congress has remained mostly silent on the human rights nightmare that has unfolded in the occupied territories. Our elected representatives, who operate in a political environment where Israel's political lobby holds well-documented power, have consistently minimized and deflected criticism of the State of Israel, even as it has grown more emboldened in its occupation of Palestinian territory and adopted some practices reminiscent of apartheid in South Africa and Jim Crow segregation in the United States.

"......Many civil rights activists and organizations have remained silent as well, not because they lack concern or sympathy for the Palestinian people, but because they fear loss of funding from foundations, and false charges of anti-Antisemitism. They worry, as I once did, that their important social justice work will be compromised or discredited by smear campaigns..."

"Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will
do that. I want to tell you something very clear: Don't worry about
American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America,
and the Americans know it." Ariel Sharon to Shimon Peres (October
3, 2001); as reported by Haaretz.

"But you know as well as I do that, somehow, the Israeli government is placed on a pedestal [in the US], and to criticize it is to be immediately dubbed anti-Semitic ... People are scared in this country, to say wrong is wrong because the Jewish lobby is powerful -- very powerful. D. Tutu, Apartheid in the Holy Land," The Guardian (Britain), April 29, 2002.

A Jewish State in the Middle East was established, with US support, on the basis of a Jewish terrorist organization, the Irgun, led by former Prime Minister Menachem Begin. The Jews considered themselves "freedom fighters".

We can begin to effectively neutralize the animosity within the Muslim Community with a recognition of the historic character of Palestine as representing the common heritage of Christian, Jews, and Muslims; that the United States rejects claims for the completely autonomous political and cultural development of any one religious/cultural group in Palestine; that Christians, Jews, and Muslims have a cooperative, co-equal, semi-autonomous share in the political and cultural development of Palestine.

The United States must re-evaluate and re-formulate our Foreign Policy in the Middle East. If we have not the rectitude and courage to undue the injustices to the indigenous people of Palestine, the possibility of the use of weapons of mass destruction may involve this country in a Religious War of self-destruction.

Posted by Francis Saitta on 01/21/2019 at 6:28 AM

Re: “City Councilmember Regina Romero Is Running for Mayor

Same old same old!!!

Our Economic System in Tucson, and Nationally, is geared for the Wealthy! Tucson Voters, we must elect Candidates to Public Office that that are Social Democrats!!!

".....Tucson's housing market experienced record increases in both permitting and prices this year, pushing the median new-home price above $300,000 for the first time in the local market...."( Arizona Daily Star Jun 30, 2018). An Economic System that is geared for the Wealthy!!

"Private Property" in the US is a MYTH. There is always a Tax, either in the form of a Mortgage Payment or Property Tax. A default in either will result in the Loss of "your property"...and Homelessness!!!

Change Our Economic System that is geared for the Wealthy to a Representative Social Democracy!! recognizing that: it is not a privilege to be healthy; it is not a privilege to be safe in your environment; it is not a privilege to have food, clothing, and shelter; it is not a privilege to be gainfully employed and self sufficient; and, it is not a privilege to pursue your talents and interests through an educational system. These are all fundamental needs for life, liberty and happiness that our Social/Political System should ensure to All of our Citizens.

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 01/10/2019 at 5:39 AM

Re: “Some of the Most Important Education Issues Facing Arizona (And One Item That Doesn't Make the List.)

There is no doubt as to the Fundamental Importance of Education in a Representative Democracy!...and ....there is no doubt, as well, that Republicans in Arizona and our Country are using their positions to Control what is Taught in our Public Schools; following the Advice/Example of Joseph Stalin:

"Ideas are far more powerful than guns. We don't let our people have guns. Why should we let them have ideas?" (Joseph Stalin).

The American Voter needs to Wake Up and participate in the electoral process, at all levels of Government; using their notion of what is in the best interests of all US Citizens and their Understanding of our Constitutionally Protected Liberties; that the primary focus of Government is the development of Citizens primarily through Public Education and Health Care; both should be provided at Public Expense and NOT through a "Free Market, Profit Based Economic System" where maximizing Profit and Salaries are the primary motivations and NOT First Rate Systems of Public Education and Health Care for ALL US Citizens; understanding that the very Nature of Human Society involves an Inherent Relatedness, Commonality, and Mutual Dependence; Domestically and Internationally.

"...To assure each one the facility of perfecting his skill.....Those talents with which Nature has endowed him; and thereby to establish among all citizens an actual equality, thus rendering real the political equality recognized by the law. This should be the first aim of any national education...an obligation of justice." (Condorcet, 1792)

The question is: as a car driving toward a precipice; are we at the fulcrum or have we moved beyond?

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 01/07/2019 at 5:50 AM

Re: “Picking Up Where I Left Off — Though Less Frequently

We should all be thankful for Mr. Safier's article on the Freedom Center-created high school course, Ethics, Economy, and Entrepreneurship and the decision of TUSD to eliminate it from the Curriculum. This "Course" was nothing more than propaganda for the For-Profit Privatization of every aspect of our Economy...including Education. Thank you Mr. Safier!!

Consider the Arizona University System....a paradigm of the Freedom Center's Ethics, Economy, and Entrepreneurship.

The Arizona University System For-Profit Scam!!

Article 11, Arizona Constitution: Section 6

"The university and all other state educational institutions shall be open to students of both sexes, and the instruction furnished shall be as nearly free as possible...."

University Instruction "free as possible"? What a SCAM!!

The Arizona University System in a For-Profit Business in maintaining a Bloated and Highly Overpaid Administration and Faculty as evidenced by the UofA President Bobby Robbing with a Salary/Benefits over a Million Dollars and living, at his request, in a University purchased off campus house costing $1.3 Million.

Qualified Arizona residents cannot attend the University because of cost, and when there, are skipping meals, on Campus, because of cost as well!!

Again...WHAT A MONEY MAKING SCAM!!!!!

A University Education must be available to ALL Qualified Arizona Citizens at NO COST with Health Care provided, as well, at NO COST!!

Wake Up Arizona Voters and change our Political/Social System to a Representative Social Democracy.

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 01/03/2019 at 7:37 AM

Re: “Local Churches Step In to House Migrants Released from ICE Custody

A New Year Wish: The Change of our Political/Social System to a Representative Social Democracy.

Regarding Immigration: Countries, including our own and, particularly, those to our South, have Economies and Physical Space that can support a limited number of People.

The US Government should be far more Politically Active in their Criticism of Corrupt Governments and in their Support of Political Activism by Citizens in Resisting and Changing these Governments; that the primary focus of Government is the development of Citizens primarily through Public Education and Health Care including the consequences of Overpopulation and Methods for Control.

In assisting Countries to move in the Direction of a Social Democracy, the need to immigrate will be greatly reduced.

In addition: the Constitutional Democracy of the United State, is based upon private property rights, a market economy, and the unfettered accumulation of wealth. These are the tools that our society uses through which individual and national ambitions for freedom and happiness may be reached. Could all this be illusionary and productive of neither, and, in fact, destructive of both community and individual interests as evidenced by a decaying system of Public Education, Public Health Care, and, in fact, the decay of the very health of our Citizens?---- all related to the centrifugal focus of our Society.

The American Voter need to wake up and participate in the electoral process, at all levels of Government; using their notion of what is in the best interests of all US Citizens; that the very nature of a Social System creates a Complementary/Interactive, Mutual Dependent Social System with the Requirement to provide Assistance to others when Assistance is Necessary

Our Social/Economic System needs to change in the Direction of a Representative Social Democracy...and...Only Social Democrats/Independents can initiate a change in Our Democracy in this Direction!

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 12/29/2018 at 6:22 AM

Re: “Happy Holidays to All!

A New Year Wish: Reducing the Need to Immigrate: Political Activism by the Catholic Church and the Support of a Social Democracy.

For the Coming year, and always, we can Honor Jesus Christ via the emulation of his Advice. The His Life is a veritable paradigm that the very Nature of Human Society involves an Inherent Relatedness, Commonality, and Mutual Dependence.

He was a Great Social Reformer. He recognized the Inherent Diversity in Human Society and advised others to accept/respect this diversity; Love your Neighbor as yourself by helping others when assistance is necessary.

But, there was a Active Tough side to this Social Reformer as well as indicated by his Forcible Rejection of those who are Cheating Others as unacceptable in Society.

Countries, including our own and, particularly, those to our South, have Economies and Physical Space that can support a limited number of People.

The Catholic Church should be far more Politically Active in their Criticism of Corrupt Governments and in their Support of Political Activism by Citizens in Resisting and Changing these Governments; that the primary focus of Government is the development of Citizens primarily through Public Education and Health Care including the consequences of Overpopulation and Methods for Control.

In Emulating of the Life of Jesus Christ, and assisting Countries to move in the Direction of a Social Democracy, the need to immigrate will be greatly reduced.

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 12/27/2018 at 4:43 AM

Re: “Seven Great Things to Do in Tucson This Holiday Week: Monday-Thursday Dec. 24 to 27

A Christmas Wish: Reducing the Need to Immigrate: Political Activism by the Catholic Church and the Support of a Social Democracy.

On Christmas, and always, we can Honor the Birth of Jesus Christ via the emulation of his Advice.

He was a Great Social Reformer. He recognized the Inherent Diversity in Human Society and advised others to accept/respect this diversity; Love your Neighbor as yourself by helping others when assistance is necessary.

But, there was a Active Tough side to this Social Reformer as well as indicated by his Forcible Rejection of those who are Cheating Others as unacceptable in Society.

Countries, including our own and, particularly, those to our South, have Economies and Physical Space that can support a limited number of People. The Catholic Church should be far more Politically Active in their Criticism of Corrupt Governments and in their Support of Political Activism by Citizens in Resisting and Changing these Governments. The control of Population size, via Contraception, should be encouraged as well; that the primary focus of Government is the development of Citizens primarily through Public Education and Health Care including the consequences of Overpopulation and Methods for Control; with an understanding that the very Nature of Human Society involves an Inherent Relatedness, Commonality, and Mutual Dependence; Domestically and Internationally.

In Emulating of the Life of Jesus Christ, and assisting Countries to move in the Direction of a Social Democracy, the need to immigrate will be greatly reduced.

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 12/24/2018 at 5:55 AM

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