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Roberto Henry Ebelt

03.06.2011

THE BEST OF MAY:

Letter to President Barack Hussein Obama.

Dear President Obama,
I am writing today with a somewhat unusual request.
First, I will be asking you to return America to its August 20th 1959 borders.
After that, Hawaii will no longer be a state of the United States of America and you will no longer be an American citizen.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

A SOMEWHAT UNUSAL REQUEST: um pedido um tanto forma do comum.
TO RETURN: (verbo) devolver, retornar.
AUGUST 20TH 1959 BORDERS Fronteiras (vigentes em) 20 de agosto de 1959 (dia em que os Estados Unidos incorporaram o território do Hawaii como estado participante do país denominado United States of America.

Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. Obama previously served as a United States senator from Illinois, from January 2005 until he resigned following his victory in the 2008 presidential election.

A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004.

Obama served three terms representing the 13th district in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. Following an unsuccessful bid against the Democratic incumbent for a seat in the United States House of Representatives in 2000, he ran for United States Senate in 2004. Several events brought him to national attention during the campaign, including his victory in the March 2004 Democratic primary and his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004. He won election to the U.S. Senate in Illinois in November 2004. His presidential campaign began in February 2007, and after a close campaign in the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries against Hillary Rodham Clinton, he won his party's nomination. In the 2008 presidential election, he defeated Republican nominee John McCain, and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009. In October 2009, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

As president, Obama signed economic stimulus legislation in the form of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in February 2009 and the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 in December 2010. Other domestic policy initiatives include the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010.

In foreign policy, Obama gradually withdrew combat troops from Iraq, increased troop levels in Afghanistan, signed the New START arms control treaty with Russia, and ordered enforcement of the United Nations-sanctioned no-fly zone over Libya in early 2011. On May 1, 2011, Obama announced in an address to the nation that a small team of American military forces, acting on his direct order, had killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.[4][5]

In April 2011, Obama declared his intention to seek re-election in the 2012 presidential election.
(Source: www.wikipedia.com).

As you can see, The USA has a young Democrat making new stupid propositions. I would not be surprised with a future proposition of the kind, regarding Brazil, such as suggesting that we return the former territory of ACRE to Bolivia. Or perhaps a suggestion to Poland to return to Germany the German territories conquered during the Second World War.

Politicians are the same all over the world. What the world needs now, beside love, is a great number of statesmen and stateswomen. We have had enough of incompetent politicians.

Fortunately, in Spain, Spaniards have already started a popular movement aiming at ousting bad politicians from the country’s scene. I hope they succeed. In the meantime, let us see whether former Congressman Palhocci can explain the origin of his sudden wealth, or not. My bet is that he will not succeed in such attempt, but his peers will not punish him.

According to Luke chapter 4, verse 4, Jesus said: MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE.

I say “man shall not speak English alone”. So take a look at the e-mail, in Spanish, which I have just gotten from Peru:

Buenas tardes.
Acabo de recibir el editorial "Elecciones peruanas: neo-Humanismo y auto-demolición del país", de la agencia española Destaque Internacional.

Ellos comentan que la realidad por detrás del candidato Humala puede ser más compleja que la simple hipótesis del comunista camuflado. En efecto, en los últimos años, especialmente a partir del Foro Social de Porto Alegre, neo-teóricos de las neo-izquierdas han desarrollado fórmulas de revolución que operan más en las mentalidades y menos en las estructuras políticas y económicas; que, para avanzar, recomiendan el uso de las anestesias sociales y no de las revoluciones violentas de otrora; que no avanzan creando conflictos y debates sino promoviendo una "diversidad" y una "convergencia" lúdica entre el bien y el mal, la verdad y el error, para transbordar a sectores centristas de la sociedad.

Ellos levantan la hipótesis, entonces, de que en los laboratorios psicosociales de las izquierdas peruanas podría estar gestándose un neo-Humanismo gradual en la estrategia, pero radical en las metas, que pasaría a actuar con medios más sofisticados e indoloros con el objetivo de descoyuntar psicológica y moralmente a la sociedad peruana, anestesiándola gradualmente para poder anarquizarla, sin sobresaltos y sin choques, promoviendo una especie de eutanasia social. En el caso de que le interese solicitar el texto completo, simplemente presione Responder y envíe su pedido. Saludos cordiales. Aguardo sus noticias. Roberto Caballero, profesor de sociología, Lima.

Could that be a “mere coincidence” with what is going on in Brazil?

Have a nice weekend.


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Roberto Henry Ebelt é professor, escritor, escreveu uma coluna semanal para o Jornal do Comércio de Porto Alegre entre 2001 e 2013, e é diretor do curso HENRY'S BUSINESS ENGLISH desde 1971.

Seu mais recente livro, O QUE VOCÊ DEVE SABER ANTES DE ESTUDAR INGLÊS, pode ser encontrado nas livrarias Disal, Cultura e SBS ou à rua Hoffmann, 728 em Porto Alegre.

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