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LBJ, presidential lies, rice paddies, Mekong Delta, Gulf of Tonkin, military pullout. Did we win or lose? Who the hell cares? Our boys are home!  Civil rights, equal rights, male chauvinist pigs, bra burnings, Equal Rights Amendment.

Nixon, Watergate, presidential lies, cover-up, impeachment hearings, scandals, missing tapes, disgrace.

Ford, caretaker, bad golfer, good guy but poor President.

Carter, Pal-Israel agreement, Nobel peace prize, Brother Billy, battle absent "nooklier" proliferation, Iran War, hostage crisis, gas lines, unrest and uncertainty.

"It's Armageddon! Jesus is coming! Are you ready?"

Reagan, tax cuts, theater, Iran-Contra, cover-up, scandals, Ollie North, conspiracies.

G.H.W. Bush, Iraq-Iran War, Armageddon again, all-volunteer military, Dan Quayle, national debt, scandals, unrest and dissatisfaction.

Clinton, disappointing compromises, Kosovo, World Trade Center bombing, Lani Guiniere, Janet Reno, China becomes "most favored nation,"  Monica Lewinsky, impeachment, Elian Gonzales, Fidel Castro.

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G.W. Bush, Executive Orders, 9/11, almost 3,000 dead, three planes flying into buildings, one augured into a field.  Identification of all perpetrators found on the scene within hours despite total destruction of the planes (?), undeclared war in Afghanistan, invasion of Iraq, soaring national debt, tax cuts for the rich, "free" trade, illegal immigration, extended tours of duty, neglect of veterans.  "Billions for war and not one penny for working Americans,"  jobs moved overseas, open borders, free trade, off-shoring, outsourcing, dot-com bubble, burst, housing boom, bust, mortgage foreclosures, recession, permanent war against everybody.  "Work hard, live poor, shut up and go shopping!"

"Damn Clinton!"

"Damn Bush!"

"It's Armageddon! Jesus is coming! Are you ready?"

Power-hungry, corrupt leaders, greedy corporations, oppression of the poor, bleeding the working class.

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Ho hum! The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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This writer is eighty years old and has spent a half century working with handicapped and deprived people and advocating on their behalf while caring for her own workung-class family. She spends her "Sunset Years" in writing and struggling with The (more...)
 

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