Saddamless Iraq, Boston Tea, and Everything You Need to Know About Quebec City
Welcome back after another nice relaxing weekend to our USA Really daily podcast for December 17. Only 8 more days until Christmas! I still can’t believe how fast time is flying! Will it be a white Christmas where you are? What’re they calling for in the forecasts? Whatever happens, I hope you all have the chance to spend the day with family and good eats, and most importantly that you all remember to thank God for being born for our salvation!
We’ve got a short but sweet podcast for you today, but let’s kick things off with our usual announcements: Don’t forget to check out our Global Democracy Award contest, on the theme of the US government’s interference in other states, and our Zuckerberg Wanted action where we’re looking for you to hook us up with some sweet evidence of the government being a pain in the butt and enforcing illegal censorship online. Both of these items could you bring you several thousand dollars, so check them both out today!
Then we’ve got our look at our opinion piece from Saturday. It’s called “Iraq Without Saddam Hussein” and it’s by Charles Lee Gillenwater. He writes: “It was 15-years ago this week, on the 13th of December 2003, that Iraq’s strongman, Saddam Hussein was captured by the United States Army, near Tikirit - his childhood home, about 100-miles from Bagdad. Iraq’s supreme leader timidly surrendered to a handful of soldiers, participating in Operation Red Dawn, whom had approached the foxhole in which the defiant President was hiding. America’s “Shock and Awe” bombing campaign, had driven the charismatic leader into hiding nine-months earlier. After a highly contested trial, on the 2nd of November 2006, Saddam Hussein was found guilty and sentenced to be hung by the neck until dead. On the 30th of December 2006, his sentence was carried out, in what President Bush described as a “botched execution.” Let’s review an assessment of what Iraq’s transition looks like today, some 15-years after the capture of its maniacal leader.
Then we’ve got three “This Day in History” pieces for you in a row: for the 15th, 16th, and 17th. For the 15th we discuss the Battle of Nashville which remains famous as the end of major Confederate offensive operations in the Western theater during the Civil War. The battle featured one of the largest amounts of military convoys of any conflict. It is also notable for the large number of United States Colored Troops engaged in the fighting. There’s also the first meeting of the American Jewish Congress, one of the central agencies in American Jewish community relations. The origins of the American Jewish Congress, founded on December 15, 1918, which provide an important lesson in the dynamics of American Jewry. The AJCongress was established by a group that felt dissatisfaction with the American Jewish Committee. And there’s George Jorgenson becoming the first American to undergo a sex-change operation… all the way back in 1952! That blows my mind!
For the 16th we remember the Boston Tea Party which any American with a pulse knows about, and also the Great Fire in NYC in 1835 when flames broke out inside a warehouse in the dry good district and began leaping between shops and warehouses, eventually igniting 20 blocks and 600 buildings. There were, however, some benefits of the fire, but you’ll have to read the piece to find out about those. There was also the Great White Fleet of 1907 which, under Pres. Teddy Roosevelt, was meant as a showpiece of American goodwill in the Pacific. There’s also the story of a Hawaiian Senator and an amazing escape from Alcatraz!
For the 17th, we remember the Battle of Mississinewa in the War of 1812, which was an expedition ordered by the future 9th President of the U.S., and at that time – the governor of Indian Territory, William Henry Harrison against Miami Indian villages in response to the attacks on Fort Wayne and Fort Harrison in the Indiana Territory. The site of the battle is located near the city of Marion, Indiana. There’s also the second Great Fire in NYC in 1835 that spanned 17 blocks and 100s of buildings and caused $20 million in property damage. Then there’s also the sad tale of the expulsion of Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky in 1862. And this was actually ordered by Union General and future President Ulysses S. Grant! Check out all these pieces for more details on all these fascinating events.
Then we’ve got today’s opinion piece: “An American in Québec City” by Luis Lázaro Tijerina. This is a very interesting piece in which the author, a Mexican American living in Vermont, shares his impressions of Quebec and his feelings on how the Quebecois and Mexicans living in the US are in a similar situation: “There is a culture of identity between the Quebecois’ of Québec and the Mexican Americans who are colonized in the United States. Both of these peoples of North America have one certain thing in common besides being of Latin origins, and that is they are both in colonial bondage, and both people are in a historical ongoing struggle to set themselves free from Anglo-American and Anglo-British oppression, not only in its most overt form but in the insidious forms of cultural and social oppression as well. But it should be noted that there are thousands upon thousands of Anglo-Americans and Anglo—Canadians who sympathize with these two cultures, when the need arises. As is always the case, the struggles for emancipation in whatever form is never black and white, but a complex political gray. When I am in Quebec City, I sense I am at home, and as a British friend of mine wrote about that feeling “And home is that place where sleeps my soul.” This is a very insightful piece that you’re definitely going to want to read the whole of!
And that’s actually all we have for you today, except for our look at tomorrow’s opinion piece, which is entitled, “H.R.676: Medicare Buy-in Means Health Care 4-all” by Jeffrey Silverman. The author takes issue with Trump’s recent op-ed in USA Today and calls for everyone to educate themselves about H.R. 676, Improved & Expanded Medicare-For-All which establishes the Medicare for All Program so as to provide all individuals residing in the United States and U.S. territories with free health care. This would include the provision of all medically necessary care, such as primary care and prevention, dietary and nutritional therapies, prescription drugs, emergency care, long-term care, mental health services, dental services, and vision care. Silverman writes: “While it is true that Trump basically took his views to a new level of demagoguery over the Medicare debate with the USA Today opinion piece, it is good that it attracted attention, as many have since fact checked his statements.” So what did Trump say and how are people pulling his arguments apart? Well, check out this piece tomorrow for all that sweet juicy Trumpian info!
Alrighty good people, with that we wrap it up for the night. As always, thanks for listening, thanks for reading, and keep it right here for all the news you need to know.