After The Music Stops

first_imgBy electing Barack Obama as the country’s first Black president, Americans defied powerful stereotypes and assumptions about race.Little India first endorsed Obama in the primaries in January 2008, when he was still a long shot. In endorsing him again in the general election, we noted that we had originally been attracted by the historical character of his candidacy as the first minority nominee of a major political party and as the biracial child of a Kenyan immigrant father and a White mother from Kansas. However, we also pointed out that “Obama has worn his multicultural identity with such ease, that the promise that Americans might transcend race in this election already stands delivered.”What the world is now celebrating, we had already acknowledged before the Nov. 4 elections. Our expectations of him only begin there, and they start not simply with coping with the financial wreck he inherits from the Bush administration, which will likely command most of his early attention in the next several months.Important as dealing with the economic meltdown is, it is even more imperative that Obama begin to address the egregious violations of America’s historical commitment to civil rights and liberties by the Bush regime right off the bat, indeed the very day he assumes the presidency on Jan. 20.The Bush administration’s so-called “War on Terror” will go down in ignominy with the Red Scare of the McCarthy era, the Alien & Sedition Acts of 1798 and the persecution of dissenters in World War I and World War II. In the name of a war against terrorism, the Bush administration engaged in reprehensible unconstitutional and criminal violations, including kidnapping people, torturing suspects or rendering them to other countries for torture, and holding prisoners without trial in Guantanamo Bay and other secret gulags. In Bush’s secret society, prisoners were held indefinitely without charge, immigrants were detained and deported without a hearing, or even access to a lawyer, and citizens and non citizens alike were monitored and their telephones and email accounts tapped without judicial or political oversight.Even after Democrats wrested control of Congress in 2006, they did little to rein in, or even document the full extent of these abuses.One of Obama’s first acts, on Jan. 20, must be to shut down Guantanamo Bay, which shall forever stand as a shameful episode in American history. He should also launch a “truth commission,” similar to the one established in South Africa to document the abuses of apartheid, with the aim of exposing the full extent of the mendacity and the abuses of political rights and civil liberties by the Bush regime.Even though Pres. George Bush and Vice Pres. Dick Cheney will not be prosecuted for what were unquestionably criminal and constitutional violations of the office they had sworn to uphold, they must be publicly exposed and humiliated.After the music stops on his inauguration on Jan. 20, constitutional scholar Obama’s first task – crucial if only for its symbolism – must be to open up the secret files of the Bush administration, so that no future president ever dare engage in such heinous atrocities again.   Related Itemslast_img read more

The Tastiest Foods To Get You Spring Break Bod Ready

first_imgEating healthy for spring break bod success doesn’t mean you have to eat tasteless salads or go on extreme diets. Some of the healthiest food even tastes better than the unhealthy alternative and will prepare you for the upcoming beach season. Here are some healthy and delicious foods that’ll help you to feel your best. 1. Green SmoothiesGreen smoothies sometimes can get a bad rep due to their slightly off-putting appearance but with the right ingredients, they can taste sweet and just like any other smoothie. The best thing about green smoothies is that they sneak in the vegetables you need without being able to taste them. Waking up and already having a serving of vegetables in before lunch is a great way to ensure spring break bod success.2. Protein BallsProtein Balls are basically just healthy cookies in disguise. They are so yummy and a great pre-workout treat or a substitute for dessert. They often pack in ingredients with health benefits too–such as flax seeds or chia seeds. They are easy to make and normally don’t require baking so they are a great healthy snack to keep on hand in your preparation for beach season. 3. Dark Chocolate If you’re anything like me, dessert is the most important meal of the day. I have such a sweet tooth even when trying to eat healthy– so dark chocolate is a must. While it’s best in moderation, dark chocolate has several health benefits–such as reducing cholesterol. Its ok to treat yourself when preparing for that spring break bod.4. ToastEveryone loves a classic avocado toast but there’s no need to stop with just avocado. There are so many delicious and healthy ways to upgrade your toast that will help you to sneak in some extra veggies while still getting that comfort food feel. Whether you’re looking for sweet or savory–toast is probably the answer. Plus, toast can be topped with lots of healthy ingredients and is a great food to eat while getting in shape. 5. Overnight OatsSometimes we resort to unhealthy breakfasts when we’re in a rush, but overnight oats are a healthy and tasty solution. You can make them the night before and just stick them in the fridge to eat in the morning. There are so many great overnight oats recipes and are made with ingredients you probably already own. This is a great and healthy way to start your morning.6. Grain BowlsGrain Bowls are personally one of my favorite dinners, plus they’re healthy and very filling. They have many of the same ingredients as a typical salad but are a bit heartier and are often made with some sort of warm grain like quinoa or brown rice. This is a great staple meal to have in the weeks to come before spring break. With spring break right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to pack in all your healthy meals while you still can. Spring break body doesn’t mean dieting and eating foods you don’t like just to look good on the beach. With these healthy foods, you can eat tasty food and still look forward to getting your tan on. Sourcelast_img read more