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My wife, daughter and I (our entire family) voted for Barak Obama for President of the United States.

We’re still glad we did, but not because of any accomplishments – there have been no major ones – but because the alternative was really scary. It is important to understand that Obama never had a constituency: American always turn to the Democratic Party in hard economic times, people were sick of the war in Iraq, and yes, he captured bloc ethnic votes. Before you argue that point take a look at the returns from, say, North Carolina or Virginia.

But his presidency is doomed. He will serve one term, that’s all. Here are the reasons why:

  • Americans have no patience. They’re accustomed to solutions in half-hour or hour intervals, as on TV.
  • Americans have no historical perspective: Remember, the Great Depression began 90 years ago. I’m 68 and only heard about it from my parents. Even WWII was over before I turned 5.
  • A President’s powers are limited and most American’s would fail a civics test about them. And, Barak Obama does not walk on water.
  • As Commander-in-Chief he could accelerate withdrawal from Iraq. And the war in Afghanistan is futile and destructive both to the economy and his presidency.

It takes an “opposite” to make momentous changes in America. People forget that FDR was an avowed fiscal conservative when elected. That it took a war-hero general to win election by promising to end the Korean War – any Democrat trying that would have been labeled soft on communism. That the Republican who claimed that Truman and Democrats “lost China” and who won election in 1968 decrying Robert Kennedy’s promise to support admitting “Red” China into the UN – Richard Nixon – also won by claiming to have “a secret plan to end the war in Vietnam”. Nixon was able to open a dialog with the People’s Republic of China. Democrats wanted to do that but could never have survived the political fallout.

Has anyone noticed that it was a Republican governor who got a universal health care plan passed in Massachusetts? It will be a Republican President who gets US universal health care passed: For the wrong reasons, of course. It will pass because hospitals, doctors, and insurance companies are feeling the pain, not because the people need it.

I still support Obama, except for Afghanistan and his political gifts to homosexuals. I’d like him to win a 2nd term and to get a health care plan, a good one, though, and turn this wretched economy around. But I believe I’ll be disappointed.

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Green Coconut Vendor in Delhi, India in SummerImage via Wikipedia

The real water of life, aqua vitae if you will, is abundant in the tropics. And if you drink too much, it won’t make you tipsy. 🙂 Tap into a young, green coconut (or jelly) and therein lies the slightly sweet, semi-transparent liquid that islanders have long enjoyed as refreshment in the sun’s heat. Coconut vendors can be found most everywhere in the Caribbean, so finding a “cold jelly” isn’t difficult.

It is coconut water’s unseen qualities that make it life-giving. Coconut water electrolytic balance matches the level in human blood. I once read that during World War II and the Vietnam War, when IV solutions were in short supply, doctors used coconuts for emergency plasma transfusions. The water was siphoned directly from the nut to keep wounded soldiers alive. It was also injected directly into the blood stream for re-hydration.

Nursing mothers can use coconut water as a natural, healthier alternative to processed infant’s milk. It contains lauric acid, a fatty acid present in breast milk that has antiviral and antibacterial properties. Coconut water also lessens intestinal disturbances in feeding infants.
Sports drinks now face stiff competition. According to Morton Satin, chief of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization,

“Coconut is the very stuff of nature, biologically pure, full of natural sugars, salts, and vitamins to ward off fatigue . . . and is the next wave of energy drinks.”

Coconut water has high levels of potassium, vital in energy metabolism—15 times the amount of potassium found in most sports and energy drinks. Plus it’s naturally sweet, without the artificial chemicals found in sports drinks.

Medical research shows that coconut water is effective in dissolving painful kidney and urethral stones, a condition which is very common around the Caribbean. It also treats urinary infections, kills intestinal worms, and eliminates mineral poisons. How else can coconut water help in maintaining a healthy body? Let us know in the comments

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