State of the Nation

Thursday, 2 May 2013 | A Public Affair

RothschildMattOn Thursday, May 2nd host Allen Ruff discussed the state of the nation with Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive magazine and host of Progressive Radio. They opened up this discussion to all recent state, national and international news.

In light of the recent honors placed on General David Petraeus and President Bush, they raised questions concerning social justice and prosecution of war crimes. Torture is an internationally and nationally illegal act – yet international advocacy organizations have yet to see any prosecution of the American administration that sanctioned it. Rothschild and Ruff explored the humanizing effect that most presidents are privy to after their term has been served, and how this has slowed or potentially even stopped the enforcement of justice. Additionally, with the recent establishment of presidential libraries, they explore the issues of these private libraries serving as inaccessible storage centers for former presidential records.

“Man Angry Over Boston Bombings Breaks Jaw of Muslim Iraq War Veteran”. This headline, published in the Washington Post on May 1st, 2013, spurred a further discussion on hate crimes following the Boston Marathon bombings, the infringement on private rights and the quickness with which martial law was instituted in the hunt for suspects. Following this, they discussed the insensitivity to and lack of perspective for death within the United States, comparing the three Boston bombing deaths to the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians killed over the past decade.

Finally, they wrapped up the hour with speculation on potential Democratic gubernatorial candidates for next year and issues of election donors, as well as questions asked by callers.

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