New Year’s Eve: Bombs fall on the Gaza Strip. As I write this, reports indicate there are already some 400 Palestinians dead, 1,400 injured. A picture in our Plain Dealer newspaper showed a bomb exploding in a building just beyond one, of many, refugee camps in Gaza. Meanwhile, we sit back comfortably in America and watch this unfold in an antiseptic way on the nightly news. Bombs exploding, innocent civilians (Moms, Dads, little children) being killed, maimed, cowering in darkened hallways as more jets zoom overhead… And even with all this, few Americans really care. Or they’d show it. That simple. They’d enter into solidarity with the innocent poor and oppressed in Palestine, for instance, and sacrifice all over the place to generate all kinds of funds to get those people in Gaza out of the slum conditions of the refugee camps, for one. The overeating we’ll do New Year’s Day alone tomorrow — all the non-nutritional junk food and beverages we spoil ourselves with — while people live in terror, in squalor, is absolutely unconscienable. If I were president… I’d adamantly confront the American public about this and challenge them to sacrifice intensely for a massive fundraising drive to get as much humanitarian help to Palestine as possible. Common sense says that by easing some of the poverty, you’d significantly ease some of the tension over there. This would be a component of my ‘Road Map for Peace’ between Israel and Palestine. Peace often comes with a price. But is the American public really willing to pay it? Or are we going to go on forever supreflously lamenting about it — at half time of the Bowl games? Meanwhile Barrack Obama plays golf at a country club in Hawaii. The greens fee alone for one round, I imagine, would be enough to get, say, 10 families out of a refugee camp in Gaza. What kind of example is this for the nation? Note: We are readying for our first tour of Campaign 2012 to get our message of peace, social justice, Life… out to as many more as possible. And we need donations to do that. If you can help, please consider it. Thanks. Schriner Presidential Election Committee, 2100 W. 38th St., Cleveland, Ohio 44113.