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Michael Payne is an independent progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues; and especially with the great dangers involved with the proliferation of perpetual war, the associated defense industry, and the massive control that Corporate America holds over this government and our election process; all which are leading this nation down the road to eventual financial ruin if the conditions are not reversed. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois and a U.S. Army veteran.
Monday, September 29, 2014(3 comments)
Time to Mobilize the Washington War Hawks to Fight ISIS Terrorists
Why didn't we think of this before? Most Americans are aware that Washington D.C. is full of war hawks whose thirst for perpetual war is insatiable. So, because of their great love for military action it's time to create a new Special Forces Group, let's call it the War Hawk Battalion that can play a leading role in the current fight against the ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria?
Wednesday, September 24, 2014(8 comments)
How To Make $Big Bucks In Government Doing Absolutely Nothing
Want a soft, cushy job with a great salary and the best of benefits and lots of perks? One in which there are no specific objectives to meet and you don't have to answer to anyone; a job where you can come and go as you please and work whenever you wish? Well, then the perfect job for you is to become a member of the United States Congress.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014(3 comments)
ISIS, an Enemy Largely Created by the U.S., Brings Terror and Destruction to the Middle East
The fight against radical terrorists is difficult enough but it gets far more problematic when it becomes evident that the enemies that you are fighting against are the same ones that you are largely responsible for having created. And, if that's not bad enough, it gets even worse when you realize that you have, unwittingly, furnished that enemy with weapons that you left behind when exiting Iraq in 2011.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014(50 comments)
U.S./NATO and Russia/China On A Direct Collision Course
We watch as the great powers of the world, the U.S. and NATO on the one hand and Russia and China on the other head for a massive confrontation in Eastern Europe, with Ukraine at the epicenter. This volatile situation has been brought on because the two sides in this struggle for power espouse political ideologies and objectives that are diametrically opposed and seemingly cannot co-exist.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014(7 comments)
Big Banks Fined Mega-Billions; CEOs Remain Untouched, Above the Law
Get arrested for robbing a bank or shoplifting and you will go to prison. Get caught selling cocaine or steal a car and you will do jail time. But if you are a CEO of one of the biggest banks in America and that bank is fined mega-billions for fraudulent practices you need not worry because the U.S. Justice Department will give you a free pass; you are, in effect, above the law.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014(12 comments)
Washington War Hawks Ecstatic Over Growing World Turmoil
They can't get enough, this is what they live for; it's in their blood and embedded in their psyche. These war hawks that are embedded in Washington D.C. watch the rapidly increasing violence and turmoil taking place in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine and they thank the Gods of war who they believe have answered their prayers.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014(6 comments)
The Uncivil War Escalating Across America
Americans are used to this nation's military being engaged in wars across the world; wars against nations and enemies "over there." But what we are not at all used to is what is happening here in America today as we witness more and more incidents of overly aggressive police actions using deadly force in situations that simply do not call for anything of the kind.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014(7 comments)
A Paranoid Government Blankets America With Unprecented Surveillance
In this country today we are witnessing the actions of a government that, as mounting evidence seems to indicate, is suffering from an acute case of paranoia by which its leaders see enemies in not only every corner of the world but in all the corners of America.
Thursday, July 31, 2014(6 comments)
Israel Crushes Gaza While the U.S., the UN and the World Watch and do Nothing
How ironic is this? Back in Biblical times, as the story goes, Goliath, the giant Philistine warrior confronted and threatened to attack the Israelites; but then the diminutive David stepped forward to defend his people and slew the mighty Goliath. We're now watching a kind of role reversal take place in that region of the world as Israel, the modern-day Goliath, is devastating the city of Gaza.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014(10 comments)
The Middle East; a Boiling Cauldron of Hate and Vengeance
Syria, caught up in a bloody state of civil war, Iraq being torn apart by internal strife, Israel devastating the city of Gaza; a large portion of the Middle East has become a boiling cauldron of extreme hate and violence. And, so far Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant force and fierce arch enemy of Israel, silently watches and waits, ready to immediately retaliate if provoked.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014(35 comments)
Out of Control Israel Must Be Reined in by the Nations of the World: BDS
The world is experiencing dej vu as nations watch Israel's ongoing oppression and suppression of the people of Palestine that is, once again, taking a very tenuous situation and escalating it into a bloodbath. It does not take much for the Israeli government to erupt and unleash its massive power on people who now have become little more than sitting ducks in a shooting gallery.
Thursday, July 10, 2014(10 comments)
The Death of Mainstream Media Journalism; a New Life on the Internet
In America today there are two distinctly different forms of journalism, as different as night is from day. First we have that form of journalism as practiced by the mainstream media that could best be described as pseudo-journalism. And then we have what is called objective journalism which is found almost entirely on the Internet.
Thursday, June 26, 2014(38 comments)
Time to Ignite the Power of a New Populist Movement and That of the American People
Power to the People! "We the People" ordained and established the U.S. Constitution but over time that power has been greatly diminished. It's time for it to be restored. But the question is: who or what is going to do it? Well, we may finally have the answer in the form of a new and exciting Populist Movement; one that has the potential to harness the tremendous, but currently dormant, power that the American people posses
Friday, June 20, 2014(22 comments)
Middle East Ready to Explode Due to Reckless, Mindless U.S. Foreign Policy
The Middle East could erupt in flames at any given time due to escalating hostilities between Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq, Syria and neighboring countries. This turmoil can be directly attributed to the use of the age old Roman imperial strategy of "divide and conquer", i.e., winning by getting one's opponents to fight against each other.
Thursday, June 12, 2014(32 comments)
America is Rapidly Being Transformed into a "Controlled" State
While many Americans don't seem to comprehend what's happening all around them, the U.S government is implementing more methods of surveillance over this society and many of its agencies are acquiring more powerful weaponry. And now we are also seeing state and local law enforcement agencies following this government's initiative of establishing greater and greater control over the American people.
Thursday, June 5, 2014(35 comments)
The Real Solution for the VA's Problems: Stop the Mindless, Endless Wars
Well, well, what do we have here, yet another case of the Pot, the U.S. Congress, calling the Kettle, in this case the VA, black? Suddenly the members of this Congress have awakened from their deep sleep and have launched a massive attack on the VA, long before all the facts and evidence of alleged VA abusive practices have been fully determined.
Thursday, May 29, 2014(15 comments)
America, an Irresistible Force Confronts China, an Immovable Object
A tale of two countries: some years ago China and the U.S. were traveling down the same road, with America in the lead, when they came to a fork in the road. The U.S., saw the sign marked "military dominance", and rushed down the left branch. China, after studying both options, traveled down the right branch marked "Economic supremacy."
Thursday, May 22, 2014(66 comments)
Why the U.S. Senate, as Presently Constituted, is a Total Misrepresentation of the American People
The Founding Fathers appear to have made a monumental Constitutional error when they created the U.S. Senate and determined how many senators would represent each state. They agonized and debated over this issue and, though many of them had great reservations, they decided that each state should have two senators. And now the people of America are paying a terrible price for that decision.
Thursday, May 15, 2014(101 comments)
The Happiest Countries in the World: Where Does America Rank?
There was a time when the words America and happy were almost synonymous. My, how quickly things can change and not for the better. But, then again, does that even matter? Well, in fact, it matters a lot because when the people of a country are happy, when they feel good about their lot in life and the society in which they live, they are much more productive, and their country benefits greatly as a result.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014(108 comments)
The Grand Betrayal, A Form Of Treason: Corporate America's Alliance With Communist China
Americans have long been schooled to believe that Communism is an evil entity, that it has represented a great threat to the security of America and its people for many decades, and still does. It is a political system with an ideology that is diametrically opposed to that of the United States; tyranny versus democracy.
Thursday, May 1, 2014(16 comments)
The Image That America Projects To The World: Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde
America's image in the world has been in a steady decline ever since the U.S. government's attack on Iraq and the subsequent launching of the War on Terror. Numerous world polls indicate that even European countries have lost a great deal of respect for the U.S. And most damaging of all is a growing world opinion that America has become an aggressor nation.
Thursday, April 10, 2014(21 comments)
America, Rapidly Approaching A Point Of No Return
At some point reality sets in and it becomes evident that no matter how much Americans might want to see dramatic, positive changes come to this country the chances of that happening are quickly disappearing; the die is cast. That’s the reality of living in the America of today, a nation that many astute, respected observers firmly believe is in a protracted state of decline.
Thursday, April 3, 2014(18 comments)
Republicans Tearing Down America's Democracy With Massive Voter Suppression
The Republicans have laid down the gauntlet, they have made it clear that they fully intend to regain control of the U.S. Senate in the upcoming November elections; and accordingly, they have launched a massive movement in both GOP-controlled and some swing states to suppress the vote, their key to winning.
Thursday, March 27, 2014(27 comments)
America Checkmated in the Eurasian Geopolitical Chess Game
We are witnessing the unfolding of events that may well be a precursor of things to come. The U.S. government finds itself in a position in which it is unable to use the power of its influence and military force to dominate and prevail. I speak, of course, of the very tenuous situation in Ukraine and Crimea where Russia and its President Putin are in control and have no intention of backing off.
Thursday, March 20, 2014(71 comments)
America Badly Needs A Massive Infusion Of Idealism
Some 238 years ago this was a country in which courage combined with idealism enabled the Founding Fathers to rise up and defeat the British imperialists, a seemingly impossible task. That kind of idealism is what is missing in America today and we must find the ways to recover it for the benefit of future generations.
Thursday, March 13, 2014(21 comments)
Watching America's Imperial Empire Evolving Toward its Eventual Demise
The evidence is rapidly mounting that we are witnessing the beginning stages of the end of the American Imperial Empire. This military colossus is spread across the world, its costs are out of control and the fact that, instead of being a positive force for America, it has become a monumental liability, one that is totally unsustainable.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014(34 comments)
The Pot Calls The Kettle Black; U.S. Condemns Russian Aggression
Is this the height of hypocrisy or what? Secretary of State John Kerry condemned Russia’s military intervention into Ukraine and called it “an incredible act of aggression.” Further, he said, "You just don't in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pre-text.”
Thursday, February 27, 2014(22 comments)
Massive Impediments Standing in the Way of Solving America's Greatest Problems
That massive impediment is the combination of the U.S. government, Corporate America, and the bloated U.S. military establishment. Operating independently each of these entities is essential to the well being and safety of this nation. But when their functions become heavily intertwined, they, collectively, become the greatest impediment to instituting viable and effective solutions to this country’s greatest problems.
Thursday, February 20, 2014(56 comments)
President Obama: Becoming a Major Liability for the Democratic Party?
As Democrats gear up for the upcoming November congressional elections and formulate strategies to use against their Republican opponents, they need to take stock of their strengths and weaknesses, their assets and liabilities. And as they begin this process they will likely realize that an emerging liability could adversely affect their plans for success.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014(32 comments)
How America Has Allowed Itself to Sink into a State of Stagnation and Regression
America appears to have entered the era of the New Normal, a condition in which the people of this country accept and become resigned to the economic stagnation that exists. So, let’s take that term and show how it should be used to describe a condition in this country that is far more problematic than just the economy.
Thursday, February 6, 2014(28 comments)
President Obama's Massive Conundrum: Fighting Against Inequality While Creating More
It’s time President Obama clarifies the massive conflict that exists with his initiative dealing with the inequality of wealth and income in this country versus his strong support of the TPP, the Transpacific Partnership Agreement. Someone needs to tell him that he can’t be fighting against inequality while, at the same time promoting a trade agreement that will create far more inequality.
Thursday, January 30, 2014(50 comments)
America is Being Decimated by a Raging Political Crisis
President Obama finds himself in the center of a political storm that is wreaking havoc in this country and its society. Nothing of substance is getting done, problems are not being solved and millions of Americans, instead of living the American dream, are living in a state of misery and hopelessness.
Thursday, January 23, 2014(24 comments)
Monumental, Unrestrained Military Spending is Crippling America
Want to know why this country can't create jobs, why unemployment is rampant, why our education system is deteriorating, our economy is lifeless, and we have a national debt of $17.3 trillion? It's because funds that should be used to stabilize and rebuild this nation's foundations are being directed, instead, to the massive, military establishment and empire of bases across the world.
Thursday, January 16, 2014(43 comments)
Welcome to Orwellian America, the Land of the Silent, the Home of the Submissive
Something very ominous is taking place right before the eyes of the people of this nation; far too many Americans don’t seem to grasp what’s happening all around them; and if they actually do, it may be that they don’t have it in them to reject and resist the forces that intend to transform this society into one of subservience and submissiveness.
Thursday, January 9, 2014(21 comments)
Wave of the Future: States Taking Over Federal Government and Banking Sector Functions
A minor revolution seems to be taking place just below the awareness level of most Americans. We might call what’s going on the “wave of the future” as a growing number of this nation’s states, instead of continuing to wait for this dysfunctional federal government to act on critically important issues, have decided to take matters into their own hands.
Thursday, January 2, 2014(30 comments)
Ethics and Morals in America; an Endangered Species
In America today, there is a great divide between those who still abide by the principles of ethics and morals and those who are determined to make them irrelevant and meaningless. Ethics and morals, quite obviously, are a great hindrance to the power brokers in our government, the financial sector, and the corporate world whose sole objective is the accumulation of money and power.
Thursday, December 19, 2013(11 comments)
Capitalism, American Style Must Go "Back to the Future"
It's becoming more and more evident that America's system of capitalism, while still generating huge profits for the masters of Corporatism, is, in the longer term, unsustainable. I say it's unsustainable for one critically important reason; and that is that you can't keep sucking the wealth out of America and not pump anything back in without eventually breaking the system.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013(9 comments)
Condemning America's Poor For Being Poor; A National Shame
Let's pick on the poor, trash them and call them lazy, shiftless Americans who don't want to work and are hooked on handouts from the government. If they would get off their butts and work like the rest of us they wouldn't be poor. Why should hard-working Americans like us have to pay for those who allow themselves to wallow in self-pity and then expect someone else to take care of them?
Wednesday, December 4, 2013(14 comments)
Intimidating China Militarily: Reckless, Foolhardy, A Disaster in the Making
As the U.S. president sits in the Oval Office and contemplates the proper role of the powerful military force at his disposal he might ask himself this question: "Of all the countries in the world which one should this nation never, ever think about intimidating militarily?" The answer that immediately should come to mind is -- CHINA!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013(26 comments)
So What if 45,000 Americans Die Each Year From Lack of Medical Coverage?
To most rational-thinking Americans who have been made aware of the fact that 45,000 Americans die each year from a lack of medical insurance, that's terrible, appalling news. But, as incomprehensible as it may be, there are those in America that have actually used that very statistic to support their efforts to destroy any attempt to provide medical coverage for every American.
Thursday, November 21, 2013(25 comments)
Millions Upon Millions of New Jobs for Americans, Just Waiting to be Created
Without question, the problems of rampant joblessness and a stagnant economy could both be addressed and solved if those who wield the power in this government and the corporate world would stop vacillating and procrastinating; and take action to create millions of new jobs that are waiting in the wings.
Thursday, November 14, 2013(17 comments)
BRICS, the Economic Tsunami Looming on America's Horizon
Most Americans quite likely have never heard of BRICS and don't realize that this alliance of five nations has this very ambitious objective; to become the world's next economic superpower. And, by all the evidence at hand, it would seem that this economic juggernaut is proceeding directly on that path as it gains more and more momentum.
Friday, November 8, 2013(25 comments)
World's Message to America: Lead, Follow or Just Get out of the Way
Future historians will likely view America as a nation that reached its peak in the late 1990's and then, after the turn of the century, seemingly lost its it's once unique skills and abilities to truly lead the world. Today's leaders in the U.S. government would greatly dispute that contention but the nations of the world would fully agree with it; they are watching as it happens.
Monday, November 4, 2013(12 comments)
Craven, Callous Politicians Refuse to Create Jobs, Then Slash Food Stamps: A National Disgrace
Selfish politicians in the U.S. Congress have launched a shameful, brutal attack against this nation's poorest, neediest people. We might even call this a war except one side, the politicians, have all the power and the people have none. We are witnessing the height of callous behavior as these politicians are hell bent on slashing food stamp benefits of those who have no where else to turn for help.
Thursday, October 31, 2013(30 comments)
Picturing a New Age of Enlightenment and Reason; the Dramatic Transformation of America
America is like a shooting star that once streaked across this planet in a dazzling display of brilliance but now is on the verge of flaming out. It's once world renowned energy, vitality and drive for excellence are no longer visible. This is a nation that badly needs to reenergize itself as it struggles to find its way into the 21st Century, weighed down by mounting problems.
Monday, October 28, 2013(10 comments)
Tea Party Anarchists Storm the Gates of the Embedded Washington Bureaucracy
A minor revolution is erupting in our nation's capitol as Tea Party anarchists are storming the gates of the embedded government bureaucracy. Let's call this a war of extremes in which one side wants to destroy the government and the other is determined to maintain and even increase its size. T
Friday, October 18, 2013(12 comments)
Monumental Government Waste: The National Security Budget, The Root Cause Of The National Deficit
Here we go again; one more crisis involving a government shutdown and a narrowly escaped debt ceiling catastrophe has been averted or, to be more explicit, the problem has been kicked down the road a few months. But the next big dog fight in Congress over the national deficit of nearly $17 trillion looms on the horizon; and then we'll face the next crisis and the next and it will never stop.
Monday, October 14, 2013(42 comments)
Standing on the Deck of the USS Titanic, Fearing The Worst is About to Happen
The mighty USS Titanic, the greatest, often called exceptional, is foundering, having been severely damaged while ploughing the sea of greed and corruption that surround Washington D.C. The ship is in distress, rapidly taking on water, in danger of going down. But in the midst of this grave situation the Captain, the First Officer and mutinous members of the ships crew are locked in a vicious, battle for control.
Thursday, October 10, 2013(1 comments)
A Litmus Test For Prospective Republican Congressional Candidates
To qualify to be a candidate and run for the U.S. Congress as a Republican is not an easy task these days, even for those with seemingly impeccable credentials. You have to be a special breed of American, one who will commit to a rigid, unbending, uncompromising political ideology like no other. And, above all, you must be prepared to take and pass a special litmus test before you can even be considered.
Monday, October 7, 2013(31 comments)
The World Watches As The American Democracy Breathes Its Last
The people of the world watch in awe and amazement at what is happening in and to America; they are watching as the self-proclaimed greatest democracy in the history of the world is imploding right before their eyes. They see a country that has lost its vision and its stability, weighed down by a government that is no longer capable of governing.
Thursday, October 3, 2013(14 comments)
What Will It Take To Restore The Deteriorating Foundations of America?
A strong nation must be supported by strong foundations and many of America's most important ones are in a state of deterioration. This should not be happening in the wealthiest country in the world but it most certainly is because this government has done a terrible job of arranging its national priorities in line with the most important needs of this nation.
Sunday, September 29, 2013(15 comments)
Time to "Shut Down" the Craven, Irresponsible Republican Agents of Destruction
The Republicans want to shut down the government -- again. They want to destroy The Affordable Care Act -- again. Has there ever been a political party in the history of America that has done so much damage to this government, the nation and its people? Enough is enough, it's time for the American people to shut this political party down and end its reign of obstruction and destruction.
Thursday, September 26, 2013(6 comments)
Let's Join in a Moment of Silence for Victims of Mass Shootings; and Then Again and Again
How many times have we heard someone in a position of responsibility ask that we join in a moment of silence to honor those who have been killed in the latest incidence of gun violence in America? How may more times will we be asked to pause for a moment of silence as this nation and society plunges ever deeper into a societal morass?
Wednesday, September 18, 2013(10 comments)
Two Distinctly Different Interpretations Of Exceptionalism
A political and journalistic firestorm was ignited after Russia's Vladimir Putin, challenged and disputed Barack Obama's statement about America being an exceptional nation when the president used that term in discussing the crisis in Syria. Referring to oneself as being exceptional is one thing but truly living up to it is quite another and here's why:
Thursday, September 12, 2013(21 comments)
America's Domination Over The Nations of the World is Coming to an End
It's becoming more and more evident that the sun is setting on the American empire. America has ruled the world for many decades by the overwhelming power of its military but change is in the air. The people of America are war-weary, the people of the world have had enough of U.S. domination and change is on the way.