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I am a retired psychologist living in Ogunquit, Maine. In 2008 I ran as an Independent for the U. S. Senate in Maine in 2008. I am a long time peace activist. More recently I have been involved in the impeachment movement, antiwar movement and was a member of the Kucinich for President 2008 senior national staff.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 Single-Payer -- A Plan to be Embraced, Not Feared (4 comments)
The plans being discussed in
Congress are not about health care reform. They speak to modest changes
in how health care is funded in order to provide and afford universal coverage. The plans that are being given serious consideration in the Congress all leave the insurance industry with their bloated bureaucracy intact. Then there is the "public plan" which relies on some yet to be defined government sources of funding.
Thursday, May 28, 2009 We Have More to Fear than Fear (3 comments)
While fear can be a mobilizing and motivating emotion that may result in extraordinary acts of heroism, all too often fear can be a crippling and destructive emotion. In the face of fear, real or imagined, we freeze, we can't think, we lose our creativity, close off our options and become narrow and constricted -- like a deer caught in the headlights of an oncoming care we fall victim.
Saturday, February 28, 2009 When Partisanship Trumps We, the People
The "stimulus package" [Recovery and Reinvestment Act] has passed Congressand the President has signed it into law. And that is a good thing. Something had to happen to begin to address the economic crisis facing our Nation. I am writing this not to argue about the specifics contained in the package, I am writing this to address the partisan processes that were in plain sight as Congress did its work.
Friday, January 30, 2009 Naked Aggression in Gaza (5 comments)
"Israel has a right to self-defense," proclaim members of Congress. I do not take issue with that position; it is a right that belongs to every sovereign nation. However, what the Israeli Defense Forces have been doing in Gaza is not self-defense. It is naked aggression.
Israel deserves to be regarded as a nation among nations -- no less than others, but also no more.
Saturday, January 17, 2009 Bi-Partisanship in a Non-Partisan World
This article presents the thesis that bi-partisan politics is partisan politics by a more acceptable name. The author advocates identifying those areas of debate which should be non-partisan and in which underlying principles should be shared independent of political identification.
Friday, September 5, 2008 Morality, Militarism and Democracy (3 comments)
This article addresses the influence that militarism in the United States has on the national psychology. A number of remedies are suggested and practical actions noted.