I have 77 fans: Become a Fan. You'll get emails whenever I post articles on OpEdNews
Michael Payne is an independent progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois and a U.S. Army veteran. His primary objective is to inform readers of the fact that this nation's agenda of perpetual war is leading it down a path to financial ruin; and that the proliferation of unjustified wars and a military empire must be ended. Secondly that we must find the ways to expel Corporate America from our government and political system before it destroys our democracy.
Thursday, December 19, 2013 Capitalism, American Style Must Go "Back to the Future" (11 comments)
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 Condemning America's Poor For Being Poor; A National Shame (9 comments)
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 Intimidating China Militarily: Reckless, Foolhardy, A Disaster in the Making (14 comments)
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 So What if 45,000 Americans Die Each Year From Lack of Medical Coverage? (26 comments)
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 Millions Upon Millions of New Jobs for Americans, Just Waiting to be Created (25 comments)
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 BRICS, the Economic Tsunami Looming on America's Horizon (17 comments)
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 World's Message to America: Lead, Follow or Just Get out of the Way (25 comments)
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 Craven, Callous Politicians Refuse to Create Jobs, Then Slash Food Stamps: A National Disgrace (12 comments)
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 Picturing a New Age of Enlightenment and Reason; the Dramatic Transformation of America (30 comments)
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 Tea Party Anarchists Storm the Gates of the Embedded Washington Bureaucracy (10 comments)
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 Monumental Government Waste: The National Security Budget, The Root Cause Of The National Deficit (12 comments)
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 Standing on the Deck of the USS Titanic, Fearing The Worst is About to Happen (42 comments)
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 A Litmus Test For Prospective Republican Congressional Candidates (1 comments)
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 The World Watches As The American Democracy Breathes Its Last (31 comments)
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 What Will It Take To Restore The Deteriorating Foundations of America? (14 comments)
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 Time to "Shut Down" the Craven, Irresponsible Republican Agents of Destruction (15 comments)
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 Let's Join in a Moment of Silence for Victims of Mass Shootings; and Then Again and Again (6 comments)
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 Two Distinctly Different Interpretations Of Exceptionalism (10 comments)
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 America's Domination Over The Nations of the World is Coming to an End (21 comments)
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.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 It's Deja Vu All Over Again: A U.S. President With His Finger on the Trigger (1 comments)
Here we go again; before all the facts and evidence are in we have another U.S. president threatening an attack on yet another country whose government is suspected of possessing weapons of mass destruction, chemical weapons possibly involving deadly gas. But when necessary restraint and further assessment should prevail, it's not to be found, not in the Congress, not in the White House.
Thursday, August 22, 2013 Corporate America: Rapidly Proceeding Down The Road To Its Eventual Demise (7 comments)
Corporate profits at all-time highs, CEO's salaries and bonuses skyrocketing; at the same time millions of unemployed Americans are barely surviving and this nation's economy remains stagnant and lifeless. How much longer can such a conflicted condition continue until this entire House of Cards collapses?
Thursday, August 15, 2013 Americans Spying on, Working Against Their Fellow Americans (6 comments)
One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. What a beautiful phrase from the Pledge of Allegiance. Yes it's truly inspirational but, unfortunately the word indivisible, "that which cannot be divided, separated or broken" no long fits, it's no more than a myth, at least in the America of today.
Thursday, August 8, 2013 Terrorists Plotting Psychological Warfare Against the U.S. (12 comments)
That U.S. foreign embassies would, at some point, become increasingly ripe targets for terrorists was not difficult to predict. The closing of at least 25 U.S. embassies and consulates in the Middle East and North Africa over this past weekend, in response to terrorist threats, is a disturbing development and one that signals great danger for those who function on the front lines of American foreign policy.
Thursday, August 1, 2013 Is America Evolving Into A Totalitarian State? (9 comments)
It becomes more and more evident that America is becoming a Democracy in name only; that our system of government, actually a Republic, is under attack by elements situated with the U.S. government itself. The supreme power that determines the direction of this country is no longer vested in the people but rather is solely held by the government.
Thursday, July 25, 2013 Why the U.S. Government's Agenda to Create a World Police State is Doomed to Fail (18 comments)
There are many who would contend that America has already established a world police state but I think not, at least not yet. At least two great obstacles stand in the way of that objective; namely Russia and China. But that matters little to those in the White House and Pentagon as they shift their agenda of world domination and control into high gear.
Friday, July 19, 2013 A Deadly Combination: Stand Your Ground, Concealed Carry and Vigilantism (9 comments)
Whether we agree or disagree with the acquittal of George Zimmerman for murder in the Trayvon Martin case what's done is done. But this trial and the Florida "stand your ground" law that was a major factor in the jury's decision has now established a very dangerous precedent in America's already highly faulted judicial system.
Thursday, July 11, 2013 How Mental Conditioning Has Created a Silent, Passive American Society (13 comments)
Here's a message from your government: Congratulations to you the people of America for your acquiescence, passiveness, and continued silence; your submissive behavior has been exemplary, it shows that the true spirit of America is still alive and well. And, in closing, remember this; watch what you say and what you do for we are listening.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 The Emerging War Within America: Government Versus Its Own Citizens (11 comments)
There is a war brewing in American that, in times past, could not have been predicted nor even imagined. A wide net of surveillance has been cast not only on whistleblowers, activists, and dissenters but also across this nation and, specifically, on its people who, in the eyes of this paranoid government, are to be feared and can't be trusted.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 The Chief Recipient of Government Welfare: Corporate America (3 comments)
America has a massive national deficit of nearly $16.9 trillion; it continues to spend money it doesn't have and the problem remains. What's the answer to this dilemma? Many of our esteemed politicians say that, to alleviate the condition, government welfare must be ended. So with that premise in mind let's examine the pros and cons and the depth of this issue.
Thursday, June 13, 2013 The Reality Of What Happens After A U.S. President Enters The Oval Office (14 comments)
What we may be witnessing is an America that's rapidly evolving into the modern-day version of Orwell's "1984". But this is not to say that President Obama is Big Brother because we could conclude that every president who enters the Oval Office immediately comes under the control of this extremely powerful consortium of high level officials who run this government and use the president as the chief facilitator of their agen
Thursday, May 30, 2013 U.S. Foreign (War) Policy: Outdated, Misguided, Self-Defeating (4 comments)
Foreign policy, American style, has evolved over the decades to the point that it bears little to no resemblance to what it once was. The art of diplomacy and negotiations has been replaced by the doctrine of "You're either for us or against us" with no room for any gray area. The focus seems to be, why waste time with painstaking negotiations when force is so much easier and effective?
Thursday, May 16, 2013 A Dark, Very Troubling Period in America's History (26 comments)
We are certainly living in the midst of a very dark period in American history. This is a nation that is not advancing, it is regressing; it is no longer growing, it is rapidly declining. This is a country that possesses monumental wealth but, at the same time, is plagued by a myriad of critical problems that seem to be insurmountable.
Thursday, April 25, 2013 Unleash The Massive Power Of The People Against The Forces That Are Ravaging This Country (139 comments)
America, difficult as it may be for some to accept, is a house of cards, i.e., "a weakened structure that is in danger of collapsing or failing if its foundations continue to erode." Our nation and our democracy are being ravaged by Corporatists and rogue politicians. There is only one way to combat this dangerous coalition and that is by unleashing the massive power of the American people against it.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 Harry Reid & Barack Obama: Directly Responsible For The Destruction Of Gun Safety Legislation (20 comments)
Gun safety legislation, for all practical purposes, appears to be dead in the U.S. Senate. First the ban on assault weapons was taken off the table, quickly followed by limitations on magazines, and just now the attempt to bring background checks to a vote was destroyed by a Republican filibuster; one that was supported by several cowardly Democrats.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Barack Obama: The "Great Pretender", Orchestrator of the Grand Betrayal (43 comments)
America has had some exemplary presidents and some really bad ones and, for the most part, they could be described as "what you see is what you get." Sure we've had some like a "tricky Dick" and one that was an actor but we've never had one quite like Barack Obama who can best be described as the "Great Pretender."
Friday, April 5, 2013 Corporatism: Carving The Heart Out of America And Its Economy (12 comments)
What's that giant sucking sound? It's Corporate America, sucking the lifeblood out of America and carving the heart out of its economy. It's a powerful and relentless force in pursuing and promoting its agenda of control and domination over this nation, its government and its people. It is currently invincible it cannot be controlled.
Friday, March 22, 2013 America's Children Live In Fear While The U.S. Congress Provides Protection To The Gun Industry (44 comments)
Welcome to the American shooting gallery in which the targets are the people of America and, increasingly, its children. What's going on can only be described as a form of societal madness. Developing effective gun safety regulations to combat the growing violence in America should be a no-brainer; that is, if those in charge possessed a reasonable amount of intelligence and any sense of morality. They possess neither.
Thursday, March 14, 2013 Republican Sociopaths Remain Determined To Destroy America's Social Safety Net; They Must Be Shut Down (1 comments)
Here we go again. Paul Ryan and his fellow Republican sociopaths have resurrected their budget that is designed to destroy America's most important social programs while further protecting the interests of the wealthy. As the Republicans continue their attempts to initiate this destructive process, they are presenting Mr. Obama with a brilliant political opportunity.
Thursday, March 7, 2013 What Hypocrisy! Which Government Employees Will Not Take Salary Cuts Under Sequestration? (3 comments)
Did you know that the salaries of those hypocrites in Congress who were directly involved with the creation of the horrific sequester legislation that will adversely affect many millions of their fellow Americans are entirely exempted from that process? That all the members of Congress can continue to pocket money that they haven't earned, while their fellow Americans suffer from the cowardly actions that they have ta
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 The Washington Kabuki Theater of the Bizarre Presents: "The Height of Political Deceit and Manipulation" (19 comments)
A version of what is called a Kabuki Theater of the bizarre is taking place in Washington D.C. This presentation features President Barack in the lead role, backed by a cast of political actors that are unfit to appear on this nation's center stage. All of these ethically-challenged individuals, charged with the responsibility of governing our county, are performing in a manner best described as bizarre, despicable.
Friday, February 15, 2013 Harry Reid Must Be Forced to Resign and Sent Home Packing (22 comments)
Of all the many incompetents that inhabit this pathetic U.S. Congress, the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is at the head of the pack. What a spineless, pitiful political hack this man has proven to be. After four years of allowing the Republican obstructionists to use the filibuster to destroy the Democratic legislative agenda he, once again, is allowing the Republicans to take control. What a choke artist!
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 The Stench Emanating From The Washington Cesspool Has Become Unbearable, Overwhelming The Senses (40 comments)
There are almost no words by which to describe this current U.S. Congress but stench and cesspool seem to fit quite well. From the ruthless, despicable Republicans to the cowardly, spineless Democrats (with some exceptions) it is a disgrace to our democracy. Ethics and integrity have no place in this institution infested with corruption, deceit and twisted political ideologies.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 At A Most Critical Time, When Strong Leadership Was Required, Where Was President Obama? (5 comments)
It's called leadership; the ability and capacity of an individual to lead, motivate and energize others to solve problems and meet important goals. That's an attribute that a president of this country must possess, especially in crucial situations. Just recently, at a time when his leadership was absolutely essential in bringing about critically important filibuster reform, President Obama was nowhere to be found.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 America: Prosecutor, Judge and Jury With Jurisdiction Over the World (9 comments)
A new World Court, created by the U.S. government, has been given license to determine the fate of people in other nations of the world. This court, administered by the government, hears the prosecution's charges, declares the accused as guilty as charged, and then launches deadly Predator and Reaper drones in the skies over Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and countries yet to be identified to carry out the sentence.
Thursday, January 17, 2013 Under Siege From Within; A Society Trapped in a State of Self-Induced Fear and Paranoia (13 comments)
Trying to make sense of how these societal slaughters continue without a massive effort by this government and the people to bring an end to them is impossible. We spend hundreds of billions on wars in foreign nations to keep Americans safe and, all the while this society remains under siege by its own citizens. America is a country that is under attack by an enemy that exists within its borders.
Thursday, January 10, 2013 The Republican Party: Imploding From Within, Heading Toward Political Oblivion (10 comments)
The Republican Party is showing definite signs of political implosion as extremists and radicals in its ranks engage one another in a vicious battle for control. We may well be watching the early stages of its demise, not only because of this intense, debilitating struggle between opposing factions within it, but because its agenda and ideological beliefs are totally unacceptable to an increasingly diverse American society.
Saturday, January 5, 2013 Critically Important, An Absolute Must: FILIBUSTER REFORM! (5 comments)
The filibuster, that weapon of political obstruction, must be removed from the hands of Republicans. It's critically important for the Democratic Party and its Majority Leader, Harry Reid, to seize the opportunity to end the gridlock in Congress by finally bringing long needed reform to this destructive, totally outdated, and obsolete process.
Thursday, December 27, 2012 America, a Nation Whose Directional Compass is Badly Damaged (6 comments)
What's a directional compass? It's that part of a nation that guides it in establishing specific objectives that will determine its future directions. Unfortunately, America's directional compass is badly damaged as evidenced by the fact that we have become a nation that seems to have lost its sense of purpose and meaning, and is drifting in many conflicting directions at the same time.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 America Being Driven Over the Fiscal Cliff by the Monumental Cost of the Military (4 comments)
As the various actors in Washington's latest theatrical presentation of "The Fiscal Cliff", once again take their places on stage, the majority of the American people have this feeling that they have seen this play before; in fact, more times than they would have liked. This is a play that has the same fabricated plot, the same old actors, all leading, without a doubt, to the same contrived ending.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Those Americans Who Live in the Middle Class but, Incredibly, Support the Forces Who Want to Dismantle It (32 comments)
How can that possibly be? How can a sizable portion of Americans live within this nation's middle class and, yet, unequivocally support the actions of a powerful force that has every intention of dismantling it? Many millions of Americans are doing exactly that as they strongly back Corporate America and the Republican Party, the vicious predators that are attacking the middle class.
Saturday, December 1, 2012 The Nations of the World Have Spoken. The Winner: Palestine; The Losers: Israel and the U.S. (20 comments)
When the majority of member nations of the UN voted to approve the resolution making Palestine a non-member observer state, they not only totally rejected the strenuous attempts of Israel and the U.S. to control the decision, but also issued a clear message that they fully supported the efforts of the Palestinian people to free themselves from the vice grip of Israeli domination.
Saturday, November 24, 2012 President Obama's Conflicted, Indefensible Position On Human Rights (25 comments)
We've often heard it said: "He says one thing and does another." Quite recently President Obama has made statements about human rights that raise very serious questions about their true meaning and intent. It's absolutely amazing how he is able to make such statements that clearly are a direct contradiction of his personal actions involving this very important moral issue.
Monday, November 19, 2012 President Obama Puts the Blinders On, Looks the Other Way as Gaza Burns (10 comments)
Some things never change. Israel has, over many years, blockaded, bombed, invaded and turned the city of Gaza into a living hell. And guess what? The government of Israel is at it again. Yes, some things never do change, they go on and on and on, with no end in sight.
Thursday, November 15, 2012 The Radical Right-Wing Rapidly Descends Into Political Oblivion (1 comments)
Like a prizefighter that has taken too many blows to the head and has lost his senses, the Radical Right can't seem to grasp the fact that it is finished, that its twisted ideology and message doesn't resonate with the majority of Americans; they aren't listening. This rogue element of the Republican Party has become meaningless and is rapidly descending into the lower depths of this nation's contaminated political system.
Thursday, November 8, 2012 Neutralize the Destructive Filibuster; Defang the GOP, Remove Its Poisonous Obstructionism (6 comments)
Now that the Democratic Party has retained majority control of the U.S. Senate, it is absolutely imperative that its leaders take immediate steps to change the rules that govern the use of the filibuster, mitigating the use of that destructive weapon by the GOP obstructionists. This country simply cannot tolerate four more years of total gridlock in the U.S. Senate.