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Michael Payne is an independent, progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues. He is a featured writer on Opednews and Nation of Change and his articles have appeared on many other websites such as Democratic Underground, Reader Supported News, Axis of Logic, Peakoil.com and in various countries around the world.
He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, and a former business executive. His writings most often concentrate on the great dangers involved with U.S. foreign policy, the proliferation of perpetual war, the associated defense industry, and the massive control that Corporate America holds over this government and our election process.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016(22 comments)
A U.S. Government Hooked on, Obsessed with, Perpetual War
America has a government that is taking this country in a direction in which the vast majority of its people don't want to go. It continues to pour massive amounts of the country's wealth into building and maintaining a vast military empire when, at the same time, critically important domestic needs remain unfunded or underfunded.
Monday, August 15, 2016(16 comments)
The American Shooting Gallery, With Americans as the Targets
This society has now arrived at a point when no American can feel safe in any public setting anywhere in this country. That's a very sad commentary on what America has now become; a societal shooting gallery in which any American can be a target of some deranged person wielding a 9MM Glock pistol or an AR15 military-style rapid fire assault rifle with high capacity magazines.
Monday, August 8, 2016(52 comments)
The Specter of an American Police State Looms Over America
It's coming, we don't know when it will fully emerge, but it's on the way. When this rampant societal violence, and especially these tragic mass shootings and slaughter of helpless, innocent Americans continues unabated, when this government refuses to address and attack the underlying causes, we will see the emergence of an American police state.
Friday, May 20, 2016(11 comments)
Without A Political Revolution America Cannot Achieve True Greatness
In this more than bizarre presidential election process, such as we haven't seen in a very long time, we often hear a statement made about "Making America great again" or "We need to restore America's greatness." Trump, in particular, is obsessed with that objective and claims he knows exactly how to make it happen.
Thursday, May 12, 2016(7 comments)
Captain Trump Sets A Disastrous Course For The GOP Ship Of State
When this 2016 presidential election is over, regardless of who becomes our next president, the Republican Party will never be the same. When in its history has it been so divided and in such a state of turmoil over its future direction? The biggest question of all is: can it survive and continue to exist as a viable political entity or will it break up into diametrically opposed factions?
Thursday, April 21, 2016(6 comments)
How Democrats Could Snatch Defeat Out Of The Jaws Of Victory
The many high level officials in the Democratic Party, including super delegates, who strongly support Hillary Clinton, are extremely confident that she will become their party's nominee and then win in the general election. But they would be wise to hold off on their celebrations because dark, menacing clouds continue to loom over her candidacy.
Thursday, April 7, 2016(5 comments)
U.S. Foreign Policy: Intimidation, Domination; Counterproductive
Our government in Washington continues to pursue a foreign policy that just doesn't work. Those in the State Dept. and the Pentagon who are directly responsible for planning and carrying out this policy cannot be allowed to continue to operate in this manner for it has become totally counterproductive.
Thursday, March 31, 2016(10 comments)
Want To Stop The Spread Of Terrorism? Then Stop Creating More Terrorists
Terrorism spreads its deadly tentacles across the world and no country is exempt from its outreach. First the terror attacks in Paris, then in Belgium; if anyone thinks that those who planned those attacks are going to stop there then they better think again because all signs indicate that this is just the beginning. The only question is: when and where will the terrorists strike next?
Thursday, March 24, 2016(6 comments)
Trump: The Political Albatross Wrapped Around The GOP's Neck
"An albatross around the neck" describes the current situation involving Donald Trump and the Republican Party perfectly as he fits the definition of that phrase, "A very heavy, burden that becomes an obstacle to success" quite well.
Thursday, March 17, 2016(6 comments)
The Violent Image That America Projects To The World
In years past, especially after the end of World War II, America had a stellar image in the world. Nations and their people looked up to this symbol of freedom and democracy. They respected its government and admired its people. America was often thought of as a role model for all other nations.
Thursday, March 10, 2016(10 comments)
Igniting, Harnessing the Massive Power of the People
Donald Trump wants to neutralize the power that the Establishment holds over Washington by making dramatic changes to this government. He believes he can make America "Great again." Bernie Sanders wants to implement universal health care, free tuition at public colleges, address inequality in America, and remove Corporate America's money, power and influence from this government.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016(16 comments)
Trump: Taking Control, Shaking the Foundations of the Republican Party
As Trump walks away with a very decisive victory in the Super Tuesday primaries, and as his candidacy gathers further momentum, the foundations of the Republican Party are shaking, on the verge of crumbling. This is a party in disarray, caught up in a state of panic; its leaders watch as their worst nightmare becomes reality
Wednesday, February 17, 2016(44 comments)
Here's How Trump Will Go Down In Flames In the General Election
It's very likely that Donald Trump will become the Republican nominee for U.S. president and face off against either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders in the general election. We will then witness a series of presidential debates that will be unlike any others that have taken place in modern American history.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016(3 comments)
Restoring America's Greatness Through A Political Revolution
What is becoming a very significant issue in this presidential primary is the state, or condition, of this country's government and political system that is not aligned with the needs and interests of the American people.
Monday, January 25, 2016(1 comments)
The 2016 Presidential Election: A Veritable Three-Ring Circus
This current presidential primary campaign is turning out to be like no other in recent American history. As they watch it unfold the American people must feel like they are a part of the audience at a "three ring circus", i.e., something spectacular, tumultuous, entertaining, and full of confused action; all of which is going on simultaneously.
Friday, January 15, 2016(20 comments)
The Most Critically Important Issue in this Election; Taking our Country Back
Nothing is more important than the need for the American people to take their government back; to once again make this a government "Of, by and for the people." Sadly we have seen our democracy transformed into an oligarchy in which the rich and powerful, together with the masters of Corporatism, have taken control over this country and its government.
Thursday, January 7, 2016(17 comments)
The Best, Most Effective Way to Stem This Rising Tide of Terrorism
As terrorism rears its ugly head in the world, the U.S. and its Western allies react to these increasing acts of terror by taking swift action against those suspected of committing them. While that's the appropriate response, it's like applying band aids to a grievous wound; it's not going to stop the continued bleeding.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015(5 comments)
Trump and the GOP: A Troubled Marriage Heading for the Rocks
It's becoming evident that Trump and the GOP hierarchy are not in sync, not on the same page and are caught up in a discordant relationship. The two may not be visibly at odds and engaged in constant battles in the media but just below the surface there are clear indications that this political marriage may not last much longer.
Thursday, December 10, 2015(15 comments)
The Specter of Hatred and Fear Spreads Across America
America is entering into a most dangerous time in its history as this society and its people react to and try to cope with the specter of fear that is rapidly spreading across this nation.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015(28 comments)
Blowback, Payback; The War on Terror is Backfiring
The acts of terrorism recently witnessed in Paris, together with the alarms going off in Brussels and some other parts of the world, are a precursor of more terror yet to come. We are living in very troubled times in which there is absolutely no meeting of the minds between certain entities who possess radically different political and religious ideologies.
Thursday, November 19, 2015(76 comments)
Where American Socialism and Capitalism Blend Together Perfectly
How many times have we heard the dire warnings about socialism and what would happen if those socialists ever took control of this country and its government? Well, I have news for all of those who may be living in fear and paranoia of that possibility; socialism is alive and well in America and has been for some time.
Thursday, November 12, 2015(6 comments)
Drones in the Skies Over America: A Potential Nightmare in the Making
The era of drones in America has begun. And it won't be long before we will see the skies over America filled with various types and sizes of remote controlled drones. You'll see them hovering over your neighborhood, your home and almost everywhere you go.
Friday, October 30, 2015(106 comments)
Who's Winning This Escalating Geopolitical Struggle Between The U.S. and Russia?
The U.S. and Russia continue to go head to head in an increasingly tenuous geopolitical struggle taking place on the world stage. Serious confrontations between these two adversaries have taken place over many decades, especially during the Cold War, but in more recent times we have seen them rise to very dangerous levels, from the Ukraine crisis to the current one in Syria.
Friday, October 23, 2015(20 comments)
If Ever America Needed A People's Political Revolution It's Now
It's time for the American people to take back their government and restore this nation's democracy. In the America of today we have a government and a political system which is tightly controlled by corporate money and power.
Thursday, October 15, 2015(56 comments)
Syria: A Ticking Time Bomb Ready To Explode
Syria can be thought of as a ticking time bomb that could explode at any time, igniting a massive war between major world powers. As this conflict escalates Americans remain largely unaware of just how very dangerous this situation has become. Most think it's a civil war within that country but it's far more than that; it's a major confrontation involving the most powerful nations in the world.
Thursday, October 8, 2015(8 comments)
The Deadly Epidemic of Mass Murders Spreading Across America
This American society is in a state of distress. What is happening within America must stop; we must find the ways to bring an end to this succession of mass murders that are taking place across this country. How can a seemingly advanced society allow these acts of inhumanity to continue unabated?
Wednesday, September 30, 2015(7 comments)
China/Russia, the World's "Other" Superpower, Will Not Be Intimidated
Yes, there is a second superpower in the world, the combination of China and Russia. Each country could be considered a superpower in its own right because both are large and powerful and possess nuclear arsenals. But when you consider the strong and growing alliance that they have created in recent times one can see why this combination of military strength, coupled with economic power, represents a true world superpower.
Thursday, September 24, 2015(17 comments)
Underlying Reasons for the Raging Syrian War: Competing Natural Gas Pipelines
In every crisis situation such as the one taking place in Syria as we speak it's often quite difficult to determine the main underlying cause(s) which triggered it. And that's certainly true in this country in which at least 8 nations and numerous terrorist groups are, in one way or another, engaged in the proliferation of that country's raging war.
Thursday, September 17, 2015(38 comments)
Why Are We Witnessing This Middle East Humanitarian Crisis? Ask the U.S. Government
Why ask the U.S. government? Because if it were not for aggressive U.S. military operations in the Middle East and the surrounding region spanning decades it is highly probable that we would not be witnessing this mass exodus of hundreds of thousands of people fleeing from their countries, seeking refuge in Europe and Scandinavia. And, as the Middle East is burning the U.S. government continues to throw more fuel on the fire.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015(7 comments)
Watching as the Fabric That Holds This Society Together Unravels
Leave for work, go for a walk or to the mall, attend church, go to your grade school, high school or college, or to a movie and you can be a victim of catastrophic violence in an instant. No longer can one go anywhere in this country and feel completely safe. Those days are long gone in today's America, an epicenter of violence. And that's a national tragedy of monumental proportions.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015(37 comments)
The Most Bizarre, Yet Intriguing, Presidential Campaign In Modern History
This presidential primary campaign has taken on a bizarre appearance, largely because Donald Trump has been dominating the political discourse. But, bizarre though it may be, it's going to be very intriguing to witness the many twists and turns it will take before the winner is declared in November, 2016.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015(30 comments)
Prosecute U.S. Companies Who Hire Illegal Immigrant Workers to the Fullest Degree
Not once have I heard any politician, this president, anyone in the government or the media, acknowledge this obvious fact; that were it not for the hiring of illegal immigrants by thousands of this country's companies, we would not be experiencing this massive immigration problem present in America today.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015(113 comments)
Trump: For Republicans, Their Worst Nightmare
Republicans are in a state of shock and depression as they watch Donald Trump come barreling onto America's political stage and steal the show. He seemingly came out of nowhere and has, in a short period of time, managed to capture a large share of the GOP base constituency. It's Trump versus 16 lackluster, mediocre politicians and right now he is blowing them away.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015(5 comments)
Drones: The Rapidly Growing Menace to America and the World
We have entered the era of The Drone. The people of America and the world will wish it had never happened; they will rue the day that it did. Yes, the U.S. government which has been launching Reaper and Predator drones to rain destruction upon countries in the Middle East for years has now approved the use of thousands of drones here in America.
Thursday, July 30, 2015(7 comments)
A Vision of a Truly Exceptional America: Could That Become a Reality?
The following is a fictional presentation of how America could become truly exceptional, the great things it could accomplish, if by some miracle this government would be transformed into one with a positive vision of how to turn this country in a new direction; one in which the interests of this country and its people would be paramount in all government planning and functions.
Thursday, July 23, 2015(31 comments)
Where are the Best and the Brightest When America Desperately Needs Them?
Anyone seen them, those Americans who possess the skills, knowledge, wisdom and integrity to lead this country out of the massive hole into which it has managed to dig itself? I sure haven't even though I have been searching for those kinds of unique Americans for some time now. The question is: do they even exist; is this special breed of American now a part of this country's past?
Thursday, July 16, 2015(6 comments)
The American State of Mind; Two Contrasting Perspectives
America currently is afflicted with a systemic societal disease that is spreading across the body of this country. That societal disease of which I speak is the massive inequality of wealth and income that exists in America and has, in effect, created two separate and distinct societies within our nation.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015(33 comments)
The Greatest Threat to America: Domestic Terrorism
We have an American government that is conducting a very aggressive War on Terror across this world; chasing and hunting down suspected terrorists it believes represent a direct threat to this country and its people. But this same government totally ignores the many acts of terrorism taking place in our own country each and every day.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015(23 comments)
The American Worker: Crushed Again by the Overwhelming Power of Corporatism
There's a song that includes this phrase: "Kick 'em when they're down, Kick 'em when they're stiff, Kick 'em all around." Well that's what has just happened very recently when the massive global corporations that now rule America were, once again, given free license to kick American workers when they're down.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015(10 comments)
Future Shock: China, Russia Target Europe as Economic Partner
Down through history there have been seismic shifts in geopolitical alliances and we may be watching one in the making as China, the prime mover, together with its formidable partner Russia, team up to pursue economic initiatives in Eurasia. These ambitious projects, originating in China, will proceed through Central Asia, into the Balkan countries, and end in Europe.
Thursday, June 18, 2015(34 comments)
President Obama Joins Forces with Corporate America and the GOP
In his last two years in office it is becoming more and more clear who President Obama really is and what he stands for. On the surface he is amiable, serious-minded, and low key to the point that the press often refers to him as "no drama Obama." But beneath the surface is a corporate kind of a guy who is very effectively advancing the objectives of Corporate America over those of the people of this country.
Thursday, June 11, 2015(31 comments)
U.S. Global Hegemony Knows No Bounds
It's everywhere, it covers the world. No nation can escape its vast reach. It's America's agenda of hegemony that continues without letup. Hegemony, which some would refer to as the militaristic subsidiary of imperialism, is the "Aggressive expansionism by large nations in an effort to achieve world domination."
Thursday, June 4, 2015(4 comments)
U.S. in the Middle East: Where You Don't Belong You Must Not Stay
It's way past time for the U.S. government to get out of the Middle East, a region of the world where it does not belong, and never did. But, then again, thinking that you could convince the U.S. government to exit the Middle East is like trying to convince a cocaine addict that he must give up his addiction.
Monday, June 1, 2015(5 comments)
China and America: Polar Opposites
"East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet" couldn't be more true when it comes to describing the distinct differences between China and the U.S., nations with little to nothing in common who are heading in completely opposite directions. China is rapidly climbing upward to the top of the mountain while America is steadily working its way down into the valley.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015(8 comments)
Government & Corporate America: A Marriage Made in Hell
The people of America have been very slow in waking up to the reality that they are now living in a country with a new form of government; one which could be called a corporate state; where the power that once was vested in the people of America under the Constitution is now is held by massive U.S. global corporations and the rich and powerful in America.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015(4 comments)
America's Future: Being Crushed By A Mountain of Ever-Growing Debt
America, without question, is drowning in a sea of debt, barely holding its head above water. There is the massive national debt of the U.S. government, personal/consumer debt, student debt, and an increasing number of U.S. cities and states that are in debt over their heads.
Monday, March 16, 2015(2 comments)
Loyalty to Country Must Always Prevail Over Loyalty to Government
Some Americans think that country and government are one in the same but that is simply not the case. The Founding Fathers created this government and charged it with the responsibility to govern the country according to the provisions of the Constitution and the will of the people.
Monday, March 9, 2015(13 comments)
President Obama Drones On And On; Ranks Of New Terrorists Swell
Question: when President Obama's issues orders to launch Predator or Reaper drones in Pakistan, Somalia or Yemen, which then take a terrible toll on innocent civilians, how many new potential recruits for ISIS, Al-Qaeda or Daesh are generated? We don't know for sure but it's becoming evident that the more drones Mr. Obama launches the more the ranks of new terrorist recruits swell.
Monday, March 2, 2015(12 comments)
Netanyahu Goes to Washington: The Tail Continues to Wag the Dog
Yes, Israel the tail, continues to try to wag America, the Big Dog. Some things never change. Here we have the leader of a tiny sliver of a country preparing to come swaggering into America and attempt to dictate what the U.S. government must do. The audacity and arrogance of this man is absolutely astounding. Talk about an unwelcome guest!
Wednesday, February 25, 2015(8 comments)
China Accelerates Into The Future, Racing Past America
In times past the common belief, especially in the minds of many Americans, was that China was a kind of primitive, backward country, one ruled with an iron fist by stodgy old leaders; that it was a country that found it very difficult to adjust to the modern-day world. At the same time the U.S. was viewed as the leader of the world, creative, innovative, and visionary.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015(14 comments)
Planting Fear Into The American Mind
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued the following admonition to the American people in 1933: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself -- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror. What a great, insightful statement that was; and how meaningful it is when considering the degree of fear and apprehension that now exists in this country.