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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.
How Trump could easily expand the war against ISIS to the entire Muslim world
Think that the notion of Trump taking America into a war against the Muslim nations of the world is inconceivable, that this couldn't actually happen? Well it could indeed happen and faster than we think since Trump has shown that, in addition to his hatred of ISIS, which is understandable, he has some kind of deeply embedded resentment of Muslims in general.
A Government That Has Plunged This Country Into A State Of Regression
When one takes an in-depth view of what has been happening in and to America it appears that this nation, which should be rapidly advancing into the 21st century is, instead, caught up in a state of regression; and the reason is that it has a government led by politicians who possess absolutely no vision of the direction that this country should take in the future.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016(2 comments)
Trump, an Irresistible Force, Meets the GOP, an Immovable Object; Dark Times Ahead
It's been reported recently that Donald Trump's three major priorities after he assumes the presidency will be to address the issues of immigration, healthcare and job creation. So if he is actually serious, about pursuing that objective, and this guy changes like the wind, then he very likely will face a great impediment blocking the way forward.
The Wealthiest Nation on Earth? It's Time to Dispel That Myth
We often hear it said that America is the wealthiest nation in the world. Well, let's put it this way; America is a country in which a select, relatively small minority of individuals possesses the lion's share of its wealth. But to say that it is the wealthiest nation is simply not the case and here's why:
Thursday, September 29, 2016(13 comments)
Trump: Soundly Defeated, Humiliated; He and His Supporters Remain Unfazed
After Donald Trump was trounced, humiliated and sent home with his tail between his legs in the first presidential debate with Hillary Clinton, what did he do the following day? He was in Florida campaigning and, if you can believe it, he told his supporters that every poll taken after the debate "showed me as the clear winner."
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.
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?
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.