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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.

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the end is near, From InText
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Trump's requiem: "And now the end is near, and so I face the final curtain" I wrote this article about the end of the Trump presidency earlier this year. Now, based on the stunning revelations that have surfaced about his highly troubling conversation with the president of Ukraine, we will soon be watching as Trump "faces his final curtain."
Speaker Pelosi, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Pelosi; will her questionable leadership snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory? Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the supposed leader of the House, and in particular Democrats, is allowing her party to lapse into a state of discord, almost to the point that the various Committee chairmen and its members are more and more confused about what they should do relative to initiating a Trump impeachment.
drifting aimlessly, From InText
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 19, 2019
America, a nation drifting aimlessly, a government with no real vision for the future Have we ever heard of our government developing and following a plan for the future direction of this country, one that would include very specific objectives? Of course not, because that's not what this government does.
high crimes, From InText
(36 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 12, 2019
The American people will impeach the Republican Party and its members House Democrats remain in a state of confusion about whether or not they should impeach President Trump. "Should we, can we, yes we can, no we can't. Speaker Pelosi continues to waffle, saying that the American people are not strongly behind such action, and the polls back up her observations. But she doesn't seem to understand that, by her negative statements about the chances of initiating an impeachment, she is adding to th
ban assault weapons, From InText
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 5, 2019
Twisting, Distorting the meaning of the Second Amendment The Second Amendment: "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."
spineless, From InText
(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 9, 2019
Spineless, craven Republicans and Trump sow the seeds of hate that proliferate mass shootings There is a darkness hanging over America, a symbol of the hatred that has spawned a plague of mass shootings across this country. It's an infectious disease that could be treated successfully with the proper cures, but this president and Republicans block every attempt to do so.
insanity, From InText
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 24, 2019
Will the U.S. launch yet another unnecessary, unjustifiable war in the Middle East? The definition of insanity: doing the same things over again and expecting a different result. Want a really good example of this madness in action?
patriotism versus obstructing, From InText
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 17, 2019
Pelosi and Mueller: acting more like obstructionists than American patriots We are living in a very precarious time in this nation's history. The Founding Fathers created a government with three branches, the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial; a system that divides power between the three and includes various limits and controls on the ir individual powers.
oath of office, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 31, 2019
Republicans, Democrats; solemn oaths of office, the US Constitution Congress Oath of Office: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So hel
It's the end, From InText
(30 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 24, 2019
Don't Republicans realize that they are committing political suicide? Breaking News! Republicans are now in the process of committing political suicide. That's shocking and totally unexpected but great news for the American people. Now, some will immediately say that this is some kind of a joke, that nothing ot the kind is going to happen, and without concrete proof, it's no more than pure speculation.
crisis, From InText
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 10, 2019
A Constitutional Crisis of immense proportions has descended upon our nation's capitol A Constitution crisis, a massive political war between the executive and the legislative branches of this government, has suddenly descended upon Washington D.C. and is spreading chaos and havoc across America.
let the war begin, From InText
(42 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 3, 2019
Let the war begin: Trump versus the House Democrats and - America and its people Trump wanted a war and so he started one; and t hat was a monumental mistake. Now he is going to find out how brutal a war can be. This war he initiated is against the House Democrats and is based on political issues. But its also against this nation's democracy and the people of America
unfit president, From InText
(30 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 26, 2019
Trump's lament: "And now, the end is near, and so I face the final curtain" Yes, the end is near for Mr. Trump and h e faces the final curtain, the last days of his sordid presidency. And, yes, he did it his way and now he is going to have to pay the price for putting himself and his own objectives ahead of those of the country he was supposed to lead into the future.
volcano erupting, From InText
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 12, 2019
Washington D.C., like a smoldering, seething volcano about to erupt Washington D.C., has been asleep for a very long time. It is where great ideas and innovative thinking go to die. But suddenly, as the investigations by House Democrats into Trump's suspect activities, prior to and after his election as president, heat up, the chances of a massive eruption taking place in our nation's Capitol grow exponentially.
another cover-up?, From InText
(44 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 29, 2019
Mueller and Barr: are we witnessing a dual cover-up? We won't know what really went on in the Mueller Russian investigation until Congress receives an unedited copy of Robert Mueller's final report. But that doesn't stop us from speculating as to what may be in the report and how it compares to the 4 page summary issued by Attorney General Barr; and if Barr and Mueller may be trying to pull off some kind of clever cover-up.
hatred, From InText
(21 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 22, 2019
America: rapidly sliding into the depths of bigotry, racism, and xenophobia When in history have we ever seen such a degree of bigotry, racism, and xenophobia that is present in America today? And as bad as it is, there is no question but that it is growing ever worse. It's like a plague spreading across America and if it continues on its present course, with nothing being done about it, it will become irreversible.
Win, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 15, 2019
Democratic winning strategy; positive, constructive, message, take the offensive One thing Democrats need to do in the 2020 presidential election is to dramatically change the image they have projected to the American people; an image that portrays them as always being on the defensive, constantly reacting to attacks by Republicans, who seem to know exactly how to keep them off balance, off message.
failure brings opportunity, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 22, 2019
Cable TV news: a mere shadow of what it could and should be US television news, in particular the cable news channels, are failing the American people by doing a far less than adequate job of informing and educating them on critical issues and problems facing this country. This part of the national media is, indeed, a mere shadow of what it could and should be
reap what you sow, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 15, 2019
Trump: sowing the seeds of anti-government across America During his inaugural speech on January 20, 1981, President Ronald Reagan famously said, "in this pres ent crisis, government is not the solution to our problem s ; government is the problem." In another speech he again criticized the government by saying, " Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. "
trump Arrest 2, From FlickrPhotos
(163 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 1, 2019
Mueller, the irresistible force faces off against Trump, the immovable object America has now arrived at a fork in the road, "a deciding moment in life or history when a major choice of options is required." We are fast approaching that moment when a choice will have to be made as to which road, which direction, this country will take into the future.

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