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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.
The Founders' monumental Constitutional mistake; 2 senators from each state
As the Founding Fathers were creating the Constitution, including how the Senate would be constituted, they had to decide how many senators each state would have. They debated and agonized over this issue and then bent to pressure from representatives of the smaller states that wanted two senators for each state, regardless of size and population.
Monday, October 8, 2018(4 comments)
Republican chauvinists won this battle against women but won't win the war
Yes, they won this battle, "Republican chauvinists versus the women of America" by using their power and control to stifle the FBI's ability to conduct a thorough investigation. They were prevented from investigating all aspects of Doctor Ford's allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the exercise was a complete failure.
November 6, 2018; the mother of all elections will take place in America
By saying that this upcoming election will be the mother of all elections I mean that it is time for Americans to turn out in massive numbers and remove incompetent politicians, making it clear that they, not members of Congress, are in charge and will determine the direction that this country takes.
Friday, September 14, 2018(21 comments)
A vision of an America after its entry into a new, Age of Enlightenment
During the period, 1685-1815, Britain, European countries and, to a lesser degree, American colonies, went through what is referred to as the Age of Enlightenment, aka, the Age of Reason, that produced a radical reorientation in science, politics, religion, philosophy, journalism, and means of communications.
The albatross wrapped around America's neck
In the tale of the Ancient Mariner, there is an albatross that follows a ship wherever it goes. The sailors consider this bird a sign of good luck. But the ancient mariner, for reasons of his own, shoots and kills the bird. The sailors are horrified and they wrap the dead albatross around the ancient mariner's neck as a form of shame and punishment.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018(5 comments)
Critically important for Mueller to present "a" report by Sept. 1
It would be great if Mueller would present a full report on the Russian investigation soon. But if he's not ready to do that just yet then all he needs to do is present a preliminary report that informs Americans of what this investigation has determined thus far, i.e., a progress report.
Friday, August 3, 2018(14 comments)
Not "fake news", but too narrow in scope, needing greater depth
Our fake leader, Donald Trump, just loves to rant and rave about the "fake news" he says is being reported on CNN and MSNBC. Of course, Fox News gets a free pass since its hosts continually praise him for his supposed achievements. What Fox is presenting to the public can be thought of as "delusional news."
America's immigration dilemma as related to the law of supply and demand
What in the world has this nation's ongoing immigration dilemma have to do with the economic theory referred to as the law of supply and demand? Actually there is a direct connection. In the following discussion we'll see how the combination of the two can be thought of as the root cause of the massive immigration problem America now faces.
Rapidly becoming irrelevant in America: the principles of ethics and morality
Take a look at what is happening in the US Congress and, especially, what is not happening. Take a look at this society and what is going on within it. What do we see? It appears that we have entered an era in this nation's history is which the principles of ethics and morals are becoming irrelevant in both this government and our society.
When Mueller closes in on Trump with irrefutable evidence, Trump will run but he can't hide
Special Prosecutor Mueller is getting very close to making a formal request for Trump to meet with him to answer pertinent questions relative to the Russian interference in our election system. So far Trump has given out countless declarations about whether he would or would not meet with Mueller but you can bet that, when he thinks about the facts and evidence that Mueller undoubtedly has, he will refuse.
Friday, April 27, 2018(4 comments)
Root causes of America's immigration dilemma: and the necessary, viable solution
If America had a rational-thinking president and other competent leaders they could readily come up with a viable solution to America's ongoing immigration problem. This dilemma was created by thousands of American companies in full view of those leaders who could have taken preventative measures to stop these illegal entries at its inception.
Friday, April 13, 2018(5 comments)
The Democratic "Blue Wave", a powerful tsunami rushing toward Trump and the Republicans
The huge unpopularity of President Trump, combined with the Republican agenda of destruction, appear to be freeing the vast majority of Americans from their prolonged state of apathy. This awakening has triggered a Blue Wave that, as it continues to gather momentum, will erupt into a tsunami that will engulf the Republican Party in the November elections.
America's children: caught in the crosshairs of the NRA and the gun industry
Can you imagine the psychological trauma that children across America are going through as they hear of one school shooting after another? When sitting at their desks, instead of concentrating on the subject under discussion, they may well be thinking that someone could come bursting into their room at any time and gun them all down.
Is Resignation in Trump's Future?
One day in the not too distant future we will see President Trump stride across the White House lawn, stand in the doorway of Marine One the presidential helicopter, broadly smile, and wave goodbye to the people of America. He will then take off to join Richard M. Nixon in political oblivion.
Republican tax reform: principles of ethics and morals be damned
House and Senate Republicans rammed their tax reform plan through Congress and they and President Trump hailed it as a monumental achievement, a great step forward for this country and its people. However, this proclamation is in sharp contrast with the views of many millions of Americans who are highly skeptical and aren't buying into it.
Friday, January 5, 2018(16 comments)
Dreams of Gun Control: President Trump will present a sweeping plan to combat domestic terrorism
(This is a fantasy about the proposal I'd like to see come out of the Trump White House.)
In an early morning tweet yesterday, President Trump made this stunning announcement: "The American people have had enough of these mass shootings, these acts of domestic terrorism. In the next few days I will present a comprehensive plan to Congress and the American people by which to bring this dire situation under control."
Trump; facilitator of divisiveness, suppression; negative policies and actions
It's evident that this president considers himself a master facilitator; a man of action, one who gets things done. The problem, however, is that in a relatively short period of time in office, he has become a facilitator of divisiveness, suppression, and negative policies and actions that adversely affect America.
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The walls close in on Trump; impeachment, the 25th Amendment or - Resignation
By now most observant Americans can see that Donald Trump simply can't carry out the functions of the office of the president; and that he has a very difficult time controlling his emotions, showing clear signs of instability. His behavior is quite unpredictable and he quickly reacts to situations that displease him with extreme anger.
Friday, August 11, 2017(16 comments)
It's the U.S. government against the world; America First
Yes, America first. That's the unifying theme for Americans being promoted by our current president. With that, Mr. Trump is also telling the world that America will now adopt a go-it-alone strategy in international affairs; that it will concentrate on its own interests and let the rest of the world fend for itself.
Friday, August 4, 2017(64 comments)
Trump fiddles while North Korea threatens to ignite the flames of war
President Trump appears to be the modern-day version of Nero, the Roman emperor who, according to legend, played the fiddle while Rome burned. Actually, Nero didn't play the fiddle during that deadly fire because the violin had not yet been invented. The reference to fiddling was meant to point out that he was an ineffectual leader in a time of great crisis.
The Founding Fathers would renounce, condemn America's endless wars
If, through the use of sort of time machine, the Founding Fathers could return and visit this country they would be shocked and quite troubled to witness the U.S. government's extremely aggressive foreign policy; and to learn that America's presidents now have the power to conduct an agenda of perpetual war without the approval of Congress.
Trump's escalates his war on the media; viciously attacks Americans' social safety net
Trump continues to call the mainstream media 'the enemy of the people." That is, of course, an outrageous, ridiculous statement. While it's no secret that Americans have lost a great deal of respect for the media, they should keep in mind that it is still the main barrier standing in the way of those who would create an American fascist state.
Friday, May 26, 2017(21 comments)
Capitalism, American style; a failing system, no longer a model for the world
Capitalism has worked well in various countries over time; in fact, we can say that it once worked quite well in America. But those days are coming to an end and we can conclude that the form of capitalism currently practiced in America is no longer working in the best interests of this country and a large portion of its people.
Trump Vs. Kim Jong Un: two loose cannons, a monumental nightmare in the making
The entire world is watching with a sense of foreboding as North Korea and the U.S. head toward a potentially catastrophic military confrontation. This is a time bomb that could go off at any given time when Kim Jong Un, the slightly deranged leader of North Korea, squares off against Trump, the highly reactionary U.S. president.