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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.
(36 comments) SHARE 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
(1 comments) SHARE 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
(30 comments) SHARE 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.
(30 comments) SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE 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.
(44 comments) SHARE 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.
(21 comments) SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE 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
(1 comments) SHARE 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. "