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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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Friday, October 19, 2018 (5 comments)     

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Trump's trade tariffs, a "fool's errand" that won't work, and will backfire Someone should have told Trump that the one thing he must never even consider doing is to start an economic war with China. Unfortunately, that's what this president, an economic lightweight, recently did.

Friday, October 12, 2018 (15 comments)     

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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)     

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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.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 (8 comments)     

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The FBI must have Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge take polygraph tests There is an effective way to get to the real truth in the confirmation process and determine whether Judge Brett Kavanaugh should become a Supreme Court Justice, and that is having the FBI conduct polygraph tests on the key individuals involved.

Thursday, September 20, 2018 (11 comments)     

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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.

Northern Lights - Aurora Borealis - Iceland Friday, September 14, 2018 (21 comments)     

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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.

gridlock in Congress Wednesday, September 5, 2018 (11 comments)     

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Who is largely responsible for the deterioration of the U.S. Congress? The American People It's no secret that we have an incompetent, politically corrupt Congress within our government. That's why it continues to receive an approval rating of around 13%. Dysfunctionality is the order of the day, that could not be more evident. But the question is; how did it reach this low point in its history?

Friday, August 31, 2018 (12 comments)     

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Is America truly exceptional, can it be called the wealthiest country in the world? How many times have we heard someone make the statement that America is the wealthiest country in the world? And how often do we also hear that it is exceptional among the countries in the world? Americans feel very good when they heard those words. How wonderful it would be if that actually were the case.

Monday, August 27, 2018 (91 comments)     

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Senator John McCain served his country with honor; Trump said, "nope, not me!" Senator John McCain died this past Saturday after a battle with a deadly form of brain cancer. He was truly a war hero even though Donald J. Trump has, on several occasions, had the audacity to say that he didn't think McCain was a hero; and said: "I prefer those who weren't captured."

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A Perfect Storm over Washington; Trump will be forced to resign Suddenly, out of the blue, a Perfect Storm that has been hanging in the skies over Washington D.C. erupted and came crashing down on our nation's capital and the White House.

Thursday, August 16, 2018 (6 comments)     

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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)     

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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)     

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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."

Impeachment March Friday, July 27, 2018 (48 comments)     

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An absolute must: impeachment, 25th Amendment, or resignation The foundations of America are under attack by those whose main objective is to completely do away with the government of, by and for the people so that they then gain total control of this entire government and country.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (119 comments)     

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Republicans should never again recite the Pledge of Allegiance "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

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As our democracy is dismantled right before their eyes Americans remain silent It's a national tragedy that this country's democracy is being dismantled and a large portion of the American people either doesn't comprehend what is happening, or they do, but they choose to remain silent, not putting forth any resistance whatsoever.

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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.

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'Progressive' Democrats need to reconnect with the American people; regain their trust We need to see a new breed of Democrats step up to energize and motivate their party to reconnect with the American people by regaining their trust. We might say that the "Blue wave" that seems to be gathering momentum is a sign of what is referred to as "Out with the old and in with the new."

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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.

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Mueller must act quickly to prevent the establishment of an authoritarian government in America The Mueller Investigation: Timing is everything; we may have arrived at a pivotal time in U.S. history.

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Mass shootings, children being gunned down in cold blood; a dark stain on the soul of America What in the world is happening in our country, to our society? Why are mass shootings becoming commonplace? And why in the world are children in schools the primary victims of these murderers? These children have become targets; they are like sitting ducks in a shooting gallery.

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Time for the UK and European nations to do what is right and reject US dominance With Trump making one of the worst, most reckless decisions by an American president in U.S. history he has, unwittingly, provided a brilliant opportunity for European nations to begin the process of breaking away from decades of American dominance.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Three elements coalescing to send Trump and Republicans into a crushing defeat in November A very powerful storm, rapidly building in intensity, is rushing toward the Trump White House and the Republican Party. This is not a storm that we typically see in various sections of this country. This is a political storm that has the potential to bring down the Trump administration and, with it, the GOP.

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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.

Focus Friday, February 23, 2018 (3 comments)     

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The main obstacles standing in the way of America achieving true greatness What obstacles stand in the way of America achieving true greatness when, once again, it would be highly respected, greatly admired, and looked upon for leadership in world affairs? What must the U.S. government and the people of America do to restore that distinction?

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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.

blowback Friday, January 26, 2018 (88 comments)     

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Coming soon to an election precinct near you: The Revenge of the American Voter "We know things are bad -- worse than bad. They're crazy. It's like everything everywhere is going crazy. Now I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell: 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not gonna take this anymore!"

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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.

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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."

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The calm before the storm? What is it, how long will it last? The media is scrambling to try to find out what Trump really meant when he made this cryptic statement; "Maybe this is the calm before the storm." When asked to explain, he smiled and said, "You'll see."

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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. Can such a conclusion be supported by fac

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The Media: Not so much fake news as shallow, less than objective journalism While Trump's insults aimed at the mainstream media are often referred to as outrageous the fact of the matter is that this media is most certainly not above criticism, not by any means. Here are some of the reasons why it falls short of representing the best of journalism.

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Trump on single payer healthcare: "A CURSE on this country and the American people." What? Did this president actually tweet that such a single payer-system that could provide medical coverage for every American was a curse? Believe it or not he certainly did and here's what he said: "Bernie Sanders is pushing hard for a single-payer healthcare plan - a curse on the U.S. & its people."

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In this Korean crisis, Trump's bullying tactics aren't working and never will "All options, including military actions, are on the table." When asked if he was serious about possibly launching an attack on North Korea, Trump replied, "We'll see." Tough words coming from this country's "work in progress" Commander-in-Chief!

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Pouring trillions into the black hole of war while our national infrastructure continues to decay The more taxpayer dollars that are sucked into that black hole of war the more cracks appear in the foundation of America, its national infrastructure, at the center of almost everything that goes on in America; from the transportation of goods to people driving to work and a great deal in between.

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Republicans, on the ropes, ready to go down; can Democrats deliver the knockout blow? Urgent message for the Democratic Party and its members: Wake up, wake up, wake up! Seize the opportunity that has been presented to you; it's there for the taking but, to do so, you must awake from your deep political sleep.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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China has it, America doesn't; a vision, a strategic plan for the future What could not be more obvious and troubling is the fact that those in control of the U.S. ship of state, specifically in the presidency and Congress, are caught up in a state of chaos and turmoil, resulting in political paralysis; one of their own making.

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Republicans' treacherous healthcare plan: betrayal of the American people In America's convoluted, inequitable healthcare system, there are many millions of Americans who are highly dependent upon healthcare coverage provided by either Obamacare or Medicaid programs.

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The largest, most powerful military in world history is being held at bay by North Korea The world watches with a great amount of trepidation as North Korea and the U.S. engage in a confrontation over North Korea's determination to develop a nuclear weapons system. This is a very tenuous situation, like a ticking time bomb, that could go off at any given time.

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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.

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A rising tide of anger and frustration spreads across America, generating positive actions When we have a government and leaders that are clearly not up to the task of solving this nation's many problems, then it's time for others to step forward, provide that leadership, and initiate positive actions to make things happen. So let's take look at some of the positive actions being taken by states, local governments and the American people.

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The essence of evil; Republicans' treachery against their fellow Americans What kind of evil-minded individuals would even think about committing such a shameful, detestable act that will bring great harm, suffering and distress upon many millions of Americans; that is, to take away their medical coverage?

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A government in a state of paralysis; no plan, no vision for the future, no capability to solve this country's problems What could not be more obvious and very troubling is the fact that those in control of this government are caught up in a state of paralysis, one of their own making; going from day to day just reacting to conditions that suddenly emerge around them. They have absolutely no vision of the direction that this country should take going into the future.

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How mind conditioning has created a great silence and passivity in the American society Here's a message from your government: Congratulations to you the people of America for your acquiescence, passiveness, and continued silence; your subservient behavior has been exemplary, it shows that your absolute, unconditional loyalty to your government is still in full force.

EndlessWar Thursday, June 1, 2017 (17 comments)     

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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.

Capitalism Works For Me! at Ingenuity Fest Friday, May 26, 2017 (21 comments)     

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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.

stuck in a rut Friday, May 19, 2017 (10 comments)     

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The 21st Century presented America with exciting new opportunities; what in the world happened? Well, not much at all has happened in these past 16 plus years. The opportunities weren't seized, the new directions weren't taken and America lapsed into a state of stagnation. Its economy has been very lifeless, its middle class dying, and it's once unique creative and innovative capabilities have been minimal at best.

Friday, May 12, 2017 (15 comments)     

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With the walls closing in on him, his presidency unraveling, Trump hits the panic button and "fires" away How soon might it be before we see a remake of the famous film clip which shows President Richard Nixon boarding the presidential helicopter for the last time as he left the White House in disgrace as a result of the Watergate cover up? It could be sooner than we think and this time Donald Trump will be the passenger.

Friday, May 5, 2017 (30 comments)     

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Massive, relentless attacks on the U.S. media; a precursor to a totalitarian state? One of the key steps in creating a totalitarian state: attacking, silencing the media.

Friday, April 28, 2017 (10 comments)     

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The Trump presidency: it should generate a thunderous WAKE UP call for all Americans As we witness the Trump presidency continue to rapidly accelerate down the wrong road, here's a message to send out all across America: Never, ever, make this same kind of monumental mistake again; allowing someone like the current totally incompetent, irrational occupant of the White House to assume this degree of power.

Replace Insecure https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f1/Trump_Kim.png/640px-Trump_Kim.png Thursday, April 20, 2017 (35 comments)     

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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.

Friday, April 14, 2017 (4 comments)     

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Trump's attack on Syria; it's either a Wag the Dog or a False Flag operation If there ever were a situation that appeared to be a Wag the Dog or a False Flag operation we just witnessed it when Mr. Trump launched his missile attack on a Syrian government military facility.

Shills Thursday, April 6, 2017 (4 comments)     

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Republicans currently in the driver's seat but Democrats are sitting in the catbird seat Some observers think that the Democratic Party is in a state of political paralysis and that Republicans, who currently control the entire government, are in the driver's seat and will not relinquish that control anytime soon.

impending disaster Friday, March 31, 2017 (86 comments)     

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Trump supporters: like passengers on deck of the Titanic The USS Trump, following the course taken by HMS Titanic many years ago, ran into unexpected danger just as it was getting underway on its maiden voyage.

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