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Steven Jonas, MD, MPH, MS is a Professor Emeritus of Preventive Medicine at StonyBrookMedicine (NY) and author/co-author/editor/co-editor of over 35 books. In addition to his position on OpEdNews as a “Trusted Author,” he is a Senior Editor, Politics, for The Greanville Post; a Contributor for American Politics to The Planetary Movement; a contributor to the “Writing for Godot” section of Reader Supported News; and a contributor to From The G-Man. Furthermore, he is an occasional contributor to BuzzFlash Commentary Headlines and The Harder Stuff. He is also a triathlete (34 seasons, 250 multi-sport races).
Dr. Jonas’ latest book is Ending the ‘Drug War’; Solving the Drug Problem: The Public Health Approach, Brewster, NY: Punto Press Publishing, (Brewster, NY, 2016, available on Kindle from Amazon, and also in hardcover from Amazon). His most recent book on US politics is The 15% Solution: How the Republican Religious Right Took Control of the U.S., 1981-2022: A Futuristic Novel (Trepper & Katz Impact Books, Punto Press Publishing, 2013, Brewster, NY), and available on Amazon. The book is currently being serialized on OpEdNews.
(2 comments) Wednesday, April 24, 2019 A Tale of Two Mueller Reports
This column presents and discusses the two widely different "Mueller Reports" that are presently being presented and considered on the public stage. The first is the one that is based on what is actually in the Report. The other one is not.
(1 comments) Thursday, April 18, 2019 A Trump-commentary Tweetstorm
Trump tweetstorms have become so commonplace, that most people don't even take shelter from them anymore. But in the light of the issuance of the Barr Report today to which "I'm-so-innocent" Trump responded with a massive, mainly negative, tweetstorm, I thought to do a tweetstorm of my own. And so here is a series of tweets on the subject of Trump, published at twitter.com/tpjmagazine.
(7 comments) Thursday, April 11, 2019 On the Road to Dictatorship
The central principle of U.S. Constitutional Government is the Separation of Powers. This was established in response to the previous concentration of powers in the hands of the English King George III. This is the principle that Donald Trump would clearly like to destroy. He's not there yet, but he is clearly getting closer to achieving his goal. This column discusses the history.
(8 comments) Monday, April 1, 2019 The No Collusion Delusion (with a definition)"
Some, both Right and Left, are going to treat this column as a joke But even though it was published on April Fool's Day, this column is deadly serious. For a really good one of the above, see Josh Mitteldorf's column on Trump and Twitter.
(3 comments) Monday, March 25, 2019 Katy Barr the Door*
As is widely known, Donald J. Trump hired William Barr as his personal lawyer inside the Justice Department (oops, Attorney General) for one reason only: to try to shut down the Mueller investigation entirely and prevent any of it from reaching the light of day. Lacking that, Barr's assignment was a) to short circuit it to the extent possible and b) to make as light of the findings as possible. This column goes on from there.
(5 comments) Friday, March 22, 2019 The Bush-Cheney War on Iraq, in the Context of the 9/11 Disaster
July 19 was the 13th anniversary of the launch of the Bush-Cheney War on Iraq. On his Al-Awda-News my good friend Sami Joseph republished an outstanding column by Jeremy Hammond on the immediate run-up to it that was published in the Foreign Policy Journal on Sept. 12, 2012. In that context, I thought to revisit a column that I published in 2004 on the Bush-Cheney response to the 9-11 disaster and their War on Iraq.
(3 comments) Thursday, March 14, 2019 Let's Take Trump at his Word: "It's a Hoax and a Witch-hunt;" What Then?
OK, Mr. Trump. Let's say that there is no truth in any of the charges, indictments, guilty-pleas, and criminal convictions which have been brought against you (for you it is just charges, indirectly so far) and members of your administration and campaign team. Just how you would intend to go about showing how the following items comprise a "hoax" and a "witch-hunt." Surely you can do it, with ease, can't you?
(5 comments) Thursday, February 21, 2019 It's Not About the Wall
The "Wall" is not about a Wall along the Mexican-U.S. border per se. It's all about a) political symbolism for Trump and the Trumpites and b) the means, through the "national emergency," to intensify Trump's drive towards effective dictatorship.
(1 comments) Friday, February 15, 2019 Abortion Rights and Religious Authoritarianism
For quite some time, I have been writing on the necessity of moving the struggle to maintain abortion rights beyond the "woman's rights to choose" to the struggle to maintain the essential U.S. right of religious freedom. I certainly believe in any woman's right to choose but I also believe that over time it is becoming a losing argument. The basic struggle is over religious freedom. And that is what this column is about.
(4 comments) Friday, February 1, 2019 Ann Coulter's Wall and Trump's Continuing Drive towards Fascism
This column is about Trump's Wall, Ann Coulter, and Trump's continuing drive towards establishing a fascist state. With a postscript on his abandonment of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces agreement (then with the Soviet Union, now with its successor state, Russia).
(2 comments) Sunday, January 20, 2019 Hair Trump or Herr Trump, Revisited
Back in the Fall of 2015, as the Presidential primary season was getting into full swing, I wrote a column on him entitled "Hair Trump or Herr Trump." In it, I dealt with the number of fascist tendencies that already seemed to be appearing in Trump's person and politics. As Trump proceeds through his Presidency, I thought it useful to review those projections.
(3 comments) Wednesday, January 9, 2019 The Reichstag Fire, the "Border Crisis" and the Establishment of Dictatorship
Goering's men set the Reichstag Fire to give Hitler the pretext for declaring a national emergency and demanding the creation of the Enabling Act, which gave him dictatorial power. Trump's ultimate goal in declaring a "border crisis" --- when his "Wall" solution to it, which would take years to build ---tells us that there is none, may well be the establishment of a dictatorship.
(36 comments) Friday, December 21, 2018 Is There a Slow-Motion Coup Underway?
I think that a silent, slowly developing inside coup d'etat has been developing against Trump since before that very revealing (if one read it the right way) Op-Ed from "Anonymous" appeared in the New York Times last fall. I think that the Syria pull-out, most likely the result of a Putin-called card, is the last, or at least one of the last, straws. It will likely come as the result of investigation overload.
Thursday, December 13, 2018 "Elle" and "The Preamblers"
The women's magazine Elle has recently undertaken an unusual initiative: On Nov. 6, 2018, 35 new women were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, making this incoming class the most diverse . . . in the body's 230-year history. They join nearly 70 women incumbents, resulting in over 100 women reps. To commemorate the milestone, ELLE.com captured 27 of these Congresswomen-Elect, reciting the Preamble to the Constitution
(10 comments) Wednesday, December 5, 2018 The Bushes and "Honor"
With the passing of George H.W. Bush, there has been a lot of talk about him and "honor." "Except for the 'Willy Horton' ad," and perhaps one or two other things here and there, folks say, he was an "honorable man." And certainly, folks say, he came from, and bequeathed to us, an honorable family. Well, in this column we'll take a look at those propositions, and readers can make up their own minds.
(9 comments) Friday, November 30, 2018 The South Won the First Civil War --- Betcha Didn't Know That
With the victory of Hyde-White, a woman who made abundantly clear that she is a White Supremacist, harking back to both Jim Crow (lynchings) and the Confederacy (wanting to name a highway after Jeff Davis), in the Mississippi Senate election, I thought to revisit a theme on which I have written periodically: How the South Won the Civil War. And so, here 'tis that column.
(2 comments) Friday, November 23, 2018 The Art of the Con: Failure 1 and the Further Turn Towards Fascism
Trump has been characterized as history's greatest con man. Until now, he has always won, or being able to characterize each of his many real losses as "wins," at least been able to make it seem that way. But now, in an off-year election which he was able to make into a referendum about himself, in terms of the total popular vote and control of the House, he has lost. This column is about how he is reacting to that reality.