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I am a former Army and VA psychiatrist who ran for the US Senate in 2010 on a campaign based on a pledge to introduce a constitutional amendment to abolish corporate personhood.
Now that the general public is beginning to understand the importance of the issue,I am devoting much of my time to get political activists to understand that the only way to reach their goals is to establish representative democracy in the US. This will require a constiutitional amendment banning corporate campaign expenditures and limiting amounts rich individuals can spend to influence elections.
I am convinced that the only way to do this is to make support for such an amendment a campaign issue. That way, we can easily see who wants to get in Congress to represent We the People and who want to serve our interests over those of corporations who currently control the US government.
I believe that it is possible to end war if we can prove that democracy is possible. Unless we can awaken enough Americans to the fact that their government is pursuing an agenda of corporate imperialism that will enslave them along with the rest of the world if not reclaimed by We the People, we will leave our children with a legacy of pain for which we cannot be forgiven.
Ultimately, endless war is a symptom of a disease that will destroy human civilization if not eradicated. There is no "us" vs "them." Our fates are intertwined. None of us gets out alive. The question is, how will we have lived?
Don't let a few bad facilities lead to privatization of the VA system
Recent articles detailing the history of mismanagement at the Roseburg VA paint a sorry picture of our local facility. It's a story that must be told, but it's important to put the facts into context. Generalizing from the problems of individual facilities without providing context gives the impression that the system is broken. However, we can't make sweeping conclusions about the VA without comparing outcomes
Saturday, September 3, 2016(29 comments)
The real reason single payer is inevitable
Democrats who have no understanding of health care economics but who accept how legislation is made in a corrupt Congress have done a grave disservice in supporting Obamacare and dismissing single payer as unrealistic.
The reality is that Obamacare never had a chance, because insurance-based health care is not only an inherently unfair system, but an economically unsustainable model for health care delivery.
The war comes home in Dallas
Dallas is just another example of the rising number of mass murders, not a symptom of growing racism.
It is largely a consequence of the callousness of Americans toward those to whom they do not feel connected.
When a nation stands by as its leaders commit mass murder in their names, they cannot escape the consequences.
Saturday, May 21, 2016(11 comments)
The revolution must transcend partisanship
Many have commented on the similarities between the positions of Trump and Sanders, and the fact that backers of both reject the Duopoly.
It may be easier to unite these two groups to fight corruption than to make Clinton's backers understand the fact that they are responsible for doing something about it.
Saturday, May 14, 2016(1 comments)
Beyond Bernie: The evolution of a revolution
The time has come to decide where the movement Sanders started will be going after the convention. While Sanders can play a key role regardless of the outcome, the fate of the movement will not depend on who is nominated as much as it will on what his supporters are willing to do to continue what he began.
The impeccable logic of Bernie or Bust
Some argued that Bernie or Bust was a way to scare potential Clinton supporters into voting for a candidate who actually represents their views. If that was true, it didn't work. However, there is good reason to hold to the promise of Bernie or Bust and just say no to Clinton.
Thursday, April 21, 2016(15 comments)
Bernie's last shot
Bernie's last hope is that Dems who might be inclined to vote for Clinton despite preferring his positions might be persuaded to wake up and vote for the candidate who actually represents their views.
Sunday, April 17, 2016(15 comments)
Syria: Obama's Bay of Pigs
It's no surprise that cynics abound when it comes to US plans in Syria. They may be wrong however when they write off current peace talks as just another cynical ploy of a government unified behind the goal of taking down Assad.
The evidence is clear that Obama has the motivation and a perfect chance to set the stage for an end to the violence and challenge neocon dominance of foreign policy, if he has the courage.
Thursday, April 7, 2016(10 comments)
Rolling Stone gathers moss-Wenner endorses Clinton
Sorry, Bernie. There is no nice way to put it: The Clinton endorsement by Rolling Stone founding editor Jann Wenner epitomizes the lowered expectations of her supporters and highlights the banality of their arguments.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016(18 comments)
Putin's Syrian surprise-we should have seen it coming
The Russian drawback in Syria shows what should have been obvious all along: Russia was not being duped by the call to resume negotiations. In fact, there is reason to believe that Obama is looking for a way to gracefully exit the arena. Russia's withdrawal would ease that by deescalating the situation and reducing the level of hysteria over the ISIS "threat" to the US.
Friday, March 11, 2016(11 comments)
If you like Trump, you'll love Sanders
Trump and Sanders have little in common but their appeal to those sick of Duopoly lies. While the press is losing credibility, it is highlighting the real dangers of electing a loose cannon with no clear political convictions.
Crazy as it sounds, it might be possible to get those Trump supporters who are having second thoughts to look past the propaganda and support Sanders now and in the general election.
Sunday, March 6, 2016(19 comments)
Clinton's record on free trade: national and global implications
Congress may vote on the disastrous TPP agreement this year. Clinton, Sanders and Trump oppose it.
A look at the facts shows that only Sanders has shown consistent opposition in the past, while Clinton has a clear record of supporting the neoliberal agenda.
Making these facts known may make a difference in the Democratic primary. Whoever wins, highlighting the issue can help stop TPP and counter neoliberalism.
Sunday, February 28, 2016(10 comments)
Which way to the revolution?
Depending on your point of view, the term "Sanders revolution" may be one of hope or derision. For others, it just provokes blank stares.
Monday, February 22, 2016(44 comments)
Sanders vs Clinton: Revolution or Civil War?
Despite Sanders' early victory and continued surge in the polls, many Democrats don't appreciate what is generating all the excitement.
While there are valid reasons to like Clinton, Sanders represents a historic opportunity to prove that we can elect a president who is not among those offered by the corporate party leadership.
Sanders can also lead the fight to make sure that other independent candidates wil join him.
Thursday, February 18, 2016(34 comments)
The vast left wing conspiracy to stop the single payer movement
Clinton calls single payer "too expensive" despite many examples of its efficiency in the real world, highlighting the difference between "pragmatism" and working for real change.
With us behind him, Sanders can advance causes that establishment Democrats have written off, because he also has a plan for campaign finance reform.
Dealing with corruption in the system is the key to achieving the entire progressive agenda.
Friday, April 24, 2015(29 comments)
To address climate change, stop focusing on global warming
Klein argues that climate change denial stems primarily from a fear of challenging one's assumptions about capitalism.
To overcome the arguments of those who cherry pick their sources to justify their blind prejudicess, it is useful to look at the basis of their beliefs and choose your arguments accordingly.
Monday, April 6, 2015(3 comments)
We are all Iranians now
Cynicism abounds in the alternative media about whether the interim agreement with Iran will lead to a permanent agreement indicating a new policy toward Iran.
While such skepticism is warranted, there is another way to view the situation that argues that Obama is quite serious about resetting US relations with Iran and in the process, beginning to check Israeli influence over US foreign policy.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015(7 comments)
How to break the corporate media blockade
To effectively organize in a nation where most people get their information from a media heavily influenced by the intelligence apparatus of the state, we have to get the facts out in traditional as well as alternative media.
This article is an example of how to cram the most important facts about the dangers of American empire into 700 words.
Don't forget that members of Congress read these too. It also educates them.
Friday, December 5, 2014(16 comments)
Turkey's turn to Russia could spell doom for NATO
Turkey's decision to partner with Russia in its plans to abandon South Stream due to EU demands could have earth-shaking consequences.
The best possible outcome could be to undermine the foundations of NATO, which has become nothing but a tool of empire.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014(5 comments)
Democratic midterm losses rooted in corruption
Analysts who view the election results as a referendum against Obama are missing the point. When voters are consistently offered a choice between Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber to represent them in Congress, they will eventually replace one party in power with the other as long as they refuse to consider alternatives.
The solution is to make their jobs depend on cleaning up the corruption of the electoral system.
Sunday, October 19, 2014(6 comments)
Zionism and Racism
It is impossible to address the cycle of violence between Israel and Palestine without putting aside any racist assumptions, conscious or unconscious. This article discusses this explosive topic in an attempt to promote a rational dialogue that respects the humanity of both sides.
Saturday, October 4, 2014(24 comments)
Why a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United is inevitable
The recent vote in the senate on a constitutional amendment intended to regulate campaign finance and abolish corporate personhood was a historic advance in the abolition movement.
So why are so many commentators so invested in convincing us that the movement is dead? The most charitable explanation is that they haven't bothered to consider how it can be done.
Saturday, September 6, 2014(49 comments)
Controlling the masses by manipulating conspiracy theories
The US government routinely labels explanations of its actions that do not comport to the official story "conspiracy theories," even while concocting some whoppers of their own.
People who should know better had best wake up to the fact that if they are not open to hearing how American power really works, they are wasting their time claiming to work for peace and justice.
Thursday, July 31, 2014(2 comments)
Ending the tyranny of the banksters
Lessons of the Populist movement can be applied to current problems that are destroying the US and world economy, plunging millions into poverty.
The key to achieving the reforms sought by the Populists is to deal with the corruption of government that stymied them. It starts by making a campaign issue of support for constitutional amendment to regulate campaign finance and abolish corporate constitutional "rights."
Thursday, July 24, 2014(40 comments)
Getting Americans to understand the facts about Ukraine and empire
Americans don't understand that their government controlled by international corporations that use its military and economic power to establish global corporate domination.
Until we break through the corporate media blockade, we allow ourselves to be enslaved in a fascist New World Order along with the citizens of targeted nations.
Stand up for Ukrainians, Syrians and Libyans or there will be no one left to stand for us.
Sunday, July 20, 2014(18 comments)
Stop bitching and start the Revolution
We cannot overcome the power of the corporate media until those who speak through the "alternative" media start to focus on solutions to the root causes of the myriad problems they so love to complain about.
This does not require thousands of little plans to tackle these problems. What we need is a focus on how to attack the root problem of corruption of government by the global elite.
Monday, June 30, 2014(51 comments)
We are all Russians now
There was a moment in history when Americans believed world peace possible. For too many, that dream died with Kennedy.
We must remember in this time of unchecked US aggression JFK's words at American University when he argued for an end to the Cold War. We are one human family.
Americans can change the course of history by demanding an end to US imperialism. That will happen when they abandon American exceptionalism.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014(11 comments)
We are all Palestinians now- A review of Max Blumenthal's Goliath
The most easily refuted lie about Israel is that it represents all Jews. Blumenthal makes a major addition to the growing body of literature by American and Israeli Jews refuting it.
Weaving historical narrative with contemporary events, quotes from Knesset members and interviews with a broad sample of Israelis and Palestinians, he creates a stunning indictment of modern Israel that he traces to the roots of Zionism itself.
Friday, June 6, 2014(4 comments)
The real meaning of D-Day
D-Day is thought of as the day the final victory over fascism began. US history since the end of WWII has proven this to be anything but the case. It is not too late for us to make sure that the victims of that war, both civilian and soldier, did not die in vain.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
How to honor the war dead
One day a year, Americans set aside a day to remember the war dead. How about those who struggle on with the knowledge of what they have done in war and the civilians whose lives are forever changed by the death and destruction it causes?
Thursday, May 8, 2014(11 comments)
Is democracy possible?
All the hopeful talk about bringing democracy to America ignores the fact that a great number of Americans fear real democracy. It is important to keep this in mind when trying to build a united front against corporate rule.
To counter arguments against democracy and in favor of a constitutional republic, it is necessary to understand the basis of the objection and a way to explain why republicanism leads to oligarchy.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014(3 comments)
The horrors of global climate change no one talks about
Everyone knows global climate change will cause destructive weather, displace coastal populations, cause widespread property damage and general disruption, but how many ever stop to really perceive the costs on a human scale?
If we cannot even look at how many people are dying every day due to the current policies of the global elite, we will have trouble imagining the future that awaits us if we do not act forcefully now.
Thursday, April 10, 2014(64 comments)
We cannot salvage a growth-based economy
Anyone concerned by how we are going to recover from the devastation wrought by unrestrained greed on Wall Street needs to start by realizing that there can be no return to prosperity under the old economic rules. They are designed to accumulate wealth at the top at the expense of the worker.
In a world of finite resources, we have to create an economy that works for everyone while repsecting the finite limits of growth.
Thursday, April 3, 2014(3 comments)
In the wake of McCutcheon, take back America with a Pledge to Amend
The Supreme Court declared today that Congress has no power to prevent individuals from buying elections. While Citizens United awoke many to the fact that America is a plutocracy, this slap in the face should serve as a wake up call to those who didn't get the message before.
Here's what you can do about it.
Friday, March 28, 2014(7 comments)
Educating the masses-Why Ukraine matters
Americans have a hard time recognizing their government is engaged in systematic violations of international laws specifically designed to prevent the kind of preemptive warfare the US engages in with increasing regularity.
It is imperative, if we are going to halt the advance of the global corporate empire, that we educate Americans about the lessons of Ukraine.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014(85 comments)
Changing the world-the psychology of belief
Activists can despair when they see the psychopathy in the behavior of average people. They conclude that this is "human nature."
Psychotherapists know this is not quite true. While humans are easily influenced to adopt beliefs that lead them to commit or accept unjust acts, with a little work they can be persuaded to change those beliefs and work for the common good.
If this were not so, democracy would be impossible.
Thursday, October 24, 2013(2 comments)
Setting Goals for a Real Global Revolution
Despite hope for a global revolution, little of substance has been accomplished that will lead to one. Real change requires strategy, which presupposes common goals that have yet to be agreed upon. When there is general agreement on aims, ways must be found to articulate them in such a way that a large majority agrees with them. Then we have to find a way to state our aims that will unite left and right in common cause.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013(2 comments)
Toward a Strategy for Global Revolution
There is a growing recognition that all the problems highlighted by the global Occupy movement are related to the control of governments by a small group of the economic elite.
The question is, How are we going to address the problem? In this article, I argue that we need to develop a strategy for combining our individual efforts to systematically undermine the power of the global elite to control governments.
Monday, September 9, 2013(3 comments)
Is Obama's pitch to Americans on Syria kosher?
In the third of a three part series examining the Obama administration's handling of the rush to war in Syria,the role of Israel is examined and a case made that Obama may have emphasized the benefits to the Israeli right wing's objectives to help Americans wake up to the fact that the interests of the two are not identical.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013(26 comments)
In defense of Obama
Obama is justly criticized by the Left and Right, but critics go too far in attacking the man, not his policies. As with Clinton, this only makes defenders blind to his real faults.
It also ignores the fact that a President who challenges the military industrial complex does so at the risk of his life.
Critics and supporters have to consider that to properly understand his motivations. They may not be what you think.
Friday, August 30, 2013(5 comments)
Opposition to Syria may reignite the American Revolution
Unnoticed by most commentators, there has been growing convergence of thinking by conservative and liberal activists. Common sense is overcoming dogma to the extent that even the mainstream media and Congress are not immune.
The NSA-spying scandals aroused some to the dangers of an endless "war" on terror. The prospect of unilateral military action in Syria may be all it takes to connect the dots for average Americans.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013(3 comments)
The real cost of student debt
The amount of student debt is not the problem. It shouldn't exist at all. A society dedicated to the ideal of equality would treat education as a commodity.
Access to higher education should be a right, not a privilege. Democrats claiming victory for stopping an immediate doubling of student-loan interest rates only to raise them even more in a few years shows the dire need for better education if we want to have democracy.
Friday, August 2, 2013(7 comments)
Snowden: Vanguard of an American insurgency?
The one theory to explain Snowden's motivation that hasn't been offered to my knowledge is the possibility that he might be part of a growing resistance within the intelligence community and military to being used to create a global corporate New World Order.
True or not, that is exactly what it will take to end the threat of global dominance by the power brokers who dictate US foreign policy and direct the security state.
Friday, July 5, 2013(8 comments)
A peaceful global uprising
The world is beginning to awaken to the need to stand up against the Empire if they ever want to be free.
We need to understand that the only way to achieve liberty and justice for all is to unite across international borders in a global uprising that will put the global corporate elite on notice that the days of empire are over.
Saturday, June 29, 2013(1 comments)
The Obama Doctrine
Obama was elected promising to work for a post-partisan society. Partisan Democrats are so busy defending his record on issues where he has differed from Republicans that they won't look at areas where they agree but should not, like arming terrorists from Libya to Syria.
The truth is, Obama is no more responsible for crafting US foreign policy than Bush was capable. Both are acting according to the dictates of others.
Monday, June 24, 2013(1 comments)
We are all Turks now
Turks protesting their government's power grab realize that their democratic experiment is in danger. Erdogan is going along with the agenda for a New World Order because it coincides with his Islamist agenda, but his actions have unleashed the power of the People.
Americans need to understand this lesson, because they must end their own "civil war" in order to finish their Revolution.
Saturday, February 23, 2013(14 comments)
Building a Movement for Real Change
Each moment in history is unique, but never before has all of human civilization been threatened by human greed and lust for power.
It is imperative that we move beyond competition among groups working for change and learn how to unite humanity in common cause.
This article suggests how we can build a movement with the strength to create real democracy in the US so that the government will address the necessities.
Thursday, February 21, 2013(8 comments)
Why Syria Matters
This article outlines why Syria is a target nation of NATO and the corporate forces behind the attempt to establish a permanent New World Order dominated by a small group of the international elite.
It is critical for citizens of NATO governments to understand what is being done in their name if they want to free their children from bondage in a permanent global police state.
Monday, January 14, 2013(12 comments)
Guns And The Coming Revolution
The latest round in the ongoing gun control debate has led to open discussion of the idea that Americans need to prepare to fight a violent revolution.
An armed revolt need not be fought and could not be won. It would simply provide an excuse to impose what could be permanent martial law.
The solution to government corruption is a constitutional amendment to end the ability of corporations and the rich to buy election.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013(12 comments)
It's Time For A Real Debate On Health Care Reform
The health care "reform" debate of 2009-10 grahically showed the corruption of both major parties by corporate cash.
If Democratic supporters could have seen past the lies of the Democratic politicians who promised to work for a public option and had paid attention to the fact that had one passed it would not lead to single payer, they might have joined the thousands of people working for single payer. It's not too late.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012(3 comments)
The Mussolini test
Debates about the tryanny of the right or left hide the fact that democracy depends on consensus. Arguments put in these terms pit Americans against another. The the only way to move the country in any direction is to recognize that the fate of all of us depends on considering the good of each of us.
If Americans can work together in the interests of all, they will have passed the Mussolini test, proving democracy possible.
Friday, December 21, 2012(3 comments)
It's the corruption, stupid!
The US left has failed to make discernible progress in unifying a movement with real political power.
By studying the success of movements in Europe and the Mideast in unifying people from across the social and political spectrum to fight corruption in government, we have a historic opportunity to create real democracy in America. A united fight for both a constitutional amendment and anti-corruption legislation is the way.
Thursday, December 6, 2012(15 comments)
Congress must begin to put the interests of average Americans over those of the corporate donors who finance their campaigns. If they don't do so in the debates on how to reduce the national debt, We the People can hold them accountable by voting only for candidates in 2014 who will support a constitutional amendment to end corporate campaign expenditures and limit those by the rich.
It is time politicians shared out pain.
Sunday, December 2, 2012(7 comments)
We are all Africans now
The western world is undergoing an austerity "crisis" that is the only possible outcome of an economy based on a zero-sum game.
If America is really a democracy, we can decide to change our economic model to one that is just and that is able to adapt to a changing demographic that requires us to provide for both those entering the work force and those leaving it.
This will require fundamental changes in our assumptions.
Friday, November 23, 2012(4 comments)
Austerity or debt: a false choice
The debate over austerity measures is causing riots and international strikes in Europe, but many Americans regard them as necessary to address the debt "crisis" that has resulted from 30 years of irresponsible government by both major parties.
The real problem is the American system of corporate welfare. The solution is to make support of a constitutional amendment to get special interests out of financing elections.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012(3 comments)
Occupy at Two: Moving Forward
For Occupy to move forward, those who want to the dream of revolutionary change alive will have to take a careful look at the choices those in the movement have made.
In particular, the decision to not unify around the central issue of the need for a constitutional amendment to achieve real campaign finance reform needs to be revisited. This article argues this the key to a peaceful democratic revolution.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012(3 comments)
America's Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
We all know that endless war takes a toll on service members. How often do we think about how it affects society as a whole?
This article explores the parallels between PTSD in the individual and similar problems in society caused by failure to recognize how war affects both and the work that must be done to correct the problems.
Veterans have a special role in the healing of America that will in the end help them heal.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012(7 comments)
Dying for an Education
Every war is different and every one affects veterans in a different way. The current global war is unique in the number of redeployments made by service members,widespread use of National Guard members and the fact that Americans do not pay the direct costs of war.
This has led to young men and women paying the price of endless war on behalf of a society that increasingly offers few other opportunities for success.