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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 and regulate campaign finance.

A constitutional amendment banning corporate campaign expenditures and limiting or abolishing individual donations spent to influence elections is an essential step to getting back on the path to democracy.

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, address climate change and provide health care to all 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?


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Medicare for All Rally, From FlickrPhotos
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Will Democrats fall for the public option scam again? Democrats chose to support a public option in 2009 instead of Medicare for All and ended up with nothing. Are they really going to do it again?
Save our VA, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 6, 2018
VA privatization continues with MISSION Act The public is largely unaware of efforts to privatize VA care. These efforts go far beyond assuring care is available. It threaten the continued existence of the VA as we know it. It's critical to understand how the VA MISSION Act furthers the goals of the privateers so we can let our members of Congress know we do not accept the diversion of public funds to enrich private interests by sacrificing quality of care.
Veterans for Peace is staging actions around the country to educate the public about opposition to VA privatization., From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 10, 2018
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
Obamacare, From FlickrPhotos
(29 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 3, 2016
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.
war, From FlickrPhotos
(31 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 28, 2016
The road to WWIII is paved with good intentions Of all those who advocate for war, the "humanitarian" is the most dangerous. None are more effective than Nicholas Kristof.
Police Brutality Protest - Anaheim - July 29 2012 - 47, From FlickrPhotos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 16, 2016
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.
Unity, From FlickrPhotos
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 21, 2016
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.
Anonymous Protest, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 14, 2016
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.
Anger, From FlickrPhotos
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 6, 2016
Supporting Clinton is a sign of the battered spouse syndrome I've taken a hard look at my anger toward people who don't get why a political revolution is imperative and realized that they cannot help themselves.
Bernie Sanders Rally - Raleigh NC (Mar 11th 2016), From FlickrPhotos
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 28, 2016
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.
From flickr.com/photos/47422005@N04/16702549983/: Bernie Sanders - Caricature, From Images
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 21, 2016
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.
Obama thinking?, From FlickrPhotos
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 17, 2016
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.
Give Up., From FlickrPhotos
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 7, 2016
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.
3x Tupolev Tu-160, From FlickrPhotos
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 15, 2016
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.
Revolt, From FlickrPhotos
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 11, 2016
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.
TPP Leesburg Rally, From FlickrPhotos
(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 6, 2016
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.
The New World Order is the enemy of humanity, From ImagesAttr
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 28, 2016
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.
Election 2016: Bernie Sanders NYC Fundraiser Draws Campaign Supporters Who Are 'Feelin' The Bern', From FlickrPhotos
(44 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 22, 2016
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.
Health care reform proponent, From ArchivedPhotos
(34 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 18, 2016
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.
#PeoplesClimate: Faith Contingent & Unitarian Universalists, From ImagesAttr
(29 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 24, 2015
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.

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