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I am a writer/blogger who is interested in diplomatic solutions more than all other options, but who recognizes that proper governance must enforce the rule-of-law, especially when its neglect will result in civil war and anarchy. That being said, I support reforms when they do not conflict with God's laws and when society-as-a-whole will benefit from the change. Some of the subjects that interest me include: diplomacy, sustainable food-supply, good-governance, liberal arts, morality, politics, prison-reform, religion, science, sociology and teaching frameworks. I have a Wikizine on Zimbio called "World Diplomacy For The 21st Century And Beyond" where you are welcome to contribute articles and comments. I am interested in promoting suggestions for the improvement of world diplomacy and how its general pursuit may rid itself of useless baggage and other hindrances to diplomacy. Have we learned enough from our mistakes to move toward the solutions that are so desperately needed? Cold-war tactics are a pointless exercise that risk unnecessary provocation of world-neighbors. I believe that their continued use is a deliberate ruse that prolongs the terms of vested-interest groups who wish to hide in an anonymous role behind puppet-diplomacy. We can short-circuit their plans by exposing their tactics on the blogging world-stage and force them to confront us on our terms. Diplomacy must include more than the selfish ambitions of a few players who seek to turn the world into private divide-and-conquer fiefdoms! Join me in refusing to accept anything but the very best diplomatic solutions for our planet!

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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 11, 2010
SOLUTIONS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT There may be various reasons given for this prolonged period of unemployment, but we seem to be ignoring basic solutions which would most effectively provide short and long-term relief and go a long ways toward stimulating the economy and our national unity. Perhaps sharing each others' burdens is the most direct and effective way after all.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 21, 2009
NATIONAL HEALTHCARE--A BETTER WAY TO HEAL THE NATION We have essentially placed the cart before the horse in the reformation of our national healthcare model. We should instead improve overall health by increased funding for wellness programs which focus on education, diet and exercise. When this has been implemented, there will be abundant dollars remaining to fund productive research on remaining healthcare concerns.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 26, 2009
HIPPOCRATES, MECHANICS AND YOU--A HEALTHCARE REBUTTAL We can't approach national healthcare like we do our automobiles, expecting to change the oil, do a quick repair and get back on the road. We have failed to include prevention as our national healthcare priority, and this spells disaster for a system already burdened with diseases caused primarily by poor diet and exercise habits. Government does have a role to play, but it should focus on the prevention before the cure.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 25, 2008
SOCIOLOGICAL REFORM: What's It All About? By approaching our sociological problems proactively, in a way that prevents their occurrence in the first place and treats their symptoms effectively and promptly, we are more-likely to achieve our aim of a harmonious and beneficial society.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 23, 2008
THE AMERICANS Let's make plans now to create a Western Hemisphere and world where all of us can participate equally and enjoy the benefits of our shared cooperation.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 6, 2011
THAT WAS QUITE A WEEK! Let's be world leaders in a real and meaningful sense by showing some cooperation on all levels. It's time that we work together on a bipartisan level and as fellow citizens to get this economy back on track and moving in a controlled and purposeful way toward recovery.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 28, 2009
According to Matthew Hoh, it is Time to Leave Afghanistan Sometimes patriotism is best modeled by those who call our attention to mistaken policy. Matthew Hoh has just demonstrated fearless leadership by being the first U.S. official to resign his post in protest over the Afghan war. It is time to re-evaluate our position in Afghanistan and forge a new diplomatic framework with our partners in the Middle East.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 3, 2011
Second-Wold Nation Status For the US Is Imminent By any standard, this prolonged recession has cost us a lot in quality-of-life. Let's do what we can to prevent a further decline.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 6, 2012
Subsidizing Healthfood This is an article supporting organic and sustainable food production in the areas of farming, distribution, wholesale and retail enterprises.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 7, 2011
THE FULL-EMPLOYMENT ACT OF 2011 The federal government attempted to pass full-employment legislation in 1946 and again in 1978, with little success. It's long past due, and this legislation would help to improve the view on the street and the economic mood of our nation, as well as set an example for others who are seeking to improve their national economies. Let's pass full-employment legislation without delay!
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 2, 2009
Bye Bye Miss American Pie and Hello Depression The world sees us as the culprits in a massive financial bait and switch of epic proportions, and those responsible have not stepped forward to admit their deception. They defend their selfish practices by reciting Wall Street dogmas of buyer beware. Those who have been victimized are trying desperately to survive in a world devoid of honesty and fair business practices. We owe them a sympathetic and attentive response!
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 19, 2011
ROTTEN TO THE CORE--AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT It's time to reassert control of our nation beginning at the grassroots level beginning with our local and state governments to take back the authority which has been mishandled by the federal government to the detriment of we the people.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 9, 2011
BULLIES ON THE PLAYGROUND--THE PROPER ROLE OF ANGER IN A MISMANAGED NATION Various pundits, politicians and news reporters have voiced their approval and disapproval of the Wall-Street demonstrations for the past few weeks. There is a great deal of speculation over the possibility that the American people are finally speaking with a clear and unmistakable voice that they have had enough of Wall Street greed and Congressional failure to reign-in the perpetrators who caused this depression.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 7, 2011
A Nation Speaking With One Voice This is still a nation of WE THE PEOPLE, and it is time to take back our nation. Let's begin now to change our local and state policies from within in order to replace the existing federal entity with more capable, worthy and truly united states who are determined to do the will of the people they represent.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 6, 2011
IT'S TIME FOR A GOVERNMENT RETROFIT! When Americans come together and act in unison, we are the most powerful human force in the world. It's time to take back the reins and lead this country back to its foundational roots. We have the tools at our disposal. All that is needed is for us to agree to work together to accomplish goals which work for the mutual benefit of all of us. We don't need a federal government to accomplish this for us. We can do it ourselves.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 10, 2011
NEIGHBORHOOD BULLIES Whose side is our federal government on when nothing is accomplished? When the status quo remains unchanged, who wins? Do you think that maybe there are certain powerful and vested interests who are being protected by this obstructionism? The real question is how long the people of the United States will allow this to go on before they dissolve the federal government. States-rights activists are watching this very closely!
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 27, 2008
LET'S NATIONALIZE THE BANKS! How long should the crooks remain unpunished? The fox is in the hen house and the wolf is in the sheep pen! Let's not reward their despicable acts by prolonging their terms as our financial overseers! Let's remove their legitimacy and ability to defraud the American public by exercising our will as citizens to remove their power as financial institutions, and replace them with our own banking system based on the rule of law.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 28, 2011
Fed Up With Wall Street And Congress How long it will take to dislodge the decades of corruption which are part of the American status quo depends on the degree of involvement of its citizens. Those who remember the Vietnam War protests have clear memories of how quickly changes came when the majority of Americans realized the enormous need for political transformation. That same process is emerging again and you can either be a part of it or watch as it unfolds.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 22, 2008
Our Place in the World Let's establish a new-millennium diplomacy which seeks common agreement on issues that affect and benefit us all. Instead of an "us vs. them" mentality, which pits nation-against-nation, and presumes that only one nation is capable of deciding what is beneficial for all, why not acknowledge our differences and move beyond them to create bridges that unite us in our common endeavors?
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 30, 2008
China, Russia and the USA: The Olympics and Morality on the World Stage The conflict in Georgia underscores the ongoing public debate over leadership in an ever-changing political landscape. The framework for global domination may differ widely in origin, but the court of world-opinion will largely determine its success or failure. God has a view on these matters, too.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 26, 2011
BRINKMANSHIP RUN-AMOK Let's return to government of, by and for the people which sacrifices personal agendas and ambitions in favor of the health and well-being of the country.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 11, 2011
IF LEADERSHIP CANNOT AGREE Americans of every stripe are sick and tired of federal government inaction! What family, city, county, state or nation can survive with this level of dysfunction? Failure to act in this time of crisis is derelict-of-duty. The nation and world are disgusted by the lack of leadership by the U.S. federal government. Failure to act in this time of need is more than irrational--it is treasonous in the extreme!
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 1, 2010
Special Interests Special Interest groups have won another major battle in the war for economic and cultural domination. Now that powerful elitist groups posing as solution-makers have the Supreme Court in their hip pocket, they have larger fish to fry in the U.S. Congress. Nothing stands between them and certain victory except those congressional voices who still care about the constituents who elected them--the oft-neglected silent majority.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 13, 2008
THE LESSONS OF MUMBAI (A Revision) We need to re-examine the way in which we relate to terrorists, by encouraging dialog leading to education, meaningful change and autonomy in the social and economic structures of the nations most influenced by terrorism. By responding to violence with constructive changes, we erode the foundation of hatred that terrorists depend upon for the recruitment and expansion of their support network. Revenge only breeds revenge.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 29, 2008
The Twin Tragedies of Mumbai Let's learn to ask larger questions about our tragedies--namely those which seek long-term and just resolutions for both the offending parties and those who have been offended, by inviting the conflicting parties to engage in meaningful dialogue and cooperation which has as its goal the long-term improvement in relationships on a national and global level and encourages others to do the same.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 18, 2011
THE PUBLIC'S CHIEF COMPLAINT: NONE OF THEM REPRESENT US! "Occupy Wall Street" protestors have focused our attention on the unequal representation which has become the status quo of the nation. When not being overlooked by the federal government altogether, there have been various attempts by members of Congress to characterize the demonstrators as naive and ineffective haters of due process. Or could it be that these protestors have become convinced that they are just being ignored?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 11, 2011
PRIMING THE PUMP WITH A 90% BUDGET As family members we understand that hardship is made easier when it is shared with others. As a world and nation we have watched our friends and neighbors lose their jobs and businesses as a result of the ongoing recession. There is no one who is unaffected by this process. Since we are all included in the effects which this recession perpetuates, we also can share in the solution which our united efforts provide.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 14, 2009
Too BIG to Fail? The banks--especially the insolvent ones, lost their opportunity for less governmental oversight when they accepted the first bailout dollars. Does it really need to be explained to them that the American public is unwillingly loaning them money which they don't have and passing along higher taxes to their grandchildren to bail out banks which were fundamentally under-regulated and got out of control?
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 14, 2009
Too Big to Fail? The banks--especially the large insolvent ones, lost their opportunity for less governmental oversight when they accepted the first bailout dollars. Does it really need to be explained to them that the American public is unwillingly loaning them money which they don't have and passing along higher taxes to their grandchildren to bail out banks which were fundamentally under-regulated and have now endangered our well-being?

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