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I am an ordinary citizen who for the first sixty years of his life was mostly disinterested in politics. Then George Bush and Dick Cheney intruded into my consciousness and I realized politics is important and determines who lives and who dies. In recent years I have written a series of letters to newspapers expressing my concern for my fellow man and this beautiful planet. I truly appreciate the OPEDNEWS forum as opportunity to help find a way to a better future.

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(41 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 27, 2022
Let Us Use The Power we Do Possess This is a hopeful attempt to move our commentary beyond complaint and to suggest that there may well be something we 'can' do to prevent senseless invasions and killing by our government
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 28, 2019
9/11-Still A Crime In Progress--Dick Cheneys' Role As indicated in this piece, 9/11 is still a crime in progress and needs to be properly investigated
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 13, 2018
The 1500-lb Gorilla Mueller is Hiding The Russians are not a meaningful threat and the Muller investigation is intended to create the illusion we need a trillion-dollar-a-year military because the Russians are coming--NOT!
The Founding Fathers?, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 25, 2019
The Awakening I am still struggling to outline a way forward that will protect the life forms and life force of this planet
(32 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 1, 2019
Right To Bear Arms No Longer Constitutional This is an effort to stand up strongly and without apology for a society devoid of weapons being available to those who love guns and need to own and carry arms.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 21, 2018
What's The Matter With Black People? This is an attempt to acknowledge and value the black community here in America
the face of fascism always remains the same blank, black emptiness, From FlickrPhotos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 7, 2019
What 'Moving To The Center' Means This piece expresses concern over the integrity of the democratic primary and offers some suggestions
View of the New York Stock Exchange, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 14, 2019
The Dow Jones Average Reveals Our Collective Soul This piece is a continuance of my efforts to elevate our collective understanding as to what our true purpose on this planet is....
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 4, 2019
What Chris Hedges And Rob Kall Have In Common This piece asks for help with simply thinking about what will be required to move beyond our woes and into a better future
Staff of Asclepius, From FlickrPhotos
(27 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 1, 2017
Is there a Cure For Big Pharma? This piece is about health care which in this nation, as it relates to pharmaceuticals, also makes us sick. This piece shows a clear way to a healthy practice of medicine as regards prescription drugs.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 19, 2019
The Nature of Power In this piece I am still trying to convince that continuing to do that which has not worked makes no sense.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 18, 2019
Did John Bolton Speak the Literal Truth This piece explores John Bolton's assertion that what Giuliani is doing in Ukraine is a real drug deal.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 19, 2018
Lone Voice In The Wilderness? This piece attempts to waken people to their responsibility to control the military and not be controlled by it.
Fascism, From FlickrPhotos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 30, 2016
The Gag Response; Why Bernie supporters won't vote for Hillary Why Bernie supporters won't vote for Hillary. Included in the article are the arguments and positions that make this case
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 31, 2018
John McCain-a low bar for heroism This is an attempt to expose a serious moral deficiency in much of the US population, noting how we cheer lead war by thanking vets for all they do.
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(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Commentary On Rob Kall's Book 'Bottom Up' I do understand and support Rob Kall's Book 'Bottom Up'. I suggest here that Kall does not grasp the full presence of the evil which imposes Top Down.
Sistine Chapel detail, From WikimediaPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 10, 2019
The Bible And The Other The notion of 'the other' is profoundly destructive and is a critical impediment to creating a better future and is at the core of the Christian bible... This offers further encouragement for those who can be of help to assist us with moving us into a better future
US Department of Defense logo grayscale, From WikimediaPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 9, 2017
Out of Control Military This is an argument against spending another 54 billion dollars on our military and a critique of that military as well.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 13, 2022
2008 DC v Heller Case Gutted 2nd Amendment The need to revisit the right to bear arms is ever present in our lives. This piece is one more rational effort to stop psychologically disturbed people from carrying guns in public places.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 6, 2022
Why Bottom Up Cannot Prevail Most of us who contribute to OEN focus on one issue. This piece attempts to show the over-riding constraint to all well-intentioned pieces focusing on an individual concern. Again I'm trying to show why all our efforts to bring the better necessarily must fail.
2018.01.20 #WomensMarchDC #WomensMarch2018 Washington, DC USA 2452, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 30, 2019
Do Trump Supporters Matter? This piece makes the case that we progressives must not compromise our values to win elections!
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 13, 2017
Are we passing notes here and accomplishing little? So, this piece is the dawning of a shift from the perpetual motion of progressive whining and sniveling.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 3, 2018
The Deep State-Dream State Connection What is the deep state and its influence in all our lives
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(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 5, 2018
Everyone Believes Blasey Ford Further commentary on the process I refer to as the illusion of democracy....
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Jonestown meets Trump Village Just having a little fun within the political arena.
'Tree Of Life', From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 12, 2019
The Movie Avatar And The Sumerian Tablets This is an exercise in understanding why we remain so powerless.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 28, 2018
The Theory of Creation (for adults) This is an attempt to provide an adult alternative to organized religion.
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 15, 2021
Something Is Not Right I have attempted in this piece to discuss why it is that those who won the last election seem to wield less power than those who lost. .
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 13, 2019
In Support Of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar an overview of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and an outline for a permanent solution
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 19, 2019
Abortion: A Born-Again Reincarnationist's take one more perspective on the difficult question of abortion
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 25, 2019
We Need Pause On Memorial Day celebrations Until..... It is my view here that Memorial Day has been twisted into a kind of general sanction for US empire building everywhere.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 4, 2021
Texas Taliban Attacks Womens' Rights It seems strange having to defend a woman's right to make her own choices regarding her own body. I hope talkingabout it will help.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 17, 2018
The Nature Of The Beast This is an effort to describe how the powerful influence our institutions, our lives.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 23, 2021
Come Follow Me Down the Rabbit Hole -- As always I am attempting to inform readers we are profoundly perception managed and that there is a way to transcend this condition.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Why We Struggle I mostly wish to discuss how we can create a better future for ourselves but here note first the possibly overwhelming obstacles standing in our way.
Photo of the Day: 4/11/17, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 2, 2017
On Decency I don't know that this piece represents anything meaningful or helpful but I think it might.
Armed Police, From FlickrPhotos
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 6, 2019
On Police Murder Of Unarmed Citizens This is an attempt to promote a change in the hiring practice for cops and new standard supporting when lethal force can be used.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 18, 2021
So What Does It Take? The political system does not work for most of us. This piece attempts to show that to be the case and suggest some thinking we will have to adopt tp bring positive change.
People's Summit - Tent City, From FlickrPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 17, 2016
Why The People's Summit Failed This piece is an attempt to outline in broad terms the critical need for humanity to take control of our future and points out the the dark obstacles we must extinguish with the light we bring to this effort.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 24, 2017
A veteran asks: thanks for what?--revisited This piece is a further effort to elevate our consciousness such that we simply will no longer say yes to war, pay for war, provide our children for that cause. I am not hopeful...
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 4, 2021
Diversity: An Existential Threat for the Right This piece attempts to explain who 'they' are, what makes them tick and our prospects for bringing positive change to these hapless souls
Vietnam Veterans Memorial DC, From WikimediaPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 16, 2017
The Vietnam Memorial Wall (Profoundly Incomplete) Many, perhaps most of us know something is terribly wrong with this nation and the deep state that controls it. Still, it is only we who can fix this and we will never attain to that capacity if we allow 'the state' to deceive us with deceptive 'feel good' walls.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 29, 2021
Manufacturing Reality Again As usual I am trying to prompt fellow citizens to think before they believe what the government, the military, our politicians and the media say. .
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 30, 2017
The Million Woman's March I am attempting to assist a shift in consciousness away from consensus reactive (really allowed protest) to meaningful discussion empowering the many AND dis-empowering our rulers.
Diversity Wheel_, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 31, 2021
Weaponizing Diversity This piece simply contrasts the lack of acceptance of diversity within the one human race with the appreciation of diversity more broadly elsewhere within our lives
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 4, 2021
Reversing Evolution--Man Learns From Monkey This piece speaks to the possible political/societal import of observed animal behavior.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 29, 2021
Join The Ten Percent I suppose this piece is just another version of "if it has never worked, stop doing it"! This is really an existential issue and really needs be understood in those terms and personal responsibility assumed.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 13, 2018
One Child Will Save the Planet This piece is intended to alert all that addressing climate will not stop the planet from dying--we must do more.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 10, 2021
Sexual Abuse Most Evident In Institutions I wrote this piece to reinforce the understanding that there is indeed 'a force greater than our own that shapes our fate'. .
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Where Pro And Anti Abortionists Agree I hope this piece addresses the claims of Evangelical Christians opposed to abortion and present a different , and I think, reasonable alternative point of view.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 3, 2021
Money, Money, Money and Those Pesky Progressives This is my overview of all the distortion and hoopla fed us over recent days regarding the passing of meaningful legislation or not
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Out of Afghanistan and the Most Convenient Lie This is a further attempt to encourage we citizens to truly think for ourselves and not blindly take and accept the rationale that is given. .
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 14, 2021
"I Have Seen The Enemy And...." This piece has ideas relating to solving the COVID-19 issue.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Out Of Guantanamo Too Guantanamo was an exercise in crimes against humanity. Only we citizens can end these things
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 28, 2016
Why We Wait For The Future This piece attempts to provide some detail as to how we can claim the future.
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 14, 2019
Julian Assange and the Relativity of a Criminal Act I wish to compare, here, the crimes of Julian Assange with the crimes he is attempting to expose.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 14, 2021
It Is Written In Stone I think our minds, our beliefs are so managed as to render us sheep like. I hope what I have written will open a portal through which even one person can see out of the bubble we live within. .
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 2, 2018
The Lowest Rung A few thoughts on ceding the high ground in these politically charged times
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 9, 2021
When The Illusion Fails These are changing time and I hope to illuminate the change and the direction we must take this.
Protesters suspend talks with Sudan's military government Protesters in Sudan have suspended talks with military leaders after they failed to ensure a transfer of power to civilian government. SUBSCRIBE to our ..., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Can We Learn From Sudan? I am questioning, here, whether voting within our political system 'can' produce democracy, justice or fairness.....

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