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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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Joe Biden, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 12, 2023
Will Biden's Ukraine policies cost him the White House? As signs indicate that support for Ukraine is on the verge of collapsing, Biden has to think about whether he can pay the political cost of spending tens of billions to finance the Quixotic goal of a Ukrainian victory over Russia is going to go over with swing voters.
a dilemma, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 14, 2023
The Ukrainian lifeboat dilemma It's been pointed out ad nauseum that Ukraine is splitting the "peace movement." To resolve the rift, we have to examine our goals. This isn't as simple as it sounds. Humans have conflicting ways of dealing with intolerable choices. This is the way I sort out the options for people who sincerely want to end the suffering while establishing a lasting peace.
U.S. Chamber of Corruption, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(24 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 13, 2022
The stealth plan for Medicare for all The "death spiral of medical insurance costs" might sound wonky, but it's the reason we should worry that all of us are going to be stuck in an insanely expensive, taxpayer-funded system of medical care delivery that puts profits over patients, just like any other private insurance.
With friends, From FlickrPhotos
(25 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Creating consensus on Ukraine If antiwar activists can't unite on a message to the public that we want them to share with the government, we are wasting our time. This article explores some of the reasons we are divided and how we might find consensus if we make a couple of simple agreements.
37a.Start.UkraineUnityMarch.Wh iteHouse.WDC.16August2014, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(61 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 18, 2022
How to best stand with Ukraine Americans are rightfully aghast at the reports of what is going on in Ukraine. Efforts of experienced analysts in the alternative media to provide context are falling on deaf ears, which is not surprising. That's why we need to focus on what we should and should not be doing if we want to help end the violence.
From FlickrPhotos
(58 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 11, 2022
New documents reveal: Russian invasion immediately preceded planned attack on Donbass The feelings engendered by the scenes of suffering in Ukraine have understandably evoked strong emotional reactions in the West, which tend to interfere with rational analysis. Contrary to the Western portrayal of the Russian invasion as the act of a "madman," this new evidence supports his claim that the decision to invade was made in response to a credible threat of genocide in the ethnic Russian region of Donbass.
Vladimir Putin %282018-03-01%29 03 %28cropped%29%28a%29., From WikimediaPhotos
(28 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Open Letter to Putin Lovers The Ukraine conflict is just the latest battle in a much larger war that is being fought for the benefit of a global elite to the detriment of the rest of humanity. Perhaps those commentators who are used to making this case need to be reminded that when the population is caught up in a moral panic, it may be time to think about how you deliver the message
Konstantin Sdheglikov, From Uploaded
(42 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 24, 2022
Breaking report from Ukraine Breaking news from Ukraine. It will be useful for interpreting the significance of what the Western media report in the next 24 hours. ordinary Ukrainians in the military are surrendering their arms and retreating peacefully for the most part, while the fascists/ nationalists are left to fight alone while the Ukrainian heavy weaponry and air support is being systematically destroyed by the Russian military.
Imperial War Museum London #dailyshoot #leshaines123, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(81 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 20, 2022
Understanding Ukraine There is a lot that we are not told about Ukraine that you need to know to begin to understand what's happening. This article reframes recent reports about Ukraine based on facts that are being ignored by the media. There is a pattern of deception in the way that Western media portrays foreign affairs. With study and practice, it is possible to make reasonable inferences about what is really going on and why.
Peace and Reconciliation in a Multipolar World, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 26, 2021
Will Trump's America First policies topple the Empire? Contrary to the impression you might get from most news media, there is serious discussion going on about the sustainability of the American Empire that has been forged in the blood of innocents who stood in its way.
Care First, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Breaking through denial of the moral urgency of universal health care Studies show that personal stories are much more likely to get the interest of people who would normally consider universal health care "socialist". Once they are hooked by that, a story that touches them, they are far more likely to listen to the economic argument.
Stop war, From InText
(57 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 2, 2020
If all wars are based on lies, truth is our greatest weapon Few Americans have any idea how they are systematically lied to about nearly every aspect of US foreign policy as it pertains to our self-chosen "enemies." Until they do, they will continue to treat facts as "conspiracy theory." It's up to us to have the courage to challenge the lies. Facts are facts even if no one believes, them and lies are lies even if everyone believes them.
#lies lead to war, From FlickrPhotos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Fighting truth decay in the name of peace If we ever want to build a successful antiwar movement, we have to educate the public about the fact that nearly everything they read about foreign policy in the mainstream media is a lie. Here is very short introduction to a critical subject that is more often the subject of books.
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.

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