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Mark A. Goldman is an author, financial planner and was a candidate for president of the United States in 2008 and 2012. His new book called "Starting Over" is available for download free as a pdf file at this address: www.gpln.com/starting_over.pdf
(17 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 20, 2011 What You Need to Know to Save Your Ass - Part 1
The ruling elite doesn't want us to know what those solutions are and they're doing everything possible to make sure we never understand what we can do to help ourselves. But in a few words, I'm going to tell you right now what the problem is and what you can do about it:
(11 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 19, 2010 Here's What Makes The Bible a Holy Magical Book
Maybe God is Not the Fool You Think He Is...
Learning how to be a thoughtful, compassionate, responsible human being is what it means to grow up. Some people never do. Some people take longer than others to grow up simply because they have become trapped in religion's illusions and stupidities.
(13 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 18, 2011 I'm Supporting Rocky Anderson for President
Anderson seems to want the same things I want. Essentially, I just want our children and grandchildren to have the future they deserve: a place to live where they have the opportunity to reach their full human potential, where all peoples live in peace and enjoy the full measure of freedom and universal human rights.
SHARE Tuesday, May 16, 2006 Nancy Pelosi forfeits the Constitution
With House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi telling us that Democrats will not try to impeach Bush now or later, we have an admission that the rule of law is now dead in America. At least it's dead with Nancy Pelosi. She wants to appease us with legislative perks. Her strategy: It doesn't matter that we've lost the Constitution, we'll make it up to you with a better drug prescription plan.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 2, 2013 Love is not a Feeling
To love we have to unlearn those things we came to believe and live by, that were never really true... and keep searching for what is really true. Who we are, how we're being, is what we teach.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 4, 2011 Osama bin Laden: our gift from God
Osama bin Laden, with help from God, swept aside the veil behind which America's decline had gone unnoticed. We should cherish and be thankful for the opportunity God is giving us before it is too late.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 13, 2007 How Bush Is Getting Jews To Give Up Judaism And Destroy Israel
In the end, Bush and his minions will fall and be swept away by history like all the other despots who have tried to accumulate power that does not belong to them. And in this case, many Jews are among his minions and they too will be swept away, and maybe Israel with them.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 14, 2011 Why is the Fed Managing the Economy?
The president has no clue. He understands economics about as well as he understands the Constitution, which is not at all. By understand, I mean really understands the purpose and wisdom of what the founders had in mind to the point of dedicating his life to preserving and protecting it. He doesn't understand it.
SHARE Thursday, May 19, 2011 Time to Tell the Truth: Obama Ought to be Impeached
The President of the United States does not have permission to commit murder or any other crime. Period. No one else does either. If the president has no authority to commit murder, he has no right or authority to give anyone else permission to commit murder or to break any other law. We have a criminal government.
SHARE Sunday, April 24, 2011 What You Need To Know To Save Your Ass - Part 2
The Fed was entrusted to perform a sacred duty for which they have a fiduciary1 responsibility to perform: to manage the money supply for the benefit of the economy, which is to say, The People, or society as a whole. That duty precludes them from profiting over and above a legitimate remuneration for carrying out its essential duties. If they betray the trust implied by that fiduciary duty, they ought to be removed...
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 22, 2014 Here's the new American justice system at work
I'm sure Robert H. Jackson, who was chief of counsel for the prosecution at the Nuremberg trials, would think this advancement in modern jurisprudence is just the cat's meow.
SHARE Thursday, November 28, 2013 Moving the Trim Tab
You only have to act in your own self interest even if is a bit inconvenient for awhile. If you can't find the self respect to retain your freedom, you are surely going to lose it. And if you're black, you're going to lose it again, which is doubly tragic.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 18, 2010 The Lesson of Repression
If you want to fly these days, there's a high probability that you will be given two choices. The choices are: subject yourself to potentially harmful x-rays as you allow a stranger to view your naked body or, be patted down by someone you don't know in a manner that others have described as humiliating, demeaning, and emotionally debilitating.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 8, 2011 OpEdNews: You Too... When will the disillusionment end.
So today I go to OpEdNews and one of the links I choose has, in addition to the article I wanted to read, ads from the jock strap specialty store showing me 17 pictures of men wearing 17 different kinds of jock straps.
SHARE Saturday, March 5, 2011 Time to Change
The United States treats people living in the Middle East with the same attitude southern whites treated blacks in the days of Jim Crow: we take their dignity away by denying them their freedom, their power, their basic human rights.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 6, 2011 What We Want
Regarding the demonstrations in New York and around the country: here's a short list of what honorable citizens want.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 29, 2008 Obama loses it
So now it is now more clear than ever that there is no hope at all among the leading three candidates that any one of them has the courage, the consciousness, or the capacity to lead this country out of its quagmire.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 5, 2011 I, Juror
I was a juror and today I feel like I'm the one who put the last nail in the coffin of justice. I did my job, but I couldn't deliver justice. I participated in a system that no longer works and by doing so allowed the illusion to persist that we are a nation of laws and that justice in America is blind. In so doing I helped validate a system that allows injustice to persist.
SHARE Tuesday, October 18, 2011 You Don't Have to Occupy the Streets to Protest
If it turns out that one day it no longer becomes practical for you to live on the streets and in the parks of cities across your country, you can actually continue your protest at home.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 25, 2013 What we can do about the NSA and our Freedoms
We all need to upgrade our courage and integrity. The NSA, and others, have destroyed the integrity of the internet and our communications systems. It is wrong for us to accept this. We don't have to. Here's one thing we can do...
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 8, 2014 Crimes of the State
I'm only mentioning a few here for you who are just tuning in, just beginning to look at what all the fuss is about... what you have to look forward to if you continue to wonder why things in the good 'ol USA and elsewhere aren't going as well as they used to.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Starting Over
The United States as we once knew it, or thought we did, is finished.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, May 19, 2014 Your Freedom or Your Shoes
What do you think is more important to you, your freedom or the stylishness of your shoes? In my experience, most Americans find the stylishness of their shoes to be more important than their freedom... even more important than whether or not their children and grandchildren will live in freedom.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, October 7, 2011 How to Fix the Economy
The economy won't be fixed until we have people in office who respect the rule of law and the basic principles of democracy.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 19, 2011 My Second Letter To Protestors
If you're going to protest against "the system" it's important that you first understand how the system is supposed to work. Don't assume you and everyone else already know. Even some of our most brilliant commentators sometimes make mistakes or lose perspective.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, July 29, 2013 Don't Make Me Laugh
What Bradley Manning did was what was required of him and of all of us under the circumstances... which is to say, to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all its enemies foreign and domestic.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, August 12, 2013 The American People Are Not Sheep
That fear of the truth results--when combined with the same fear in the rest of us--in the death, destruction, impoverishment, and great suffering of peoples who never deserved and don't deserve to be treated that way, yet continue to be treated that way, because there's not yet enough of us to stand up and stop it.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 2, 2010 When All Else Fails
It is a common belief that we are safer than other members of the human race because of where we live and who our neighbors are. The truth is, whatever level of safety we enjoy at the moment there are no guarantees now on which any of us can depend.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, September 24, 2007 60 Minutes Interviews Iran's President Mahmoud Amadenijad
So all Pelley demonstrated, as far as I could tell, was that no one at 60 Minutes or any other mainstream media organization would ever have the guts to interview Bush or Cheney in the same manner. If we ever could find someone who would be willing to ask tough, penetrating, unscripted questions of Bush or Cheney, I guess it would be the last interview they would ever do.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 15, 2007 What Do Sub-Prime Loans Have To Do With The Stock Market?
Unfortunately, the fear associated with sub-prime loans losses appears to be carrying over into other markets and now other loans are hard to get too. Many people are arguing that the Fed should now come to the rescue by lowering rates to make it easier for individuals and businesses to get the credit they need. But for the Fed, that presents a problem.
SHARE Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Declaration of Legitimate Government
I wrote this some time ago but considering how our rights and freedoms have degraded even more since it was first published, it's worth reading again.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 18, 2007 Replacing Our Government With One That's Legitimate
Further, I suggested that folks who want to transform our failed government into a government of, by, and for the People should be spending their energies on finding new qualified candidates to support for public office so that it will be possible to replace the current betrayers. We need to replace elected officials throughout the entire spectrum of elective offices.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 26, 2007 Gee Whiz, Bill Moyers, please explain yourself
The special was generally informative and a good contribution to the national dialog, but why did he have to end it with an estimate offered by an administration that almost never tells the truth about anything. If the best estimate we have is that over 650,000 excess civilian deaths have occurred as a result of the war, then certainly a lot more than 35,000 Iraqis died last year.
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, June 8, 2007 If You Won't Live the Dream, You'll Kill the Dream
If you vote for any of these people, you are voting for people who are disqualified from running for office. If you vote for them anyway, you yourself will be undermining the Constitution and what it stands for. Don't do that. Live the dream... or you'll kill the dream.
(12 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 21, 2007 The Price of Oil
How much will a gallon of gasoline cost? The price at the pump is a mere fraction of what we all will pay. Perhaps the highest price we will pay will be in the form of our own stupidity, our ignorance, our immaturity, and the persistence of myth in our lives... the separation of self from reality... the persistence of unenlightenment and all the sorrow that that entails.
SHARE Friday, October 19, 2007 I Can Show You How To Build An Empire
The problem is that these would-be builders of empire have no imagination or finesse. They haven't the sense to look at history and see that what they are doing was already tried before and failed. They repeat the same stupidities like greedy idiot lemmings... Building an Empire might actually be a good idea if, it weren't always being pursued by idiots and fools.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 1, 2007 Your Prayers Have Been Answered
This is a message to all who believe in God and pray for peace (and also to all who desire peace and do not believe in God).
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, May 21, 2007 Half Hearted Attempts at Defending the Constitution
In a very real sense these timid attacks on Bush and his criminal administration are counter productive. What they communicate is that no public figure has the courage to tell the simple truth about the crimes and deceit perpetrated by this administration. One by one our most well known political leaders are offering these half-hearted attempts at defending the constitution, which in reality is no defense at all.
SHARE Wednesday, October 1, 2008 Quick Question
Will some journalist please pose this question to our lawmakers and get an answer before they vote on this bill.
SHARE Monday, August 13, 2007 Memo to Chris Floyd
This is my response to Chris Floyd who wrote this article today at CounterPunch entitled: "The Bipartisan Guarantee of More War in Iraq"
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 4, 2006 The Big Lie Persists
I am talking here about the first lie out of Bush's mouth immediately following 911...
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 28, 2007 Open Letter to the People of Planet Earth
Please consider these thoughts and see how you might contribute to expanding and refining them as you participate in the various aspects of your life.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, September 24, 2007 The NRA meets the Candidates
All of them pledged to protect the Constitution and the rule of law and most of them were met with standing ovations for saying so.... Is it really possible that these candidates have no capacity at all to look themselves in the mirror.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 29, 2007 Nothing to Fear
What you should realize is that the only solutions available require self-awareness and a commitment to personal responsibility. There is no institution that can change consciousness for the better. Only individual human beings can do that one person at a time -- alone -- through personal determination and commitment. No government can do it, no corporation can do it, no religion can do it.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, March 5, 2007 My name is Mark A. Goldman and I am herewith announcing my candidacy for President of the United States
I am not sure that I possess all of the qualifications that you would like to see in a President, even though I believe I do possess the essential qualities required. My candidacy gives you at least one opportunity, if necessary, to vote for someone who has those essential qualities, the most important of which his this: I am willing to take the oath of office and, to the best of my ability, keep my word.
SHARE Thursday, July 19, 2007 Now What Are You Going To Do?
In 1988, when people were campaigning for president, I once wrote a commentary in which I said something to the effect, that if you elect one more president who doesn't love you, very soon you will no longer be living in a free country. I was right. No one seems to realize that it was HW who gave you W. Now what are you going to do?
SHARE Friday, March 16, 2007 What does it mean to win an illegal war?
I hear members of Congress talking about how concerned they are about the possibility of having our troops experience defeat in the Iraq war. They want the troops to experience a win. But how can soldiers engaged in an illegal war experience a win? What does winning an illegal war mean? Does it mean that we will not give up until we are able to extricate ourselves without having to pay a price for our war crimes?
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 17, 2007 Regarding Signing Statements
I suppose you thought this was going to be about those illegal statements that Bush is in the habit of adding to his signature when he signs legislation passed by Congress. Well it's not.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 9, 2007 Debating Iraq
In arguing why we should stay in Iraq during a recent debate, Republican Mike Huckabee, on stage with other candidates, gave this as his reason why: He spoke about a lesson he learned from his mother when he was a child. What he learned from her, he said, was that if he went into a store and "if I picked something off the shelf at the store and I broke it, I bought it."
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 8, 2008 Remembering Marting Luther King and Others
His contribution and the contribution of all who helped make him what he was-which is to say, all those who marched, boycotted, broke the rules, sat at lunch counters and on buses, got dog bit, hand cuffed, fire hosed, jailed and billy clubbed so that he might have a platform on which to speak-cannot be properly honored with fancy words or platitudes.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 18, 2008 Complaining Accomplishes Nothing
Have you noticed that all this complaining that commentators engage in accomplishes very little? What would accomplish something? There is only one course of action that can make a difference now. If you have a better idea, I'd like to hear it.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 28, 2007 The Last Man Standing
Somehow people who are out to fight evil are never at a loss at finding evil in whoever seems to be in their way now, or might be in the future. In that consciousness, the only real way to get rid of evil once and for all will be when the only folks left are The Last Man Standing... and his or her slaves.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 4, 2007 Our Children's Last Chance
The transformation of the United States from a first world country to a failed state is well under way and perhaps close to complete when you consider the dynamics in play.
No one in government is suggesting a strategy that would reverse these dynamics.
In my view, the only strategy that will now reverse these dynamics must necessarily include the following four components:
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, October 19, 2007 Regarding SCHIP
The Democrats don't know when to fight and they don't know when to compromise... or maybe they just have a different agenda than the one they advertise.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 20, 2008 Just a Distraction
This presidential campaign is just a distraction and we all will pay a heavy price for it. Neither Obama nor Clinton are telling the truth bout how it is or how we got here.
SHARE Tuesday, March 25, 2008 What's going on with our money?
Large and well endowed economies like the US can choose to make, sell, or engage in any number of activities and do so effectively. But US policy makers have decided to concentrate the country's energies in one specific area, and that strategic focus, while once successful, is leading the country to its inevitable decline and ruin.
SHARE Sunday, May 14, 2006 On NSA Data Collection
If the NSA data accumulation project is allowed to stand, even if it has no other effect, it will tend to limit dissent and the effectiveness of opposition politics. This will be true even if the government never actually uses the data.
SHARE Wednesday, April 26, 2006 On Mary McCarthy and the Bush League Players
The crimes Bush and his Bush league players have perpetrated on so many innocent victims are among the most violent and unconscionable acts that human beings can inflict on other human beings, and no shuffling of staff, or future change in attitude or policy, can exonerate him for what has already been done in our name.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 30, 2008 Here's Your Chance to Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
I see that someone is exploring whether or not there is interest in having Ralph Nader run for President in 2008.
I for one am interested in having him run and would support his candidacy. I would do so because I believe that of all the people who have been candidates for President in recent memory he would make the best president.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 25, 2007 Paulson: Social Security approaching $13.6 Trillion Deficit
What I would like to suggest is that Paulson go back to the drawing board and see how the numbers come out if we assume that we actually had a foreign policy that strived to foment peace and justice in the world instead of war and discord.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, March 12, 2007 TREASON - are you giving it a pass?
Are you doing for the Democrats, the same thing that the Democrats are doing for Bush and his Republicans.... giving them a pass? Is that what all this commentary is.... gestures that pretend to do something when in fact they accomplish little or nothing at all?
SHARE Friday, February 2, 2007 Iran's Revenge
If the US and/or Israel goes ahead and bombs Iran under the pretext of stopping their atomic energy program, Iran might refuse to sell its oil for dollars. This probably would precipitate a world wide economic recession with the US economy being among the primary losers.
SHARE Wednesday, December 19, 2007 A Thought for the New Year
...consider what kind of society we might have if each of us had the following attitude about ourselves, our place of employment, and the larger society in which we operate?
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, August 3, 2007 An Article Everyone Should Read
This article refers you to an intereview with Noam Chomsky, by Gabriel Matthew Schivone. It clearly is one of the best,if not the best, interviews with Noam Chomsky that I can remember reading. Here's the link.
SHARE Wednesday, May 10, 2006 Failed States
Ignorance is fertile ground for lies. If you don't know what happened, then you really don't know what's happening either. In "Failed States: The Abuse of Power and The Assault on Democracy," Chomsky gives you the foundation you need to dispel the lies and open yourself to the reality of what's happening with the American Empire.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 23, 2008 No one is leading
The American people have no one leading the charge for the restoration of the Constitution and the rule of law.
SHARE Wednesday, August 1, 2007 An Open Letter to Scott Ritter
I don't agree with everything Cindy Sheehan says or does. I don't agree with everything anybody does or says. But at least I can see she is steadfastly trying to do her best to defend her country, if for no other reason than to honor her son. I don't think you can point to any one member of Congress-not one-and say the same thing.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, March 23, 2007 Losing The Next Election
I believe the Democrats are days, hours, or maybe even minutes away from losing the next presidential election.
SHARE Saturday, September 8, 2007 On Sub-Prime Behavior
There are those who will generate all kinds of theories as to why the housing bubble came to pass including the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, but the reason is crystal clear and bright: Poverty in the richest country in the world is self-induced and engineered.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, February 20, 2006 Saving America by Losing Elections
Perhaps the greatest irony of our time will become obvious when citizens finally realize that to save our country they will have to be willing to lose elections maybe quite a few of them.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 4, 2007 On Scooter Libby and the Fourth of July
And if you haven't the courage to tell the truth, or the consciousness to honor the truth, or the love to love the truth, then one day you will not have the truth to tell, and soon thereafter you will not live in a place that will acknowledge the truth when it is told, and not long after that the truth will not be told for it will no longer be allowed.
SHARE Sunday, March 30, 2008 No Such Thing as a Spoiler
Since Clinton and Obama both agree that there's no such thing as a "spoiler" it would be fitting, proper, courageous, and right for both of these candidates to defend the right of non-party candidates, such as Ralph Nader and others, to have their voices heard during this campaign.
SHARE Friday, August 10, 2007 Time out for a moment of paranoia
Traffic at my personal website has over the years steadily increased. I get statistics from my web host as to where the traffic comes from. I can't see who is coming to my site, only in what country the visitors reside. Now traffic from one country has stopped entirely. I'm wondering why.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 26, 2007 Time's a Wasting...
If all we do is rant and rave for another 16 months, when election day comes we will have no choice but to put back in office the same people we put there last time... and then what? Same-O, Same-O. How do you expect things to change if we don't change things and if we don't change?
SHARE Tuesday, August 28, 2007 Yahoo says it had no choice
Do not blame corporations, when individual human beings value money over education, profits over honor, and success over decency.
SHARE Monday, February 11, 2008 Guantanamo Comes to Main Street U.S.A.
Our silence and indifference to the plight of others is what allows this kind of thing to happen. You probably won't get a better wake up call than this. No doubt bad public relations will force this kind of evidence into dark corners. The question is, will we wake up, or will we remain silent until something like this happens to someone we know and care about... or maybe to a lot of people we know and care about?
SHARE Wednesday, January 10, 2007 To surge or not to surge
None of the talking heads in the US media or government are addressing the central issue, which is this: can you build, keep, and/or inspire democracy in a first world country, or in a third world country, by lying to and cheating its people or by undermining its Constitution and the rule of law?
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, January 26, 2007 State of the Union: a defeated nation
The war I have been fighting has nothing to do with terrorists. But the war is about who will win: the people who continue to honor and hold sacred the Constitution and the rule of law or those who do not. Those who do not have won.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 25, 2007 Be Strong, Be Yourself
If you keep these thoughts in mind as you plan your strategy for participation, I think whatever you do will make a difference. Discard any strategy that does not support or is inconsistent with the overall context of what has been expressed. Success will require courage, determination, imagination, goodwill, tolerance and heart. You are capable of this. We need each other and we need to express the best that's in us.
SHARE Monday, March 27, 2006 Simple, Not Easy
To get out of the mess we're in, ordinary citizens will have to have as much character, vision, and courage as they wish their representatives had.
SHARE Sunday, January 14, 2007 The Truth as a Last Resort
The opportunity to convince anyone that the US will help Iraq achieve real peace and security is lost.
SHARE Wednesday, March 5, 2008 Simple Strategy for Deciding Who to Vote For
If they haven't been doing what you think they should have been doing all along... as citizens and/or as public servants, you can be pretty well sure you will feel the same way 5 years from now.