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JanStephen James Cavanaugh was born in 1943 in Canada, the oldest of eight raised to run the family farms, but a dream changed all that and in 1964 he expatriated to the United States of America to study for Roman Catholic priesthood. Not accepted for first level vows he chose in 1967 to go to South Vietnam to work for International Voluntary Services on agricultural projects. If there is a civilian version of missing in action (MIA), he became one during Tet 1968. His mother to her dying breath will not speak of the shock upon receiving a U.S. State Department letter saying that her number one son was missing in Vietnam at a time of intense war. In 1969 he repatriated to the United States of America, married, naturalized, and in 1982 completed doctoral work in the philosophy and psychology of human development at Pennsylvania State University. His post-doctoral work encompasses academic, private, non-profit, and corporate and government practices. Every now and then to get out of his head and into his body he takes to the road as a CDL Class A driver. Nothing like the thrill of 80,000 pounds on the shifter at 80 miles per hour and signs of "Steep Hill Ahead" to focus the mind, body and soul! Particularly on a stormy night at three in the morning! For those who care he is a Gemini.
He is a citizen of the United States of America by choice and he believes strongly in the liberal principles of limited government, separation of church and state, human rights and individual dignity as outlined by the founding fathers of our great Constitution. In his view within that framework can be the template for the next order of global human governance.
He fears that the current course of U.S.A. policy, foreign and domestic, plays to the advantage of our enemies. He dreams we are on the Titanic of Modernity and we face heavy seas and hot headwinds in the dark of night. There are some us on stern bracing against the winds of war pointing at the fast rising tide to our stern. The captain does not hear our voices; he stares straight ahead. What happens next always wakes him in a sweat.
He has two dreams yet unfulfilled:
To promote the voice and work of peace full-time.
To counsel presidents and kings in matters of war and law.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 9, 2016 The Global War on Terror May Never End
American veterans of the "War on Terror" want a monument on the Washington Mall in acknowledgement of their valor in this war.
Their efforts to get such funded frustrated by law, which assumes war ends and then monuments are built.
What to do to acknowledge their bravery in war even as the war continues?
What about the reality that we live in an age of perpetual war?
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 25, 2015 How to Avoid/Prevent World War III?
Avoiding, preventing WWIII is offered up as the prime concern for this century. WWI followed by the League of Nations, WWII followed by the United Nations, does humanity have to go through WWIII in order to take the next step in global legal development?
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, November 21, 2014 President Obama Goes to United Nations: Five Hundred Words to Change the Course of History
With election 2014 behind him President Obama now has a free hand to do what is right and just to earn his Noble Peace Prize of 2009. Humanity facing WWIII and The Age of Catastrophe needs bold leadership.
Going to the United Nations in the Spring of 2015 and announcing the Kennedy-like challenge of the Age of Peace 2050 Project ... An opportunity to be the Alexander the Great of his time ... not in war, but in peace.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Support Trump Effort on North Korea
President Trump is right and just in efforts to make peace in Korea. He is more likely to be successful if he knows he has public support for this effort ... long over due to end that war ... worthy of Nobel.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 5, 2015 World Without War 2050
World Without War 2050 outlines the steps our forbearers offered to us ... the lessons of world wars last century ... to avoid world war this century. The focus is on law and human right ... justice always the foundation of peace.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, November 24, 2014 Age of Peace 2050 Project
The Age of Peace 2050 Project is a transformative story big enough to hold the narrative of war in out times and change it to a narrative of peace.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 13, 2014 Obama to Step Forward With a Doctrine of Peace
President Obama was given a Nobel Prize for Peace in 2009 ... humanity hoping that he would rise to greatness in matters of peace and not war. And, while it can be argued that he is not the warmonger of the previous president, he has yet to step up to the full promise of the Nobel Prize for Peace.
He is lawyer ... our Constitution is founded on justice ... it time for him to live up to what he swore to uphold.