Repeal the Trump/Republican tax law that rips us off and enriches rich people and corporations

March 7, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Trump and the Republicans LIED TO US when they said the tax scam they pushed through Congress in December 2017 would be good for ordinary people.  They promised it would create jobs. We knew then — and we have solid proof now — that they were lying to us.  Their “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” has been an absolute DISASTER for ordinary people and a GIGANTIC WINDFALL for extremely rich people and big business.   Several credible non-profit organizations and progressive journalists have laid out the facts.  Here are some highlights, with links for more information and several petitions to […]

Right-Wing Christianity is the OPPOSITE of what Jesus taught and practiced!

March 1, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Americans claim they love Jesus, but actually they hate his politics.  See this article:  https://www.opednews.com/articles/Though-Americans-Claim-to-by-Mike-Rivage-Seul-American-Capitalism_American-Culture_American-Foreign-Policy_American-Terror-190223-511.html   Mike Pence, the Dominionists, and their theology of power pervert authentic Christianity.  See this article:  https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/01/30/a-theology-of-power-mike-pence-and-the-dominionists/   Jerry Falwell Jr. says Jesus’ teachings don’t apply to politics.  A great progressive non-profit organization, Faithful America (www.faithfulamerica.org) sends smart, conscientious e-mails.  In early January 2019 they sent this:  “In a Washington Post interview this week, Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, said that a poor person never gave anyone a job or gave anybody charity “in any real volume.”  He argued that Jesus’ teachings […]

Anti-abortion laws oppress women. Now put the shoe on the other foot?

February 6, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

In recent years the U.S. government has restricted abortion rights, especially related to our international aid programs. Within the U.S., states have passed more than 400 restrictions to reduce abortion access and rights since 2010.  (Source:  Page 56 of The American Prospect’s Winter 2019 issue.)  See www.prospect.org for a very informative article on pages 56-60. Some states that severely restrict abortion are inadvertently CAUSING UNWANTED PREGNANCIES by failing to provide accurate sex education courses in schools.  Then when pregnancies occur, the women are denied a reasonable remedy.  This seems counter-productive.  Why don’t we REQUIRE that EVERY school provide ACCURATE sex […]

Insights and strategies for opposing right-wing extremists, fascists, etc.

January 25, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

We know that NONVIOLENCE is MORE POWERFUL than violence. We know that DIPLOMACY WORKS BETTER than war. These truths are very well documented.  See the “Nonviolence” and “Peace” parts of my blog, www.parallaxperspectives.org   Here are some insights and strategies for opposing right-wing extremists, fascists, etc.: The “white nationalism” that has become popular lately really is a form of racism:  https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/1/15/1826385/-Why-White-Nationalism-is-Bigoted-A-Primer-for-Congressional-Representatives-from-Iowa-Others?detail=emaildkre Nazis design their rallies and rhetoric to fool mainstream journalists into thinking Nazis are reasonable folks:  https://truthout.org/articles/those-nazi-rallies-are-not-for-the-left-theyre-for-centrist-journalists/ George Lakey wrote this article, “How to take on fascism without getting played” — https://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/how-to-take-on-fascism-without-getting-played/ Use these eight lessons of history to help […]

Why the U.S. House must push for VERY BOLD changes, not merely bi-partisan deals

January 25, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Moderates want House Democrats to settle for bi-partisan deals with the Republican-dominated Senate. If the House Democrats do that, they will be rebuffing the voters who gave them a mandate for VERY BOLD changes. They also will FAIL TO IDENTIFY how progressive Democrats are much better than conservative Republicans. Even if the Senate fails to pass VERY BOLD House legislation, the points will be made, and 2020’s voters will see who is really on their side, vs. who is on the side of the oppressors. https://www.thenation.com/article/democrats-congress-fundamental-reforms/?link_id=7&can_id=1d662460c0abb8939c5044c82927552b&source=email-pledge-update-for-bold-reforms-naacp-protest-yemen-vote-populism-wins-roma&email_referrer=email_468235&email_subject=pledge-update-for-bold-reforms-naacp-protest-yemen-vote-populism-wins-roma

Insights into fundamentalist Christians’ support for Trump

January 25, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Many people don’t understand why a large majority of evangelical Christians support Trump.  Several persons have written articles that provide smart answers to that question. I already posted to my blog a very thorough article about the worldview that currently dominates the U.S.  Part of that article explains the merger between the Religious Right and the Republican Party that occurred in the 1970s-1980s and has persisted since then.  OPEN THIS LINK — http://parallaxperspectives.org/tv-programs-part-2-of-choose-a-better-worldview-to-build-a-better-world — and see the thorough summary I wrote for NOVEMBER 2018 and also DECEMBER 2018.  Look at the table of contents for each, and then read the religion-related […]

Most Americans want to raise taxes on the very rich people

January 25, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Although the “conventional wisdom” and both political parties assume that the voters want to cut taxes, MOST AMERICANS WANT TO INCREASE TAXES ON THE RICHEST AMERICANS. Ordinary people know that our tax system is grossly unjust, that the richest people are ripping us off, and that our nation and our states have huge needs that the “conventional wisdom” says we cannot afford to fund. BALONEY! Public opinion polls show ORDINARY PEOPLE ARE MUCH MORE PROGRESSIVE THAN THE POLITICIANS!  This means that ORDINARY PEOPLE CAN ORGANIZE FROM THE GRASSROOTS to push for very progressive solutions to our public policy problems.   […]

Giant business corporations buy and destroy newspapers

January 21, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Thomas Jefferson once said that he would rather live in a society with newspapers but no government, rather than a society with government but no newspapers. A robust Democracy ABSOLUTELY REQUIRES a DIVERSE MIX OF VOICES.  But for a number of years an escalating crisis has been interfering with Americans’ need to be well informed.  The U.S. has been experiencing a crisis that destroys our society’s ability to inform itself through honest, diverse journalism. A few giant business corporations have been buying up newspapers, just like they’ve been buying up other businesses — and consolidating economic (and hence political) power […]

Several fresh insights into Trump’s shutdown

January 20, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Most Americans oppose Trump’s totally unnecessary shutdown of the federal government.  His reckless, impulsive behavior to follow through on a stupid campaign “talking point” designed to provoke fear and rally support from racists who oppose immigrants never was based on actual information and never had a thoughtful plan for implementation of the wall.  Likewise the actual shutdown was never thought through to anticipate the horrible and cruel consequences.  Like everything else Trump does, it was totally a scam intended to deceive people. Various persons have identified various problems with Trump’s shutdown, but here I’m identifying a few fresh insights that […]

The Trump regime continues its war against science

January 20, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The Trump regime (and some other people) are continuing their war against science in many ways.  Many aspects of our lives and our society need solid, honest science in order to understand the world around us and devise smart public policies.  But powerful interests (oil companies, various big businesses, rigid ideologues, religious bigots, and others) vigorously oppose honest science and want to bury the truth so they can impose their narrow, greedy, bigoted and ideological dogma upon us through public policy, even though they are violating human rights, hurting our health, hurting the environment and climate, and causing a wide […]

SIGN UP NOW for 6 workshops on Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing, Saturday mornings 10 am in Olympia

January 18, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Yes, YOU can make significant progress on the issues you care about if you gain more insights into Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing. I’m offering my excellent series of 6 workshops on “Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing” on 6 consecutive Saturday mornings (February 9 through March 16) from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in one participant’s home at a convenient location about a mile east of downtown Olympia. Please sign up now. Phone me at (360) 491-9093 or e-mail me at glenanderson@integra.net. I am donating my time for FREE and invite voluntary sliding-scale donations to cover the cost of printing the many excellent handouts. […]

I’m building a Big Beautiful Wall around my yard to keep Republicans out!

January 4, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Although Trump claims that immigrants endanger our national security, and that Mexicans are rapists and murderers, the reality is that immigrants commit fewer crimes than Americans who were born here. Ironically, many serious crimes have been committed by Trump himself and by the crooks he has hired to work for his 2016 campaign or in his administration. Many have pled guilty, and many others have been prosecuted and convicted.  Many others are being investigated and will likely be prosecuted and convicted.  In addition, many have broken ethics rules and federal regulations about conflicts of interest, waste of our tax dollars, […]

Our systems are not “broken.” They’re working as intended. They are DELIBERATELY UNFAIR.

January 3, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

People keep saying that our nation’s systems are “broken.”  That is misleading.  They are NOT “broken.”  They are WORKING AS INTENDED!  They are DELIBERATELY UNFAIR! On issue after issue, politicians, mainstream media, and the general public keep saying that our systems are “broken.”  But if you look at how they are actually functioning — WHAT THEY ACTUALLY DO — and WHAT THEY ARE PREVENTING — and WHO HAS THE POWER and WHO BENEFITS from the status quo — you’ll see that these systems are NOT really “broken.”  They are serving the rich and the powerful and preventing the changes that […]

UNDERSTAND and SOLVE the U.S.’s extreme political crisis

January 2, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The U.S. is experiencing the most serious political crisis in our nation’s history. Even during the Civil War, although the slave-owning states tried to break away, the rest of the U.S. still believed in democracy (although even the North did not practice it well enough).  Now Big Money has corrupted elections, and in some states the Republican Party is deliberately preventing some kinds of people from voting, and in some states that party is refusing to respect the voters’ decisions. Political corruption has occurred in some ways over the years, but now the person in the White House is blatantly […]

I-1631 and I-1634 show that we need to “re-frame” the public’s understanding of taxes.

December 21, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

“Special interests” with their Big Money deceived Washington State’s voters in the November 2018 election to defeat a good initiative that would have helped the climate — and to pass an initiative that protects giant food corporations from local democracy.  Those “special interests” with their Big Money used anti-tax messaging to defeat I-1631 and to pass I-1634. It’s easy for extremely rich funders to buy huge amounts of advertising and propaganda with simplistic “anti-tax” messaging. That message taps into many people’s latent biases, just like nationalistic and racist messages tap into many people’s latent biases. Regarding taxes – like so […]