I warned the Democratic Party in 2016 and now again for 2020.

January 19, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Throughout 2016 I kept telling the national Democratic Party and its various front groups that Bernie Sanders was the VERY BEST on the issues, and he RESONATED WITH THE PUBLIC’S DEMAND FOR STRONG PROGRESSIVE CHANGES, and he was INSPIRING NEW PEOPLE TO VOTE, so if Bernie Sanders would become the nominee, he would WIN IN A LANDSLIDE, and he would have long coat-tails that would elect Democrats all the way down the ballot, including Congress and state and local offices. Instead, the national Democratic Party TRAMPLED OVER THE VOTERS’ INTERESTS and crammed Hillary Clinton down our throats, despite the fact […]

Here is a solid case for REAL “Medicare for All” — UNIVERSAL SINGLE-PAYER!

December 22, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Now politicians are finally talking about “Medicare for All,” but SOME politicians are weakening the concept by pretending that a “public option” would suffice, or by protecting the health insurance companies’ role in the system. Obama’s Affordable Care Act still left many millions of people with NO health care, and the ACA gave MORE POWER AND CONTROL to insurance companies.  The ACA also PROHIBITED the government from negotiating with Big Pharma for lower prices. Now is a good time to understand what REAL “Medicare for All” would be.  It is UNIVERSAL SINGLE-PAYER! My December 2015 TV program explained it very […]

The 2020 election may hinge on universal healthcare

December 8, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Public opinion polls keep showing A MAJORITY OF VOTERS demand UNIVERSAL SINGLE-PAYER health care! But the institutional Democratic Party is NOT LISTENING TO VOTERS! Biden, Buttigieg, and other “centrists” are really CONSERVATIVES who OPPOSE WHAT THE VOTERS WANT.  Their ANTAGONISM TO THE VOTERS is REPELLING VOTERS away from the Democratic Party. In order to win, DEMOCRATS MUST INSPIRE VOTERS WITH BOLD PROGRESSIVE PLANS – such as Universal Single-Payer – that will inspire new people to come out and vote Democratic. Instead, the institutional Democratic Party is ANTAGONIZING AND REPELLING VOTERS by letting conservatives (Biden, Buttigieg, etc.) dominate the party.  “Centrists” […]

Why the national Democratic Party keeps losing — and will likely lose again in 2020

November 30, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Here is how democracy is supposed to work:  People with their “ear to the ground” listen to what the voters want.  They campaign for office with platforms promising to accomplish what the voters want. Most of the 2020 presidential candidates are NOT doing that.  Several of the front-runners (Biden, Buttigieg, and other “centrists” — who are really conservatives) are running for President by INSISTING that voters can NOT have what they want!!! Voters want to get big money out of politics, but the national Democratic Party and the “centrists” fall short. Voters want HEALTH CARE FOR EVERYBODY, but the most […]

Joe Biden actually is a weak candidate: Little grassroots enthusiasm — too conservative and out-of-date on issues

November 26, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The institutional Democratic Party’s “corporate” wing (now often called “centrist”) wants to continue serving Big Business and the Military-Industrial Complex.  Bill and Hillary Clinton are prominent, and Obama continued that trend, which actually FAILED TO SUPPORT the working class or progressive issues.  Now — as in 2016 — the real voter enthusiasm is for Bernie Sanders, and for another progressive (on economic issues, but less progressive on peace and some other issues), Elizabeth Warren. The institutional Democratic Party is searching for a “corporate” Democrat it can support.  Joe Biden has been pushed forward, and a few billionaires are offering to […]

Olympia’s people want to CUT the Pentagon budget and INCREASE funding to serve human and environmental needs!

November 5, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Twice in late summer 2019 the Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons organized and staffed information tables at public events. Six jars were labeled with different possible uses for our federal budget. We handed each visitor a stack of ten pennies and invited them to put the pennies into the various jars to show how the visitor would choose to spend the federal budget. The results (listed below) were similar for both events, except “Environment and climate” and “Health care” exchanged places for 1st and 2nd priorities. Military has rated lowest priority every time I have conducted this game over […]

Sign up now for 6 practical workshops in Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing in Olympia

November 3, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

People who have taken my series of 6 workshops on Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing have found them inspiring, informative and practical. I am offering them again in early 2020 at a convenient location in downtown Olympia:  sessions 1 and 2 on SAT JAN 18, sessions 3 and 4 on SAT JAN 25, and sessions 5 and 6 on SAT FEB 1. Space is limited, so PLEASE SIGN UP NOW, and I’ll provide the address. See this flyer: 6 workshops on NV Grassroots Organizing — Jan. 2020 FLYER For EVERY issue you care about (peace, climate, economics, democracy, social justice, human rights, […]

Why is “national security” defined ONLY in ways that assume MILITARISM?

October 26, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The term “national security” is almost always ASSUMED to imply the need for more militarism, more fear of people in other countries, more willingness to fight wars, more military weapons, more military spending, and more nuclear weapons. That is a VERY NARROW channeling of our vision and our thinking. Really, our nation is NOT SECURE in many other ways.  Our nation is NOT SECURE when: Many people are poor Many people are homeless Many people lack decent health care Many people feel alienated from society Many people are very angry Many people own guns that endanger themselves, their families and […]

New study shows ANY use of nuclear weapons would hurt environment, climate, health

October 12, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Nuclear weapons are MUCH MORE than merely a “peace” issue.  The new report shows that ANY use of nuclear weapons would cause extremely serious damage to our health, our environment and our climate. We must ELIMINATE NUCLEAR WEAPONS before they eliminate us!   Physicians for Social Responsibility (www.psr.org) reports this: A groundbreaking new climate study shows just how urgent it is to prevent nuclear war and eliminate nuclear weapons before they eliminate us. “Rapidly expanding nuclear arsenals in Pakistan and India portend regional and global catastrophe,” published in Science Advances on October 2 by leading researchers Owen Brian Toon and […]

Ralph Nader’s article: “25 Ways the Canadian Health Care System is Better than Obamacare for the 2020 Elections”

October 12, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

This article is interesting.  We need to focus on real health care reform and not settle for Obamacare or other weak alternatives.  See Ralph Nader’s article here: https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/09/19/25-ways-canadian-health-care-system-better-obamacare-2020-elections?cd-origin=rss&utm_term=AO&utm_campaign=Daily%20Newsletter&utm_content=email&utm_source=Daily%20Newsletter&utm_medium=Email        

TV: “Being Christian in America in a Time of Crisis”

October 6, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The October 2019 episode of “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” takes a fresh look at some of our nation’s social and political issues – especially in light of religious faith.  Many of the public policy issues that our nation is grappling with have been pushed hard from conservative Christian viewpoints, but those are NOT the only voices of Christianity. Moderate, liberal and progressive Christians have insights that differ greatly from the highly publicized views that have gained political power. Our October 2019 interview features three retired Christian ministers sharing faith-based insights and perspectives that are VERY DIFFERENT from those that have been […]

What bold, positive realities would you want for 4 years from now?

October 6, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

I am always encouraging people to envision and organize bold goals for a significantly better future.  Recently I posted to my blog this article inviting us to do that:  http://parallaxperspectives.org/lets-boldly-create-the-future-we-really-want-2 Now I invite you to take the next step. Please read (or re-read) that blog post and send me your e-mail suggestions for this topic: What bold, good reality would you want for four years from now — October 2023? Instead of feeling constrained by the current conditions that are bogging our nation down and curtailing our imaginations, I invite you to BOLDLY AND CREATIVELY IMAGINE the future you really […]

Local people’s priorities for the federal budget are the OPPOSITE of Congress’s.

September 27, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Twice in late summer 2019 the Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons organized and staffed information booths at public events (Olympia’s Harbor Days from Fri. Aug. 30 to Sun. Sept. 1, and Olympia’s International Peace Day event on Sat. Sept. 21). I labeled six jars with different possible uses for our federal budget.  Our volunteers handed each visitor to our booth a stack of ten pennies and invited them to put the pennies into the various jars to show how the visitor would choose to spend the federal budget. The results (listed below) were similar for both events, except “Environment […]