17 Years, 41 Military Operations, 19 Countries. It’s Time to Repeal the 2001 AUMF

March 26, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The people who founded the U.S. knew that Europe’s top leaders kept starting wars that hurt their nation, so when they wrote the U.S. Constitution they specified that the president could NOT unilaterally start a war.  A war could start ONLY IF Congress EXPLICITLY DECLARED war. After the 9-11-2001 attacks, the Bush-Cheney regime steamrollered many bad things through Congress (including the PATRIOT Act).  They also pushed Congress into ABDICATING ITS CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY to make decisions about going to war.  Congress passed the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) law, which UNCONSTITUTIONALLY empowered the President to start any wars he […]

In December 2018 Congress passed the “FIRST STEP ACT” to reform prison sentencing.

March 24, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

For several decades the U.S.’s criminal “justice” system — at federal, state and local levels — was dominated by harsh, vindictive laws and policies.  Politicians were elected on platforms promising to “lock them up and throw away the key.”  Of course, those cruelties were especially biased against people who were already victimized by political and cultural systems.  People of color, people with mental disabilities, people suffering from poverty and substance abuse were especially victimized.  They were “collateral damage” in this “war on crime” and “war on drugs.” Science has always refuted that cruelty.  Bit by bit the reality has been […]

Conservatism is fatally flawed. Now is the time to debunk conservatism.

March 24, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Decades ago the U.S. had “liberals” who supported FDR’s New Deal and who tended to support labor and civil rights. Our nation also had “conservatives” who accepted the New Deal and who tended toward business interests instead of labor.  They were “conservative,” not cruel. But now the “conservatives” have run off the rails into extreme right-wing cruelty.  Many are blatantly sexist and racist (with Trump campaigning and governing without the “dog whistle” subtlety).  The Republican Party has effectively merged with the Religious Right, and some of those people want to impose right-wing Christianity as the U.S.’s national religion.  Nearly all […]

Remove Washington State’s death penalty law altogether.

January 31, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

In October 2018, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled our state’s death penalty unconstitutional because of pervasive, systemic racial bias.  Now in February 2019 the State Senate is considering Senate Bill 5339 to remove the law altogether. I will testify to the State Senate’s Committee on Law and Justice at 10:00 a.m. February 5, 2019. Here is a longer version of what I will say.  The time for each person’s testimony is short, so I will mention only the main points, but the document at this link includes supporting information.  I hope you will find it useful. TESTIMONY 2019.02.05   […]

Urge Congress to pass “No First Use” legislation to restrict nuclear war

January 30, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

SUPPORT the “No First Use” bills. S.200 and H.R. 669 are companions. Senator Markey and Rep. Lieu introduced Senate and House legislation that would limit Trump’s (or any subsequent president’s) ability to launch nuclear weapons. Their legislation would prohibit any U.S. President from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress. The U.S. Constitution explicitly states that only Congress can declare war, but since 1945 presidents have claimed the de facto power to start the most horribly destructive war possible without any congressional approval, and Congress has allowed that unconstitutional power to persist. We must restore […]

Do NOT wait for Mueller’s report. IMPEACH Trump for MANY MORE REASONS!

January 20, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The Mueller investigation is focusing on only a very narrow range of Trump’s crimes (the Russia-related ones). Trump has committed MANY MORE crimes of MANY DIFFERENT kinds. And Trump has VIOLATED THE CONSTITUTION in MANY ways. All of those are IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES. When Democrats tell us that they won’t start impeachment proceedings because they are waiting for the Mueller report, THEY ARE DELIBERATELY REFUSING TO ACT RESPONSIBLY.  Every member of Congress took an oath of office to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.  THEY ARE LEGALLY AND MORALLY RESPONSIBLE TO PROTECT CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT FROM TRUMP’S ABUSES, so THEY THEMSELVES are […]

Federal judge blocks Trump’s immigration question on 2020 census

January 20, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

BACKGROUND: For background about why Trump’s decision to ask on the 2020 census about whether each person is an immigrant, see this information that posted on July 17, 2018:  http://parallaxperspectives.org/urgent-info-and-action-alert-protect-the-2020-census-from-trumps-abuse … and this additional information that I posted on July 27, 2018:  http://parallaxperspectives.org/more-about-trumps-blatantly-racist-xenophobic-partisan-citizenship-question-in-2020-census … and additional articles not previously posted on my blog: How Republicans plan to rig the 2020 census:  https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/01/trumps-pick-to-run-2020-census-has-defended-racial-gerrymandering-and-voter-suppression-laws/ Democracy Now! reported on this in March 2018:  https://www.democracynow.org/2018/3/28/journalist_ari_berman_if_trump_is?utm_source=Democracy+Now%21&utm_campaign=5994a1948a-Daily_Digest&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fa2346a853-5994a1948a-191704661 This article explains that the citizenship question would actually hurt many Republican-majority states, but that those Republican state attorney generals have not objected to the question:  https://prospect.org/article/why-2020-census-citizenship-question-matters-2018-elections   Now […]

A local community passed a pro-democracy ordinance and is sued by business corporations for “lost profits.”

December 19, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Local communities in various places (especially in Pennsylvania and Ohio) have been passing “Community Rights Ordinances” to assert local democratic control and protect their local environments.  Some outside businesses react with lawsuits against the local pro-democracy ordinances, and they demand to be paid for “lost profits.” See information about the legal basis for these local efforts to protect local democracy and local environments at www.celdf.org See information about this particular local case at https://celdf.org/grant-township-the-right-to-profit/ My April 2014 TV program explores this exciting opportunity.  That episode’s title is “Strengthen Democracy with a Community Rights Ordinance (CRO).”  Watch the interview and/or read a […]

Trump’s nominee for Attorney General wants to impose “God’s Law” upon America. That’s UNCONSTITUTIONAL!

December 18, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Right-wing Americans are whipping up fears that state governments might impose Sharia law upon us, even though that is utterly unrealistic. However, the right-wing Christian equivalent — fundamentalist “God’s Law” is a real and present danger.  Trump’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General — the top law enforcement official in our nation — actually is on record saying he wants to impose “God’s Law” upon our nation.  He is a right-wing Christian fundamentalist.  His proposal is BLATANTLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL.  It violates the First Amendment’s absolute requirement that the government and religion remain separate. An excellent non-profit organization, Americans United for the Separation […]

A new book calls for impeaching Trump

December 18, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

A non-profit organization has published a new book that calls for impeaching Trump.  Its title is The Constitution Demands It: The Case for the Impeachment of Donald Trump.  The non-profit organization is Free Speech for People, www.freespeechforpeople.org Entrenched politicians are failing to protect the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law from Trump’s repeated abuses, so ORDINARY PEOPLE must build a strong GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT to promote impeachment.          

Here are SOLID REASONS to START IMMEDIATELY to impeach Trump

December 18, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Mainstream Democrats want to avoid taking action now, but this article makes a POWERFUL and SMART case for the U.S. House to START IMMEDIATELY to impeach Trump.  Starting impeachment proceedings NOW makes very smart sense. We need a strong GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT to push Congress to IMMEDIATELY start doing what is necessary. https://www.alternet.org/case-immediate-impeachment-proceedings-remove-trump-office?src=newsletter1098801    

California is still planning to execute an innocent man.

December 16, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Kevin Cooper, who is almost certainly innocent, has been imprisoned on California’s death row for 33 years. His cell is smaller than a typical American bathroom. The State of California refuses to conduct modern DNA testing. A federal judge on the 9th Circuit says Mr. Cooper is innocent, and that “the San Bernardino sheriff’s department framed him.” The evidence does not point to him at all. The same federal appeals judge also said, ““the state failed to provide Cooper a fair hearing,” that “the state obstructed and impeded Cooper and his lawyers in almost every way imaginable in denying his […]

TV Programs: PART 2 of “Choose a Better Worldview to Build a Better World”

November 30, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Our nation and world are in a horrible mess.  The December 2018 episode of “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” TV series examines how to solve the problems. A person or an entire society has a “worldview” — a way of seeing reality — that strongly directs their behavior and public policy.  The worldview that currently dominates the U.S. government and society has caused escalating greed, corruption, cruelty, oppression, war, and other bad things.  Instead, we need to replace that worldview with its opposite — a worldview that is humane, compassionate, peaceful, fair to everyone, and environmentally sustainable. An unjust society seeks to […]

Kids’ federal lawsuit against U.S. gov’t is repeatedly blocked and allowed to proceed.

November 13, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

The “Climate” and “Young People” parts of this blog have previously reported that a number of children and teenagers have sued the federal government for failing to take strong actions to protect the climate, thereby depriving them of a good future.  This lawsuit has persisted for several years.  First the Obama Administration fought against it.  Now the Trump regime is fighting very hard against it.  For several years this lawsuit has suffered roadblocks, rulings allowing it to proceed, more roadblocks, more rulings allowing it to proceed, and so forth — off and on, off and on, off and on. Here […]

TV Program: A blistering critique of U.S. politics! PART 1: “Choose a Better Worldview to Build a Better World”

October 30, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

You can watch the November 2018 episode of the TV program for my series “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” through a link on this blog post — or on TCTV cable channel 22 in Thurston County. (See info below.) This is PART 1 of a 2-part topic, “Choose a Better Worldview to Build a Better World.” It focuses mostly on the problems. PART 2, the December 2018 program, will focus more on solutions. SEE THE LINK BELOW for a VERY THOROUGH, BLISTERING CRITIQUE of the worldview that has increasingly dominated U.S. politics. Parts 1 and 2 of this program explains that the […]