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 […]

Trump keeps attacking science. We must PROTECT HONEST SCIENCE from Trump and Trumpism!

November 26, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Why We Need to Protect Government Scientists From Political Retaliation:  https://truthout.org/articles/why-we-need-to-protect-government-scientists-from-political-retaliation/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=775d76ee-11c3-497e-8f4d-a5b69482cc42   EPA Career Staffer Says Trump Has Effectively Immobilized the Agency:  https://truthout.org/articles/epa-career-staffer-says-trump-has-effectively-immobilized-the-agency/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=775d76ee-11c3-497e-8f4d-a5b69482cc42   New reports show that science is in ‘crisis’ under Trump!  The article below begins with these two paragraphs: Acceptance of the root cause of climate change — human beings — is growing among the American public. But among policymakers, acceptance is on the decline. That’s the dismal conclusion of a new peer-reviewed study in Environmental Research Communications published on Thursday. Between 2010 and 2017, Washington policymakers became less supportive of the science behind climate change. What’s […]

Neoliberalism dominates our economics and politics. Let’s lift up better moral values and vision to counter neoliberalism!

November 26, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Assumptions and worldviews dominate any society, limit how that society’s people think, and force its public policies in certain directions.  If we do not like the way our society is headed, let’s question the assumptions and worldviews that dominate our society. “Neoliberalism” has been dominating American and Western society for several decades.  “Neoliberalism” is a worldview that assumes economic markets (capitalism, etc.) are the best way to solve public problems.  it rejects the role of strong democracy empowering governments to solve problems.  It promotes the kind of anti-government rhetoric and policies that the U.S. saw with Goldwater, Reagan, and all […]

Tax extremely rich people! They have the greatest responsibility to pay for the systems that made them rich!

November 16, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

In the U.S., poor people pay a larger percentage of their income in taxes than rich people do! Rich people keep telling us that “trickle-down” economics will help the rest of us — but “trickle-down” has been PROVEN to be propaganda, NOT how the economy really works. Ordinary people — middle class, working class, and poor — are SERIOUSLY HURT by our nation’s tax system and our states’ tax systems.  Rich people and giant corporations fund political campaigns, and the politicians write tax laws that serve their political donors AT OUR EXPENSE. Finally, some progressive people are urging us to […]

While Warning of Nazi-Like Fascism and Corporate Crimes, Pope Francis Proposes Adding ‘Ecological Sin’ to Church Teachings

November 16, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

While Warning of Nazi-Like Fascism and Corporate Crimes, Pope Francis Proposes Adding ‘Ecological Sin’ to Church Teachings In remarks at the Vatican, the leader of the Catholic Church condemned “the large-scale delinquency of corporations.” https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/16/while-warning-nazi-fascism-and-corporate-crimes-pope-francis-proposes-adding?cd-origin=rss&utm_term=AO&utm_campaign=Weekly%20Newsletter&utm_content=email&utm_source=Weekly%20Newsletter&utm_medium=Email        

Seattle’s Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen said nuclear weapons crucify Jesus again

November 16, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Nuclear weapons are NOT merely political issues “out there” somewhere. They are very intimate — as intimate as our own human lives — and as intimate as our religious faith. Raymond Hunthausen, the late Catholic Archbishop of Seattle, stated: “Our nuclear war preparations are the global crucifixion of Jesus. What we do to the least of these, through our nuclear war planning, we do to Jesus. This is his teaching. We cannot avoid it and we should not try. Our nuclear weapons are the final crucifixion of Jesus, the extermination of the human family with whom he is one.”   […]

The Democratic Party is so clueless that it is REBUFFING its political base and could unwittingly RE-ELECT Trump!

November 16, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The institutional Democratic Party has a long history of seeking donations and votes from the working class, environmentalists, and progressives — but when elected — nearly all Democrats rebuff the Party’s political base and instead are subservient to Wall Street and the Military-Industrial Complex. This happens over and over again.  It happened with Obama (see below).  It happened with Hillary Clinton (who failed to inspire the base and was more conservative than Trump on several issues), and it is happening again now.  The Democratic Party keeps rejecting progressives (Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren) and keeps trying to cram corporate war-hawks […]

Media bias INTERFERES WITH solving the climate crisis

November 9, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The Establishment (fossil fuel companies, big business, the “consumer culture,” economic elites, and BOTH of the big political parties) caused the climate crisis. Mainstream (corporate-owned) media — as always — played along as the mouthpiece for the corrupt Establishment. In order to solve the climate crisis, ORDINARY PEOPLE MUST PUSH BACK against big business, against government, and against mainstream media.   Weather reports — and news reports about extreme weather — keep assuming that extreme weather is merely an “act of God” and ALMOST NEVER mention that decades of fossil fuel pollution and climate disruption have caused it. Even Seattle’s […]

The Climate Crisis is ALSO a SOCIAL JUSTICE issue!

November 9, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Some people think of issues as if each was in a separate “silo” unrelated to other issues.  Actually, issues are very deeply and strongly interrelated.  For example, the Climate Crisis is ALSO a SOCIAL JUSTICE issue. This insight should not only broaden our understanding of the climate crisis, but it should also help us strategize more insightfully to reach out and connect the climate crisis with other issues.  We should bring various kinds of people into the climate movement AND bring climate organizers into the movements working on other social justice issues.     This November 21, 2017, article at […]

NEXT SAT NOV 16: Attend event in Olympia focusing on CLIMATE and NUCLEAR WEAPONS. Learn, connect, and take action.

November 9, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation’s 2019 Fall Retreat will focus on BOTH nuclear weapons and the climate crisis. It will occur on Saturday November 16 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 20th & S. Capitol Way, Olympia. The Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons is one of several co-sponsors. Keynote: DAHR JAMAIL “The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption” — Author and journalist Dahr Jamail, on the necessity of listening deeply to the Earth, as the planetary crisis accelerates. PETER LUMSDAINE WA Physicians for Social Responsibility, Nuclear Weapons Abolition Task Force — […]

How to pay for the Green New Deal

November 8, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Today I posted information from February 7-8-9, 2019, when the Green New Deal resolutions were introduced in Congress.  Those early posts explained why we need the Green New Deal.  Cautious people (and opponents) will ask how to pay for it.  Actually, progressives were ALREADY proposing ways to pay for it BEFORE the House and Senate resolutions were introduced. Here are some VERY EARLY articles that make good economic sense:   Ellen Brown (perhaps our nation’s greatest expert on publicly owned banks) urges public banks as a way to fund a Green New Deal.  Her December 2018 article at the following […]

Green New Deal: Origins and federal legislation

November 8, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

In late 2018 people started talking about the basic ideas that were developed into the February 2019 federal legislation for a Green New Deal — a fairly comprehensive framework that would promote: Bold actions to protect the environment and climate New “green” jobs with good wages Improvements for local communities, housing, infrastructure, etc. And more FDR’s New Deal in the 1930s addressed a variety of issues in positive ways.  Likewise, the Green New Deal would do that nowadays with special emphasis on benefiting the environment and climate.   I will post information to my blog about creative ways to fund […]

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 […]

This article explains the story that right-wing extremists worldwide are telling — so they keep gaining power

November 5, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Near the beginning of this article it says this: The radical right has developed a global narrative that, by uniting virulent racists and commonplace conservatives, mass shooters and populist politicians, is already injecting fringe ideas into mainstream culture. A paragraph soon after says this: The radical right’s story is rooted in the most basic plot of all: us versus them. Its main nemesis is determined, so the tale goes, to storm the battlements of the “civilized world” and, in what’s called a “great replacement,” oust its innocent inhabitants. Soon after, it says this: The idea of “the great replacement” is […]