Historically the U.S. was created — and our Constitution’s First Amendment adopted — to protect us from any official religion. Nowadays, the Religious Right is pushing hard to make their version of Christianity into the U.S.’s official religion. That would overturn 230 years of U.S. principled separation between Church and State. And it would hurt many people’s human rights. But some people have said that the U.S. has — in effect — the truly dominant religion of Nationalism. Extreme nationalism corrupts many aspects of that nation’s society in many ways. It causes people to hurt people of other nations. The […]
For EVERY issue you care about (peace, climate, economics, democracy, social justice, human rights, etc.), the REAL SOLUTIONS will come when people organize nonviolently and strategically at the grassroots. ALL OF US — new people, experienced organizers, and everybody in between — can STRENGTHEN OUR SKILLS and add resources to our “toolboxes” so we can make more progress in working on our issues. I am offering my excellent series of SIX PRACTICAL WORKSHOPS on Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing to occur from mid-October to late November 2019 in the Olympia WA area — and perhaps also in other locations. Six consecutive Saturday […]
Trump is relentlessly, repeatedly attacking TRUTH and attacking DEMOCRACY and other humane values in so many may ways that people are increasingly afraid that our constitutional government will be replaced by Trump’s dictatorship. Congress is not doing nearly enough to protect us. Trump has been stacking the courts with young, right-wing extremists who will continue imposing Trumpism upon us for decades into the future. Media ownership is concentrating in fewer hands, and those are increasingly right-wing, so now fewer Americans know what is really happening. A recent article was titled: “How Democracy Dies: Big Brother is Erasing the Public […]
The U.S. has been leading the world in escalating military violence using DRONES as weapons and militarizing space to assign targets for the U.S.’s drones to attack. The U.S. has TARGETED INDIVIDUALS AND KILLED THEM without ever charging them with crimes, allowing any fair trials or due process. The U.S. President’s say-so is enough to murder individuals. The U.S. has been using drones in this way — and also attacking groups of people, civilian buildings, and more — for a number of years. President Obama radically and recklessly escalated his drone wars beyond what Bush/Cheney had done, and Trump is […]
Ever since Trump declared his presidential campaign in June 2015 (and actually even before that), he has been promoting fear of racial minorities and anger and injustice against them. He has practiced racism in many ways that are documented elsewhere. Now this has come to light: Trump’s A.G. Barr and their Dept. of Justice hid an important 2018 report on white supremacy and domestic terrorism: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/8/10/1878102/-Barr-Trump-DoJ-hid-2018-report-on-white-supremacy-and-domestic-terrorism?detail=emailLL And this: Trump’s Justice Dept. often sends white nationalist and hate propaganda to immigration court employees: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/8/26/1881500/-It-turns-out-the-Justice-Department-has-been-emailing-out-white-nationalist-links-for-months-now?detail=emaildkre And this: House Judiciary can warm up for impeachment by starting with racist […]
In early September 2019 Trump fired his National Security Adviser John Bolton. Bolton was a NOTORIOUS hawk who kept opposing diplomacy and kept promoting war instead. He has been WRONG on foreign policy issues for decades. Finally Trump had found that Bolton was too hawkish even for Trump, so Trump fired him. Here are some articles about this, including articles summarizing Bolton’s horrible record and the political context for this latest firing: #1: John Bolton is an extremist who likes war and opposes diplomacy and international agreements. A great non-profit organization — www.beyondthebomb.org — wrote this: “Bolton managed to break […]
I wrote this powerful, inspiring essay because we have much more potential for solving problems and creating a better future than most people realize. Regardless of which issues you care about, I encourage you to read the essay at this link: Let’s Boldly Create the Future We Really Want
The term “terrorist” has been slanted to make people think of Muslims. The term “gang” has been slanted to make people think of Blacks or Latinos. But actually, nearly all of the mass shooters have been white, and many of them have been RIGHT-WING EXTREMISTS (some quoting Trump’s rhetoric) who targeted the groups that the Trump regime and other propagandists have been pressuring the public to fear and hate (LGBTQ folks, Muslims, Jews, etc.), along with random people. If we want to stop the epidemic of mass shootings — and hate crimes — we must look at who is committing […]
This article’s lead paragraph reports this: On July 30, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan reported that the Afghan government and international military forces, primarily the United States, caused most of the civilian deaths in Afghanistan during the first six months of 2019. That’s more killings than those perpetrated in the same time period by the Taliban and ISIS combined. https://truthout.org/articles/candidates-must-commit-to-immediate-us-withdrawal-from-afghanistan/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=84b92979-bb4e-43d9-975d-6146d244cab9
This smart, insightful article deserves to be read widely and acted upon: https://www.opednews.com/Quicklink/The-U-S-Deserves-Its-Own-in-Best_Web_OpEds-Afghanistan-War_Donald-Rumsfeld_George-W-Bush_International-190325-349.html
The U.S. is obsessed with “national security” and wastes about half of our discretionary budget on militarism, nuclear weapons, covert actions, and violence around the world. This obsession and waste cause much neglect and suffering within the U.S. as well as abuse and endless wars and suffering around the world. We must replace the wasteful, ineffective, and downright counterproductive “national security” scheme with a fresh approach: “TRUE Security.” See this: TRUE Security TABLE.doc
I wrote an insightful article in 2017, and it is still valid, so I updated it only a little and posted it here. I’ll write another proposing remedies for how to get out of this crisis. Look for that within the next few weeks. How We Got into Our Current Crisis
The U.S. has OVERTHROWN many governments — including many democracies. Sometimes the U.S. claims we are protecting “human rights” or restoring “democracy.” But the truth is almost always the opposite. See examples at the “Peace” and “International Affairs” parts of this blog, www.parallaxperspectives.org An April 22, 2019, article on www.commondreams.org exposed the U.S.’s horrible track record in the context of the Trump regime’s attempt to overthrow Venezuela’s elected president. READ THE ARTICLE AT THIS LINK. In the article see this photo of a poster attached to Venezuela’s embassy in Washington DC:
The article at the following link begins with this paragraph: On April 12, 2019, the International Criminal Court said that it would not pursue a war crimes investigation against the U.S. military for its actions in Afghanistan. A very thick file was closed in The Hague. READ THE ARTICLE AT THIS LINK.
The United Nations report states: “A shocking number of civilians continue to be killed and maimed each day.” READ AN ARTICLE AT THIS LINK.