Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Ten predictions: Why Bob Dole’s lobbying for Taiwan makes me nervous

OPINION 
Will Taiwan become the “Israel of the Pacific?” Bob Doles lobbying for Taiwan  makes me very nervous, although if it were not Dole, someone else would fill the role.  

Friday, December 2, 2016

What do I owe my country?


“Do you owe anything to your country, or should you be able to opt out of a proscribed service requirement?”

A friend posed the above question to me: As I thought about it, I almost wanted to become a Libertarian! (And that is not something I want to consider, not something I wish to be.) 

But this got me thinking. It got me thinking about, “Who or what exactly is my country?” And “To whom do I owe a debt?” 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

OPINION: Five FALSE “Facts about DAPL”


In view of the ongoing protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), the companies are revving up their own version. They are claiming to set the record straight, and on the one hand, they may correct some mistaken notions. In my opinion, however,  they also are spreading their own false narrative about the pipeline as they go about trying to set the record straight. So here is my take on their five so-called “facts.”

“Facts" that I maintain are false or misleading in themselves.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

What Jack in the Beanstalk says about Standing Rock

This is Jack in the Beanstalk, and from up here in my leafy abode in the sky I am reporting on a country known as The United States of America. While avoiding the watchful eye of the giants, I have observed in real time as an oil company and its $3.7-billion Dakota Access oil pipeline took control of all three levels of government: local, state and federal. Ideologically driven courts also went along with the coup, while the President of the United States asked them nicely to please hold off on their construction. They of course ignored him ...

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A MINORITY-OF-A-MINORITY ASKS: "Will the Green Party benefit as the Republicans win big?"



It’s official: I am a minority-of-a-minority, and happy about it.

As a member of the Green Party, I am a minority of the progressive wing, a tiny political minority of a progressive movement that used to be “owned,” largely, by the Democrats. Or so they thought.

So why am I upbeat about this? It’s simple. I don’t think it will take long for Americans to figure out that this right wing nonsense is not in their best interest. It is not the best thing to happen to America or the world. Yet, it may turn out that Trump is the best thing that ever happened to the progressive movement in the long run. Here’s why:

By the year 2020, Trump may have driven millions of Americans into the Green Party. And why the Green Party? Why not the Democratic Party?

Where have all the Democrats gone?

I think, and I hope, that people will soon awaken to the reality that the Democratic Party is not a progressive party now, if it ever was! In fact, they may have had that revelation already: News sources are reporting that about 4.5 million fewer people have voted in the Democratic presidential contest this year versus 2008. The fact that Democrat voters abandoned their posts, allowing Republicans to sweep all houses and potentially all branches of government, speaks volumes. Americans now know that the Democratic party is defunct, as is the Republican party, which was taken over by demagogue Donald Trump.

At the same time, I think people will learn by the school of hard-knocks that Trumpism will benefit a wealthy few, not the many. And even the wealthy are now concerned as we have seen the markets plunge. They are afraid. They apparently do not think they can control this rogue President.  What we have seen is an amazing migration of Republicans into the defunct Democratic party, a party that is firmly in the grips of the corporate elite.

What is a progressive?

This means that the Green Party, by default, may be the only option for people who want local control, a clean environment (air, water and soil), the end of corporate control of the House and Senate, a sustainable agricultural community and a world at peace. As a matter of fact, we are about to find out whether or not the USA shares Green Party values:

Ecological Wisdom
Nonviolence
Social Justice
Grassroots Democracy
Decentralization
Community-Based Economics
Feminism
Respect for Diversity
Personal & Global Responsibility
Sustainability

Our work

But our work, the work of the Green Party, is cut out because at this time many or most Americans don’t even know who Jill Stein is, don’t know what the Green Party represents, and have heard, erroneously, that a vote for the Green Party is a “wasted” vote, which is far from the truth.

So this is no time to be in the molly-grubs. It is time to put on our “working clothes” and to go out into the fields, into the highways and the byways, into the the homes and marketplaces: It is time to make “Green” a household name. We need to reach every family in the USA with our message, the Green message, starting today. It may turn out that there has never been a better time to be: a minority-of-a-minority. 

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Monday, October 31, 2016

The Witches are Calling!

The Witches are Coming! They came in the Fifties too.


“No! You cannot go trick-or-treating.” My dad was adamant about that.

Dad’s word was law around our house, so that pronouncement presented a dilemma. He was a strict law-and-order man. The kind of guy who always said, “You don’t negotiate with kidnappers.” No pay-for-protection, no ransom money, and most importantly to us six kids, NO TRICK-OR-TREATING!

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