Category Archives: Government

Our Young Must Save the World from US and Enact Social Change

The needs of our young voters are not being adequately served by our government at all levels. The problem is that elected officials are mostly middle aged or older individuals who have little on common with our youth. So their needs and issues are underrepresented. Continue reading

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2nd Amendment – What you probably didn’t Know

To truly understand the entire context of the 2nd Amendment one must truly understand the concerns of state legislators at the time it was written by James Madison around 1789. There is a window into that time in history and the thinking that went into the writing of the Constitution and the Bill of Right through the Federalist Papers. Continue reading

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President Who Speaks with Forked Tongue

“Man who speaks with forked tongue” has been attributed to how the Native American Indians described the White man throughout history. It describes a person who says one thing but means the very opposite. It is an apt description of … Continue reading

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2nd Amendment – Right to Bear Arms?

The 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution seems rather straightforward to me: There is a purpose “Awell regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state…” and there is the expressed Right “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” So why does the nation’s Supreme Court ignore the purpose of this Amendment and grant “the right of the people to keep and bear arms”? Continue reading

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Children Demonstrate Against Gun Violence

Children have a powerful effect upon adults because when they speak against injustices to parents, government legislators, and local officials we are amazed at how mature they are. We always underestimate the intelligence of our youth… But when some get in front of the press and many demonstrate en masse as they are doing and shout enough is enough of this gun violence, adults start to pay attention because they put we adults to shame for failing them repeatedly after each mass shooting… I am so proud of our young children soon to be young adults. As a matter of fact, many are now of voting age and are registering to influence our legislators. They plan to make a difference in upcoming elections. Continue reading

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My Thoughts about President Trump

For some time now I have been trying to think of good things to say about President Trump. But the longer he has been President the fewer things I can think of. I feel that he is out of place for this century… Continue reading

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Climate Change: Is it Too Late?

There seems to be an increasing consensus among climate scientist that even if we were to cease all production of man made greenhouse gases it would take as much as a hundred thousand years to return to a more normal state…We have triggered nature to quickly release its own huge stores of greenhouse gases from the oceans, ice, and tundras which have been accumulating and lying dormant for millions of years. We can still make a difference if we act soon. Our influence on Climate Change is still significant. Continue reading

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Donald Trump: My Greatest Fears and hopes

I voted enthusiastically for Bernie Sanders in the Primary and ended up reluctantly voting for Hillary Clinton in the General election. But we got now President Donald Trump, not my choice at all for president. I have no choice but to accept the election results very unenthusiastically and apprehensively. What I fear most is Vice President Mike Pence who is a conservative ideologue somehow becoming president. I know exactly what he represents in terms of conservative and religious values… Continue reading

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Trump Can’t Possibly Loose

Don’t be fooled by the title. I do not support Trump in any way nor do I hope he wins this election. Looking back in his career he is, by many, viewed as a real estate tycoon. He inherited billions of dollars and has made many real estate investments. But he has filed four major Chapter 11 bankruptcies for many of these ventures since 1991 worth billions of dollars. So as a real estate tycoon he has been overall quite a failure. But what he has learned in all these years is that name recognition means a lot, almost everything… Continue reading

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Donald Trump Not the Worst Among Republican Candidates

Let me start by stating that no way will I vote for Donald Trump. I am a strong Bernie Sander supporter and hold quite forward-looking views. So when I look at the Republican party lineup of candidates Donald Trump doesn’t look all that bad to me. Sure he is probably the most narcissistic and super egotistical among them but he is not idealistic. He does not have the same fundamentalist moral and religious fervor of the other candidates or a strong conservative determination to make central government smaller… Continue reading

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Shouldn’t Other Lives Matter too?

Recently there have been Blacks Lives Matter demonstrations throughout our nation due to the disproportionate numbers shootings of Black people by police. There have also been retaliation shootings and killings of law enforcement offices. Black communities for decades have complained that far too often law enforcement have used excessive lethal force (guns) targeting Black people… Continue reading

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Texas Woman’s Right to Choose Upheld by Supreme Court

In a 5 to 3 decision on Monday the US Supreme Court ruled against the constitutionally of a Texas law that required abortion clinics to be located in the immediate vicinity of emergency medical facilities in an attempt to stop the majority of abortion clinics from continuing to operate… Texas legislators consider abortions the murder of fetuses but cannot ban it for that reason due to the separation of church and state and the fact that a fetus has previously been ruled not a person so was not protected by the Constitution. So they cleverly figured a way to work around the constitution… Continue reading

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Brexit – Does Democracy Work?

I haven’t a full grasp of the results of the Brexit (British Exit) Referendum to leave the European Union (EU). But it does seem that British voters voted to leave the European Union in part out of frustrations with their government… The lesson here is that the British did not really understand what they were voting for using a democratic process… Continue reading

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Another Mass Shooting at Orlando, Fl. on June 12, 2016

The mass shooting in Orlando Florida, where 50 innocent human beings lost their lives and 53 were injured was the worst mass shooting in America’s history. It is not relevant if these human beings were innocent children in school or innocent members of the LGBT community in a nightclub, none of them deserved to have their lives shortened this way. The mass killer used a semi-automatic weapon purchased legally because… Continue reading

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Who Should the President Select as the Next Supreme Court Justice

Due to the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the leading conservative voice on the high court, there is now a vacancy on the Supreme Court. I believe that our nation now consists of extremes of liberal and conservatives who constantly fight with one another. I must admit that I have strong leaning towards the liberal side because of my rather progressive ideas. But I feel that government works best when there are more moderate centrists who are more willing to compromise. We currently have 4 liberal justices and 4 conservative justices. We need a moderate political and social justice who can bring more balanced to decisions. Continue reading

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Extreme Political Grandstanding – Free Media Press

There is a Republican presidential candidate who is a black belt master at political campaign grandstanding. During primaries it is what you say, not what you mean that often gets most press. Primaries are where candidates can make outrageous statements with little consequence just to get ones name in the press and digital media. That is exactly what one candidate who had a reality program and made his fortune largely based upon bluffing is doing with great regularity. Continue reading

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2015 UN Paris Climate Summit – Are We Committed?

The first UN Climate Change Summit (COP21) in 20 years convened in Paris just days after the recent Terrorist attacks there. Its goal is to draft legally binding and universal agreements on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 3.6°C… Our nation has officially been a strong advocate for reducing greenhouse gases yet 57% of Republican Congress Members deny anthropomorphic (man caused) Climate Change arguing there is nothing we can do to stem it in spite of universal scientific consensus to the contrary. Continue reading

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Domestic Terrorism at Colorado Planned Parenthood Clinic

All mass shootings and killing should go under the category of Domestic Terrorism because that is exactly what they are, largely the indiscriminate killing of many people. There have been 294 cases of Domestic Terrorism in the US this year and no Foreign Terrorist action in more than 10 years. So why are we so paranoid about Foreign Terrorism when we have many real and active terrorists in our back yards? There are still many in the media and public that simply call these acts of terrorism mass shootings. Does this distinction mean that it is a Terrorist act if people are killed en mass by a foreign person or group but a Mass Shooting if done by a domestic person or group? Continue reading

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Arab Terrorist’s Achilles Heel

The recent acts of terrorist in Paris and elsewhere serve as stark reminders that attacks are still possibility here. Since 9/11 America has spent hundreds of billions of dollars on homeland security that have changed the way we live and travel. We no longer feel as safe as before. With our privacy compromised and our freedom to traveled hampered we accept these invasions upon our constitutional freedoms in the name of the Patriot Act and national security. Although we have been by far the most aggressive country against Arab terrorism and actions in the Middle East little has happened here at home since 9/11 more than 14 years later. Continue reading

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Another Shooting at a University within One Week

Another shooting, this time at Northern Arizona University’s Flagstaff campus, took place yesterday when a gunman intent on killing many more than the one student he killed and the three he injured was maced and tackled by other students while trying to reload his gun. This could have very well turned into another mass killing in less than one week after the mass killing at Umpqua Community College. Continue reading

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Another Mass Shooting this time at a college in Oregon

President Obama gave his 15th news conference on mass shootings since taking office on the recent mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. 10 lives including the shooter were taken and 7 were wounded. I don’t necessarily blame the shooter who was in all likelihood mentally deranged. I blame our legal and legislative systems as well as our often warped sense of civilized social values for allowing him and other killers such easily access to guns. The gunman reportedly owned 13 legally obtained guns plus plenty of ammunition. Had people not had such easy access to guns many of these tragic mass and daily shootings would not have occurred and more would still be alive today. Continue reading

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What PEACE Means to Me

PEACE is an attitude, not a conviction. It is the will to avoid conflicts and war, not to totally eliminate it which is passivism. It is the equalizer of social and political behavior. Its fig leaf sends a signal that I am open to dialog and am interested in hearing and understanding what you have to say about yourself and about me. It is about the absence of ego, that threats real or perceived will not hinder my pursuit of a peaceful resolution and harmonious relationship. It is the fundamental basis of most mainstream religions. Continue reading

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The RIGHT To Vote?

Unlike the Rights of the 1st Amendment to the Constitution of freedom of religion and speech, and the right to assemble and redress grievances, the Constitution does not specifically define the Right to Vote. It does describe the process of voting but does not specifically define it as a Right. It seems the founders took the Right to Vote for granted. This ambiguity in our Constitution for such a fundamental and essential function has been a cause of much contention in recent years. Continue reading

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A Complicated Nation in Search for Simple Solutions

Recent poles show Donald Trump by far the most popular Republican frontrunner for President. Trump presents very straight forward and simple solutions to many of America’s domestic and foreign policy issues. He is well-known for his reality shows as being quick and decisive, the sign of a good leader, at least that is the perception of many of his supporters. He reminds me a little of Ross Perot who ran as an independent some years ago. We like civil war heroes like Grant and Lee who quickly assessed a situation and decisively rallied their troops to victory even though those decisions cost tens of thousands of lives in America’s bloodiest conflict. Continue reading

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Global Warming No Longer a Science Issue

In the last decade the consensus of scientific peer-reviewed papers on anthropogenic (man caused) Global Warming has rapidly gained favor. A recent report indicates 97.2% of recent scientific peer-reviewed papers favor anthropogenic Global Warming. Major behavioral and economic changes to correct for Global Warming must happen. Greenhouse gases directly or indirectly produced engage every aspect of life. This change will have huge economic, political, and moral ripple effects that will change our lives more than any other issue facing us today. The reason it is so controversial is its urgency and potential threat to our existence. It requires immediate and disruptive changes to our ways of life. Continue reading

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