Saturday, June 11, 2016

Neither Trump Nor Market-Based Solutions Are the Answer to America’s Problems

Storm is Coming timeline photo
Tom Friedman’s latest article, “Dump the G.O.P. for a Grand New Party,” is for the most part true. He argues, “If a party could declare moral bankruptcy, today’s Republican Party would be in Chapter 11.”

He went on to say, “America needs a center-right party ready to offer market-based solutions to issues like climate change.” A center-right party that supports common sense gun laws, fiscal policy, free trade that aids affected workers, and appreciates the complexity of foreign policy.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Trump’s Pugnacious Threats Epitomizes the Bully and Demagogue, Americans Know No Other Way

The use of power or threats of power to force, control, or coerce submission are the way the state, military, corporations, institutions, and capitalism function. You don’t have to look any further than Donald Trump. Trump’s pugnacious threats toward women, gays, the disabled, people of color, Muslims, and countries like China and Mexico are illustrations of this archetypal behavior. It epitomizes the bully and demagogue.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Greatest Casualty of War Is Our Future

Memorial Day serves as a reminder that “beneath the beauty of the lilies lies the ugliness of war.” The James Carroll metaphor perfectly captures the deepest meaning of war, and of all the things lost because of it.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Ron Kovic’s Memory of War

A majority of Americans have never served in the Armed Forces. Their understanding of military service and war comes from how the news media reports our wars. Television, movies, video war games distort their view of war. Unlike previous wars, restrictions on publishing certain images of war and inadequate media coverage sanitize war in a way that creates ignorance of horrors of war, and what combat veterans face when they return home.

Friday, May 20, 2016

The 2016 Election is An Illusion of Choice and a Farce

The 2016 elections, all elections, are rigged by the political parties, media, corporations, and by wealthy individuals. None of them wants to change a system that is benefiting them. Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders represents a clear and present danger to their monetary excesses because he intends to rein in their extravagance.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Way to Fight Terrorism Is to Eliminate Its Root Causes

The way to fight world terrorism is not by perpetuating more violence, but by eliminating its root causes: poverty, social inequality, a lack of education, and a lack of respect for human rights. Moreover, the importance of religion must be deemphasized. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization “violence begins from the mind.” This means removing children from violent circumstances, and raising the world’s children in healthy, safe environments, making sure they have a good primary education, and are free from religious influences.

For those who say, “good words, but poverty, social inequality, a lack of education, and a lack of respect for human rights has been going on since the beginning of time. It’s in the Old Testament. We can control it but we can't eliminate it.” I say, we must free ourselves, particularly our children, from the religious influences that dictate over reason and conscience.

I am always reminded of the quote of George Bernard Shaw, famously referenced by RFK, “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’" We should always ask ourselves that question: “Why not.” Why can't we change the course of terrorism has taken by eliminating its causes, and maybe not eliminate it but significantly marginalize it.

Copyright © Horatio Green 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016

Bernie Sanders: “Defending America’s Vital Strategic Interest”

As a veteran of the Iraq War,
Congresswoman Gabbard understands the cost of war
and is fighting to create a foreign policy that not only protects
America but keeps us out of perpetual wars
that we should not be in.
The only time war is justified is in the direct, unquestionable life or death defense of our country. Yet, every Republican presidential candidate believes in the use of force in order to protect our vital interest, so does Hillary Clinton.

Voting for any Republican presidential candidate, or Hillary Clinton, is essentially a vote for the perpetuation of America’s wars . . .  more killing, more atrocities, more lives destroyed. The protecting vital interest phrase is standard rhetoric Presidents use to justify invasions and military occupations of other countries.

Friday, March 18, 2016

America’s Atrocities: No Gun Ri, Tiger Force, Mỹ Lai, Highway of Death, Iraq, and Afghanistan

Image at Information Clearing House
Other Highway of Death images

T here is inconceivable massacres that take place in every war. The United States is not an exception. Deplorably, the military and government attempt to whitewash these crimes. They’re only brought to light when participants or witnesses courageously report them. Cover-ups keep Americans in the dark, but when they learn of them, they attribute these mass murders to the “fog of war,” or accept them as an inevitable part of war.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Remembering My Lai, the Day American’s Slaughtered Five Hundred South Vietnamese, Including Children and Babies

One of many photos taken by United States 
in the aftermath of the My Lai massacre 
showing mostly women and children dead on a road.
years ago, on Saturday morning, March 16, 1968, 18-year-old Truong Moi, a fisherman from the hamlet of My Lai in Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam, went out to check the fishnets he had set in a nearby river. Troung was a member of a community of about 700 people, including the hamlet of My Khe. They lived in thatch-roofed huts and redbrick homes in the village of Son My, located on Vietnam’s South Central Coast. My Lai and My Khe were quiet and peaceful hamlets, for the most part untouched by the war. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

A Future without Work and Money, the End of Capitalism and Inequality

Screenshot of Tech Insider video
Automated and autonomous systems are becoming more prevalent and capable of doing more things. These systems will continue to change the way we produce products, how we provide services, and how they are distributed.