Democracy

End of the year observations

Prosperity for Rhode Island By Greg Gerritt December 27, 2018 It would be very easy to be depressed about the state of the world as we move from 2018 to 2019 with racism, authoritarianism, growing inequality, an increase in refugees from war and climate change, rising carbon emissions, ever faster deforestation, empty seas, loss of biodiversity, more nuclear weapons in the pipeline, the trampling of communities in pursuit of profit, democracy in retreat, and the hottest La Nina year in history, but it has to be balanced with the UN laughing at Trump, a repudiation in the mid term elections,…

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Seize The Time

Every time we view the news in the paper or on television or the internet, we are struck by the tragic politics of our country’s leaders. This, along with the epidemic of violence, poverty, racism and injustice, environmental destruction and war, is evil and oppressive. Dr. King stated, “First, non-violence is resistance to evil and oppression. It is a human way to fight back.” At sixteen, I was ten feet from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. The problem today is that too much of America is still dreaming. Today, far too…


Other Revolving Doors

by Don Fitz July 13, 2018 It’s more than doors between the US government and the businesses that they supposedly regulate that go round and round. One of the other swinging doors is between the Democratic and Republican Parties. A second door Perhaps the best known case is when Al Gore ran for president in 2000, he picked Joe Lieberman as his running mate. Then, in 2008, Lieberman showed up at the Republican national convention to endorse John McCain for president. Between those two campaigns, John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, was rumored to be leaning to ask Republican…


Propping up the economy is not a good justification for immigration

Andrea Mérida Cuéllar June 29, 2018 Since the Trump administration has been caught red-handed violating the human rights of people fleeing economic and political upheaval in Central America via child separations at the border, I have noticed a few well-meaning folks trying to combat the naked white supremacy demonstrated by those who are ok with Trump’s actions. I would caution allies to do some self-examination, as well as some review of American history, before wading into those waters.  This is a time when we can chop away at both white supremacy AND American imperialism at the same time, if we…


My Fellow Americans: Please Wake Up

Day after day, year after year, your government murders people and sows terror and misery on the people of the Middle East and Africa — while most of you do nothing to stop it. Medium By Rich Whitney January 27, 2018 On January 13, 2018, warplanes for the U.S.-led Coalition in Syria, fired missiles on Hajin city, in the eastern suburbs of Deir Ez-Zour of that devastated country, killing five civilians. According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, their names were Matrouk al Saleh and his wife, Bashar al-Saleh, Yasser Shaker Al Ismail and Abdul Qadir Shaker Al Ismail. I’m guessing…