Tag: politics

The Pacific Urgently Suggests that You Vote Blue Today

If you want to save liberal democracy, the possibility of less war, the health of oceans and all things on earth that the oceans make possible (well, everything), the best thing you can do today, November 6th, is find a way to vote for the Democratic Party.  President Trump and his Trumpublican Party have, to say the least, become, as Trump himself likes to … Read More The Pacific Urgently Suggests that You Vote Blue Today

Is President Trump’s Baseness Shrinking the Republican Base?

President Trump entered the White House in January of 2017; by the end of his first month in office, Trump had a net disapproval rating in only six liberal states: California, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maryland and Hawaii. By the end of September of 2018, however,  Trump’s disapproval disease had spread to 29 states.   Might all of Trump’s “false statements”, corruption in his administration, … Read More Is President Trump’s Baseness Shrinking the Republican Base?

President Trump’s Selfish Nationalism is Self-Defeating

According to U.S. President Donald Trump, a globalist “is a person that wants the globe to do well, frankly, not caring about our country so much. And you know what? We can’t have that.” In sum, “globalists” are bad, according to Trump, because they are not narrowly patriotic enough; a true globalist embraces the whole human race, and thus is a traitor to his … Read More President Trump’s Selfish Nationalism is Self-Defeating

Senator Susan Collins Casts a “Grievously Wrong” Vote to Confirm Kavanaugh

When Senator Susan Collins of Maine took to the floor of the Senate to announce whether or not she would vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, the nation seemed to hold its breath: would Collins join her fellow female, Republican colleague Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska to put an end to the nomination of a man suspected of perjury and … Read More Senator Susan Collins Casts a “Grievously Wrong” Vote to Confirm Kavanaugh

For the International Day of Peace: A Brief Reflection

Today the whole planet–at least the human part– celebrates the United Nations created International Day of Peace, first established in 1981. This year’s theme honors the 70th anniversary of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights by suggesting “the right to peace”, a right not explicitly declared in the UDHR. If we think of peace as a human right (the right not to be … Read More For the International Day of Peace: A Brief Reflection

Why I am a “bleeding-heart liberal”

To be “liberal” is to be “open to new ideas” and “favourable to or respectful of individual rights and freedoms.” Given the above definition, can a true liberal be a promoter or defender of that most ancient flaw of humanity–war? Is such a thing as a “liberal hawk” logical or possible? One of the oldest ideas in all of human civilization is the idea … Read More Why I am a “bleeding-heart liberal”

It’s no crime for ICC to investigate U.S. war crimes

Back in November of 2016, the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, founded in 2002, stated that she had reason to believe that American soldiers were guilty of war crimes, including torture, in Afghanistan. The ICC statement said there was “a reasonable basis to believe” that “members of United States of America (US) armed forces and members of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) committed … Read More It’s no crime for ICC to investigate U.S. war crimes