Category Archives: Commentary

America’s rape and destruction of sovereign states

America’s sordid history reflects a despicable legacy of ravaging, colonizing and plundering one nation after another. Continue reading

The secret healthcare bill

The Senate’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act is not a healthcare bill. It’s a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, paid for by a dramatic reduction in healthcare funding for approximately 23 million poor, disabled, and working middle class Americans. Continue reading

The age of no privacy: The surveillance state shifts into high gear

The government has become an expert in finding ways to sidestep what it considers “inconvenient laws” aimed at ensuring accountability and thereby bringing about government transparency and protecting citizen privacy. Continue reading

Of Caesar, guns and trolls: The evil that men do

Over in New York’s Central Park, just a short distance from our offices, the curtain came down last week on The Public Theater’s controversial production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Controversial because the actor playing the assassinated Caesar looked and sounded like Donald Trump, right down to the overlong red necktie and clownish orange-blond nimbus of hair. Continue reading

The secret Republican plan to unravel Medicaid

Bad enough that the Republican Senate bill would repeal much of the Affordable Care Act. Continue reading

Once again, mainstream media does Pharma’s bidding

Taxpayers are stuck paying for the opioid crisis created by Big Pharma to make more money. Late last year, the Senate approved $1 billion of our money for “opioid prevention and treatment programs” as part of the 21st Century Cures Act. Continue reading

The elephant is always in the room

This writer has made it my main purpose, for 15 years now, to focus on the single most important issue destroying our nation’s economy. Yes, for those who read me frequently, it is this obscene military spending coupled with extreme militarism! Continue reading

Films to chew on

Why does gratuitous violence also attract the ‘compatible Left’?

For years there have been two films from Hollywood that have drawn innumerable fans, especially among the “cultivated” (compatible) Left. These are Aliens with Sigourney Weaver and The Silence of the Lambs with Anthony Hopkins and Jody Foster. I have had to endure excerpts but have never been able to overcome the revulsion in order to actually sit through either film in its entirety. This was, of course, long before I recognised that I cannot watch “war films” anymore either, although I grew up on a steady fare of John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and all the other usual suspects who incarnated US war mythology from the 19th and 20th century. Continue reading

Nightmarish Senate version of Trumpcare

Details of both programs are now known. House and Senate versions are thinly veiled schemes to shift the burden of increasingly expensive healthcare onto the backs of millions of Americans unable to afford a fundamental human right. Continue reading

Mueller v. Trump: The ultimate lawsuit

Eventually, Trump is likely to fire special counsel Robert Mueller. Trump’s repeated statements about the Russia “hoax”—along with his apparent attempts to influence the FBI’s investigation—warrant a close look at the process by which he could do so. Equally important are the limited ways to stop him. Whether by design, inadvertence or a combination of both, Trump and his minions—including Newt Gingrich and Trump’s lawyers—have been laying the groundwork for what could become America’s defining moment. Continue reading

Rallying the people

On October 20, 2011, Muammar Gaddafi, the head of the Libyan government, was killed by US and French sponsored “rebels.” Continue reading

Israel vs. the United Nations: The Nikki Haley Doctrine

The United States ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, seems to be championing a single cause: Israel. Continue reading

Democrats keep missing the election boat

In the wake of Georgia’s 6th U.S. House district Democratic Party hopeful Jon Ossoff’s loss to Donald Trump-endorsed Republican Karen Handel, Democrats are crying in their cups of Starbuck’s latte and chai. In what was the most expensive House races in American history, Handel beat Ossoff by 3.8 percentage points. Continue reading

The case for obstruction of justice

Obstruction of justice was among the articles of impeachment drafted against both Presidents Nixon and Clinton. The parallel between Nixon and Trump is almost exact. White House tapes revealed Nixon giving instructions to pressure the acting FBI director into halting the Watergate investigation. Continue reading

GOP wants Medicaid abolished

Republicans want Medicare and Medicaid eliminated, marketplace medicine replacing both programs—obtaining healthcare based on the ability to pay. Continue reading

Execution by firing squad: The militarized police state opens fire

Legally owning a gun in America could get you killed by a government agent. Continue reading

Why isn’t Big Pharma paying for the harm it caused like Big Tobacco?

Late last year, the Senate approved $1 billion of taxpayer money for “opioid prevention and treatment programs” as part of the 21st Century Cures Act. Yes, taxpayers are stuck paying for the opioid crisis which Big Pharma created for no other reason than to make more money. Continue reading

Democracy is a front for central bank rule

Several years ago when the Federal Reserve had its Fed funds rate at zero to 25 basis points (one-quarter of one percent—0.25%), there was a great deal of talk, somehow presented as urgent, whether the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates. Continue reading

Famine and cholera stalk Yemen

No country on earth is more devastated by US imperial viciousness—complicit with Saudi Arabia doing its dirty work. Continue reading

Sam Adonis, El Santo and Donald Trump

One Friday, Jonathan Revusky and I went to see lucha libre. On a night featuring Valiente, Mistico, Misterioso, Rey Cometa, Euforia, Rush, Virus, Fuego, Stigma, The Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Tiger and Puma, etc., Arena Mexico only truly erupted at the appearance of Samuel Polinsky, a 6-foot-4, bleached blonde 28-year-old from Monroeville, Pennsylvania. Continue reading

Spring/summer 1967 & 2017—ignorance is bliss

Ah, to be seventeen again, with so few cares in the world. Continue reading

Talking with my friend about Trump

My friend Tom phoned this morning. Continue reading

Cuba responds to Trump’s affront

Playing to his neocon base, along with south Florida anti-Cuban extremists, Trump slammed the door on improved US relations with the island state—the latest administration embarrassment. Continue reading

Government of, by, and for Trump

“I need loyalty, I expect loyalty,” Trump told then FBI Director James Comey in January—even though FBI directors are supposed to be independent of a president, and Comey was only 4 years into a 10 year term. Continue reading

America’s forever war strategy

America is unique among history’s warrior states—prioritizing endless wars, not ending them to achieve a new era of peace and stability. Continue reading

‘Stonewall’ Sessions leads the charge of the Trump Brigade

US Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions spent Tuesday afternoon up on Capitol Hill trying out his new one-man show based on Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind. Continue reading

Lynching free speech: The intolerant state of America

My hometown of Charlottesville, Va., has become the latest poster child in a heated war of words—and actions—over racism, “sanitizing history,” extremism (both right and left), political correctness, hate speech, partisan politics, and a growing fear that violent words will end in violent actions. Continue reading

The anti-capitalist left is back

The ability of British Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to deny Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May a parliamentary majority in the general election provides proof that the anti-capitalist left is on a comeback. Corbyn was successful in targeting several Conservative- and Scottish National Party-held seats, picking up 30 seats for Labor. Continue reading

Trump’s new Cuba policy is extortion on behalf of the Trump Organization

In a much heralded policy speech, on June 16 in Miami, U.S. strongman Donald Trump is expected to roll back President Obama’s relaxation of travel restrictions on Americans visiting Cuba. Trump’s new policy will, once again, require Americans traveling to Cuba to obtain special licenses for certain U.S. government categories. Without the license, Americans visiting Cuba will be in violation of federal law. Continue reading

Trump lets Mattis decide on troop levels in US war theaters

Straightaway in office, Trump delegated war making to hawkish generals—Defense Secretary Mattis, National Security Advisor McMaster and Joint Chiefs Chairman Dunford in charge, assuring endless wars continue. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Under the Democrats’ bus

Democratic party leaders are up to their old tricks. They have lost at every level of government across the country because they fail to give voters reasons to support them. This seemingly inexplicable behavior is quite deliberate. Giving the people what they want endangers their relations with wealthy individuals, corporations and big banks. Because they can no longer fool all of the people all of the time they have returned to a more open and obvious move to the right. Continue reading

Trump’s Twitter bombs

If a president is going to pick a mess of foreign fights, wouldn't it be better not to pick them with allies?

Donald Trump missed his opportunity to become a General Patton-style military commander and glorious war hero back in the Vietnam era. He surely would’ve been the greatest in history, to hear him tell it. Continue reading