An America to be proud of

The United States of America may not be able to fix its broken two-party political system, or the intense polarization that it breeds among its own citizens, but there is a paradigm shift that this country is capable of achieving that would improve the quality of life for every person living in this country.

When we are able to see drug addiction as a health problem rather than a crime problem, and treat it accordingly, ever so much will change for the better.  When homelessness is viewed as wholly unacceptable in all circumstances, because we decide to care about our own safety and well-being as much as we care about having a competent military, and we start actually doing something about it on a national and systemic level, that will be the start of a new America that we can be proud to live in…

…an America that protects its people and takes care of its people.

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Published in: on March 17, 2017 at 7:31 am  Comments (1)  
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Criminalization as panacea – Entry04

Drug addicts are, above all, people (probably not unlike you and me) who need help at a difficult time in their lives.  Pointing a finger and fixating on the label of ‘criminal’ won’t help them…

…or society at large – the rest of us.

Published in: on May 19, 2015 at 9:47 am  Leave a Comment  
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Non-Violent Revolution

Today’s song is inspired by the hope that Americans are finally waking up to how badly wealth inequality has gotten in this country, the result of a broken system of Free Market Capitalism.

Presenting…

Tracy Chapman – Talking About a Revolution

Published in: on March 11, 2013 at 5:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Chain of Command

Military folks are probably familiar with one of those public display ‘Chain of Command’ charts, which usually start as a list (toward the bottom) ending up with a photograph of the President at the top.  I’m sure civilian Federal agencies have something similar.  It’s a helpful device because it reminds viewers at a glance:

a) where they fit in the scheme of things

and

b) to whom even their superiors are accountable

But unless these charts have been modified in recent years I’m here to declare a flaw in their construct, because the person at the top of the chart isn’t supposed to be a General or a Secretary of Defense, a Congressperson or the President…Presiding at the very top of the Chain of Command, whatever the structure of the particular Federal Organization (Defense or otherwise), is the American People.  Any Chain of Command chart that omits this authority contains a fundamental error that needs to be rectified.

Published in: on December 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Value of Small Business

“America can no more survive and grow without big business than it can survive and grow without small business”

Benjamin Franklin

Published in: on August 27, 2008 at 8:58 am  Leave a Comment  
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Ethics versus the Bottom Line

Among many other characteristics of modern society that I cannot understand is this:  Why do so many corporations have to be sued into doing what is often so obviously – the right thing?

Published in: on July 26, 2008 at 9:55 am  Leave a Comment  
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