Texas Longhorns with newborn calf in Bluebonnets

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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...


What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.

"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens"

- Ben Franklin

Let's talk...

Let's talk...

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Is the U.S. Senate any less unethical, dishonest and corrupt with Al Franken gone?

Democrats say they want to shed themselves of Al Franken because they want to be seen as honorable, ethical and decent... this is laughable given these same Democrats just supported a corrupt warmonger like Hillary Clinton for president... if they really believed this why do they take Wall Street bribes?

I would suggest that Al Franken, in spite of political and ideological differences I have with him, is one of the more decent, ethical, honest and honorable people sitting in the United States Senate.

Al Franken, in announcing his resignation, didn't apologize for anything because he didn't do anything he was accused of doing.

If Al Franken is unworthy of occupying a chair in the U.S. Senate, the rest of the senators certainly need to go, too.

We should take the way Al Franken has been treated as the need to form a progressive "New Broom Electoral Coalition" to sweep Washington clean.

And ditto for the U.S. House... and the Oval Office.

We need a good stiff new broom--- a militant, mass people's movement and electoral coalition--- to sweep Washington clean and create the kind of democracy articulated on paper in the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Jerusalem is an international city.

Most of the world agrees that Jerusalem should be an "international city."

Why then has Trump with support from Netanyahu pushed this scheme that is sure to further inflame the situation and incite people to war?

This scheme concocted by Trump and Netanyahu completely defies international public opinion and all attempts to achieve peace in the Middle East.

Corpus separatum (Latin for "separated body") is a term used to describe the Jerusalem area in the 1947 United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine. According to the plan the city would be placed under international regime, conferring it a special status due to its shared religious importance.

Most of the world still supports this... but not Donald J. Trump nor Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu... both of whom seem to prefer continued never-ending carnage, destruction and war to peace and friendship with people living in harmony with one another.

Jimmy Carter declared in 1980: "As to Jerusalem, we strongly believe that Jerusalem should be undivided, with free access to the holy places for all faiths, and that its status should be determined in the negotiations for a comprehensive peace settlement."

Obviously, there has been no "comprehensive peace settlement." Any such settlement will most likely once and for all make Jerusalem an "international city" contrary to the imperialist desire of Trump and Netanyahu.

By the way, had the proponents for establishing Israel in the first place not accepted Jerusalem being designated an "international city" Israel would not exist today.

In fact, many Israeli politicians have been opposed to Israel proclaiming Jerusalem the capital of Israel. Among the most notable of these politicians was one of the original founders of Israel and who had been the longest serving and a most respected elected member of the Knesset, Meir Vilner, who served from 1949 to 1990... some forty years.