An immodest proposal: Lock ’em up!

Some good friends recently sent me the following recommendation: We the People of these United States—319 million of us, give or take a few hundred thousand—should locate the 500 richest Americans and gather them into one place. That shouldn’t be too hard. A single large room will be sufficient to seat those 500 persons. Once they are together, we can ask those wealthiest individuals a few questions. The first is: Why should I work for you? It’s a simple question. Not complicated. The People can listen attentively to the reply from the super-rich, some of whom might, however, respond boorishly: “If you don’t work for me, I’ll cut off your head.” Such a response, of course, would not be a … Continue reading

Activists Urge Racist Presidential Election Results Should Not Be Certified

Note: This post contains a summary of election irregularities/illegalities that I’ve been reporting on over the last month on this website. As Steven Rosenfeld of AlterNet reports in the important article excerpted below, those irregularities were far more than sufficient to nullify Trump’s victory and hand the presidency to the rightful winner, Hillary Clinton. Rosenfeld’s article appeared on January 3 and can be read in full here. Emphasis (in italics and bold) has been added.—René Salm An intense women-led lobbying effort on Capital Hill spent Tuesday seeking two representatives and one senator to challenge Friday’s certification of 2016’s Electoral College vote, saying the nation needs to hear how Donald Trump’s margin of victory was built on racist tactics targeting black … Continue reading

Will the U.S.A. eventually break up?

A little history In 1991 the Soviet Union broke up. Historians are to this day baffled by that cataclysm, which some consider to have been the most significant political event in the twentieth century. The experts declare that the U.S. was not responsible. Yet—in both East and West—a pervasive suspicion exists that foreign subterfuge was at least complicit. Leaving that interesting angle aside, let’s note an aspect of Russian society that preceded the Soviet breakup. As we read in one article: To Gorbachev’s prime minister Nikolai Ryzhkov, the “moral state of the society” in 1985 was its “most terrifying” feature: [We] stole from ourselves, took and gave bribes, lied in the reports, in newspapers, from high podiums, wallowed in our … Continue reading

Green Party petitions DOJ to investigate this ugly election—NOW!

Twenty-four days until Trumpmageddon. Twenty-four days—and counting. Not everybody, though, says that Trump’s presidency is a done deal. Not everybody even says that the election is over. Michael Moore “isn’t ruling out the possibility that [Trump] won’t be sworn in at all.” If he is indeed sworn in, Moore is urging “national protest” and is planning on “non-violently disrupting” the inauguration. I don’t think I’d be able to bring myself to watch. How could I watch Trump put his hand on the Bible and swear to defend the Constitution? That’s not even a bad joke. Remember, Trump is the man whom the Huffington Post routinely describes thusly: “Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, … Continue reading

Truth matters: By the numbers Donald Trump LOST

The “evidence” of the recent election is already almost completely forgotten. By the numbers, Donald Trump LOST. Few people have bothered to inquire into the shenanigans in the swing states that bear out this conclusion. But it’s patent. If there were an accurate count, I have no doubt whatsoever that Hillary Clinton would win—both the popular and the electoral vote. Hands down. But, of course, there wasn’t an accurate count. That fact provides cover for Trump people to object. They taunt: “Prove to me that Hillary Clinton won those swing states.” My riposte is clear: “I’d love to prove it to you. But you won’t let me! An accurate count is precisely what Jill Stein and the Green Party tried … Continue reading

How dangerous is Trump? Senator Merkley: Way past “nightmare”

In an interview today with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Oregon Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley goes on record to raise the alarm regarding Donald Trump’s latest cabinet appointments, attitude toward nuclear weapons, and also regarding the president-elect’s character—which Sen. Merkley characterizes as “the maturity of a five-year old wrapped by a massive ego.” I offer this frightening nine-minute interview verbatim below, beginning at minute four. [4:20] CHRIS HAYES [MSNBC, speaking to the viewer]: There’s also a petition by the Ploughshares Fund, an anti-nuclear group calling for President Obama to take America’s nuclear arsenal off of hair-trigger alert, to prevent Trump from being able to launch a nuclear missile within minutes. That initiative may have gained new urgency today after Trump shared some … Continue reading

Breaking news: Senator now implies Russia hacked swing state voting machines for Trump!

Folks, it just gets crazier and crazier. This is huge. When I sat down at the computer last night I had no idea that I would hear my Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley say what he said on his recent YouTube video concerning the election. Sen. Merkley is at the cutting edge of any remaining chance the People have to contest Trump’s victory. The senator is very aware of the anomalies (that’s too nice a word) that allowed the GOP to ‘win.’ And he’s determined to find out more… The interview is transcribed below, with a few key points in bold. There’s one point, though, that I’ve put in red and bold—because if it’s true, folks, it’s out of the park… … Continue reading


We, concerned Americans, and our fellow citizens the People of the United States, have good reason to believe that the November 8, 2016 vote was illegally counted in several key states. This is based on abundant and accumulating evidence, including but not limited to: • Exit polls in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Florida differed sharply from the results. • Demonstrated signs of Russian hacking that led to a presidentially-mandated CIA investigation. • In Michigan, voting machines broke on Election Day in communities of color, and afterwards recounts were blocked by the Trump campaign and top GOP officials, despite the fact that paper ballots were not being recounted. • Voting machines in more than one-third of all Detroit precincts registered more … Continue reading

Rejecting Donald Trump’s legitimacy—Pt. 4

Things are moving fast. It’s been five days since I posted on the U.S. election. Since then, there have been two major developments: (1) the Green Party’s efforts for an accurate recount in three swing states—Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan—have been effectively thwarted by “legal” maneuvers on the part of local GOP-leaning judges. In Pennsylvania and Michigan the recount is now suspended, and in all three states forensic examination of the machines (for hacking) has been forbidden. Wow. It’s astonishing that a country that claims to be democratic does not permit an accurate count of the vote. The rationale? “There is absolutely no evidence of hacking,” stated one judge. Well, how could there be evidence of hacking if the nation is … Continue reading

Rejecting Donald Trump’s legitimacy—Pt. 3

Dr. Jill Stein’s remarks at the foot of Trump Tower, New York City on December 5, 2016, regarding the Green Party’s ongoing efforts for a reliable ballot recount [Note: The following transcript is taken from the video recorded on Monday, December 5, 2016.] By Dr. Jill Stein Green Party candidate for President of the United States We are here today to stand up for a vote that is accurate, secure, fair, and just—in which every vote counts, and every vote is counted. This, in fact, is what makes America great—the promise of democracy, and the promise of justice for all. Michigan We’re celebrating today a judicial decision last night in Michigan by Judge Mark Goldsmith, who affirmed in his decision … Continue reading