Jack Random

Jack Random is the author of the Jazzman Chronicles (Crow Dog Press) and Ghost Dance Insurrection (Dry Bones Press). See The Chronicles have been posted on the Albion Monitor, Bellaciao, Buzzle, CounterPunch, Dissident Voice, Pacific Free Press and Peace-Earth-Justice. www.jazzmanchronicles.blogspot.com

Friday, 15 August 2008 19:00 GFP Columnist - Jack Random

Image“In the 21st century nations do not invade other nations.” - Senator John McCain, August 13, 2008

It is inconceivable that a major candidate for president of the United States of America should be unaware that the government he wishes to lead began the 21st century with a foreign policy of aggressive war and military domination christened by the invasions of two sovereign nations.

When that candidate is a long-standing political front man for the Neoconservative brain trust that authored the policy (Project for a New American Century), it strains the last fibers of credulity. For a man who considers himself a foreign policy expert, Senator John McCain has taken his place alongside our brash lame duck president as an embarrassment to the nation.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008 19:00 GFP Columnist - Jack Random

ImageWith the latest revelations of a forged document ordered by the White House to press a fallacious case for war with Iraq, the case for impeachment has become so compelling that congress should prosecute its own leaders for dereliction of duty if they fail to act. 

Moreover, as the Iraqi government makes it absolutely clear they will demand a set timeline for American military withdrawal, we can safely peel away yet another phony rationale for the continuing occupation: It is not for the Iraqi people; it never was. It is not to assure the stability of the Iraqi government; it never was.

Saturday, 02 August 2008 20:00 GFP Columnist - Jack Random

ImageJust when you think the American people are awakening to the forces that have battered them like the floodwaters of Katrina in the lower ninth ward for the last seven and half years, along comes a survey concluding that a vast majority considers Senator Barack Obama the riskier of the two major party candidates vying for the presidency.

Set aside whatever misgivings you may have concerning the Senator from Illinois, this is the judgment of a paranoid schizophrenic prescribing his own medicines. Like any candidate, while Obama may present a certain measure of risk, Senator John McCain is a certain catastrophe.

Wednesday, 16 July 2008 20:00 GFP Columnist - Jack Random

Image"This is a mental recession. We may have a recession; we haven't had one yet… We have sort of become a nation of whiners." - Phil Gramm, Chief Economic Guru to John McCain.

"You go into these small towns … and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations." - Barack Obama in San Francisco, April 2008.

Friday, 04 July 2008 20:00 GFP Columnist - Jack Random

ImageWhile we celebrate Independence Day with parades, marching bands, miniature flags and spectacular fireworks, there is little to remind us of the perils we face both as a nation and as citizens of the world.

We are a nation at war without cause or reason. We have elected leaders who have made a mockery of our constitutional rights, who have plundered our economy in the interest of corporate greed, who have colluded in imperial wars, and who pay lip service to the greatest environmental crisis in recorded history.

Monday, 23 June 2008 20:00 GFP Columnist - Jack Random

ImageAt the center of a powerful storm there is a sensation of sinking. Surrounded by chaos and destruction, there is a false sense of comfort that is soon overcome by the horrors looming in every direction.

Can you feel it? A closing in, a vacuum, an accelerating sense of isolation and in its company frustration, intolerance, fear and abandon. Floods and tornados strike the Midwest from the Texas Panhandle to Minnesota, waves of heat and fires scorch the west, severe weather everywhere, food scarcity, drought, the price of gas…a perpetual rolling sense of gloom.

Can you feel it?


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