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

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?

Wednesday, 11 June 2008 20:00 GFP Columnist - Jack Random

ImageSummary: With the primary season finally over and the major party candidates set, the vice presidential sweepstakes begins. For Republican John McCain the field is limited. For Democrat Barack Obama it is wide open. In a year prime for a Democratic landslide, who they select will tell us how they intend to win the White House.

In 1960 John F. Kennedy chose the last man alive he wanted to be vice president of the United States. In 1968 George McGovern chose an unvetted candidate in Senator Thomas Eagleton. It helped doom his campaign to end the Vietnam War. In 1972 Dick Nixon selected hatchet man Spiro Agnew, a man so thoroughly unfit for the oval office he had to be threatened with indictment to clear the way for Nixon’s resignation. In 1980 Ronald Reagan chose the elder George Bush who succeeded him in office. In 2000 George W. Bush delegated his decision to Dick Cheney who promptly chose himself and set up a second White House in a concrete bunker.

Saturday, 07 June 2008 20:00 GFP Columnist - Jack Random

Image"History is the record of what human beings have been impelled to do by their ignorance and the enormous bumptiousness that makes them canonize their ignorance as a political or religious dogma." Aldous Huxley (Island 1962).

In the year the Democratic Party saw the first realistic black and woman candidates for the nation’s highest office, it is time to cast aside a plethora of political niceties that forbid a candid discussion of racial, gender and cultural differences that still divide our nation, making it possible for the Karl Roves of the world to manipulate people into voting against their own interests.

Sunday, 01 June 2008 11:53 GFP Columnist - Jack Random

Image"It's been 871 days since he was there and I'm confident that when he goes he will then change his position on the conflict in Iraq." -John McCain in Nevada, May 29, 2008.

Like the overwrought parent who needs an afternoon nap, Papa John McCain, the would be president, commander and emperor of a new Middle East christened in the blood of soldiers, wants to take poor little Barrack Obama under his expansive, hawk-like wing in order to explain it all:

Why the Iraq War is a grand and glorious mission, why it is worth hundreds or thousands more American lives, why billions and trillions of American dollars are better spent in Baghdad than New Orleans, on munitions rather than infrastructure, on mercenaries rather than teachers and nurses, on apartheid barriers rather than health care, clean energy, emergency preparedness, mass transit or a myriad of other pressing needs.


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