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Law Not War: World Peace And The International Criminal Court.

By Jerry Alatalo

United Nations Charter (1945)

    We the people of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and

    to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small,

    to establish conditions under which justice and respect of the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and

    to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

    and for these ends

    to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors, and

    to unite our strength to maintain international security, and to insure by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed forces shall not be used, save in the common interest, and

    to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples,

    have resolved to combine our efforts to accomplish these ends.  Preamble

Earth Flag 11Alphabet Benjamin Ferencz is the 96-year old sole surviving prosecutor of Nazi war crimes during the Nuremburg Trials, and a leading advocate for global jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC). He and many others have long called for every nation on Earth to join the ICC and end, finally, the potential for any human being regardless of power, wealth, prestige or nation to commit war crimes with impunity.

A United Nations (UN) reform initiative calling for mandatory signing and ratification of the Rome Statute by United Nations member states – joining the ICC and agreeing to its global jurisdiction – holds the promise of “embarrassing” those nations outside the ICC to join or lose respect around the world. Included in such a United Nations reform is expulsion from the UN of those states refusing to join the court, an action which would surely harm more than enhance opposing nations’ international reputation in the eyes of the world’s people.

The time has come for the international community to act powerfully for the realizable goal of ending the carrying out of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide with impunity by those outside the enforcement reach of the ICC. Universal ICC membership once UN reform becomes part of the charter promises an end to wars of aggression, throughout history until now the producer of humanity’s most severe violent disasters and accompanying high levels of death, injury and destruction.

Mr. Benjamin Ferencz has worked for decades to convince people of the urgent need for a worldwide institution of law and order to deter criminals intending to carry out the most heinous actions imaginable. His reasoning is simple to comprehend for any man or woman who possesses plain common sense. With his high level of knowledge, commitment and life experience over 96 years, Mr. Ferencz has gained the admiration and respect deserving of a wise elder speaking out for peace on Earth.

Mr. Benjamin Ferencz urgent, timely and wise message provides the best solution to humanity’s problem of war. Acting on his ideas will absolutely change the world for the better while improving the human condition – now, and for those born in future generations.

It’s time the world listened to him.

(Thank you to Humanity In War at YouTube)

Dr. Jill Stein: Reject The Lesser Evil… Choose The Greater Good.

By Jerry Alatalo

keyboard7-1Alphabet Many are becoming aware that Hillary Clinton isn’t the only woman in the United States attempting to break the “glass ceiling” and become elected the first woman President. After Bernie Sanders exited the race many of his followers have urged him to join with Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who offered him the top position on the Green ticket, an invitation to join forces and continue the remarkable political revolution Sanders’ campaign had generated.

Now that he’s fully endorsed Ms. Clinton and declined Ms. Stein’s offer, many Sanders supporters – finding it impossible to back Hillary Clinton, and angered over recent Wikileaks revelations showing intentional sabotaging of Sanders’ campaign by members of the Democratic National Committee – have decided to continue to November 8 in support of Dr. Jill Stein.

If enough Americans join and support the presidential campaign of Jill Stein to reach 15% in the polls then the two woman looking to break the “glass ceiling” will stand on the same debate stage, and the American people will be given the opportunity to compare their ideas – along with those of Donald Trump, and quite possibly Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson – for solving the problems of the nation, and the world.

Not since Ross Perot ran as an independent in 1992 has there been more than two presidential candidates in nationally televised debates; in that 1992 election Republican George H.W. Bush, Democrat Bill Clinton and Independent Ross Perot stood together on the battle-of-ideas platform. In 2016, it’s very possible that for the first time four candidates – Clinton, Johnson, Stein, and Trump – will share the stage. Perhaps such an extraordinary political development would not be as dramatic as electing the first woman president of the United States, nonetheless it would dramatically increase political interest, discussion and active participation in all the 50 states.

Such a first in presidential debates will allow the people to hear the full range of political philosophy available in the nation, help tremendously with informing and contrasting the candidates’ positions, and generate thoughtful consideration before the eventual decision of voters on November 8. Perhaps the campaigns could even agree to four, or more, debates of 2-3 hours each – another first, and further benefiting voters who have yet to decide.

…And isn’t that what democracy is supposed to look like?

(Thank you to The Day at YouTube)

JFK’s World Peace Message For 2016.

By Jerry Alatalo

“Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.” Address to the United Nations, September 25, 1961

– JOHN F. KENNEDY (1917-assassinated 1963) 35th President of the United States

aaa-44Alphabet Shortly before his death, U.S. President John F. Kennedy (JFK) talked about world peace at the commencement at American University on June 10, 1963. Many changes have occurred on Earth in the 53 years which have passed. A group of very powerful men organized the assassination team which carried out the murder of John F. Kennedy, because world peace would interfere with, constrain and dis-empower their interests, plans and agendas.

John Kennedy’s speech in 1963, among other public announcements by JFK of his intentions, may have been the decisive event leading to his assassins’ irreversible choice of plotting what was nothing less than an American coup d’état, then ending his life. Perhaps one day soon the history books read by all students in America will accurately show the truth of what transpired in the murder of JFK. Until then, students suffer in profound measure by being given wrong history and, most importantly, from ignorance of facts necessary for making good moral choices faced over their entire lifetimes.

After 53 years, the truth of JFK’s murder – the men who carried it out and their reasons – has entered the awareness of more and more men and women around the Earth. The reasons were many and associated with the least-admired potentials of human philosophy, psychology and/or personal worldview. John F. Kennedy at the end of his life took courageous actions associated with, and striving toward, mankind’s greatest, most admirable potential. Perhaps now in the year 2016 joined efforts will strengthen and grow internationally to the point where such long-awaited and hoped for potential becomes finally realized…

Peace on Earth.

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(Transcript)

“…And we are all mortal.”

President Anderson, members of the faculty, Board of Trustees, distinguished guests, my old colleague, Senator Bob Byrd, who has earned his degree through many years of attending night law school, while I am earning mine in the next 30 minutes, ladies and gentlemen:

It is with great pride that I participate in this ceremony of the American University, sponsored by the Methodist Church, founded by Bishop John Fletcher Hurst, and first opened by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914. This is a young and growing university, but it has already fulfilled Bishop Hurst’s enlightened hope for the study of history and public affairs in a city devoted to the making of history and to the conduct of the public’s business. By sponsoring this institution of higher learning for all who wish to learn whatever their color or their creed, the Methodists of this area and the nation deserve the nation’s thanks, and I commend all those who are today graduating.

Professor Woodrow Wilson once said that every man sent out from a university should be a man of his nation as well as a man of his time, and I am confident that the men and women who carry the honor of graduating from this institution will continue to give from their lives, from their talents, a high measure of public service and public support.

“There are few earthly things more beautiful than a University,” wrote John Masefield, in his tribute to the English Universities – – and his words are equally true here. He did not refer to spires and towers, to campus greens and ivied walls. He admired the splendid beauty of the University, he said, because it was ” a place where those who hate ignorance may strive to know, where those who perceive truth may strive to make others see.”

I have, therefore, chose this time and this place to discuss a topic on which ignorance too often abounds and the truth is to rarely perceived – – yet it is the most important topic on earth : world peace.

What kind of peace do I mean? What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace – – the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living — the kind that enables man and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children – – not merely peace for Americans by peace for all men and women – – not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.

I speak of peace because of the new face of war. Total war makes no sense in an age when great powers can maintain large and relatively invulnerable nuclear forces and refuse to surrender without resort to those forces. It makes no sense in an age when a single nuclear weapon contains almost ten times the explosive force delivered by all of the allied air forces in the Second World War. It makes no sense in an age when the deadly poisons produced by a nuclear exchange would be carried by the wind and water and soil and seed to the far corners of the globe and to generations unborn.

Today the expenditure of billions of dollars every year on weapons acquired for the purpose of making sure we never need to use them is essential to keeping the peace. But surely the acquisition of such idle stockpiles – – which can only destroy and never create – – is not the only, much less the most efficient, means of assuring peace.

I speak of peace, therefore, as the necessary rational end of rational men. I realize that the pursuit of peace is not as dramatic as the pursuit of war – – and frequently the words of the pursuer fall on deaf ears. But we have no more urgent task.

Some say that it is useless to speak of world peace or world law or world disarmament – – and that it will be useless until the leaders of the Soviet Union adopt a more enlightened attitude. I hope they do. I believe we can help them do it. But I also believe that we must re-examine our own attitude – as individuals and as a Nation – – for our attitude is as essential as theirs. And every graduate of this school, every thoughtful citizen who despairs of war and wishes to bring peace, should begin by looking inward – – by examining his own attitude toward the possibilities of peace, toward the Soviet Union, toward the course of the Cold War and toward freedom and peace here at home.

First: Let us examine our attitude toward peace itself. Too many of us think it is impossible. Too many of us think it is unreal. But that is dangerous, defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable – – that mankind is doomed – – that we are gripped by forces we cannot control.

We need not accept that view. Our problems are man made – – therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man’s reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable – – and we believe they can do it again.

I am not referring to the absolute, infinite concept of universal peace and good will of which some fantasies and fanatics dream. I do not deny the values of hopes and dreams but we merely invite discouragement and incredulity by making that our only and immediate goal.

Let us focus instead on a more practical, more attainable peace – – based not on a sudden revolution in human nature but on a gradual evolution in human institutions – – on a series of concrete actions and effective agreements which are in the interest of all concerned. There is no single, simple key to this peace – – no grand or magic formula to be adopted by one or two powers. Genuine peace must be the product of many nations, the sum of many acts. It must be dynamic, not static, changing to meet the challenge of each new generation. For peace is a process – – a way of solving problems.

With such a peace, there will still be quarrels and conflicting interests, as there are within families and nations. World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor – – it requires only that they live together in mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement. And history teaches us that enmities between nations, as between individuals, do not last forever. However fixed our likes and dislikes may seem the tide of time and events will often bring surprising changes in the relations between nations and neighbors.

So let us persevere. Peace need not be impracticable – – and war need not be inevitable. By defining our goal more clearly – – by making it seem more manageable and less remote – – we can help all people to see it, to draw hope from it, and to move irresistibly toward it.

Second: Let us re-examine our attitude toward the Soviet Union. It is discouraging to think that their leaders may actually believe what their propagandists write. It is discouraging to read a recent authoritative Soviet text on Military Strategy and find, on page after page, wholly baseless and incredible claims – – such as the allegation that ” American imperialist circles are preparing to unleash different types of wars…that there is a very real threat of a preventive war being unleashed by American imperialists against the Soviet Union…(and that) the political aims of the American imperialists are to enslave economically and politically the European and other capitalist countries…(and) to achieve world domination.

Truly, as it was written long ago: “The wicked flee when no man pursueth.” Yet it is sad to read these Soviet statements – – to realize the extent of the gulf between us. But it is also a warning – – a warning to the American people not to fall into the same trap as the Soviets, not to see only a distorted and desperate view of the other side, not to see conflict as inevitable, accommodations as impossible and communication as nothing more than an exchange of threats.

No government or social system is so evil that its people must be considered as lacking in virtue. As Americans, we find communism profoundly repugnant as a negation of personal freedom and dignity. But we can still hail the Russian people for their many achievements – – in science and space, in economic and industrial growth, in culture and in acts of courage.

Among the many traits the peoples of our two countries have in common, none is stronger than our mutual abhorrence of war. Almost unique, among the major world powers, we have never been at war with each other. And no nation in the history of battle ever suffered more than the Soviet Union suffered in the course of the Second World War. At least 20 million lost their lives. Countless millions of homes and farms were burned or sacked. A third of the nation’s territory, including nearly two thirds of its industrial base, was turned into a wasteland – – a loss equivalent to the devastation of this country east of Chicago.

Today, should total war ever break out again – – no matter how – – our two countries would become the primary targets. It is an ironical but accurate fact that the two strongest powers are the two in the most danger of devastation. All we have built, all we have worked for, would be destroyed in the first 24 hours. And even in the Cold War, which brings burdens and dangers to so many countries, including this Nation’s closest allies – – our two countries bear the heaviest burdens. For we are both devoting massive sums of money to weapons that could be better devoted to combating ignorance, poverty and disease. We are both caught up in a vicious and dangerous cycle in which suspicion on one side breeds suspicion on the other, and new weapons beget counter-weapons.

In short, both the United States and its allies, and the Soviet Union and its allies, have a mutually deep interest in a just and genuine peace and in halting the arms race. Agreements to this end are in the interests of the Soviet Union as well as ours — and even the most hostile nations can be relied upon to accept and keep those treaty obligations, and only those treaty obligations, which are in their own interest.

So, let us not be blind to our differences – – but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.

Third: Let us re-examine our attitude toward the Cold War, remembering that we are not engaged in a debate, seeking to pile up debating points. We are not here distributing blame or pointing the finger of judgment. We must deal with the world as it is, and not as it might have been had history of the last eighteen years been different.

We must, therefore, persevere in the search for peace in the hope that constructive changes within the Communist bloc might bring within reach solutions which now seem beyond us. We must conduct our affairs in such a way that it becomes in the Communists’ interest to agree on a genuine peace. Above all, while defending our vital interest, nuclear powers must avert those confrontations which bring an adversary to a choice of either a humiliating retreat or a nuclear war. To adopt that kind of course in the nuclear age would be evidence only of the bankruptcy of our policy – – or of a collective death-wish for the world.

To secure these ends, America’s weapons are non-provocative, carefully controlled, designed to deter and capable of selective use. Our military forces are committed to peace and disciplines in self-restraint. Our diplomats are instructed to avoid unnecessary irritants and purely rhetorical hostility.

For we can seek a relaxation of tensions without relaxing our guard. And, for our part, we do not need to use threats to prove that we are resolute. We do not need to jam foreign broadcasts out of fear our faith will be eroded. We are unwilling to impose our system on any unwilling people – – but we are willing and able to engage in peaceful competition with any people on earth.

Meanwhile, we seek to strengthen the United Nations, to help solve its financial problems, to make it a more effective instrument of peace, to develop it into a genuine world security system – – a system capable of resolving disputes on the basis of law, of insuring the security of the large and the small, and of creating conditions under which arms can finally be abolished.

At the same time we seek to keep peace inside the non-communist world, where many nations, all of them our friends, are divided over issues which weaken western unity, which invite communist intervention or which threaten to erupt into war. Our efforts in West New Guinea, in the Congo, in the Middle East and in the Indian subcontinent, have been persistent and patient despite criticism from both sides. We have also tried to set an example for others – – by seeking to adjust small but significant differences with our own closest neighbors in Mexico and in Canada.

Speaking of other nations, I wish to make one point clear. We are bound to many nations by alliances. These alliances exist because our concern and theirs substantially overlap. Our commitment to defend Western Europe and West Berlin for example, stands undiminished because of the identity of our vital interests. The United States will make no deal with the Soviet Union at the expense of other nations and other peoples, not merely because they are our partners, but also because their interests and ours converge.

Our interests converge, however not only in defending the frontiers of freedom, but in pursuing the paths of peace. It is our hope – – and the purpose of Allied policies – – to convince the Soviet Union that she, too, should let each nation choose its own future, so long as that choice does not interfere with the choices of others. The communist drive to impose their political and economic system on others is the primary cause of world tension today. For there can be no doubt that if all nations could refrain from interfering in the self-determination of others, then peace would be much more assured.

This will require a new effort to achieve world law – – a new context for world discussions. It will require increased understanding between the Soviets and ourselves. And increased understanding will require increased contact and communications. One step in this direction is the proposed arrangement for a direct line between Moscow and Washington, to avoid on each side the dangerous delays, misunderstandings, and misreadings of the other’s actions which might occur at a time of crisis.

We have also been talking in Geneva about other first-step measures of arms control, designed to limit the intensity of the arms race and to reduce the risks of accidental war. Our primary long-range interest in Geneva, however, is general and complete disarmament – – designed to take place by stages, permitting parallel political developments to build the new institutions of peace which would take the place of arms. The pursuit of disarmament has been an effort of this Government since the 1920’s. It has been urgently sought by the past three Administrations. And however dim the prospects may be today, we intend to continue this effort – – to continue it in order that all countries, including our own, can better grasp what the problems and possibilities of disarmament are.

The one major area of these negotiations where the end is in sight – – yet where a fresh start is badly needed – – is in a treaty to outlaw nuclear tests. The conclusion of such a treaty – – so near and yet so far – – would check the spiraling arms race in one of its most dangerous areas. It would place the nuclear powers in a position to deal more effectively with one of the greatest hazards which man faces in 1963, the further spread of nuclear arms. It would increase our security – – it would decrease the prospects of war. Surely this goal is sufficiently important to require our steady pursuit, yielding neither to the temptation to give up the whole effort nor the temptation to give up our insistence on vital and responsible safeguards.

I am taking this opportunity, therefore, to announce two important decisions in this regard.

First: Chairman Khrushchev, Prime Minister Macmillan and I have agreed that high-level discussions will shortly begin in Moscow looking toward early agreement on a comprehensive test ban treaty. Our hopes must be tempered with the caution of history – – but with our hopes go the hopes of all mankind.

Second: To make clear our good faith and solemn convictions on the matter, I now declare that the United States does not propose to conduct nuclear tests in the atmosphere so long as other states do not do so. We will not be the first to resume. Such a declaration is no substitute for a formal binding treaty – – but I hope it will help us achieve one. Nor would such a treaty be a substitute for disarmament – – but I hope it will help us achieve it.

Finally, my fellow Americans, let us examine our attitude toward peace and freedom here at home. The quality and spirit of our own society must justify and support our efforts abroad. We must show it in the dedication of our own lives – – as many of you who are graduation today will have a unique opportunity to do, by serving without pay in the Peace Corps abroad or in the proposed National Service Corps here at home.

But wherever we are, we must all, in our daily lives, live up to the age-old faith that peace and freedom walk together. In too many of our duties today, the peace is not secure because freedom is incomplete.

It is the responsibility of the Executive Branch at all levels of government – – local, state and national – – to provide and protect that freedom for all of our citizens by all means within their authority. It is the responsibility of the Legislative Branch at all levels, wherever that authority is not now adequate, to make it adequate. And it is the responsibility of all citizens in all sections of this country to respect the rights of all others and to respect the law of the land.

All this is not unrelated to world peace. “When a man’s ways please the Lord,” the Scriptures tell us, “he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.” And is not peace, in the last analysis, basically a matter of human rights – – the right to live out our lives without fear of devastation – – the right to breathe air as nature provided it – – the right of future generations to a healthy existence?

While we proceed to safeguard our national interests, let us also safeguard human interests. And the elimination of war and arms is clearly in the interest of both. No treaty, however much it may be to the advantage of all, however tightly it may be worded, can provide absolute security against the risks of deception and evasion. But it can – – if it is sufficiently effective in its enforcement and if it is sufficiently in the interests of its signers – – offer far more security and far fewer risks than an unabated, uncontrolled, unpredictable arms race.

The United States, as the world knows, will never start a war. We do not want a war. We do not now expect a war. This generation of Americans has already had enough – – more than enough – – of war and hate and oppression. We shall be prepared if others wish it. We shall be alert to try to stop it. But we shall also do our part to build a world of peace where the weak are safe and the strong are just. We are not helpless before that task or hopeless of its success. Confident and unafraid, we labor on – – not toward a strategy of annihilation but toward a strategy of peace.

(Thank you to WorldBeyondWar.org at YouTube)

Dr. Jill Stein For President 2016.

By Jerry Alatalo

Cumberland IslandAlphabet Like so many who supported Bernie Sanders in hopes he’d defeat Hillary Clinton for the Democratic party nomination, his endorsement of her came as a letdown and, let us say… disappointment. Nobody knows for certain the real reasons for Senator Sanders’ decision to decline on Green party candidate Dr. Jill Stein’s unprecedented in presidential politics offer to run with her, with Sanders at the top of the ticket and her in the Vice President position.

Given the extraordinary nature of the 2016 election, if revelations associating the campaigns of any of the candidates still standing – Clinton, Trump, Stein, Johnson (perhaps Sanders, in this election season of surprises) – with unpleasant facts about actions taken in efforts to obtain raw power came to light, a lot of people would be comfortable, cynical or unperturbed after watching the unusual events over the last year.

It’s safe to assume each man or woman running for President is aware of the personal sacrifice required for seeking the immense power of the office, along with the risks if open about altering the agendas of those who “pull the strings” in the background unseen – the so-called billionaire class. Because presidential candidates know the history of political assassinations in America, the real history kept out of erroneous textbooks read by America’s students, those whose platforms or ideas are about reducing in any significant way the concentrated power of the ultra-wealthy deserve high praise and genuine respect for courage.

It is unfortunate that of all the presidential candidates, those who entered the race and dropped out and those still standing, none of them have found it important to set the historical record straight for all Americans on the truth of what happened to John F. Kennedy (JFK), Martin Luther King (MLK) and Robert F. Kennedy (RFK). The “official” government conclusions on the deaths of these three leaders holds they were the victims of lone assassins Lee Harvey Oswald, James Earl Ray and Sirhan Sirhan.

The “official” conclusions are wrong for all three major historical events, and every man or woman who entered the 2016 presidential race knows (or should know) it. John F. Kennedy, his brother Robert and Martin Luther King were all murdered by their own government, by what has become increasingly more well-known thanks to independent media on the internet as the “deep state”, but, sadly, the nation’s political leaders have yet to gather the moral courage to admit or disclose it to the American people.

These are extremely unpleasant and disturbing facts, no doubt. The recently released 2-million word Iraq War study, the Chilcot Report in Britain, and the 28 Pages related to the events of September 11, 2001 exposing Saudi terrorism financing are equally unpleasant and disturbing for what they reveal about the secret intentions and criminal actions of wealthy and powerful individuals. Both the Chilcot Report and 28 Pages releases, the Iraq War being a direct result of 9/11, will likely lead to more questions, more investigations, and more high-level powerful individuals – most prominent being Tony Blair, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney – facing severe personal consequences for their involvement in war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Because there is no statute of limitations for the crime of murder, it is important to note that some of those directly involved in the assassinations of JFK, MLK and RFK are still alive. William Pepper is a lawyer and represented the King family in a 1999 civil trial where the jury found the Memphis Police Department and elements of the United States government accountable for the murder of Martin Luther King. No major corporate media organizations reported the trial, and every history book in the U.S. excludes the details and facts. Mr. Pepper has written a new book about MLK’s assassination, “The Plot to Kill King”, his 3rd book on the subject which includes new revelations about the truth of Dr. King’s death. He talked for an hour with Bonnie Faulkner about it on her radio program “Guns and Butter”:

http://gunsandbutter.org/blog/2016/06/30/the-plot-to-kill-king-an-interview-with-dr-william-pepper-thirty-nine-years-into-the-investigation

Attorney and professor Daniel Sheehan (Iran-Contra, Watergate, the Pentagon Papers, Karen Silkwood, and other major legal cases) talked with radio host Gary Null about the murders of JFK and RFK, providing little-known, important historical facts all Americans should know about, and for which, along with the truth about MLK, the history books across the U.S. need correction.

http://prn.fm/progressive-commentary-hour-07-05-16/

People previously unaware of the truth conveyed by Mr. Pepper and Mr. Sheehan in these interviews will most likely experience shock, confusion, disappointment and a certain level of righteous indignation after hearing the disturbing details. While learning such mind-troubling truth is very difficult in that one’s perceptions of reality are painfully altered, it is important people know the truth of history as it relates to events occurring today – in particular the 2016 presidential campaign, and using moral discernment when assessing each candidate’s ideas, statements and actions.

For supporters of Bernie Sanders, his endorsement of Hillary Clinton and decision to decline Jill Stein’s offer is near impossible to explain given his and Ms. Clinton’s widely different worldviews. One could (only) speculate, given the billionaire, “deep state” agenda-altering similarities of Mr. Sanders and JFK, MLK and RFK, that certain “messages” delivered to Mr. Sanders were a strong motivating factor in his decision to endorse.

Conditions in America and on Earth are such that a Sanders-Stein team, now apparently not going to manifest, would have had a good chance to win the election, and – given the profoundly disturbing examples of JFK, MLK and RFK – leading one to consider much more sinister explanations.

Martin Luther King knew how dangerous his efforts for social justice and ending the Vietnam War had become, illustrated in his last public speeches where he talked about desiring to “live a long life” and that “longevity has its place”. He told supporters that “I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight, that we as a people will get to the promised land”.

Both John and Robert Kennedy knew what dangerous entities they were up against, yet like Dr. King moved forward with actions based on seemingly transcendent spiritual or philosophical perceptions. The paradoxical nature of the three men and many lesser-known men and women through history – losing one’s life as a result of efforts to improve the lives of others – is a mystery perhaps unknowable until that inevitable time all face when leaving this world.

Dr. Jill Stein’s surprising artistic ability using the guitar and her singing voice will be a welcome relief from the dark nature of the information just presented. As one whose efforts for Bernie Sanders were based on serious concerns about Ms. Clinton and preventing her from becoming the Democratic party nominee, Sanders’ decision – for whatever reason(s)… principled, as part of a secret organized political strategy, or due to sinister threats from the “deep state” – will result in many of his supporters, like the distinguished public intellectual Dr. Cornel West, to dismiss the Democratic party and move to Dr. Jill Stein.

Dr. Stein deserves serious consideration for President of the United States by Americans planning on voting in November, because of all the candidates her words most consistently and accurately convey the truth. Following a historic trend, speaking the truth these days is the supreme courageous act.

(Thank you to Jill Stein for President Booster Club at YouTube)