The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election: 75 Days Of Destiny.

By Jerry Alatalo

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“Those who would treat politics and morality apart will never understand the one or the other.”

– JOHN MORLEY (1838-1923) British statesman

Alphabet Can Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein and her Vice Presidential running mate Ajamu Baraka pull off a political, historic and odds-defying “miracle” over the next 75 days and win the 2016 presidential election? Just thinking about such a possible scenario coming to pass on voting day November 8 gives the idea of “the old college try” a whole new meaning and level of intensity.

What can one discern from observing neither Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump have expressed any welcoming of Dr. Jill Stein and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson to televised debates, marking the 1st time in U.S. presidential political history where four candidates take the stage and engage in battles of ideas? In answer to that question… Because blocking Dr. Stein and Mr. Johnson from debates is effectively blocking democracy itself, the stances of Ms. Clinton and Mr. Trump are equally undemocratic and should lead to conclusion by the American people in rejecting Clinton and Trump as fundamentally unfit for the high office of President.

There is nothing stopping Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump from gladly accepting and embracing proposals for 4-way debates, numerous and lengthy, in the remaining 75 days of the campaign. So, if there is nothing but their own reasons stopping them from welcoming 4-way debates, how do the American people grapple with Clinton and Trump’s persistent choosing of exclusionary 2-way debates meant to “inform” voters on their “leadership options”?

The most important question Americans need to ask themselves is: “what are Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump afraid of?” In an ideal world, at every four-year interval America’s voters attempt to learn about the candidates running for President of the United States – the men and women who’ve decided to present to “We, the people” what they each believe are the best ideas and options moving forward. By firmly denying the fullest range of ideas by candidates with a mathematical chance of winning from occurring, the only logical conclusion is that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have the real fear that Americans will decide Dr. Jill Stein and Gary Johnson have better ideas.

Again, in an ideal world, perceptions held by most Americans of a good or great President is of a man or woman who encourages and fully welcomes better ideas. By taking positions excluding Dr. Jill Stein and Gary Johnson from debates, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump dismiss, ignore, and trample over the highest perceived images of the American people regarding what separates potential leaders of the nation, making clear the distinguishing human characteristics of generally held conceptions of leadership, and making identifiable those who fall short of the mark, the mediocre, those who are very good, and the (hopefully) truly great.

Students of history are aware of humanity’s fundamental evolutionary nature. In the year 2016, those who disregard the wishes of Americans and people around the world for more inclusive and full-range discussions about the future of life where they reside and across the Earth place themselves on the “wrong side of history”. They stubbornly maintain a death-grip on ways of conducting politics, business, economics, militarism and international relations most human beings perceive and have concluded are counter-productive, and the antithesis of evolutionary historical processes inherent to, and inseparable from, the human species.

At this historical juncture in the year 2016 – in the remaining 75 days until Americans decide who they want as their next President – the perennial process of human evolution toward establishment of global conditions most conducive for profound increase in measures of peace, justice and truth must, through unanimous agreement, become remembered and take its rightful place at all tables of serious discussion and debate.

Accurately accounting for the human evolutionary process and acting in concert with natural, inherent workings of life on Earth toward increasing improvement and beneficial choices entailed in building a better “human condition” is nothing less than moral, ethical and honest. “We, the people” are wise enough to listen, compare, assess, imagine and decide the future of life on Earth.

Open up the presidential debates…

(Thank you to RT America at YouTube)

Ending Impunity Stops World’s War Criminals.

By Jerry Alatalo

World Map1Alphabet Benjamin Ferencz is now age 96 and the only living, surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg Trials conducted after World War II came to an end. Since that time, 1946, Mr. Ferencz has been on a mission to create the international law infrastructure necessary to bring about effective deterrence to stop person(s) or group(s) considering conducting war crimes, crimes against humanity, wars of aggression, or genocide.

Through history up until today, too often the world’s most powerful have been able to commit, with no accountability or negative consequences – with impunity – atrocities through initiation of illegal wars: 1) carried out without being attacked, without any justification for the reason of self-defense, and 2) without getting United Nations Security Council approval. Harvard Law School graduate Ben Ferencz has worked hard all of his life to correct/fix that undesirable, often destructive situation in the world.

His idea for global jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, where all nations unanimously agree to join the court and abide by its laws, is perfectly reasonable, simple to understand, yet the highest vision hasn’t been reached; some nations, including the largest, remain outside of International Criminal Court jurisdiction.

While Mr. Ferencz has worked for decades to create the global legal institution, become well-known in legal, academic, peace activist, non-governmental organization circles etc. and continued on with focused efforts, he admits being 96 years old doesn’t leave a lot of time for him to see his vision accomplished. It would be unfortunate if he wasn’t able to see it occur before leaving this Earth, because such an outstanding proposal should have, rightly, come into existence a long time ago.

Of the remaining candidates for President of the United States – Clinton, Johnson, Stein and Trump – the platform of Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein calling for U.S. foreign policy based on international law and human rights seems most closely aligned with Mr. Ferencz.

People familiar with Benjamin Ferencz know his phrase “law not war”. He’s known for his encouraging words at the end of talks (especially to university students) to those puzzled on persisting delays in establishing such a global legal architecture, and the great promise of extensively reducing instances of illegal wars: “Never give up.. never give up.. never give up.”

For a truly good man like Benjamin Ferencz, one wishes he’ll see his life-long efforts bear fruit and that his dream of peace on Earth comes true. Thank you, Benjamin Ferencz.

(Thank you to Nuremberg Legacy Channel at YouTube)