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

By Jerry Alatalo

Stein Baraka

 

 

 

 

 

 

“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)

John Stockwell: Lessons From 1987.

by Jerry Alatalo

“… for historians ought to be precise, faithful, and unprejudiced, and neither interest nor fear, hatred nor affection, should make them swerve away from the truth, whose mother is history, the rival of time, the depository of great actions, the witness of the past, example of the present, and monitor of the future.” Don Quixote Pt. 1, ch. 9

– MIGUEL DE CERVANTES SAAVEDRA (1547-1616) Spanish novelist, playwright, poet

aaa-44There was some hesitation about sharing the following talk from 1987 delivered by John Stockwell. That is because this writer sat in the front row during a talk by Mr. Stockwell at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan in that same time period. At the time, John Stockwell was the highest ranking CIA officer in history to “blow the whistle” on his former employers, had been the CIA’s station chief in Angola, and wrote the international nonfiction bestseller “In Search of Enemies” – of which the profits from sales were withheld from Mr. Stockwell.

It’s remarkable/worth noting that successful efforts to stop the Reagan administration from starting a major war in Central America with Nicaragua – what people at the time perceived as potentially  “another Vietnam” – became carried out before the rise of the global internet.

One of the foremost mysteries for those aware of John Stockwell was his decision to leave the public arena completely in the early 1990’s, and not re-emerging up to this day. He was born in 1937, as far as known is still alive,  and so is 78 years old. Leaving speculation about Mr. Stockwell’s personal choices aside, one must admit being fascinated with the possibility – if his mental/intellectual capacity has held – of John Stockwell’s agreeing to interviews and sharing his experiences over the past 20 or more years.

Alphabet The reason for hesitating to post his talk…  In the mid-1980’s this writer had only begun gaining an awareness of what was occurring around the world; geopolitics naivete accurately described the personal situation.  To more effectively spread his message, John Stockwell (he had no website) had compiled a list of dozens of books he believed important and brought copies to the many universities and other venues where he talked, and offered the book lists in handout form for free to men and women attending.

So, the reason for hesitation in sharing his 1987 talk is that I took his bibliography of books/authors and read a good number of those he suggested, and since reading them have at times wished attending Mr. Stockwell’s talk hadn’t occurred. In other words, the information presented in those books was very difficult to deal with, and – for those who aren’t familiar with the message Stockwell delivered across America in the late 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s – his talk will be equally difficult to deal with.

Sharing this information from 1987 was done in the hopes of reaching men and women who come this way unaware of the historical facts Stockwell presented. Ideally, the recipients will include university students majoring or minoring in – and college graduates/persons interested in – fields including political science, international relations, economics, history, philosophy and many others – or, in the broadest sense, people who wish to gain more of the total truth, past and related to the present, of what has occurred on Earth.

Some will have the thought that a talk given in 1987, 28 years ago, has no relevance to events occurring now in 2015. This is understandable, yet gaining a fuller understanding of past historical events helps the person trying to come up with explanations for current events. What was conveyed in the famous saying  by philosopher George Santayana –  “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” –  applies to the highly condensed, astonishing  measure of historical facts presented by John Stockwell in 1987 during this nearly 2-hour talk that includes a 35-minute question and answer period.

The writer wishes to express the sincerest apology for any emotional, psychological, spiritual or other distress produced in persons who listen to John Stockwell’s 1987 talk in Boulder, Colorado at what was called the “World Affairs Conference”.  Again, the information he presented across America during the late 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s was/is not for the faint of heart.

It is impossible to predict whether some young men or women attending university who listen to this powerful and disturbing 1987 talk will become effective leaders for world peace and nuclear abolition as a result.  The same goes for older men and women aware of John Stockwell because they heard him in person decades ago or in other ways.

While all too aware of the possible psychic harm and sadness which will occur for persons who pass this way and experience this post in its entirety, the overarching vision involves encouragement of utilizing increased knowledge of recent, not-so-recent, and important historical events in efforts to prevent war in 2015. That humble vision or dream can come true in various ways, the common, essential aspect being greater understanding of the realities that have comprised war and violence on Earth.

The greatest manifestation of that vision would be a man or woman who passes this way one day delivering their acceptance speech after becoming awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.  Obviously, the odds of that are near non-existent, and only mentioned for encouragement and inspiration.

The odds that person(s) passing this way may become effective voices for peace are much higher, and for that reason hesitation is not an option.

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(Thank you to Americans For Change at YouTube)