Message to America

The possible war against Iran

By Imran H. Khan on Jan 28, 2007 - 6:04:00 PM

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The Regime change commission within the Bush Administration has unofficially elucidated its case for turning Iran into the new Iraq.



  What Qualifies Me...and You

By on Oct 8, 2006 - 10:00:00 PM
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Requiring qualifications from others instead of listening for the relevance in their messages, is one of the ways that we marginalize opposition and diversity of thought. Phrases like "He's not a degreed expert so what could he know...?" or "She's a Washington outsider..." or "Hollywood actors shouldn't be so political..." undermine our democracy because they avoid our simple, shared origins: we're all humans with something important to say.

The Failure of Organized Religion

By david koff on Jul 23, 2006 - 7:14:00 PM
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A friend of mine who is a professional sociologist was recently hired for two research projects: both concerning why the major religions – Christianity, Islam and Judaism – can't seem to attract twenty to thirty-year olds into their houses of worship in larger numbers.

 

"I'll save you a lot of time," I told her. "Have the priests, rabbis and imams start telling their parishioners that an individual's religion can be almost anything he or she wants it to be and within one generation, we'll see far more people who are active in our religious communities." We both laughed the laugh of "wouldn't that be nice...?"



  A 30 Day Experiment in Wealth

By David Koff on May 28, 2006 - 5:24:00 PM
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When I left Jennifer’s apartment that afternoon, I realized that - despite evidence to the contrary - I’d always thought of myself as poor. Was it possible to change that thought pattern? Could I actually afford to give money away on a regular basis? I decided to find out by trying an experiment: for exactly thirty days, I would give money to ANYONE who asked me for it, no questions asked.

Freedom of Speech...Sometimes

By David Koff on Apr 30, 2006 - 7:51:00 PM
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I cannot accept our freedom of speech being so eroded. But sadly, this is the case with America: while we fight for Democracy abroad, our own citizens are increasingly being restricted from expressing their political views here at home. Worse yet, the rest of us are allowing these restrictions to go unchallenged while those who do speak their minds are harassed, threatened, or punished.

  Patriotism, Not Blindness

By David Koff on Feb 26, 2006 - 6:51:00 PM
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Despite my deep fondness for America's diversity, freedoms and natural wonders, my love comes with a price – a sense of duty to protect this gift which we've all inherited and to help make it better. And to be better, America must continue to evolve. And because evolving requires rigorous honesty, my love for this country requires me to praise a job well done and to concede when America blunders.

Five Ways to Identify an Extremist

By David Koff on Jan 22, 2006 - 7:20:00 PM
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Despite being a Judeo-Christian country, we don’t like to humanize our enemies because that makes us connect emotionally with them. Not surprisingly, since the 9/11 tragedy, our nation’s language has been transformed by our leaders in order to encourage the dehumanizing of others for the sake of violence. The words “evil-doers”, “terrorists” and “axis of evil” are now commonplace in our lexicon. But a funny thing has happened: people now use the word “extremists” and "terrorists" interchangeably. And this provides an unexpected opening: after all, if we’re fighting extremists, it’s only in other countries, right?

Well, not exactly...

  Seeking the Truth Behind the Words

By David Koff on Dec 20, 2005 - 2:25:00 PM
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When the President speaks to us, there is an unspoken code of ethics behind every word he utters: We, the People, trust that he is the most knowledgeable individual on the facts, we trust that he is honest in what he communicates, and we trust that he respects the rule of Law, our Constitution. We expect the same of all of our elected officials because we do not, generally speaking, have the time to fact check everything we are told.

Five Things You Can Do To Make a Difference

By David Koff on Nov 27, 2005 - 7:21:00 PM
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We often forget that democracy requires constant vigilance and constant participation. And in forgetting, we unwittingly give up the power that we have as citizens in this country. So let us remember that a small group of dedicated people can change the world and that even one individual can cause a nation to rethink its laws or cause it's military to come to a halt. And if you think – even for a moment – that your small contribution isn't making a difference, remember this: small drops of water can eventually fill an entire swimming pool.

  The Denial of Addiction

By David Koff on Oct 30, 2005 - 7:01:00 PM
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The nature of addiction is such that it prevents an individual from recognizing that he has a problem. The gambler, for example, risks his income in order to relieve stress, anxiety, or any powerful emotion. And even though his job, family relations and health eventually disintegrate, the grip of denial in addiction is so tenacious that the addict will never admit that there is a problem. So it is with our President and the leadership of the Republican party.

The Great & Mighty Oz

By David Koff on Sep 25, 2005 - 7:27:00 PM
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When Dorothy, The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion and The Scarecrow all entered the giant chamber of the Great and Mighty Oz, they were awestruck by the Being's power and force. He was larger than life, able to command vast plumes of fire and smoke and his face seemed to hang in the air, floating there like a giant apparition. So fully immersed in their own fear were they, that our four heroes were unable to see that they were being duped. It took the fearless little Toto, a non-human, to pull back the curtains and reveal that the Great and Mighty Oz was nothing more than an old and insecure man who relied on illusions to maintain his control over the people.

So it is with our President.

  How to Identify an Extremist

By david koff on Sep 4, 2005 - 7:18:00 PM
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Extremists exist in every culture, in every religion and in every country – even America. Thus, it is essential for each culture to have a guideline for identifying extremists. And since Americans currently have no guidelines from our leadership, I humbly offer my own...

How to Identify an Extremist

By david koff on Sep 4, 2005 - 7:18:00 PM
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Extremists exist in every culture, in every religion and in every country – even America. Thus, it is essential for each culture to have a guideline for identifying extremists. And since Americans currently have no guidelines from our leadership, I humbly offer my own...

  A Brief History of War

By David Koff on Jul 31, 2005 - 7:05:00 PM
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Like many people, this latest and awful terror attack in London prompted me to think about war, specifically the nature and history of war here in America. On July 4, 2005, our country turned 229 years old. During those years, we've fought twelve major wars: one for every generation since 1776. Isn't it shocking, then, that for a country who goes to war as frequently as we do, that we have no codified methods or nationally recognized system of determining how and when we go to war?

A Brief History of War

By David Koff on Jul 31, 2005 - 7:05:00 PM
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Like many people, this latest and awful terror attack in London prompted me to think about war, specifically the nature and history of war here in America. On July 4, 2005, our country turned 229 years old. During those years, we've fought twelve major wars: one for every generation since 1776. Isn't it shocking, then, that for a country who goes to war as frequently as we do, that we have no codified methods or nationally recognized system of determining how and when we go to war?

  At the Crossroads of American Politics

By David Koff on Jun 26, 2005 - 5:04:00 PM
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We are at a crossroads historically and politically. The time for people to remain as spectators has passed. I'm convinced that the next phase of our evolution as a country won't come from our leadership and trickle down to us, it will come from The People and rise up, ensuring that our representatives follow the will of The People.

Science tells us that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Our job now is to BE that equal and opposite reaction by standing up for what we believe to be right and moral and just even in the face of great darkness and despair. I, for one, look forward to being a part of that equal and opposite reaction.

At the Crossroads of American Politics

By David Koff on Jun 26, 2005 - 5:04:00 PM
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We are at a crossroads historically and politically. The time for people to remain as spectators has passed. I'm convinced that the next phase of our evolution as a country won't come from our leadership and trickle down to us, it will come from The People and rise up, ensuring that our representatives follow the will of The People.

Science tells us that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Our job now is to BE that equal and opposite reaction by standing up for what we believe to be right and moral and just even in the face of great darkness and despair. I, for one, look forward to being a part of that equal and opposite reaction.

 
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