MIKE FERNER – If we can expand our consciousness and compassion, we can begin to comprehend our governmentâ€™s behavior in the world and come out of this pandemic demanding to be better members of the human family.
MIKE FERNER – We are constantly told to thank â€œthe troopsâ€ for their service, no matter how problematic their actions. But what about all the people who serve but who donâ€™t put on fatigues and carry guns â€” nurses, doctors, teachers, bus drivers, postal workers and grocery stockers among others? During this pandemic, they are the ones keeping us alive and helping make sure society functions while the rest of us shelter in place. If we emerge from this pandemic with a very different idea of whom we should be grateful to for their service, we will be the better for it.
MIKE FERNER – As the macho, gun-toting, testosterone-addled cowboys who took over the wildlife refuge in Oregon call it quits, their pitiful whine can be heard all the way to Florida: â€œWaaahhhâ€¦but we donâ€™t wanna get arrestedâ€¦â€ So much for the rugged-individualists and badass proponents of personal responsibility. Letâ€™s see what happens as their armed insurrection winds down. How will the system treat the militant bullyboys?
MIKE FERNER – During the Vietnam war, there was a vibrant, courageous resistance movement within the military itself. Young men and some women did anything they could to end the killing. They demonstrated, sabotaged military equipment, and fragged their officers. They also published dozens of underground newspapers, one of which was put out by the crew of the carrier, USS Kitty Hawk, cheekily called Kitty Litter.