Renee Parsons

Renee Parsons

Renee Parsons has been a member of the ACLU’s Florida State Board of Directors and president of the ACLU Treasure Coast Chapter. She has been an elected public official in Colorado, an environmental lobbyist with Friends of the Earth and staff member of the US House of Representatives in Washington D.C.

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Friday, March 23, 2012
Afghanistan and the Roman Empire
As Defense Secretary Leon Panetta stepped off the plane in Afghanistan recently, he accurately summed up the evils of war. Arriving to calm Afghani reaction to the massacre of sixteen civilians in their homes by a U.S. soldier, Panetta said that "war is hell." The Secretary went on to predict that these "incidents are going to take place. This is not the first and probably won't be the last."
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Friday, March 09, 2012
The Politics of Women's Health Care
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Friday, March 02, 2012
AIPAC and the Senate's Reckless Resolution
In recent weeks, President Obama has wisely cooled his previously red-hot rhetoric in preparation for a US attack on Iran. Perhaps the reality of blow back on the US from another pre-emptive military attack on a mostly defenseless Mideast country gave the administration good reason to pause. Or perhaps it was the sudden realization that the country's real national security interest does not lie in provoking another costly war. Negative impacts of a new war on the upcoming presidential election may also have benefited the cause for peace.
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Friday, February 10, 2012
George Washington and the 2012 Presidential Campaign
As the 2012 presidential election campaign kicks into high gear with a slate of mediocre candidates, it is ironic that 200 years after a population of 3 million produced a collection of Founding Fathers (including at least two polymaths; Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson) with natural leadership abilities to create a new nation has yet to produce a comparable set of politicians from 300 million citizens.
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Monday, January 30, 2012
What Happened to the War Powers Act?
On Sunday night's 60 Minutes program, Scott Pelley opened an interview with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta with the question, "How many countries are we currently engaged in a shooting war?" Surprised by the question, Panetta, who laughed heartily as if Pelley had just told him a really humorous knock-knock joke that tickled his funny bone, responded 'that's a good question.
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Saturday, January 28, 2012
US Plans for Perpetual War
As an attack on Iran remains temporarily on the backburner and Syria, home to US-identified terrorist group Hamas, moves up the queue as the next target for military intervention, both are part of a larger strategy proposed to newly-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 1996.
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