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On Forgiveness

  They do what they do because they are wounded and broken and bleeding and overwhelmed with pain and misery—and for some reason, you’re the one person upon whom they feel safe dumping all that suffering. The bile of hate splatters all over you; it burns like acid. Yet with enough reflection, through enough prayer, by God tenderly shoving your nostrils into the ick to force you to understand the wounds of others—which are so similar to your own—one day you lift your head and finally mean the words that you have mindlessly chanted for years: “…as I forgive those who trespass against me.”   Sometimes you’re the target because no one else can be. The wounded person simply cannot manage the pain. They literally don’t know how. But they do suspect you won’t hurt them back—a lesson my dear friend recently discovered parallel to me. Sometimes you’re the most obvious receptacle during the convulsion of sickness.   On paper, there’s no justification for their actions. But grace reminds us, through gentle kicks to the shin, that each of us has done the exact same thing to others. Heaving bile is a rather universal behavior, as it…

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Arik Bjorn Endorses Sean Carrigan for U.S. Congress to Defeat “Status Quo” Joe Wilson

With great enthusiasm, I ENDORSE SEAN CARRIGAN as the 2018 Democratic Party candidate for South Carolina District 2 in the race against “Status Quo” Joe Wilson. Read below to find out why!   …     Voters, Friends & Neighbors:   I cannot thank you enough for your support—be it your vote, your financial contributions, your volunteer efforts—during our 2016 campaign for South Carolina’s Second Congressional District. As you know, I signed up to run for U.S. Congress just one day before the filing deadline. Why? Because no one else was willing to stand up for our community of 700,000—no one else was willing to stand up to “Status Quo” Joe Wilson.   They said I had no business running for federal office—that I couldn’t even get Joe Wilson to debate me once. They were right—I debated him twice. I cleaned his clock both times, and our campaign won the hearts of well over 100,000 Voters. We responded to your individual and community needs, not the needs of special interest groups. We took a bold stand for women’s rights, improved infrastructure, healthcare for all, and increased educational and…

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Where Have All My Articles Gone?

    Sadly, with the recent closure of the website, Forward Progressives, more than 200 of my published articles, read by several million people since 2013, have vanished into thin air without an archive!   The good news is that many of my articles have been preserved in my books, which you can find at Amazon, Smashwords and Goodreads. Over time, I will begin republishing “the best of the best” under my own name here at Viking Word. Thanks for your…

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I Refuse Allegiance to the Trump Administration…

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I Refuse Allegiance to the Trump Administration, And to the Plutocracy for which it stands; One narcissist, under Mammon, Unconscionable, with bigotry and fascism for…

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Healthcare is a Human Right. End of Story.

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TEDx Talk: “To Be Revolutionary, or not To Be Revolutionary”

  On April 2, 2017, I presented a TEDx Talk at TEDxHammondSchool on the subject of political revolution, entitled “To Be Revolutionary, or not To Be Revolutionary.”   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMlFJlOWvUA   Below is the prepared draft of my presentation:   … Slide 1 | image by John A. Carlos II   Hi, my name is Arik Bjorn. That’s Arik with an “A” and a “K.” And “Bjorn,” which means “bear” in several Scandinavian tongues. Very revolutionary-sounding, right?   Slide 2   I was the 2016 Democratic Party and Green Party congressional candidate in South Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District. More on that in a bit.   First, though: BJORN is not a particularly common name in these here Southern parts. Good Lord, what is that “J” doing next to that “B”?  Total consonant inappropriateness!   Let’s say “BJORN” together: Bjorn. Bjorn. Bjorn.   My apologies. BJORN is now “imprinted” upon your mind. If I had an actual product to sell you—like hair gel or a robotic vacuum—you’d be hooked. Instead, I’m here to convince you…

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TEDx Talk: “To Be Revolutionary, or not To Be Revolutionary”

    TEDx Talk: “To Be Revolutionary, or not To Be Revolutionary” (CLICK HERE FOR FULL PRESENTATION)     On April 2, 2017, I presented a TEDx Talk at TEDxHammondSchool on the subject of political revolution….

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The Ides of April: The Goodness of Taxes, the Orangeness of Tyranny

  Speech presented at the April 15 Trump Tax Rally – Myrtle Beach, hosted by Grand Strand Action Together.   Behold, the Ides of April! Tax Day!   The theme of today’s rally is Taxes & Transparency—two subjects that the majority of politicians dodge like Donald Trump ducking a wind tunnel. Like Sean Spicer zooming away from a New York Times reporter on his turbo-charged Press Corps Podium. Like Ben Carson forevermore avoiding public housing elevators.   Thankfully, our event organizers knew some non-career politicians and bold activists who are always willing to step up to the microphone to tackle any political hot potato.   Boy, it feels wonderful to be reunited with two of my South Carolina Blue Brothers: Pastor Thomas Dixon, your 2016 Democratic Party/Green Party/Working Families Party U.S. Senate Candidate; and Mal Hyman, your 2016 Democratic Party/Green Party/Working Families Party candidate for South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District. (And now 2018 candidate, I hear!)   Talk about Transparency. These two gentlemen would sooner do dishes in a Myrtle Beach pancake house to raise campaign…

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Healthcare is a Human Right – May All Governors Give a Damn

  A speech presented at The People’s March on Columbia at the South Carolina State House on President’s Day 2017   Healthcare is a human right. Period.   Ring the bell! Let us celebrate another human rights discovery!   More on this, presently.   …   We speakers have been asked to present messages of exhortation to our newly appointed Chief Executive of State, on behalf of “WE the People.” As such:   To the Honorable Henry Dargan McMaster, 117th Governor of the Fair and August State of South Carolina:   Were I in your shoes—and more than a few folks have asked me to pursue the venerable office you now hold—before the end of my first day in office, I would push the button to Expand Medicaid.   Thus, nearly 300,000 of South Carolina’s poorest of the poor—yes, that’s 300,000 human beings according to Families USA—would soon have healthcare. At the flick of a pen. With all the ease of a Trumpean thumb-thump tweet.   Expanding Medicaid is a simple action you have yet to cross off your Gubernatorial To-Do List during your 28-day tenure. 32 other…

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The Democratic Party Has Failed Us All

Image by John A. Carlos II   To the Esteemed Electoral College Members of the State of South Carolina:   The Democratic Party has failed us all.   Okay, now some pages to explain.   Shortly after the November 8 Election, I was completing a transaction at a Columbia establishment. The middle-aged woman at the counter observed my ‘BJORN/ U.S. CONGRESS’ button, which I still occasionally wore out of habit.   She shook her head, “What was that guy thinking, running for Congress around here? Did he honestly think he could beat Joe Wilson?”   “Ma’am,” I smiled. “What mattered most to me was being the Voice that the Voters deserved. There should never be an empty Democratic Party ballot. And if everyone had voted in their own self-interest, we would have won.”   She shrugged, “Well, I voted for you. Still.”   Funny. This woman voted for me—yet not knowing she was addressing the candidate, she didn’t hesitate to question why I would go through the seeming hell of running for office as a Democrat in one of the most gerrymandered Congressional Districts in the United…

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