An ORANS Perspective

Sharing with you a relational view on the issues and events in our world. Unlike most media, we don't seek to sensationalize, emphasize conflict, express outrage, cheaply entertain, titillate, prey on misfortune, highlight individual failures, or use manipulative rhetoric, and we won't just do anything to get a laugh. We want to inspire, celebrate, constructively comment, and invite dialogue focusing on the ways of being relational and the things people are doing and saying that are or are not relational. We want to change the world, one interaction at a time.

Command Climate: U.S. Civil-Military Relations – Any Role for Congress?

ORANS   June 2, 2017

Please Share:Civilian control of the Military has been a core value since the founding of the United States of America. This creates a healthy constitutional tension between the horizontal democracy of the government and the vertical structure of the military. The Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS) recent Command Climate conference attempted to interrogate this dynamic [...]

O Say, Can’t We See? #RepealAUMF

ORANS   May 8, 2017

Please Share:O Say, Can’t We See? O say, can’t we see? Are we blind because we want to be?   Yes, we’ve been lied to for so many years. Bigger and nastier weapons draw cheers. Meanwhile Vet families learn all about tears. War’s just big business that plays on our fears.   And what about [...]

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Three Key Lessons from Pope Francis

ORANS   May 2, 2017

Please Share:Pope Francis gave a surprise TED talk!  It was, not as surprisingly, full of wisdom – and relational moments.  Read more about three of he key lessons here. Please Share:

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Police Acting Like Soldiers – No-Knock Is No Good

ORANS   April 11, 2017

Please Share:A recent article in the New York Times begins with the following recount of a drug raid in a small Appalachian town: “At 2:15 on a moonless night in May 2014, 10 officers rolled up a driveway in an armored Humvee, three of them poised to leap off the running boards. They carried Colt [...]

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How Much War Power Should We Give to This President? #RepealAUMF

ORANS   April 5, 2017

Please Share:  ORANS asks – Have we lost sight of how we arrived at this point in the history of our country where being “at war” is the norm, perpetual, and with no end in sight? Every American should listen to this Podcast to understand the power to make war that is now in the [...]

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Before Escalating War, Repeal AUMF

ORANS   April 4, 2017

Please Share:According to CNN, “the Trump Administration’s deployment of additional US troops to Iraq and Syria – and the prospect of increased operations in Yemen and elsewhere in the Middle East- will ramp up pressure on Congress to formally authorize the war against ISIS, according to lawmakers pushing for action on Capitol Hill.”  But before escalating [...]