Instead of counting ways we are being deprived of our rights, slowly but surely, let us consider what we have left and work to expand that. Somehow.
Those of us who still say what we think and take full advantage of our freedom of speech are mostly middle class. We must expand our ranks. We must educate the others, rich and poor.
We must work harder, all of us, not just the few.
If everyone who feels that our rights are being closed in on donates time to do something about it, does the hard work of democracy, that's a start.
Instead of lighting candles to illuminate the world, which wouldn't bother the powers that be at all, we've got to put in time. Start with ten minutes a day, those of you who don't have more to donate.
When I demand that those who have worked eight hours or more a day and want to do nothing more than stretch out over a cocktail and TV afterward, I'll sport bruises undoubtedly.
Remember how, back in the colonial days, even though only white property owners could vote, local town meetings also sourced decisions. We must all attend such meetings--all of us. As Romney said on Wednesday night, we must take it from the level of municipalities, give the hard work to the states while the feds take five (minutes or millions?). Well, they'll still have their desk jobs and benefits, but after hours, they can't put their feet up either. Let them sleep at town meetings. Because what we say might wake them up even more than their drive toward having more.
Ultimately greed will destroy all of us, not just them. It will then destroy them, as the battle evolves to the haves versus the have-mores and a new class structure takes over.
So how do we force people to participate, force the survival of democracy? With the reward of potluck dinners, each of us donating what we can, from filet mignon to store-brand potato chips?
That is, fulfilling a drive even more primordial than greed?
I have suggestions, not answers.
Maybe those to the left of me will simply hurl invectives while my rich friends chuckle at my dinner-table rants.
But rolling up our sleeves is the answer. I don't know how. We must all become activists.
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