-- Mind-boggling regulations that can be defied by huge corporations but are costly to smaller entrepreneurs
-- Clean water, clean air, clean food compromised by those who benefit from not having to clean up after themselves
-- GMO foods and the monopolies like Monsanto (who want to control the world's food supply)
-- Big Pharma making selling herbs illegal in the European Union in preparation for doing the same in the USA
-- Chemtrails, HAARP and other dark conspiracies that one finds going deeper down the rabbit hole
-- Etc., etc., etc.
Every one of these issues -- every one -- boils down to just one issue: Who's in charge of who's in charge? Is it we, the people? Or they, the very, very few people? It's as simple as the old maxim, "When few rule, few benefit."
It's Time for We the People to Gather Under One Big Intent
What is now required is a "movement of movements" or, as Swami Beyondananda would put it, "gathering all the tribes under one big intent." Only by unity of purpose -- around the core virtues and values 80% to 90% of us share in common -- can we "overgrow" the current deadly, dysfunctional system. We cannot do it while separated into progressive and conservative tribes. However, by integrating the healthiest and most functional aspects of the natural impulses of growth (progressive) and protection (conservative) we can create the whole-brained, whole-hearted politics needed for massive evolutionary change.
Sound too idealistic?
Well, consider the alternative: More of the same, only worse.
At the risk of making God laugh, we (my transpartisan cohort Joseph McCormick and myself) have a plan. You can read the story of Joseph's amazing political transformation from divider to uniter in our e-book (http://reunitingamerica.org/) and you will also discover some of the principles and practices that have proven to turn political polarities into a dynamo that leads to breakthrough conclusions and solutions.
The first step is to revise and publish a print version of our book, Reuniting America: A Manifesto for Changing the Political Game. With dual prefaces from leaders of both conservative and progressive citizens' movements (and using their networks), we plan to proliferate the principles and practices of transpartisan engagement throughout activist networks on all sides. By massively promoting the book via networks like MoveOn.org, the Coffee Party USA, and the Freedom Coalition, we will inevitably get the attention of the mainstream media. Joseph and I will continue to convene transpartisan meet-ups and Reuniting America trainings throughout this year. Our plan is to release the book sometime after Labor Day.
That will give us a head start toward awakening a critical mass of the heretofore-uncritical masses prior to the 2012 election cycle.
Now I have to be honest here. I seem to be ahead of the curve on this one. As someone who has been immersed in political science since I was a college student, the "transpartisan upwising" seems obvious to me as the breakthrough solution to the partisan trance that has caused the debilitating "auto-immune dysfunction" in our body politic. When Joseph and I published the e-book version of Reuniting America earlier this year, we both expected to sell at least 1,000 e-books via our combined 10,000-person list and the folks on their list. We figured people would be eager to find out how we could heal the body politic rather than rub salt in our already-painful wounds.
We were wrong. We did have sales, but nothing that would indicate we are on the cusp of a great movement. Some of this could be attributed to peoples' lack of enthusiasm about e-books. But I believe something else is operative here, and that is our collective reluctance to face the implications of "being in charge of who's in charge."