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Those are phrases used to describe politics. 
Things are getting uglier. 
I'm finally coming to face the reality that voting only feeds into the illusion the system creates that different candidates really make a difference. The truth is, voting for the lesser of two evils only moves us towards the next election with two worse evils. 

I don't have any concrete answers, except that I'm certain that depending on election day to set things right is far from enough. We must become activists, fighting for a just, fair future where human rights are put before corporate rights. 

We must work, as part of the activist effort to awaken those who sleep comfortably within the illusion that they have freedom, that they have rights. 

We must not fall prey to the delusion that we can do the work of the oppressed for them. We can wake them up and help them, but they must do the work. 

We can embrace the hope that we do not need to wake up everyone. The eighty twenty law teaches us that if we wake up just a small percentage to become activists, that will be enough. Even one or two percent, if they get out in the streets, can make a big difference. 

It takes more than signing petitions or forwarding emails. 

Go to one of the emerging spring Occupy meetings or actions. 

Give to activist organizations and the media that support them.

Make it a regular practice, like exercise or meditation. 

There is hope, but it will not come from the usual and customary political sources. 
You can make a difference. Small Acts DO change the world. 

 

Rob Kall is executive editor, publisher and website architect of OpEdNews.com, Host of the Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show (WNJC 1360 AM), and publisher of Storycon.org, President of Futurehealth, Inc, and an inventor . He is also published regularly on the Huffingtonpost.com

Listen to over 200 of Rob's Podcast interviews here.

Rob is, with Opednews.com the first media winner of the Pillar Award for supporting Whistleblowers and the first amendment.


With his experience as architect and founder of a technorati top 100 blog, he is also a new media / social media consultant and trainer for corporations, non-profits, entrepreneurs and authors.

Rob is a frequent Speaker on the bottom-up revolution, politics, The art, science and power of story, heroes and the hero's journey and Positive Psychology. He is a campaign consultant specializing in tapping the power of stories for issue positioning, stump speeches and debates, and optimizing tapping the power of new media. Watch me speaking on Bottom up economics at the Occupy G8 Economic Summit, here.

See more Rob Kall articles here and, older ones, here.

To learn more about Rob and OpEdNews.com, check out A Voice For Truth - ROB KALL | OM Times Magazine and this article. For Rob's work in non-political realms mostly before 2000, see his C.V..

And here's a one hour radio interview where I was a guest- on Envision This, on 10/23/13. And here is the transcript. 

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Thank you for the essay. I couldn't agree more. An... by Sage on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 3:38:27 PM
Rob, I agree completely that voting for the lesser... by June Genis on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 4:18:36 PM
June, you are right on target. If we all refused t... by Stephen Unger on Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 12:30:25 AM
Can it be?  "Turn on, tune in, drop out" Timo... by steveswimmer on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 4:27:18 PM
Seems to me the political (non-emotional) approach... by Jim Arnold on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 6:59:47 PM
[[hippie]]... by Michael Dewey on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 7:22:47 PM
I don't have any concrete answers, except that I'm... by Michael Dewey on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 7:24:08 PM
make a difference towards goodness. It is a long w... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 7:24:49 PM
I agree that voting is not sufficient and a more ... by Randy Moor on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 8:24:19 PM
Almost daily I see news of activists in countries ... by Richmond Shreve on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 9:58:46 PM
I attended a talk tonight by Ward Wilson, on the t... by Rob Kall on Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 1:12:26 AM
First, voting counts, a lot, if smart. Second, wha... by BFalcon on Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 11:15:04 AM
If not THE most effective activist organization, t... by Richmond Shreve on Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 10:05:31 PM
It is almost a Messianic revolutionnary message, R... by aberamsay on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 11:05:54 PM
Neither mainstream political party represents the ... by Vernon Huffman on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 11:58:53 PM
spoken during the 70's.  Nothing changed.Peop... by Doc McCoy on Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 1:55:47 AM
When the babies are trolls and spooks, and the 'ba... by Ned Lud on Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 3:53:21 PM
is an image projected by MSM: nothing changes, lef... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 4:19:51 PM
I've been posting for several years, urging people... by David McCorquodale on Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 1:53:39 PM
the problem, as I see it, is that our votes don't ... by Ginger McClemons on Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 2:11:21 PM
My dream is to fulfill Isaiah 23:17-18 and 24:21-2... by Michael Dewey on Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 3:27:52 PM