Andrew Schmookler in his OpEdNews piece, Can America Be Saved? Not If We're Blind to the One Force That Can Turn This Battle Around? of Nov. 13th asks if in the absence of progressive leadership in the White House " Is there some way that, even without the bully pulpit, we who are further down in the body politic" can find a leader or an idea which could inspire progressive change?"
I personally view our federal system as irredeemably corrupt - it has become so adept at repressing, even criminalizing, any reform efforts among the populace: whistle blowers are prosecuted as neverbefore, while freedom of the press, freedom of assembly and freedom of speech are all in jeopardy.
I wonder if the scale of our political system isn't just too large to foster democracy since all large countries - Russia, China, and the United States - seem to generate stifling, unaccountable, and oppressive
I thought my idea was a nearly unattainable ideal; at least I thought so until I read a headline this week, Mendocino County, CA. Makes History and Passes Law Establishing Local Self-Governance:
I have hope now that this measure could be a precursor of many more to come. Maybe a grassroots fire has already been ignited and this measure is just a presursor of many more brush fires - too manyYesterday, by a significant margin, they became the first county in California, and only the second county in the country to pass into law a very powerful local ordinance that declares local self-governing rights in their communities over state and federal jurisdiction. Over 67% of the votes cast were in favor of the measure.The ordinance provides for waters free from toxic trespass; preemptively bans all fracking activities countywide with heavy fines and penalties for violation of the ordinance; and establishes a Community Bill of Rights to, for, and by the residents of Mendocino County while checking corporate powers as well.
In addition, the newly created law gives the Rights of Nature to exist and flourish without toxic trespass whereas previously Nature had no standing in the court of law.
burning too brightly to be easily extinguished.