Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 1 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds    H3'ed 1/8/12

What Is to Be Done?

By       (Page 1 of 2 pages)     (# of views)   3 comments
Author 74513
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Bear Kosik
Become a Fan
  (7 fans)


(Image by Bear)   Details   DMCA
- Advertisement -
>

 

Epiphanies aren't what they used to be. Or are they? The story of the Magi suggests that they stopped here and there, surprised that some were unaware of the birth that had engendered their travels, warmed by others who were. They eventually found what they were looking for, made their reverences, and delivered their gifts. They never questioned the signs that brought them and they returned home once they had confirmed their revelation. It was enough to acknowledge that a new day had emerged.

 

They probably knew that quite a bit of work lay ahead for the child they visited. Nonetheless, their business was merely to affirm what they had seen and move on. It's a very simple story, one that emphasizes the importance of recognizing a turn of events for what it is in that moment, rather than all the expectations planted within. Those expectations will have their day. But for now, we recognize the promise and affirm it. We pause. We bask in the glow of an epiphany.

- Advertisement -

 

Such is the case with our present state of affairs as a nation. The Occupy movement holds great promise. Most people who are at all tuned in to current events are aware that the occupiers have, by occupying parcels of land here and there and staging protests off and on, identified the ills from which this nation suffers and the culprits who have the capacity to release the resources that would mitigate the suffering and begin the process of healing the infrastructures, whether concrete, electronic, human or environmental, that must be mended. Unfortunately, they have done nothing else. And according to their Web sites and announcements, it doesn't appear they are planning to do anything more aside from the continued development of some tentacled Occupy apparatus that will allow them to continue doing what they are doing in perpetuity.

 

- Advertisement -

We have a President of the United States who just can't do anything well whether you are to his left or right. There is a whiff of corporatism about him that grows stronger as he develops his campaign for re-election and a streak of authoritarianism when he plays commander-in-chief and protector of our shores. Not surprising, given how little experience he had before we gave him the job (and remember, we did give it to him). Nonetheless, he has shown a sense of urbane style, occasional common sense, and the will to get some things done that had languished inside the Beltway for years. Of course it's been sloppy. For Dog's sake, he's younger than me.

 

The U.S. Congress is a joke. Every member should reduce staff to three people and start talking with one another. Do your own job. If you want more people, hire them at home to work with constituents. And by constituents, I mean voters, not lobbyists, corporations, or other politicians. Too simple? Complicated got us where we are today. Of course, none of that is going to happen. It is a solution, but, like many other possible solutions, it is one that is too demanding for such an arthritic institution.

 

We all know the rest. It is what our world has come to. The rants of frustration echo in the Ethernet and on the magazine and news pages. What is to be done?

 

- Advertisement -

My epiphany for this day is to acknowledge that the key has been turned. The door is open. The world is aware that the 1 percent hold the power and resources needed by the 99 percent to correct the ills of this great country. And although we can begin to think up the ways in which we can start to distribute that power and move those resources to be more productive, although we can begin to reduce the inequities in our society and rebuild the infrastructure that sorely needs rebuilding, although we can begin to write laws and regulations that truly benefit the common good and not the narrow interests of some, in this moment we must pause.

 

Next Page  1  |  2

 

- Advertisement -

Rate It | View Ratings

Bear Kosik Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Bear Kosik's Remaking Democracy in America will be published in the fall of 2018 by Stairway Press. His well-received science fiction novels (two under Hugh Dudley) are available on Amazon. Several screenplays have been awarded laurels at (more...)
 

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Waiting in the Examining Room

Why Trump Is Succeeding (and will continue to do so)

The Occupy Movement Needs to Take the Next Step

Why Almost Everyone Was Wrong

My "Legal" Marriage: Now Define Excited

The Death Knell of Representative Democracy in the USA