I love the ideals of individual liberty and responsibility that form the foundation of the U.S. of America, its Constitution and it Bill of Rights.
This is not a perfect government. It is an evolving democracy however, the idea that it is a government by, for, and of the people is its crown jewel. Mr. Lincoln, one of the giants upon whose shoulders we stand, recognized this.
I believe that this democracy is in danger of being completely subverted by the notion that corporations are akin to "people" and thus deserve equal or, as it has proven in so many cases, greater rights than natural people (real, living and breathing). If indeed they are people, then they need to have a lifetime like real people and come under the rule of mortality.
I have made a living by teaching. This was a natural career for me and have done so for the last 20 years or so. Now, I am embarking on a different journey, community organizing through communications, thus the picture at the radio control board.
Our most important challenge is to take back our government from the hands of the rich and powerful by educating people and getting them to participate in the political process. We must take the election process away from the machines and into the "hands" of the people. Real ballots, counted by hand by poll workers, or if technology is to be used, then by technology that has been carefully reviewed, analyzed and evaluated by experts who are on the voters side. This technology must be open architectured and not-for-profit!
We must change our monetary system and take the power of making money from the private banks and into the hands of the community.
We must reverse the Federal Budget and fund the military like we fund public education now, and fund public education, health care, and other public services like we fund the military. We must move to renewable energy and away from carbon. We need to create vibrant local economies and move away from globalization and the New World Order.
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