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Like this country's founders, I believe that the widest political empowerment under the rule of law is the surest way of having its resources work for the long term best interests of us all. The longer I live, the more I see that supports that belief.
I also see that at this time we are moving in the opposite direction. Unlike many "liberals", I don't blame this situation on the majority of citizens. It is hard to defend one's enfranchisement or keep a broad perspective while being miseducated by corporatist media. It gets even harder while being expected to own an attractive house in like-new condition, to avoid being considered a "loser" undeserving of any respect.
I still root for humanity, and hope the next era of enlightenment comes in time to prevent us from sterilizing the planet.
(12 comments) SHARE Friday, October 19, 2012 Why We Must BE Our Government, Rather than Fear It
There are already two mindsets among the participants of Occupy about its general direction. Both want to remove the mega-corporations with their skewed, inhuman single priority from control over the country's people.
(34 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 26, 2012 Evolution of Government and Why Libertarianism Doesn't Work
When they explain their political philosopy, Libertarians advocate free markets. They also prescribe severely shrinking gov't, especially its regulatory powers, and oppose much of what we publicly fund. If we follow the formation of gov't, we see that a large, densely populated society like ours will always be ruled, whether or not it goes by the name of "government". How we are governed has a major impact on the economy.
(8 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 23, 2012 Response to a Call (by a Libertarian) Not to Vote
Government by and for the people is worth fighting for. If we abandon the struggle we are ceding all power to the corporatocrats, who will increase their control of the most major decisions affecting the quality of our lives once the redtape of gov't doesn't slow them down. Jill Stein, on the ballot in 33 states, is a reasonable protest vote, and sends a much better message than not voting.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, July 2, 2012 The TPP and Our Moral Bottomline
The TPP marks the end of whatever collaborative, responsive government we've ever had. There is something in our nature that can't just look at the odds against stopping it, and surrender.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 23, 2012 How I Gave the Supreme Court Justices a Piece of my Mind (and you can, too)
A coalition of organizations calling itself "united re:public" is soliciting signatures on a document "demanding the US Supreme Court stop billionaires from buying our politicians and our laws", which will be printed out and delivered to the Justices of the Court. As of this writing approximately 12,000 people have signed. The group is also offering everyone the opportunity to add comments about how they feel about the curre
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 28, 2012 Are Our Current Problems Caused by Too Much Government?
Now that the dire straits many of us are experiencing and our government's dysfunction when it comes to building workable solutions are too severe to deny, there are many theories as to what "the problem" is. A favorite is that the government has gotten so big and powerful that it can solicit money from the powerful and demand it from the rest of us with impunity, and their greed is what has caused our widespread suffering.
(14 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 1, 2011 Is Protest Still Optional?
U.S. fascism is being rationalized by American-style, Fox News type disinformation, but it is no less damaging to the well-being of citizens than any other form of fascism.
This is a true "which side are you on?" moment. What option besides public protest has a chance of making a difference?
(13 comments) SHARE Friday, March 4, 2011 Slogans that Teach
An invitation to create figurative political graffiti in service of restoring self-governance in the U.S..