The people of America stand vastly immobilized, as do the poor, middle class, and the elderly, all people who have been demoralized and disrespected in the past decade. While Americans protest the war, many forget that in order to be effective, no matter the number of people that gather, people must strike at the heart of the institutions that are corrupting and destroying our Constitution and this beautiful nation of ours. Too many neglect the fact that it is the very processes in which our leaders were elected that have led us to the point we are at today. Let’s not forget that we allowed a president to be elected in two consecutive elections that didn’t actually win. While some nations would have staged a coup, we staged a ceasefire because we bought into the idea that polarization was crippling America.
Polarization is not what cripples America. We can preach about the need for blue states and red states to come together. We can preach the need for all people of every color, ethnicity, and race, etc. to unite but if we fail to realize that what we are dealing with is ideas that support working with corruption and broken government versus ideas that do not support allowing corruption and broken government, than we see that there is only one solution.
Americans must commit to a long term vow to take back America in the same way that American revolutionaries claimed their freedom from King George over two centuries ago.
The title from King George to “King” George: How America Came and Went would be an apt title for a tale of how an empire rose and fell, but I do not want to be part of that narrative. I would rather be part of a narrative that involves rebel forces fighting the imperial forces and winning because of an all powerful force that echoes throughout the minds of Americans---this force being a drive to be moral, humane, and compassionate human beings that can together maintain security and sustainability nationally and internationally.
The process that currently exists requires us to elect people who represent us. It does not ask us to pick who we think will win but asks us to pick who should win. In our districts, in our state, in our nation, we must stand up for our rights and our nation. To help you, I have put together a brief questionnaire you can give to each candidate running for office. Based on his or her answers, you can decide if he or she deserves to have any power whatsoever in America.
1) What do you think about “war as an instrument of foreign policy”? Is peace attainable? How do you propose we attain peace if you believe in it?
2) Do you possess the strength and courage to take on corporate and special interests? Are you willing to take them on in the same way that Teddy Roosevelt did nearly a century ago when he broke up monopolies?
3) What do you propose as a solution to America’s health care crisis? If your solution is not single-payer not-for-profit health care, than how do you propose we tackle the crisis instead? How is that approach better than instituting a single-payer health care system?