Is this really a revolution emerging from a presidential race?
for many a decade i had grown increasingly skeptical of this nation's political process. then during campaign 2008 i felt a surge of hope. obama spoke passionately against the iraq invasion. he promised transparency--(democracy cannot exist without it). he wanted to tackle a failing education system, remove big money's influence, create single payer health care, close gitmo and comb through every item in the federal budget to put an end to wasteful spending. you see where i'm going here?
i'd guess my first twinge of doubt came with obama's response to the rev. wright issue. wright had in no uncertain terms questioned the morality of america's imperialistic arrogance. candidate obama chose the politically expedient path and denounced his long time friend and spiritual advisor. yet i held to that remaining shard of hope. i watched in utter disappointment as obama waffled on the military coup in honduras, announced "single payer is off the table" and continued handing over our education system to military rotc programs and private interests.
— the people! — reopening the door of participatory politics
for way too long, now, we the citizens have been relegated to the role of audience, cheering or booing those who play a role on the theatrical political stage, yet having little or no say-so on national policy. oh, every couple of years we can vote for the candidates with the most appealing packaging and enjoy a brief moment's exuberant feeling that we actually participate. it's a sham! for the most part we see a democracy of, for and by corporate interests.
Changing the face of American politics is a profound, unfathomably difficult undertaking, but it’s nothing at all if it doesn’t begin with the Golden Rule. And this rule cannot be selectively applied.
yes indeed, robert! until this nation acts on her stated conviction of equality and justice for all; until we can treat all the world's citizens with the same loving respect we wish for ourselves, this ship of state will continue to flounder on the tumultuous sea of chaos and mistrust like a boat without a rudder. almost every major religion is based in the moral imperative as stated in the philosophy of the golden rule, yet we have done an abysmal job of living up to that virtue while pointing the finger of accusation at the failure others. if we truly want to live in a peaceful, happy and productive world, every one of us--citizens and politicians alike--who can must reflect on her/his own shortcomings so as to improve daily and live up to the standards we demand of others. after all, one man or woman cannot make it so; democracy requires the dedication and participation of all.