I’m a progressive. Always have been, but I AM GUILTY. Like most Americans, I have taken our democracy far too much for granted. I am too busy, or I’ll do it later. Procrastination is quite an art if you work at it. As it ends up, I have too often neglected the implied obligation of participation in our democracy. And so the battle has been more often than not defaulted. Corporations and money can participate 24/7 and they do. Democracy requires participation and it appears that those that participate win!
Creating this blog may provide a mechanism from which I can develop and refine my thoughts and arguments, but most of all, lead me to ways in which I can begin to meaningfully and effectively participate in this democracy. For me, this will be a process and time will tell what success I have.
The big question is how and what do we do to save this short experiment in American Democracy? I say “save” here because I believe it may be too late. I will try to identify key changes suggested by others, as I find them, and of course my own ideas as they develop and get prioritized. And yes we must prioritize our battles for the corporate media continually confuses us with nonsense and distracts us while the real battles for control are taking place off camera, behind closed doors (see link on ALEC) and usually go unnoticed by those of us that are too busy.
At this point I see two Critical Changes that dominate all other issues.
- Climate Change – Global Warming or whatever it might be called. The issue is that changes are taking place worldwide that are having drastic effects on many of the earth’s climate and biological systems and yes man has and continues to excessively contribute to this problem. Climate is changing, oceans are rising and dying, primary farm belts throughout the world are becoming deserts and fresh water is being polluted by our carbon based industries in the name of short-term profits. We must reverse this and this must begin YESTERDAY.
- Corporate Personhood – The dominance of multinational corporations and their influence and control over the actions, in-actions and priorities of governments around the world is intolerable. Corporations are in control of most money, power and the media. They write the majority of laws (local, national and international). Nothing can or will substantially change until we find a way to control corporations and make them work for the benefit of all life on earth. They need not exist since they are fictitious entities that we created and unleashed on ourselves.
Any candidate that is on the wrong side of either of these issues cannot be seriously considered for office and should be removed if in office. All Other Changes – other issues, become distantly secondary because of the critical and life threatening effect these two have on all else.