Archive for April, 2008
“Everybody counts in applying democracy. And there will never be a true democracy until every responsible and law-abiding adult in it, without regard to race, sex, color or creed has his or her own inalienable and unpurchasable voice in government”.
— Carrie Chapman Catt
“Democracy is the ultimate, positive revolution because it gives each and every individual the power to control their lives. And we can work together to create a just, sustainable world”.
— Bill Blackman
We as human beings have evolved physically. We are healthier, we live long lives. We have evolved technically. We have been to the moon; we can communicate with each other all over the planet.
Our next progression will be a spiritual, mental and emotional evolution. This will have to be accomplished as individuals. We must claim our own personal integrity, regardless of what our neighbor is doing. We must own ourselves……utilize a mental discipline and personal self restraint in our daily lives. We must recognize our connectedness with the rest of the planet and the universe.
Evolution is a slow process and I forget that this country is only 236 years old. In that short time, we have accomplished much but there is so much more to do.
The study of war should be a prince’s main goal, for war is a ruler’s only art. Knowledge of war is so vital that it not only keeps princes in power but can make princes out of private citizens. If princes become too refined to study this art, they lose their states.
Being unarmed makes others contemptuous of you. No one can expect an armed man to obey an unarmed one. Therefore a prince who does not understand military matters will not be able to work well with his soldiers. Even in peacetime, a prince must concentrate on war by exercises and by study.
Hunting is excellent exercise, because it strengthens the body and makes the prince more familiar with the surrounding terrain. A prince should always be asking himself how to make the best military advantage of the landscape.
A prince should also exercise his mind by reading the histories of great men and how they waged war, in order to imitate them.
Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince
A wise prince should never keep his word when it would go against his interest, because he can expect others to do the same. In order to pull it off, you must be a good liar, but you will always find people willing to be deceived.
To sum it up, it is useful to seem to be virtuous, but you must be ready to act the opposite way if the situation requires it. A prince should do good if he can, but be ready to do evil if he must.
Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince
“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
“We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”
“Down the long lane of the history yet to be written America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
“Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of the battlefield.”—
Eisenhower, Farewell Address, 17 January 1961.
The choices that were made during this administration will have consequences that will out live most of us who are currently here on the planet. So many of us are quick to move to the next topic and do not want to dwell in the past. Even if the past is the last eight years. It is imperative that we thoroughly look at how we arrived at this point in time. How did an entire nation of people allow a few individuals to convince us to go invade another sovereign state. Just a little common sense tells us that this was not because the leader of the country was a dangerous and unstable individual who had killed his own people and invaded another country. We have several people on the world stage that fit that description and several countries that are committing genocide, engaging in nuclear weapons testing, and in reality are a much greater threat to our country.
It will take soldiers, strategist, diplomats and a leader who understands that there can be no victory when there has been bloodshed, there can only be rebuilding and healing.
We as Americans must decide what definition of PATRIOTISM we will take into the election booth in November and select another individual to make decisions and act in our name on the world stage.
Will we utilize a patriotism that we wear on our sleeve or will we utilize a PATRIOTISM that we carry in our hearts.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
Why is this election like no other election that we have ever had in this country? No, it’s not the gender / race thing. This is the first election in the history of this country where we have had this number of individuals and states having a decisive say in who will be the president of the country. In the past, a maximum of ten states were involved in selecting the party nominees. Because the primaries were scheduled over such a wide span of time, most of the nominees had dropped out of the race before greater than three quarters of the country even held their primaries. Since this was the case, those that even showed up to participate in the primaries were minimal.
I personally believe that it is the definition of a democracy to have a plurality of the population participating in elections and the formation of solutions to its issues.
This brings me to the reasons that I am supporting Barack Obama.
Reason number 1: Resistance to change is futile. We have reached a point in time where this country will either look over our shoulders and accept what is occurring outside of our borders and make the necessary competitive adjustments to continue in this evolutionary marathon or we will keep our heads focused straight ahead and fall behind as the rest of the world sprints pass.
We should be leading the world in solving some of the massive opportunities that are being presented to us in the form of global warming, terrorism, global economic, and resource utilization, along with disease and poverty.
Barack Obama presents himself to me as a man that views the country and the world from a more wholistic perspective. He seems to recognize that our way forward will depend less on a single leader and more on communities of American and world citizens to resolve the many looming issues on the horizon.
He appears to possess a select skill set including strong organizational and leadership abilities that have been demonstrated throughout his campaign. He appears to come from a place of diplomacy and respect for the ideas of others.
But most of all for me, he appears to possess a temperament of calmness, confidence, and OPTIMISM that will be essential for the individual who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. We all know that this individual will be faced with a set of issues like none we have seen in the past.
I am delighted to be an INDEPENDENT who has solid candidates to choose from. My eyes are on the FUTURE. This election will dictate the path we take as a country into the 21st century.