Race to the Bottom or Rise to the Top

jefferson once saidYes we’ve heard the argument that in a political fight for office, one must choose between the lesser of two evils, but that fatalistic view illustrates a deep sense of powerlessness by people who drop out, or vote for the ‘least worst’ and then wonder why after every cycle the ‘least worst’ gets worse and nothing has changed under the same old same old.

How can we forget those ‘cries for change’ speeches and how hopeful they sounded to our eager and gullible ears? If you’ve fallen for any of them, I say fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me, keep fooling me and I am simply a darn fool.

Will anyone with a new paradigm come forth with a vision and provide us an opening that we can’t squander.

Has the thought ever crossed your mind that we deserve better? That even as we grow bitter, angry and hopeless during our most troubled of times, we need to remind ourselves that power ultimately rests in the hands of the governed, that’s you and me. So let’s pray for real change, but prayers will not suffice. To maintain hope in a shared stake in the future, we need to get active and help make good things happen.

Remember that under the two-party system that dominates our politics, with one party it’s humans exploiting humans while with the opposing party it’s the other way around. And if you give in and let this duopoly have its way, then don’t go crying in the future when those very two political parties run the country and your cherished way of life to the ground.

50 years ago, Robert Kennedy reminded us of what Jefferson once said about the United States; that it is the last best hope for humankind, that it is a generous and compassionate country, and that’s what he wanted his country to stand for. Shortly after he gave that speech he was cut down. We owe it to him, so let’s rise up and let’s make America Great (for humankind) Again.

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