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New Year’s Re(v)olutions

11:36 am in Uncategorized by David Seaton

Obama in Rosa Park's seat

Potus in Rosa Park's seat

“It would be a good idea”

Mahatma Gandhi, when asked his opinion of western civilization.

Putting content into fine words would be the greatest of revolutions, now and always. 

Cynics today might be forgiven for thinking that the words of Jesus are often only used as a cover for serial child abuse, but who could doubt that if only all those with four grandparent that called themselves Christians practiced only the following Christian precepts: to love their neighbors as themselves, to do unto others as they would have others do unto them, to never cast the first stone and forgive others their trespasses, then most of the world that even today considers itself civilized would instantly be like heaven on earth. However hypocritical Christians abound and we are as we are.

I cannot imagine that anybody would call Jesus himself a hypocrite, he certainly walked the walk, no space between his words and his actions, however hypocrites can often say memorable things too.

An example: perhaps the greatest hypocrite in America’s history, Thomas Jefferson, a brutal slave owner, a sexual exploiter of his slaves, wrote the most powerful words in the American canon, words that rival the Bible in their grandeur and echo: Jefferson wrote that line, “All men are created equal”…

Despite Jefferson’s hypocrisy, citizens trying to fill those words with some meaning brought about a revolution in my lifetime.

How hypocritical were Jefferson’s words in America’s mouth?

An example. In the segregated South, during World War Two, during America’s war against fascism, African-American GIs, wearing the uniform of the United States army, often found themselves riding in the back of public buses while German POW trustees rode up front with the local white people.

How is that for hypocrisy?

The Civil Rights movement changed that. Today, with all the endless caveats you can apply, a black man is the president of the United States. He is the Chief of State of the most powerful country in the world, sitting in the White House, the tenant of a building where during most of America’s history the only black people ever seen there were butlers and waiters.

People got lynched, went to jail, marched and sang for the photo that tops this post. J. Edgar Hoover would spin in his grave if he saw it. There are people still spinning when they see it.

So, if enough people make their minds up to change, to change themselves, then to change the world, then change is doable.

I would say that during the coming year, the next set of fine noble, words that need to be reconsecrated, refurbished and refilled with meaning are Abraham Lincoln’s from his Gettysburg Address:

“Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth”.

To do that the Citizen’s United verdict needs to be overturned and campaign financing needs to be regulated. Any meaningful change begins there.

The goal is clear, now the question is, who is going to bell the cat?

Happy New Year!

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The meaning of this year’s election

1:55 am in Uncategorized by David Seaton

This year’s presidential election is one of the most important in America’s entire history and the reason is simple to the point of stark. It is all about who is going to fill any vacancies in the Supreme Court in the next four years.

That simple.

The Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision making money “speech” and corporations “people” was a coup d’etat in everything but name.  America is now in the hands of its billionaires to dispose of as they wish.

If the Tea Party crazed Republicans win the White House in 2012 and get to choose the next justices of the court, this will mean that democracy as we know it in the USA will be finished and all that will be left of it is a shell.

Here is a shopping list of issues this will affect besides campaign financing;

The implications for such issues as abortion, same-sex marriage, the establishment of religion, affirmative action, the rights of women, voting rights, congressional authority, the death penalty, gun control, and criminal procedure are dramatic. Geoffrey R. Stone – Huffington Post

So that is the bottom line to end all bottom lines. If you live in a swing state that is up for grabs and you go fishing on election day and Romney wins… even your great grandchildren will have cause to curse you.

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