If we want a government of, by and for the People, we must achieve consensus on where we want our leaders to take us. That requires forging a consensus on what kind of
Democracy cannot exist where a people are not good enough to rule themselves.That means a society that does not assure that the rights and needs of all of its citizens is not a true democracy, which is predicated on the notion that every citizen has equal opportunity to thrive in that system. It does not mean that wealth is redistributed by the government. It means that one of the roles of government is to ensure that an economic aristocracy does not arise to take control of it. We as a nation have failed to do that.
If we are to ensure that the last, best hope for Mankind does not perish from the Earth then we must put aside the artificial distinctions that divide us and work together to end control of the government by special interests. That means that we must decide what it is that we can all agree is the minimum expectation of those seeking our votes in 2012 and beyond. In my view, that is their pledge to support a constitutional amendment to end the ability of wealthy and powerful special interests to control the electoral process.
This is a collective, nonpartisan cause that will require us to reject the fallacy that the unique characteristic that makes one an American is the individual freedom to do as one pleases with no regard to the effect of our actions on others. The true character of those who founded our nation was defined by their willingness to put their lives and sacred honor on the line for the sake of fighting liberty and justice for all people on Earth forever.
by Rick Staggenbord, M.D.
The truth is that America was created through the shedding of blood by men who believed in the inalienable right of all men to live free, While at its inception this was far from true in America,most of our history represents a constant struggle to assure these rights in the face of corporate oppression and the selfish, racist and xenophobic impulses of a powerful minority.
The American Revolution started when colonists put aside their differences in the common cause of making democracy in the world possible. We cannot complete the Revolution until Americans decide to do the same, rejecting the idea of American exceptionalism and defining ourselves as citizens of the world, responsible to each other for our mutual survival and prosperity.