Think of this. The way for us to be the safest country in the world is for us to embrace the full racial and cultural diversity of our citizens. Now is the best time for us to live up to the ideals of our Founding Fathers of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Imagine a Congress and White House brimming with every ethnicity and every religion. Imagine half of our leaders as women… women of every diverse background possible. Imagine if Congress was full of scientists, clergy, teachers, ranchers and even farm workers and waitresses. These good Americans would cover the widest possible range of thought and experience of the whole world. Not only would we be embracing the ideals of our Constitution, we would be sending a new face of America out to the world. This would be the melting pot at it’s very best.
We could represent the best that humanity has to offer.
Take a deep breath, literally hold on to your heart, and then dare to imagine the United States with a Muslim president. Make your brain picture a Muslim who is a true, honorable, American first. An American who has the best interest of our country in his heart. A Muslim who uses his faith as a background base to be the best human being possible. After you are done hyperventilating, think about how that would help heal our relationship with the Middle East. Go get drunk, and then after you sober up from that one; do the same thought experiment on a President whose parents came from Korea, or maybe Mexico. Or how about a full blood Native American as our leader?
If we can relax and embrace this new world then we will be safe in our neighborhoods; we’ll have thriving cities and States. We will be the most colorful and thriving nation on earth. It will be really fun to be us.
The American spirit is strong enough to inspire this solidity. By living up to our full potential as the United States of America we will honorably take our place as a true world leader. As a leader of the actual world, full of actual people of every kind.
We will then, also, be the safest country in the world because we won’t have anyone to fight.
May 31, 2017
Are we stronger than ignorance? It’s a big question for today. Can we change a culture of misinformation into a quest of curiosity? Can we begin the slow process of pulling ourselves upwards so that we are a nation of thoughtful citizens? I sure hope so.
How in the world did we turn into a nation that denies the truths right in front of our faces? We have the facts and figures about health care in front of us and yet we allow ourselves to be manipulated by big business concerns who do not care about our health. We know full well the trauma of a loved one with cancer. We rally together to support a community member who is ill – whether or not we think they have worked hard enough to deserve good health care. We love them because we know them, we know their families.
Anyone who is curious enough to do a little research will find that there are many other countries who have worked through the details of health care, and managed to evolve a system that works well. A little research will reveal that affordable care and prevention is so much cheaper than waiting until a poor soul is sick enough to need the emergency room… because that is all they can afford. We know there is a better way.
If we can lift ourselves from our ignorance for a moment we will notice that the Paris Climate Agreement is signed by the best and brightest countries around the world. Just a little research will reveal that the countries at the leading edge of technology are thriving and will be the leaders of the future. Even disregarding the moral imperative that looms in front of us from a warming planet, the economic benefits of being the leaders of technology should be enough for us to rise up and participate as a nation in a viable future.
Ignorance is not bliss. Time will reveal all. Your grandchildren will know how you voted and where you stood as these great decisions are embraced by our nation. How do you want them to look back on you? None of these things are about “belief.” They are provable, and results will be revealed over time. Please everyone: study, learn, inform yourselves about what is really going on. In the end, the only ones we can rely on are each other.
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Climate change is real. It is caused by humans. And it is fixable. It’s critical to understand that every single step needed to reverse climate change will make our lives better. Renewable energy will be cleaner, cheaper and more fun. Imagine a life where your money is not bleeding out to manage your car and heat/cool your home. Imagine a world where the activities of your daily life bring a feeling of satisfaction with who you are and how you interface with the world. Imagine us coming together in a creative adventure to discover the best and most beautiful ways to live with each other and with our possessions.
There is only one thing we need to do, as a culture, to create this renewable world: We simply need to stop subsidizing dirty energy, and start subsidizing clean energy.
If we turn our collective vision and resources towards living clean, an enormous surge of creativity will sweep the nation. People will be able to have satisfying work that ranges from home gardening to energy technicians. Just look around our valley and notice the number of young people who are out there building barns and digging up new land to plant. We have the most creative generation ever born ready and able to rise up to this adventure.
There is nothing in the teachings of Jesus that says we have to be backwards because we are remote and poor. In fact, it’s the very opposite. My faith tells me that the poor in spirit are blessed and will be the vehicles of a new world. We don’t have lots of money, but we have our hearts and minds. We have an ability to learn, grow and innovate together. We have an ability to embrace any environmental and political change that may arise with love in our hearts and light in our eyes. I ask everyone to look upwards with inspiration; not down into the pit of anger sparked by negative rhetoric. Let us lead with our true spirit.
How progressives can create jobs for all.
It’s not rocket science… if we want a world where everyone has value, then let’s simply guarantee jobs. Imagine how much can get done. Here is a great article that outlines how it would work, what it would cost, and how it would benefit society in the long run.
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Imagine wind trees as landscaping everywhere!
Remember that idea you have that the Devil can sneak into people’s hearts and cause sin and harm? Remember all the sermons about how the Devil disguises himself and gains an entry point into your life?
Well, it’s happened. It’s likely that you, your church and your fellow Christians are the people who have been seduced into the election of Donald Trump. This is the Devil sneaking into your heart by constantly turning your head towards inflammatory posts full of misinformation and lies… because it feels good. The Devil seduces you with your own fears and pride.
And the Devil is very tricky. Now that you know that the information you have been fed for a year has been coming from evil agents promoting a Russian agenda, you still hold fierce to the darkness – because of your fear of facing your own culpability. The Devil seduces you with your own cowardice.
It matters that Russia interfered with our elections. This has nothing to do with which party won, it has to do with the fact the everybody lost.
The reason it matters is because Russia’s purpose was to prove that democracy doesn’t work and they did it through the ONLY means that it can be broken: corrupting the minds of the people themselves with misinformation.
Democracy relies on an intelligent and morally upright populace to elect representatives. When we turn around and elect someone who is mean, spiteful, uninformed and out of touch then we ruin ourselves. When we, ourselves, are mean, spiteful, unformed and out of touch then we ruin ourselves.
The real hack from the Russians was the erosion of our moral centers by lies and beligerance.
This is what we now need to overcome. Please look in your hearts and take a pause. Is this person you are today a reflection of who you really are? Take a pause and listen to our long-time news media sources… what it is they are actually reporting? You have the ability to tell a truth from a lie, exercise that. Listen to our artists and musicians who have been bringing us beauty and stories of moral courage for decades… what are they actually saying? They aren’t the enemy. They are our voice. Listen with your heart.
Who are you really?
Aren’t you the kindly neighbor? Aren’t you the caring parent and grandparent? Remember when you were full of community spirit? Remember when you felt an openness and appreciation for all kinds of people? It wasn’t that long ago that you saw the world through a different lense. Remember who you were before you started reading news from Facebook. Remember that time?
If you can start to remember, then you will realize how damaging Russian influence has been on our population. That, my friend, is why it really matters. That’s why it really really matters. We want you to come back to being the good, kindly, interesting and involved person you used to be. That is the only way to free ourselves of this influence. We need you.
Keep in mind that there has never been anything like us before. As American people we’ve been used to freedom for centuries. We will not take easily to a demagogue no matter how much confusion he sows. We are also a nation that is still FULL of the old hippy generation. We know how to do this thing… we’ve gotten a lot smarter over the years… we have new tools at our disposal… we have the most educated younger generation that’s ever lived… and we are confident and strong in our goodness of heart and ability to communicate. We are an unbeatable force for good.
We aren’t hearing about it, but every single day a person who voted for Trump is starting to feel uncomfortable with their choice. Some are looking at their families and wondering where this will go. Some are realizing that they missed all the fun of the 60’s and are starting to see the rising up of creativity that is surging from the energized left. Some are starting to listen to their daughter’s, sisters… and maybe even mothers!
Never lose heart for one second. Celebrate everyone who is doing something… do what you are comfortable with. Be prepared to win big. When we are done with this thing we will not take obstruction any longer. No longer will we think that slow progress on climate change is okay. No longer will we tolerate any sort of prejudice in these United States. No longer will we allow companies to spew carcinogens throughout our environment. We will demand good education for everyone… no matter what neighborhood they live in. We will demand good health care for everyone… and demand health care that is actually interested in health (not just responding to disease.) We will demand decent pay for our work, and will stand up for others to have the same. We live in the wealthiest nation on earth… let’s start acting like it.
We will not take it any more. There are more of us than ever before. We are smarter and more competent than ever before. We have huge resources at our fingers.
We shall overcome.
Some assessments after reading the report on Russian interference. Their main goal was to spread so much misinformation about Hillary Clinton that, if she won, she would not be able to govern. The over-riding goal was to prove that democracy, especially as demonstrated by the U.S., does not work… and to hurt Hillary personally.
One of their videos “How 100% of the Clintons’ ‘Charity’ Went to…Themselves,” had more than 9 million views on social media platforms. The most popular video about the President-elect, called “Trump Will Not Be Permitted To Win,” had 2.2 million views. There were many others that were equally popular.
This is where our friends and neighbors got their information during the election.
Most important to know is that this is not the end of it. Russia has not decided to stop now. They are celebrating the success of their propaganda. It’s not in the report, but it is my opinion, that they must be laughing their heads off about how gullible we were.
Let’s un-gullible ourselves!
Here’s a copy of the report for those willing to read for themselves.