Thursday, January 14, 2010

State of Affairs

There are two clear groups forming in this nation currently and while political, they are not divided between Democrats and Republicans.  Rather, on the surface they are played as radicals and centrists.  That is radical Republicans and radical Democrats.  Anyone who does not adhere to the status quo is a radical.  Granted that is the definition of radical for some, granted in political circles, traditionally it isn't.  In politics, "radical" used to be fringe.  Indeed that is how radical is being painted today by those who support the status quo-- the centrists.  However, these are labels by the status quo and are useful for several reasons, however primarily because in labeling their opposition "radicals" through the political model currently in practice, we have radical Democrats and radical Republicans.  Therefore, radicals are divided amongst themselves as well as divided against the status quo.

In actuality the goals of both groups of radicals is the changing of the status quo.  While the centrists will argue that the differences between these radicals are irreconcilable, because they come from different directions and want different things, this is patently untrue.  In fact it is an outright falsehood.  All radicals of which I speak want the same thing.  They want the promises of their childhoods, of this nation, of justice to be fulfilled.  They want to have a good job, to be secure in their person, to be healthy, and to feel good about themselves -- to be prideful of their ability and their successes.  The only difference between these radicals lies in how this may be done.  The roadblock is the status quo.

There are groups in this nation that want things to remain how they are.  While the status quo in itself is not a bad thing, in instances such as this where the status quo harms a majority of this nation's people, it is downright evil.  The top 5% of the people of this nation by wealth control now 98% of this nation's assets.  This must change.  Period.  So long as tyranny of the majority by a few wealthy business owners continues, this nation's people will not be happy.

The radicals of both sides must join together to fight this, "socialists" and teabaggers, because when we fight each other, we will always lose.  Centrists depend on us fighting each other because there are far more of us than them.  If we fight them we'd easily win together, but if we focus on each other then they win.  The status quo remains because of inaction.  Fighting will not work.  Stalling legislation will not help.  And compromise will not help.  We must do both.  For health care there must be both a public option and a private option.  It also must be cheap for all people.  For education there must remain competetive public and private options.  For gun-laws there must be a reasoned approach.  In places where gun violence is high -- urban areas -- gun laws must restrict ownership and possession.  In rural areas where gun violence is lower, gun laws must be more lax.  Likewise, children must be taught to respect firearms for their protective and potential destructive power.  They must be a tool of protection not oppression.  There must be incentives for small business to bring jobs back to our cities, towns, and ruralities.  And a balance must be struck which not only removes the trade deficit but does so intelligently.  For each industrial product imported another of equal value must be exported.  For each crop imported another must be exported.  For each service imported, another must be exported.  Attention to the restrictions of our natural materials must be taken into account instead of market trends and profit.

All of these ideas accomplish BOTH the goals of the radical Republicans and radical Democrats, who in actuality are a majority of Americans.  The only way to accomplish these goals is to stand up and fight for them.  Non-violence is key; violence turns off the public and radicalizes you.  If we do nothing to stand up for ourselves, we will continue to be de facto supporters of the status quo which detriments 95% of Americans.

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