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Woodard’s Proposed Remedies For Our Current Political Debacle

My last post was a review of Colin Woodard’s book, “American Character”. I’ve organized and analyzed his thoughts from the final chapter, “A Lasting Union”.  They are definitely worth considering, and I’m going to do it here.  Most of these are proposed remedies; what we can do differently in choosing the next President.  It’s fairly obvious to me that Woodard is a Democrat, so take it or leave it.

1. The Promotion of Human Happiness.  That’s a core part of the Bill of Rights.  But it seems to be lost on politicians that either want to cause citizens suffering or don’t care.

2.  Accept who we are as a nation.  We are a Union, but we are not unified, and likely will not be for awhile.  We are a federation comprised of eleven countries that share little regarding universal ideals, goals, and views on the meaning of freedom.  Those nations are First Nation, New Netherland, The Midlands, Yankeedom, New France, Tidewater, Greater Appalachia, The Deep South, El Norte, The Far West, The Left Coast.  These are the American Nations today regarding function, culture, values, and history.  To understand the cultures of each of these, you could read the book, “American Nations.” by the same author.

Time and again, with no more discussion wasting our time, Americans will not accept and have not allowed in the past:

  1. Social or Democratic Libertarianism-The Gilded Age (aka Trump and many Presidents from the South, gold all over everything by the elite)
  2. Democratic Socialism-(aka Bernie Sanders)
  3. Christian Social Collectivism (The Christian Right minority)

If you don’t know what these are, please google them.  You will find relatively short definitions, easy to understand, and there are entire libraries littered with stories of leaders attempting to get citizens to swallow this.  Americans won’t.

3.  A Leading Northern Alliance that

  • Checks on corporate power
  • conservation of natural resources
  • A champion for collective action for the common good
  • We consistently favor active central government to act as a federal referee

4.  Free and Fair Competition between individuals and the ideas, output, and institutions they produce.

5.  Leave people alone to be themselves.

6.  Use the government to protect individual freedom be it economic or civic.  It is a collective referee. Stop hereditary privilege. (How?)

7.  Let go of the projections of “handouts.” or “trickle down.” Neither or those is happening, and neither do they work.  They are myths.

8.  A supportive government that has your back for a time, not forever as you make your way up in the world or keeping your power in check if you are 0.1% at the top.

9.  Let go of labels, liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican.

10.  Equality of Opportunity.  Individuals are obviously not equal by nature, but the society owes it to each person to make sure they have a chance to do better.  Then it’s up to them to apply themselves.

11.  Destroy special privilege that hasn’t been earned. (What if their ancestors earned it,)

12.  The Doctrine of Fairness is equality of opportunity and intervention against oligarchy. Again, my question, who gets to define justice?

Conservatives may accurately say that this is contrived.  Some people are born into wealth that was earned by their ancestors.  I don’t have an answer to this yet.

13.  Re-channeling wealth

14.  Defensive Regulation

  • Conserve the nation’s patrimony
  • protecting human health and stability of ecological systems that sustain us.
  • Maintaining a competitive marketplace
  • preventing abusive and monopolistic practices

15.  Investment in schools and basic scientific research

16.  Isolate, ignore, and move against Greater Appalachia and The Deep South in all elections.

17.  Economic fairness as the central moral issues of politics (I disagree with this.)

Now as I look at this list I see Robin Hood.  Steal from the rich to give to the poor. That is ASSUMING the rich have ill-gotten gains.  That simply is not true for all rich people. Forcing the wealthy who legally have money, to share is called stealing.  It can also be tinged with jealousy from those who have not.  So, the rich can look to Warren Buffet and Bill Gates who are fine examples of philanthropy for the world.  But the Democrats can’t force the rich to behave a certain way.

If I’m rich someday, I will be delighted to be a philanthropist, but you have to watch out for takers, users, and offloaders, even if you’re just an open-hearted real person, money aside!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Base-Building for a stronger Green Party of Michigan

Currently, the Green Party of Michigan has the foremost, best-developed political ideas of any party in the entire state. Our party has a comprehensive platform to stand upon; our values uniquely identified through the Four Pillars and Ten Key Values; our shared vision providing a firm footing for our policy positions and unifying us, both in principle and in political spirit. Without a doubt, the GP-MI has made great advancements in the past year and there are positive signals that this trend of progress will continue.

Source: Base-Building for a stronger Green Party of Michigan

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Resistance or Allowance?

I just saw a post that quoted Gandhi as saying that Christ was the greatest resistor of all time.

No, it was the opposite.  The man didn’t resist anyone or anything, ever.  He was just being himself which was different than everyone else!  He was just flowing with his Christ being, descended from God.  We can flow with that in us too.  He was the great allower because he was the greatest lover of humans and all life on earth, ever, because he was our Creator.  He lived a completely relaxed, calm, and good life.

Do not mistake someone who is very different, who is being themselves, who does not bend to human control, who isn’t concerned as much about following the crowd as God in him/her, who has a focused mission, as being a resistor.  He allowed everyone and everything to flow around him.  No one had to agree with him for him to love them.  He allowed so much, that at the end, knowing exactly what was going to be done to him and by whom, he yielded to the whole sordid affair to teach the lesson of the resurrection; eternal life.  Life doesn’t end with the death of the body.  That’s spirituality 101 among many traditions.  He had to prove that by dying and then appearing to over 200 people in his spirit body.  That was his reason for yielding.

He could have easily avoided it and was taunted to avoid it as he was dying!  He didn’t have to do what he did.  He had a choice!  But he ALLOWED it.  He YIELDED to it.

He was not a blood sacrifice, he was not a martyr, he was not a fighter, he was not a resistor.  He was a lover no matter what.  On this planet, loving makes you a rebel.  On this planet, if you want to love, forgive, heal, be peaceful and happy, that does not mean you’re resisting the flow, it means you’re allowing the flow of Universal Love, of God’s Love.  I keep working on flowing with that myself.

Politically, the Jews needed and wanted him to free them from the political and social oppression of the Romans.  They were not succeeding trying on their own and they needed help.  If the leaders, and not just the people had listened to his teaching, they could have helped themselves.  There’s a reason he was called “Rabbi”.  He was teaching them and they could have been good students.  That’s how that works.

They wanted him to be their Messiah and save them, and not do the work on self.  Now, if Jesus had been a good Democrat, he would have done just that.  He would have saved them.  Oh, he’s a savior in his example and in his teaching!  But then you have to do it.

I’m being facetcious, but he refused to get distracted and react to the politics of worldly power and get pulled into being what humans wanted him to be according to what they thought they needed.  He came to fulfill a mission for an entire universe, not just to be a messiah for the Jewish people.  And boy did he disappoint the Jews.

He lived with his own flow inside of himself.  That appears to be rebellious to people who refuse to follow his example and that makes them resistors, not him.  He didn’t resist anyone.  He disagreed with the Pharisees and Sadducees publicly because their laws and required blood sacrifices were an oppression to the Jewish people.  That mattered to him because he was Jewish, was raised Jewish, his disciples were Jewish and his whole family was Jewish.  So, yes, he had a personal opinion about those leaders.

He never fought against anything and I hardly believe that Gandhi said that.  I doubt he said that.  Good ole’ FB.

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Spiritual Revolution, Creating Positive Feelings by Focusing Inward

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It is time to focus, turn off the negative media and stop reacting habitually to our national crisis.  I have to do it too.  We have a prime opportunity here to look square in the face of Donald Trump, and his actions, as THE SHADOW of our worst parts.  He is a gift.  A gift of a MIRROR! Once we’ve looked, then we can drop it.  I will too.

The focus needs to be on OUR OWN HEART and the focus our OUR OWN MINDS and emotions to get them aligned with ALL THAT IS/God/Source.  The government, The church, the so-called holy books, the group think will not turn things around for us and we need to stop looking outward to institutions to do it.  They…have….never …worked.

Love yourself and then you will love others, warts and all, because you have warts!  Love your own imperfections that are evolving.   Pray. Meditate.  Make peace with how you feel and release your past, whatever drama you’ve accepted into yourself.  Life is short.  There is power in your body and everyone has a body.  Look there for your power.  It’s equal for everyone.

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Instead of watching the Inaugural…

I ratcheted up the volume and sang and followed the lyrics to R.E.M. “Ignoreland” just to get it out for two minutes.  How long has this been going on?  I’m trying to imagine how the hippies who were born in the 50’s are feeling.  I was born in 1963 and we still had all kinds of reasons to resist, and did.  I’m doing inner anarchy with love now and it’s changed my life and others lives.  I think it happens one person at a time.  It seems like a slow slog but patience is a virtue.  Keep your own peace.