reply to post by tommy_boy
Excellent. I have met newly sworn-in citizens to the United States who have more faith in this great nation than some citizens who derive their
citizenship from birthright of past generations of citizens.
The newest citizens I've met actively want to participate in the political process and add to the culture of America, as much as they want to receive
from this nation's monetary and non-monetary wealth. They are fearless, putting to shame armchair Americans or Americans in name only.
While much has been made of Obama's new New Deal, we must remember history, and understand that pre-New Deal, the populace was being readied to take
on change by the events around them. Industrial workers and farmers were fighting to be organized, in order to enjoy a better life. The 1930's were a
struggle for Americans to unite for change, whether in the city or on the farm.
The change Americans wanted back then came after personal struggle/sacrifice to work together. What has prepared Americans in the last 10 years to
actually unite for change? I so far see a general populace in sad need of being organized to effect change.
Instead we are being broken apart, worse than the times of civil war, precisely because we talk the talk but won't walk the walk. We have been
separated not only from our personal wealth but from our personal dignity, fighting brother upon brother over politically manufactured/trivial ideas.
If the populace could organize to demand change, that would be good.
But the organization must come from bottom up, not top down. Not astro-turf grassroots, but true grassroots. And not from political party
organizations (or their offspring) only, for that would only be met to control. We must not fear organizing, whether it be for better jobs, better
health care, healthy environment, or whatever else better. Never fight for status quo, never personally struggle/sacrifice unless you want something
I would not want to live in a country where only one man could bring about change, for that would be a dictatorship.