posted on Oct, 10 2011 @ 12:29 AM
When I look at the efforts by the Tea Party, the Occupy Wall Street movement and other efforts over the years to change the political system, there is
a pattern that repeats itself. It starts with a burst of energy, a high degree of disorganization, pushing for a small set of issues or agenda items,
and then either the quick or gradual absorption of the leadership and involved members into one of the existing parties.
We have so many groups that are so well funded acted in our political space that it becomes almost impossible not to find yourself quickly annexed and
overwhelmed by someone who has been fighting the good fight. Just as conservative groups and Republican committees have done to the Tea Partiers, for
the most part, I believe the Occupy Movement will see the same thing happen by the Democratic or Green Parties.
But my premise is simple. A revolution in America that is prompted by a political movement cannot and will not succeed. The reason has nothing to do
with the media, the police, or anything else. The system is just too flexible at accommodating and too rigid in how it breaks conflicts down to an us
vs. them structure. This is why, despite the key similarities between the two big movements we've seen lately, they loathe each other.
So I propose an alternative rooted in reality. What is needed is a social movement. Just as the American Revolution drew heavily upon existing civic
relationships that brought people together (such as the Masons) to name just one, a second American revolution could be successfully brought about if
people bound themselves together with social relationships that transcended the political pressures.
Such an organization would be wise to conduct educational activities, charitable activities, and to take the position of institutional responsibility
showing that it would handle situations currently handled by the government more effectively. In many third world countries, you'll see
organizations who take these roles set themselves up to be recognized as the proper governance when the opportunity comes. The Muslim Brotherhood,
for how often it is reviled, could be seen as one example. Where the political space was closed, they built their network of something more
The society I propose could be religious or otherwise in nature, but the most essential thing is that it identifies its own membership well and
fosters a sense of unity beyond partisanship. It would not be cheap, it would not be quick, it would not be easy, but if it were popular enough, the
second American revolution could be bloodless and virtuous, won at the ballot box.
And for those who will say the media will never allow such a movement to exist, I would say the media wouldn't be necessary. Social networking can
pull together the young, and face-to-face conversation can bring in the older folks.
For all the billions spent on political programming in this country, I'm surprised no one has really looked at this option.