MrWendal, I have no answers, either. Clearly, something must be done but, though I try to remain an optimist that leans toward realism, I see nothing
positive happening that will bring about the results that I believe you and I share a hope of achieving, despite our divergence on how to go about
I default back to my issue of time and that we simply don't have it. We first need to get Americans to view one another AS Americans - not as Asian,
black, Hispanic, Native American, white, heterosexual, homosexual, transgender, feminist, conservative, liberal, RINO, Progressive, Christian, Jewish,
Muslim, atheist, agnostic, Pagan, pro-gun, anti-gun, hunter, vegan, drill, don't drill .... it never ends, does it? We are not a nation of citizens.
We are a nation of OPINIONS and forcing our personal lifestyle decision down the throats of others has not only become the national sport, it's
close to being an all-out blood sport .
However one views their Creator, we stand in shame before that Creator.
We first have before us the monumental task of uniting Americans AS Americans.
What do you think that'll take? 5, 6 decades of dedicated work IF everyone participates?
What has this week brought us? The damned Chic-Fil-A debacle. One man expresses an opinion and first we have Chic-Fil-A support day and then we have
"all homosexuals kiss in the parking lot day." We had a "tolerant" man verbally assaulting a young woman at the take out window - but Mr.
Tolerant SO had to prove his point that he waited an hour or so in a line for the sole purpose of verbally berating a young woman who is just trying
to make a living doing what most folks would rather not do and, of course, he had to film his abuse of another so that he could prove his tolerance.
WTH??!! WHAT did any of that solve? HOW did he know the young lady even shared the opinion of the owner of the company? THIS is what our Nation
has come to.
Make that 7 or 8 decades of dedicated work IF everyone participates.
:: sighs ::
No, my realism wins out on this one. While I shudder to think of what the chaos would be prior to the change, I see the only hope of a really great
change right now being one that rises out of the ashes of what we, as a Nation, seem h3ll bent on doing to ourselves IF we don't all decide very
damned quickly that we'd better get our collective heads together, forget our differences and SAVE OURSELVES. While the Phoenix may be beautiful,
the purifying fire is not for the faint of heart.
So, I stand with my viewpoint that opposes yours and that being that we ALL vote. Starting somewhere ..... here ... or a website (or 40 or 400 of
them), we begin, as Americans, to identify and freely discuss our SIMILARITIES rather than our differences. We have utterly killed ourselves with our
diversity and we must first create a cohesive citizenry. We must convince the 50 or so million people who live on government hand outs that it is the
very provider of those handouts who have ruined their lives and will ruin the lives of their children. We must practice social censure within each
"community" - each community must take responsibility to stamp out, by practice of social censure, all that is negative within their own community.
Then we must unite those communities.
I do understand your stance on not voting and thereby declaring a state of illegitimacy, but my fear of dictatorial takeover in such an event says
caution must prevail in such an endeavor. How can one declare illegitimacy without having Plan B already in place, waiting to literally spring out
from the wings? Yes, it did work for Iceland and they came together, but we're talking 320,000 people there. We have 300 MILLION here. There are
countless suburbs in the U.S. with three times the population of all of Iceland. How do we unite ONE suburb? If that can be figured out, someone
might be onto something.
Despite all these differences, despite all the demands that one group or another "deserves" something beyond every other group, WHAT DO WE HAVE IN
COMMON other than red blood? There must be something. In fact, there must be many things.
Once we can identify the commonalities (and we must hurry!), perhaps then we can decide for whom to vote and then we blatantly disregard whatever blue
leg/red leg marching pants they throw at us.
Your idea of starting at Capitols was interesting. But who would we be backing at those Capitols? What would the demand BE?
Smaller? What if it was at the polls? How could we accomplish something such as almost everyone voting for Candidate "C" and then keep our own
public tally at each polling station so that we could throw it into the face of the Electoral College and DEMAND the Candidate WE had chosen?
I have faith in my fellow citizens. Despite what I view as the government's blatant attempts to divide us, I believe we are bigger than that. We
just need a 100 million or so to speak up.