reply to post by Serdgiam
First? We need to give up this notion that things are beyond the point where we can fix it.
I agree. I notice a massive increase in fatalism, but perhaps this is because
no actual solutions are offered. I think many recognize there
are issues, bad issues... But I think societally, we wait for "others" to fix it.
Second? We need to decide what sort of person/persons we need in office. Find 'em. Put 'em there. This is where it's going to be
difficult, and contentious.
I think this might be where we disagree a bit, but perhaps not in the way you think..
My thoughts on the matter of what sort of person is this... One who is able to say no, to his/her party when it becomes necessary to serve
his/her constituency (us). One who is able to say no, to the special interests who will be trying to buy his/her vote. They're out there, but
most/many aren't willing to put up with the drama that will be their lives if they enter the political arena. That's our job, too... Convincing
these people that they're needed. Maybe the toughest part of the job.
I think this solution WOULD ABSOLUTELY WORK, for one term, if that. That said, you point out one of the most obvious issues in the "playfield."
But, does this stem from the individuals elected, or from the society that they grew up in?
Its my belief that its the society, or our cultural story. I wont go too far OT in your thread, but all of the threads in my signature are pointing
towards solutions to this very real problem, as well as addressing what some of the root
issues might be. I think the problem you point out
(essentially corruption), is more of a symptom of a larger societal issue. And that is that "profit" is best acheived through numbers in a bank
account. This is done explicitly through creating systems that regulate, control, and create dependence in individuals. And those individuals
(meaning, us) all take part in that system as well. We do not create systems with empowerment and independence in mind.
Much like the time surrounding the constitution, I think we are at a time where we need to use what we have learned to add more onto our
"foundation" as a nation.
If you are actually serious about this issue, please read through my threads. Its not a plug, they are intended to be a "different" kind of
discussion. Ones where we are working together as a collaborative effort, and not just to prove things right or wrong. I look at them as "open
source" conversations, but I dont think many people want to take part in the change themselves. The dependence society we have created tells us to
"wait for others to do it."
Breaking past that self-imposed wall, and fixing these issues are well within our reach. That doesnt mean it will be easy, but WE CAN FIX IT. We
just need to actually try