Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I want someone who is less concerned about the unchallenged military hegemony of the U.S., and more concerned with the actual prosperity of its citizens and its peaceful coexistence with other nations of the world.
I want someone who rejects the definition of "prosperity" as that of unchecked consumption, and takes immediate steps to implement the vast changes to U.S. economic and business regulation policies that are necessary to address the reality of the global warming crisis, seeking ways to encourage the development of "green" technologies and ecological alternatives. (I want someone who actually enforces the regulations on pollution, production and disposal that are already in place!)
I want someone who thinks "universal health care" and other social welfare programs are a no-brainer, who knows that every human being has the right to a life of dignity and liberty in which moral and personal decisions need not be compromised in order to meet the most basic needs of health and survival.
I want someone who works to boost the economy by investing in public works projects that will improve the basic quality of life for all citizens, rather than by giving more tax cuts to the rich.
I want someone who recognizes the degraded state of our public education system and immediately reinvests in (as well as reinvents) programs to ensure a quality education for children of all classes and races, encouraging more rigorous standards in math and the sciences, more thorough study of world history, literature, philosophy, and politics, and the fundamental importance of the creative arts and music education.
I want someone who will restore and preserve the civil rights and social liberties of every individual, in particular those most vulnerable to the repression of majority rule (i.e. women, religious and racial minorities, and the gay community).
I want someone who acknowledges the importance of a balance of powers among the three branches of the federal government, as well as a balance between federal and state governments, and scales back the concentration of power in the executive branch that has occurred over the last decade (or more).
I want someone who works for the transparency of and real democratic, grassroots influence in government on all levels.
I want someone who realizes the impact of mythology on the mind and how it shapes the way we conceive of what is and is not possible; I want someone who is willing to talk and act in terms of global citizenship and ecological responsibility, who takes on the seemingly hopeless task of replacing the "American Dream" suburban consumerist mythology of unstoppable Progress, with a mythology of interconnection, effective and honest communication, celebrated diversity within a shared community, and a simplicity and work ethic that restores hope and freedom to American citizens without such a heavy cost imposed on the lives and freedoms of others throughout the world or on the Earth itself.
God, even to myself I sound like a lunatic.