Thursday, December 5, 2013

America and the Open Revolution - Continuing to Debate Our Future

Over the past decade a number of issues have slowly emerged that seem to overshadow all others in this country. You not only hear about these issues from all corners of the country, but you can also see them manifesting themselves in very tangible ways all around us.

The issue of "Inequality" in particular jumps out at you wherever you look. Large corporations and a small number of wealthy individuals now seem to have unbridled control over our country and its resources – from access to politicians, influence over the courts, control over the news media, accumulating wealth at rates unheard of in history, and much more.

The issue of inequality is not to be taken lightly. Witness the following excerpt from the Declaration of Independence issued at the start of the American Revolution.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

Let me start off this next series of blogs about America and the 'Open Revolution' that is underway by asking these questions –

In America, do we still believe that all men are created equal? Do we have equal access to our politicians? Do all branches of this government still derive their powers from the consent of the governed? Or do they derive their power from a small group of particular corporations and wealthy individuals? Are these corporations and wealthy individuals abusing or usurping the power of the people? 

Give us your constructive feedback. This is a very serious series of questions American must continuously ask and openly debate – especially now.

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