Monday, September 24, 2012

The False Choice

As reported by CNN, Governor Romney characterizes the choice this way:
"We have a very different approach - the president and I - between a government-dominated society and a society driven by free people pursuing their dreams," Romney said.
What if there are another options? As in, "People pursuing their dreams of a free society" or "Free People dominating their own government."

President Obama has made serious mistakes. He has been quite amazing in some of the things he has accomplished, but he admits himself that he has not changed Washington or the tone in Washington (meaning DC, not the State of, which has a very nice green and brown tone). And so many on the right cry crocodile tears that they are so disappointed, while mainly frustrated that they haven't been able to stalemate him any more than they have.

The President is absolutely right that change has to come from outside Washington - from the People whose country and government this is. The President is an idealist, like me. We believe as did Lincoln in government of, by, and for us, We the People. We haven't accomplished it yet, but we've made a lot of progress. I admit it's idealistic. That was the idealism of the Founders, too, although they fell fall short.

I refuse to accept the modern cynicism that we should be left "free" in a free-for-all to compete against each other with the unrealistic idea that good will come out of abdicating our power in self-governance to those and their corporations who have the power inherent in our false god of money through inheritance, hard (and very lucky or manipulative) work, or outright criminality, and the equally false idea that we believe we can buy anything in the world - including freedom - even as we give up our own.

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