Saturday, August 16, 2008

Mr Optimism

By nature I am a pessimist. Which is why I am a little shocked in my recent optimism. I know there is a long road ahead, but I see things coming into place that will make it possible. A President Obama would just be the start. For this is much bigger then him and will revolutionize the world as we know it.

It is hard for me to clearly describe what I'm seeing. But I'll try. To begin, we have to go back to see what has failed us. And that can generally be summarized as politics. We have been getting screwed for too many years and it's just a matter of time until the pendulum begins to swing the other way. In this high stakes games, there are many enemies. I hold the media as main culprit, but it's very complicated and could take multiple books to scratch the surface. And while Democrats are not as bad as Republicans, they are pretty frickin' bad. So it is less about Obama the politician or Obama as Liberal Jesus. He just represents and is actively progressing the people powered movement which will change the world. Or that is my hope, which is why I am so enthusiastically behind him.

People powered movement is the word I will use until I can think of a better word. It refers to citizens taking responsibility for making the world a better place. For taking control in areas we are being failed and changing the landscape. In many ways, this is not a novel concept. This country is built off the American Dream and its entrepeneurial spirit. It is the convergence with technological advancements that is accelerating this into a movement that is rapidly changing. For technology has made the barriers to entry less expensive. So cheap, in fact, that there are almost no barriers. Doesn't mean there isn't a lot of blood and sweat needed. For that's exactly the case. It just doesn't necessarily cost millions of dollars.

Back when the media may have been rightfully described as liberal, conservatives built huge media infrastructures to combat this perceived bias. It required huge investments, which is why the conservative movement is so beholden to the wealthy. They started it and the whole point is to ensure it will remain. But that's why this new movement is so exciting. It's about all citizens, rich and poor.

As I sort out my observations and start to make sense of it, I'm sure you'll see posts. One example I want to point out is Strange Bedfellows. From their site:

Strangebedfellows is a unique and diverse left--right coalition which has come together to put a stop to the eradication of civil liberties in America. Modeled on a similar group in Britain, the initial Strangebedfellows group encompasses Ron Paul supporters (BreakTheMatrix.com, Rick Williams and Trevor Lyman), leading bloggers from the left (Glenn Greenwald of Salon.com, Jane Hamsher of firedoglake.com) and many more who share the view that warrantless surveillance, telecom immunity and other such outrages of the lawless surveillance state MUST END—AND END NOW. Our group of Strangebedfellows is organizing a moneybomb on behalf of AccountabilityNowPAC, and we’re reaching out to friends and colleagues from across the political spectrum who believe in the Bill of Rights and freedom in America. So join us-- become a Strangebedfellow! Add your name and group to our list of backers, and enter your pledge today to donate to AccountabilityNowPAC. Let’s reverse these police state sellouts by our political leaders—FOREVER.

If we had a working media that held our elected leaders accountable. Or if we had elected officials who respected The Constitution. In either case, this group would not be necessary. Their message would be heard loud and clear. But it's not being represented. So they took it upon themselves to get the message to the people. They will create the PR campaigns, utilizing different tactics and their personal expertise, to achieve their goals. It will revolutionize the world. It is what inspires me, in such a large world, to hold onto my ideals and live what I like to call, the punk rock lifestyle.


politics liberal conservative Democrat Republicans people powered movement Strange Bedfellows punk civil rights


Blogger LJP said...

It's certainly alot more healthier than supporting a "conservative punk" lifestyle...

8/18/2008 10:14:00 AM  

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