The "Political Page"

(last worked on: June 12th, 2017)
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* This page replaces one in support of Bernie Sanders' (DNC sabotaged) campaign.


With the careening Trump administration, we may have run out of chances to get it right --"this time around". I suppose we're headed for a grossly cynical period of decline, punctuated at points with catastrophes. That, of course, makes our personal acts of comforting grace to one-another essential --as we can continue to afford such ministries. (See here and here for some {{hugs}} and a string of thoughts --on how one might meaningfully cope, should we be faced with a train of woeful events.

Anyone who knows the score on just the Trans Pacific Partnership, and is aware of Bill Clinton's and Obama's betrayals on trade agreements^ --may have stayed home or voted 3rd party on election day, rather than cast a vote for "Obama-2.0". (Trump, Pence and cabinet might actually amount to a wild-eyed 3rd party --but I'm of course in reference to the Libertarian Party's Johnson and the Green Party's Stein.)

^ There's also Obama's (and Clinton's) support of nuclear power, our Iraq spawned (and 9/11 false flag excused) tar baby wars, the "Dark Act", nuclear weapons expansion/modernization --and expanded spying upon --well: everyone. (Puts the old East German Stasi to shame.)

~ Johnson was a non-starter: wanted to privatize/corporatize everything.

~ With her selection of a purist left wing dingbat^ running mate, so was Stein.

^ Baraka did his best to alienate left wing/progressive support for "imperialist" and "racist" Bernie Sanders. (Google it.) Then he signed on as Jill Stein's VP (whose first choice was Bernie --even to take her place at the top of the ticket, fergawdsakes) --as she attempted to inherit Bernie's "mantel" and gather his supporters --sheeese!

* Our nation was ready for long promised changes. Bernie, if not torpedoed by the DNC, could have caught the people's imagination and easily won an election against Trump. (Any generic Democrat, except Hillary, could have beaten Trump.)

At least Hillary won't be imposing a "no fly zone" over Syria and going toe-to-toe with Putin.

** I'm ready for a new political party, the candidates of which --when voted in, will simply do right by us, the environment, and the values which we struggled to put into the platform --without our having to get up petitions and make feeble attempts to micromanage how they conduct legislation. I want to vote a straight party ticket, know I did the right thing, then get on with my family, work, service and recreational interests. (Too much to ask for?)

* Then there are those looming meta-problems --especially the ones we can't easily talk about, like:

    ~ Overpopulation (the industrial build-out is at least 3x the Earth's sustainable level now).

    ~ 9/11

   ~ Election fraud / "black box" voting (Why is it that nearly everyone avoids the obvious solution: paper?)

    ~ We can talk about the unfitness of The Donald, but not so much about the unfitness of the voting public who flocked (or were herded by the captured media) to his support.

    ~ The popular "progressive" assumption is that our democracy (as we practice and know it) is only unsatisfactory in that we need to further expand the voting franchise. However: considering that, in order to drive a potentially lethal ton and a half of steel on wheels, we need a driver's license, what we really need (in addition to paper ballots) is some kind of a civics/current events test in order to vote, lest we vote dangerous and ignoramous candidates into office.

*  "Politics" is about political, as distinct from personal relationships --outvoting, manipulation and deals, as opposed to grace and empathy --strangers, as opposed to friends and family.

Of course, all relationships are a blend of both. Those who are mentally healthy and socially motivated cultivate the latter over the former.

And the larger the arena, the more we get into politics --right?

Hmmnnnn - - -

* Perhaps a rational, aware, socially motivated individual --should simply do her/his practical best to hold up one's end of our many "social contracts" (for the sake of personal integrity --and so as not to be part of the over-all problems). S/he'd "do right" (as might be possible), but otherwise feel guardedly, politely --nicely --remote from --well shoot: most everyone outside of family and simpatico friends --since:

Those people creatures "out there" in the larger world are dangerous --especially so when "reasoned" with. "They" amount to so many bears in the woods --individually and collectively. (Only half joking here --and in reference to a recent study showing that the hammerheads tend to get more recalcitrant and hostile when presented with contrary facts.)

So: just try to be nice, get through life, --and try, try, try to come up with realistic projects to --well, I was going to say: "to fix the human condition", but that's not right. I prefer to think that our problems are not due to "human nature", but due to our departure from our true nature --from the archetype of communitarian humanity we (however unconsciously) aspire to become.

I'm not (currently) a Christian, but our (meant to be) destiny is spiritual --meaning to dwell in a deep sense of kept connectedness. This emergent butterfly version of ourselves will be, of course, a difficult transformation, considering our ugly history and our heritage in a competitive biology: "red of tooth and claw".

Do we amount to Nature --in trying to seek balance --in having grown tired of the old ways --creating its own antithesis? Are we trying to access a pre-programmed/destined climax state of being fully human?

We should look to the spiritual vision of our prophets --inspired people like Teilhard de Chardin:

"There is an almost sensual longing for communion with others who have a larger vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendships between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality almost impossible to describe." (He knew --- --- -- - -he knew.)

--and the astounding faith (in Earth's creatures) of ("Peaceable Kingdom" Quaker artist) Edward Hicks:

The Peaceable Kingdom

* I'm touched by pet owners, foster parents to wildlife orphans, care and comfort givers to the injured, peacemakers to humans and animals.

* Late at night, safe and warm in bed with my wife and our dog, I think about the billions of creatures who huddle against the cold of night in their nests and burrows --awaiting the Sun's warmth and another day of struggle. There's no one to wake them from their night mares. That we care about human and animal life --defines us.

* Isn't it extraordinary and hopeful --that, despite our horrible, war torn, genocidal history --ideals of Love, grace, community --and such as "The Peaceable Kingdom" survive? It can only be that we're hard wired for such caring and stewardship --that we're destined (or at least meant) for a far better existence.

* Perhaps this is true for all life forms --with whom we share so much of the same DNA/genetic material and biological processes.  (Presumably, all the creatures in Hicks' paintings are vegetarians --rolled oats, perhaps?  :-)

* It's striking that life is felt to be so precious, even by microscopic creatures. We struggle to live and scurry to evade predators. In extremis, trapped, hurt bad and doomed, we all cry out --instinctively asking for a hand of mercy, abjectly open to grace, hoping against hope that there might be some agency who will respond.

* Somewhere, sometime, some social life form will make the grade. I'm counting on panspermia to have placed many copies of life in many places.

** So: best I get back to burying time capsules.