by Joel S. Hirschhorn,
All over the Internet are sincere efforts to reform and improve America's political-government system. The downside is fragmentation of the subpopulation that has escaped brainwashing, cultural distraction, and self-delusion. Strategy solidarity is missing, but is possible.
Millions of discontent, dissident and truly patriotic Americans see our federal government as corrupt and untrustworthy, disrespectful of our Constitution, under the grip of moneyed interests, subservient to corporate and globalization elites, unresponsive to the needs of ordinary people, and very much on the wrong track. But they are not united.
This subpopulation no longer believes that electing different Democrats or Republicans will turn around the nation. Many have stopped voting. Some believe violent revolution is necessary. Some think that only national economic disaster will produce necessary change. Most find hope in a particular reform strategy that has attracted their attention and respect. However, so many reform efforts reduce prospects for success.
I am talking about political-government reforms, not party reforms. Many successful websites often described as "progressive" seek changes in the Democratic Party. On the political right others hope to reform the Republican Party. Party reform is not the same as reversing the many declines in American democratic institutions. Devotees of popular sites like dailykos.com, moveon.org and huffingtonpost.com, for example, still believe that electing different Democrats is the solution, while true dissidents have given up on that. Being passionately anti-Bush/Cheney does not change their loyalty to the two-party system.
For the dissident subpopulation, fragmentation impedes building a critical mass that can precipitate a tipping point for revolutionary change that solves systemic national problems. Fragmentation results in large measure because of the ease of creating new groups with their own websites. Dissidents align with some web group (and sometimes several), hoping and perhaps praying for success, even if they admit the probability is low.
Comment: Joel S. Hirschhorn starts off in this article identifying the futility of division amongst those in opposition to the status quo system in the U.S. He then talks about how to reform the system via a constitutional convention.
Well, the problem is with coercion and the hypocrisy inherent within building upon coerciveness.
What Jesus had in mind is much better. It is the best plan ever put forth. It is not within the worldly system. It is rather within. Each person, each soul, will write the New Commandment upon his or her heart. It will be sealed into the mind, the very matter of the brain. Selfishness will be overcome by unselfishness. Then the healing will occur.
We don't need armies or navies or Marines or an air force or missiles or bombs. We don't need weapons or ammunition. All those things can go and will go.
We need the unifying spirit of unselfish love in action. We don't need selfish, predatory, sexual lust. We don't need greed. We need peace, giving and sharing, the commons of the inheritance of all (the Earth and everything else if we will be righteous), and sexual purity, which means 1) abstinence or 2) monogamy and fidelity for purposes of human procreation.
Rather than a constitutional convention where neocons and socialists will fight and bribes will be offered in temptation, turn rather to the real solution that is behaving in accordance with the New Commandment. Come together in the Holy Spirit of truth that says share and feed the proverbial lambs and sheep of God.
We are to bring forth the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth, the fruits of righteousness, the atoning deeds worthy of repentance. Help to bring forth the Real Christian Commons. Please donate to this most worthy of causes (Jesus's cause).
Tithe or better if you are able, if the Holy Spirit gives you to do it, moves your heart to have the real faith to do it.
This will non-coercively displace evil. It will demonstrate the correctness of the real message of Jesus.
Capitalism, where the few own the means of production and take the lion's share of the gain from the labor of others, is not Christian. It is an unholy thing. It is far from living out the golden rule. It is totally unenlightened (in the dark; of the dark side).
We must live on so-called private property and in accordance with the New Commandment while we spread the word and the way so that more and more people will live likewise until the whole world is living that way.
To obtain that property, we need people to help financially. We need people to join the cause. Consult your conscience. Ask God what to do: What is the truth? Act. Give.
from on July 12, 2007, 9:25am