We the People, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Thus begins some of the opening words to the constitution of the first constitutional republic of the modern world.
Seems fair, simple and plainly spoken. We the people ordain a constitution, a social compact, consenting to be governed in the expectant hope that domestic tranquility and the blessings of liberty for all living and future citizens will be respected and protected. It was a revolutionary notion for its time and is still the ideal democratic republics aspire to realize and practice. It is an idea that moves masses of people throughout the world to come together, demonstrating the collective strength of the “power of we”. It’s very notion sets people in motion to force intractable power elites whose rule is based on custom and the vanity of tyranny to cede authority to the democratic impulses of a people’s fight for the consent to be governed.
Last years Arab Spring demonstrated that the democratic aspirations of people remain alive. It took a massive movement of people, willingly sacrificing life and limb and the safety of loved ones to dispose of dictators and their self serving regimes. The fall of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and Muammar Gaddafi in Libya were startling events in the rapidity of their downfall; and as an emblematic revelation of the fragility of tyrannical rule. It also born hope in the hearts of people living under unelected rulers that change could happen if the “power of we” was focused on the task of disposing a regime whose sole goal was self enrichment and the perpetuation of its rule. As the conflict in Syria grinds on, the world witnesses the awful cost of the struggle against tyranny. It’s a damning condemnation of Bashar al-Assad’s vanity of power and a moving example of the price human beings are willing to pay to realize the blessings of liberty that many citizens living in western democracies too often take for granted.
As the United States contentious presidential election comes to a close, I hope that my fellow citizens understand the dear price people are paying to have some semblance of a representative democracy. I also hope my fellow citizens realize that the duopoly of power exercised by the ruling democratic and republican parties represent economic and political interests that run counter to the interests of the vast majority of We the People. I hope my fellow citizens understand that the two ruling parties are a class of political elites that have governed to serve the perpetuation of their rule, financed by an embedded plutocracy that continues to enrich itself with the complicit enabling of democratic and republican party officials.
In this election cycle, my fondest hope for America is for my fellow citizens to break the stranglehold of self serving two party rule. We must begin to adopt the ideas of progressive third party candidates, like The Green Party. We must elect candidates that are free from the bought shackles of favoritism and patronage. Thus remaining free to pursue a moral and ethical conscience that advocates liberty, equality of opportunity and civil rights for all citizens. We must also prepare to engage a political movement that goes beyond the ballot box, becoming activist citizens to win a future that promotes the ecology of a balanced sustainable path of growth, peace and prosperity for all.
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October 16, 2012 Posted by riskrapper | Civil Rights, democracy, government, republicans, social unrest | Arab Spring, Bashar al-Assad, Blog Action Day, Democratic Party, Hosni Mubarak, Muammar Gaddafi, plutocracy, representative government, Republican Party, The Green Party, US Constitution | Leave a comment
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