November 2014 Newsletter
This month (in honor of the midterm elections) I am writing to you from my writing identity, Grandma Thunder. I have just put up a new page on Facebook called Grandma Thunder - an Independent voice.
If you look at his map you will see that, although the USA is flawed, we are still among the luckiest people in the world.
In the United States we enjoy many rights that we hold dear: the right to worship freely, the right to think freely and to voice our opinions. Note that this system bequeathed to us by our founding fathers is in no way perfect, but this map shows us that we are still far ahead of the rest of the world.
It has taken a very long time for our politics to become inclusive. Society has had to grow beyond the bad idea of excluding certain segments of the population, like blacks and women. There are two more battles still playing out along these lines and these are gay rights and the rights of illegal aliens.
Give it a little more time and these problems will also sort themselves out. We cannot prevent discrimination or even exploitation, but we are not all that far from making all people equal under the law.
Politics has been evolving in one other significant way. This is in a growing ability for the people to demand honest politicians. Finally we have the technology to demand transparency in government. At little or no cost we are now able to track the actions of our elected officials via the Internet. There is a simple truth and that is that corruption and evil cannot survive when the light of day is shone upon them.
Transparency International defines corruption as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It may surprise you to find that we in America enjoy relatively clean government, for there is a correlation between democracy and corruption. That said we still have a way to go. You can play your part by taking on the civic duty of watching your elected officials and writing them whenever they get out of line.
THE MAP OF CORRUPTION
With the unique opportunity afforded us by the world wide web we are now able to hold our elected officials accountable. Power corrupts and the truth is that it is we who keep our policies in line but only if we are vigilant.
I laugh when I hear of Congresses low approval rate. Hello! Who is to blame? I don't think I have the right to speak out or complain, except when I am doing my job to keep them in line. I think that is why the founding fathers blessed me with freedom of speech.
I write regularly to my representatives and have been gratified by observing positive change. It is easy to communicate regularly with your elected officials via
Downsize DC (https://downsizedc.org/)
Popvox tries to bridge the gap between the input the public wants to provide and the information U.S. Senators and Representatives want from us.
Downsize DC wants to downsize and decentralize the government by restoring constitutional limits and the Bill of Rights.
Both sites make it easy to communicate to elected officials and both sites are informative.
We have had another election and this time there has been a major shift in power. Read the blog for my take on the election results.
Quote for the Month
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer;
Let us not seek blame for the past;Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."
John F. Kennedy
Until next month!
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