Commentary by Patrick
Sept 9, 22010
I was reading an article in Grist that was asking for ideas for Direct Action; I loved it. Around the world, there is a lot of positive activity; renewable energy is beginning to catch on. Unfortunately, progress is painfully slow; new projects are underfunded and mostly unrecognized. The US Government has avoided taking any meaningful positive action. There are many reasons for that.
Big Coal and Big Oil companies fuel energy production. Their employees number in the millions. They pay many taxes and generate revenue for various local and state governments, as well as the FED. They donate millions to candidates before their elections to be sure they have many friends in Congress. They are Goliath forces to reckon with. In order to beat them, we will have to change the system. That is a daunting task. However, David slew a giant with a sling and a stone; nothing is hopeless unless you believe it is so.
Protesting, waving signs with catchy slogans, disrupting businesses and local traffic will take years and may never succeed in time to save US. We need to focus our energy in areas that will maximize publicity and create lasting effects. It will mean some changes in strategy and tactics. You can still save our world.
I have a plan that could do that and will post it on this blog tomorrow. Would you like to hear more?
My name is Patrick M McCormick and I have created this blog as a platform for my political views as well as those of select contributors.
I believe that American Politicians have lost sight of their goal: To uphold the Constitution and protect the rights of the people of the United States. They argue and bicker on the floor of their respective houses, positioning themselves for the next election, while they accomplish very little business for the citizens of this country.
Meanwhile our economy is sliding downward. Millions of our precious jobs have have been exported overseas. Our social safety net and other public services are being cut. Our middle class is rapidly disappearing and the numbers of citizens existing below the poverty line is increasing dramatically.
I plan to examine the causes of these terrible changes to our American way of life. Your comments will help us all arrive at some important conclusions.