I guess it was the big outside money...at least it appears that way. I'm not sure they persuaded people to vote for their candidate's ideas it feels more like they buried us under and mudslide of garbage and made people hate the whole idea of the recall and the bickering so much they're ready to scream.
I don't know how this state is going to tolerate another whole round of political mud slinging with almost no pause. It makes enduring the whole process so onerous and damaging. It seems to me that the only real winners (if there are any) are those who make their living off of political spending.
Today's poll shows a dead heat. I think that is good...? I have always preferred to be an optimist, I hope the results don't prove me wrong. I can't bring myself to make phone calls or canvass because my personal experience of these approaches has seemed counter-productive but I am feeling a lot of anxiety about it all. I just want the voters pay attention and to judge from the facts on the ground. If that is too much to ask then what?
In rereading this essay...I am struck by it's potential to appeal those who might think of themselves as Tea Party types. I am not saying this as a criticism of the essay or necessarily the Tea Party but as an attempt to understand what these people have stuck in their craw. The threat of raw power to tax and create policy and law embodied in government can be scary to us all when we see it taking actions with unconsidered consequences (think the financial bailouts or Iraq war). I certainly felt that way when Bush and the Republicans held the White House and Congress. At that time it seemed like anything that could be done to stop more Government action would have been good.
Instead of taking from these things a lesson that a more centrist, less partisan form of govt. is better many people have taken the lesson that more idealogical warfare and extreme partisanship was required. This has only mucked things even more.
This essay and discussion inevitably lead to questions about our underlying beliefs as a society. What do we value regarding human life? Should there be limits to population growth when there is no constructive work to absorb even well educated workers? What can Government provide and how does government pay for it? If Government is the safety net provider for a large part of our society, how much say should it have regarding essential choices people make? Can we count on Government to essentially be a benign force for the support of the dispossessed in society?
Right now due to the extreme polarization of our media, paralysis of our politics, and rigidness of our belief systems, we are making very little progress toward any solutions to our problems on a national (macro) scale. Drifting and not cooperating to answer these problems, causes us all anxiety. We need to find a way to tell ourselves an new story (see Why Myth Matters) about transcending our divisions and working for the common good. When we cannot find a way forward on a national scale we can only begin to look for individual (micro)changes.
That is why the entrepreneurship idea offers us hope. As in the developing world, micro enterprises don't need to be genius or elaborate. They just ask us to be awake to a small opportunity and to fill it. Not all of these are essentially tech enterprises but they can be assisted by the ease of communications which technology offers. I am thinking for example of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and the small food carts and farmer's markets we see springing up everywhere. We need to see these as new versions of the hero's journey and honor those who take the risk without waiting for someone to tell them what and how to do.
I meant to rate this up but can't undo do so...?
I can't figure out how to invite Emily to be in my circle. and I can't access FAQs from here. I think they need to be more available.
If you look at the top of the page in the dark bar it should say welcome Emily and have a place to click sign in. Once you're in you should be able to subscribe. These are just the kind of questions Henry needs. Thanks.
How do I subscribe to you?
I really like this one! All your stated reasons really resonate with me.
I question the use of the word anachronistic here. what are you trying to say?
Essaycommune.com is available
I question the use of the word anachronistic...doesn't that mean a throw back to another time?
I would invite you to read my essay but I don't see where to do it.
I'm pretty sure that other error you experienced (when you were publishing your document) was just a problem from the old email system. I don't think the same thing could happen in the new system. I don't think...
I've deployed the rating system update. Assuming the chronological tasks (AKA cronjobs) work, the site should start giving out mod points on its own. I needed to leave a comment so that a mod point would be generated. So here it is. Now sometime in the next 12 hours a mod point should magically appear in someone's account...
I think I'm going to go do something else while I wait.
Go to my page and click on the Connect tab at the top. Then, on the right, in the circle tab click on the link to invite me to join your circle.