A Stable American Genius

statue-of-liberty-landmark-close-new-york.jpgAre you really smart or a stable genius? Are you satisfied with the crumbs that fall from the corporate tables; the tables of the wealthy? This is what “trickle-down economics” is really all about. Engage your genius and think about this for a moment.

Do not be so easily exploited by propaganda. Propaganda is engineered statements designed to distort human perception. “Trickle-down economics” does not sound as bad as “crumbs falling from the tables of the wealthy,” but both describe a general population at the economic mercy of an aristocracy; a population that should feel grateful for what little the wealthy throw to them. Is this the United States of America envisioned by its founders?

The founders of America were tired of aristocrats and the oppression that accompanied them. They envisioned a nation where “all men are created equal” (Declaration of Independence). Unfortunately, they were not able to create a government that perfected that vision. Instead, they laid a foundation for future generations to build upon, and future generations did build upon it.

A great war was waged to eliminate the bondage of slavery, but this did not fully establish equality. A struggle then began for civil rights that was heralded by the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1868. This important amendment grants all citizens “the equal protection of the laws.” While equality was still an American value in 1868, it was far from perfected. The continuing struggle for civil rights would be greatly magnified in the twentieth century, and expanded beyond race to include gender and religion. It is time to include another type of civil rights: the rights of the general population (the People) over corporations.

The purposes of American government are clearly stated in the preamble of the Constitution:

We the People of the United States, 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.

How does severe economic regimentation that favors a wealthy minority and enslaves the general population to corporate policies and wages “promote the general Welfare?” If the significant tax breaks recently given to corporations were instead provided to the general population, the economy would also be stimulated. The difference is that the corporations (and their wealthy owners) would have to work to earn that money, instead of it simply having it handed to them. It is hypocritical and reprehensible when the wealthy and their political mouthpieces speak derogatively of the “entitlements” given the poor when they are much more “entitled.” The general American population has a right to equal protection under the tax laws also, but they are not getting it.

America has not perfected equality, so anyone who values the principles this nation was founded upon should be suspicious when a politician wants to “restore” America. To “restore” something is to return it to a previous condition or state. Do we want to return America to a state where people are less equal, and therefore, less free? Is it coincidental that “restoring America” became a campaign slogan after America elected its first black president? It is rather obvious that America still needs to work on equality for all “the People.”

Latin provides the root for “genius” which generally concerns a person’s spirit (Online Etymology Dictionary). An authentic American genius can easily recognize that a corporate raider has taken over the American government, is plundering the public coffers and stripping our national treasures. That corporate raider is enabled by politicians who have forsaken the public trust for campaign contributions from the wealthy. How stable is your American genius? Do you believe that you are more entitled than others?

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When Realms Collide

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From spirit, of spirit and to spirit,

Let those who have eyes see, and those who have ears hear.

Words were formed in an age of enlightenment:

The truth of equality is held to be self-evident,

As is the truth of endowed and unalienable rights.

 

The size, shape, age, color or gender of earthen vessels are irrelevant

In matters between spirits.

If you do not believe you are spirit,

Then your time here is wasted.

All spirit is born of spirit, and created equal.

 

Those born of spirit cherish equality.

Equality is the essence of the unalienable:

Everyone has the same rights, so rights cannot be lost.

If one right is denied, then equality becomes diminished.

Everyone is diminished until balance is restored.

 

Those born of spirit understand balance.

They walk a narrow path like the edge of a blade

Upon which the spiritual and physical realms pivot.

This deserves deep reflection:

It is the dance.

 

Others know only fear because of darkness;

Angry and paranoid of all that is different or changing.

They do not feel secure with equality.

They gather to defend and dominate.

There can be no peace without control, they cry.

 

There can be no peace until all feel secure.

There can be no justice without equality,

The scales must balance,

We must dance,

We must dream.

 

How can we respond to darkness?

 

 

Touch the Earth

The Earth is an omnipresent touchstone of reality for our people. We spend much time examining “data” and entertaining “opinions,” but little time touching reality. Touch the Earth to know what is real. 

Speak to the Earth. When you speak to anything, you give tribute. You pay attention, and that is the first requirement of learning. You must pay attention for more than a moment, though. 

Listen and watch. Give your attention to simple realities. Hear the wind, the breath of the Earth, rustle through the leaves of a tree. Watch as it brings the clouds of refreshing rain. Behold the brightness of the lightning bolt, the crack of its strike and lingering growl. Feel the warmth of the Sun and the solid foundation beneath your feet. Learn the nature of the Earth and you will understand how to walk upon it. 

The many voices of our kind easily distracts and overwhelms our attention. The power and glamour of technology augments the assault on our senses. There are many stories told to entertain and mesmerize, but the intention of most are to sell a product, service or idea. This can be dangerous when we struggle to differentiate between fiction and non-fiction. A touchstone is invaluable. 

People hold many opinions, so it is difficult to get people to agree on anything. When all but three nations agree that this world faces a serious climate problem, that consensus is tantamount to a miracle. How can this extraordinary historical event be explained? 

Touch the Earth. Feel your feet firmly planted in its reality. Speak to the Earth, then listen and watch. What is the most sensible explanation for such unprecedented human agreement?