Written by: Rick Staggenborg, MD on Apr 27, 2010 11:32 PM PDT
The truth is that I couldn’t care less for the idea that history invariably repeats itself. It is men and women who refuse to believe this that make history. History is the record of human progress since we began to record it, first in our memories and then in the written word.
While there are patterns in history, the quote from George Santayana was “Those who cannot remember (and therefore fail to learn from the mistakes of) the past are condemned to repeat it.” This is a much more hopeful statement, for it implies that if we learn from our mistakes, we can continue the ageless quest to perfect ourselves and our societies.
If we start by assuming that human nature itself is corrupt and therefore the sordid recent history is a portent of things to come, then we give in to despair. Despair is a "sin" because it has caused us to give up hope that we can create a real democracy in the United States It is our duty to our children to find a way to regain our faith in the idea that we can rule ourselves if we work together to end fascism in the United States and thereby end it in the world.
If we really want to be a free people living in a democratic society, we must stop pointing fingers and work together to pass a Constitutional amendment to counter the fascistic decision of the Supreme Court that established in law the psychotic notion that corporations have Constitutional rights. It is essential that we stop playing into the politics of division that have left us feeling angry, helpless and alone. To end fascism in America, we must end the civil war to finish the Revolution.
It is far easier to make the point that the Senate is too corrupt to work for the people and not the corporations. That is why the underlying message that was not made often enough in the health care "reform" debate is that we must work together to abolish corporate personhood. The alternative is that we and our children will become economic slaves of the fascists who are greedily consuming what wealth they have not already stolen at the same time that they tear at the social safety net designed to protect us from their depredations.
We must remember that both self-identified conservatives and liberals are beginning to understand that the American experiment in democracy is much closer to failing than most had realized, myself included. We must realize that it is our tribal mentality that has brought us to the brink of self-destruction. Until we break down the walls that artificially divide us we cannot work together to pull ourselves away from the pit of Hell on Earth at whose brink we stand.
Citizens United has given us the golden opportunity to do just that. We must educate our neighbors that the corporate junta that runs the United States can be deposed by a nonviolent revolution whose purpose is to pass a Constitutional amendment abolishing corporate personhood. Over two thirds of both self-identified conservatives and liberals are angered at the fact that the Supreme Court has removed all constraints on corporations that can afford to buy our Congressional representatives. We can and must fight together to restore the rights of citizens by curbing the invented "rights" of corporations.
The original sin of murder led us to forget that by creating tribalism and war. When we remember our true nature and forgive those who have strayed too far from the Garden to find their way back alone, we will find our way back home and have Heaven on Earth.
Rick Staggenborg, MD