Written by: Rick Staggenborg, MD on Jun 27, 2009 9:02 AM PDT
This chapter is devoted to Thomas Jefferson, the intellectual father of this country. While he did not always walk the walk, his talk became the basis for a dialogue between conservatives and liberals, whose labels change at various points in our history, but whose song remains the same.
It is time that America consider the advantages of the French recipe for democracy, one that the French feel serves deliciously. Now that selfish cultists of greed who control the Untied States government have nearly destroyed the world economy, they would deny Americans the social benefits the French enjoy as a result of a different reading of the social contract implicit in democratic societies.
Because the French have demanded access to health care, decent wages and working conditions and a social safety net for those whose security is threatened by the wild swings of the globalized economy, they are labeled socialists. To the average American who does not know the differences between socialism and communism and who have been trained to react with horror at the prospect of either, the fact that France came through the global economic meltdown with relative ease is irrelevant.
Time grows short to plan our assault, but I hope that we will be ready to stage a major assault by July 14, 2010. This is Bastille Day, the French equivalent of our own national independence day. Let us designate this Interdependence Day, and dedicate it to working together to abolish corporate control of the US Senate in the interest of promoting liberty, justice and the common welfare.
Only by working together can we plan the final assault on the antidemocratic forces that have seized control of the reins of government. There will naturally emerge from our current leaders generals who will coordinate the planning, but we need volunteers to serve as foot soldiers for the cause, carrying out the myriad difficult and seemingly thankless tasks which are necessary to sustain an Army in combat.
Men who have faced death in the defense of American ideals understand most clearly the difference between what is important and what only seems important to those who do not understand the larger struggle. Having undergone their trial of fire and understanding the consequences of failure, these men and women can be trusted to do what is necessary to win the coming war.
It is fortunate indeed that we conduct this war in a society that remains relatively free, despite the assaults on our freedom conducted under the guise of the “war” on terror. We do not act under the threat of death, for none dare call this treason. We have no need for secrecy or deception, for truth is our weapon.
If we have spies, they are only those currently in positions of power who want to work with us, but who have not had the opportunity to act freely, out of fear of losing what little power they possess to influence events. Let us rise up and free the honest, idealistic politician from his or her shackles by challenging the authority and positions of the bought and paid for political hacks who currently control the political process.
Rick Staggenborg, MD