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shance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:03 AM
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Choosing Courage over Fear
"There are those who would have us live our lives based on fear, based on loyalty to "things" and entities that do not serve humanity, that do not serve a positive future.

The mainstream media tend to serve those forces of fear and darkness.

Even the Democrats and third parties fail, for the most part, to envision positive futures.

But that alternate vision is the other choice-- a vision of a glowing, positive, hopeful tomorrow that brings light, peace, growth, cooperation and blessings to humanity.

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We need leaders who will help define loyalty to the best of what it is to be human-- democracy, justice, peace, fairness, sharing, helping others, hard work, community, synergy, vibrant ecology, love...

We have war departments, energy departments-- yet a department of peace, as Dennis Kucinich suggested, has been opposed. We need a department of peace, a department of love, a department of fairness, of community...

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Failure to invest materially in these non-material ideas may be one of the reasons we're finding such a pervasive dark world view.

Failure to commit to and support these positive visionary ideals of humanity has led to widespead betrayal of them. People, organizations, businesses, parties become traitors to the best that humanity can be. They become loyal to money, to extremist causes that put power, profit, even armageddon above kindness, compassion, or helping the needy.

These forces characterize as weakness, the support for what is described here as the best in humanity.

These forces of darkness would have us all base our lives on fear, greed, lust for power, xenophobia... There is no future in this path. The leaders either believe it will lead to a hoped for armageddon or dominative, massive power.

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First, We The People must find each other and agree that this needs to be done-- that courage and heroism must be the path our people, our nation, our planet should take. Once we get behind this basic idea, we can meet and define a plan to move it forward. We know how to implement policy, communicate messages, invest in research and development, establish organizations. We first have to decide we want this, get together and support it. The rest will come.

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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:48 AM
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1. What is described is TOTALITARIANISM.
Gingrich, Cheney, Gonzales, DeLay and Frist have circumscribed the pit into which they wish this nation to dig itself. By promoting the profit benefits to the robber barons they have achieved both financial and ideological support of those who control the media. By naming foreign enemies and declaring endless war they have decieved legions into following their Judas goat and marshalled the Republican Party into a totalitarian movement.

These false patriots have turned the soil that prescribes the dimensions of what shall be a deep dark pit of servitude by endless attacks on the Constitution, Courts, Congress and the military/intelligence apparatus which ostensibly vowed to protect all these institutions from enemies both foreign and domestic.

In 2002 and 2004 they handed the nation shovels and asked us to dig what they claimed was defensive earthworks. A bastion from which to protect ourselves from a worldful of evil doers. This was a lie used to get us to begin digging the totalitarian pit in which they intend to keep us.

Now the hole is waist deep. It's ugly maw clearly swallowing up the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, threatening forclosure on our dignity as persons and the integrity of our well-being.

And now again in 2006, Bush, Cheney, the corporate minions of the Wall Street Journal and Fox news cry out for us to FEAR and beg us to grab the shovels and dig. They beg us to dig as though our lives depended upon it.

Are we dumb enough not to see the trap we dig for ourselves and our posterity?

NO! We KNOW the digging MUST stop. It must stop with this election before the nation has no hope of escape. We must stop digging and insist on back filling.

If we do not, it is not only we who will live in the hopelessness of totalitarian tyranny, but our heirs. And, they will be justified in cursing us and damning our complicity in the digging of the Great Pit.







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shance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:13 PM
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2. When we respond to situations with courage, others do too.
We have to pull the curtain back on the fear and show it for what it is.

Falsehoods are cowardice, the truth is courage.

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