Real Peace

We humans need to change the path that we now find ourselves on. For better or worse the United States’ superpower is, to lead by example. It’s about time we started using that power for the greater good. The only way our species has a chance to survive, long into the future is by creating an equitable environment for all. It’s not going to be simple or easy but, it is necessary and it’s incumbent upon us in the United States to lead the way by example.
There’s nothing wrong with the saying America first, so long as it’s not just about taking control of the World’s resources for our own gains. The Green New Deal resolution, introduced by Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is an excellent example of a road map we should be following. From taking concrete actions tackling climate change and rebuilding our infrastructure to workers rights and dignity for all.

With our current spending on military defense greater than the other top 15 countries combined, claiming “national security” (jets, bombs, drone strikes and boots on other people’s ground), it seems to me that we’re setting a bad example.

What we do here at home will spread throughout the rest of the world. Whereas, instead of an arms race, we’ll have a sustainability race, an equality race. We should be that shining beacon on the hill that we’d like the rest of the world to see us as, rather than the militarized and force that they see us as now.

Peace is not just the mere absence of violence or disturbance. It's when there is a possibility of conflict, but you deliberately avoid violence and adopt methods to solve the problem through peaceful means. That is real peace.

— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) March 11, 2019

Sherrod Brown Gracefully Bows Out Of The 2020 Election

Glad to see Sherrod Brown will continue fighting for worker’s rights all across the country. Sherrod has dedicated his life in public service to fighting for what he calls ‘the dignity of work’ – the belief that hard work should pay off for everyone, no matter who you are or what kind of work you do.

That being said, I’m also glad that he’s taken himself out of the 2020 presidential election. His withdrawal only reinforces the polling that states: #WeThePeople want #MedicareForAll.

I will keep fighting for all workers across the country. And I will do everything I can to elect a Democratic President and a Democratic Senate in 2020. The best place for me to make that fight is in the United States Senate.

Believe me, we will fight.

— Sherrod Brown (@SherrodBrown) March 7, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is A Centrist

To me AOC has been, like a torch in the night, offering some illumination to help us navigate out of the dark maze of the corruption that’s enveloped our country. 

Watch MSNBC interview with “billionaire activist”, Nick Hanauer explain why AOC policies are the real centrist policies.

 

Billionaire activist: AOC is the centrist, not Schultz https://t.co/heo30hx3uX via @msnbc

— Nick Hanauer (@NickHanauer) January 31, 2019

Smart Bail Reform Being Implemented in Western Massachusetts

Andrea Harrington, newly elected District Attorney of Berkshire County, located in  Western Massachusetts, is implementing smart bail reform stating: “A wealth-based cash bail system is unfair and un-American. Detaining people pretrial who pose no danger to the community based solely on their financial condition not only erodes the presumption of innocence but also undermines the integrity of the criminal justice system”.

You can read the full and detailed article here, which was written by Andrea and published in the Berkshire Eagle.

Andrea Harrington: Smart bail reform in Berkshire County https://t.co/ZumSTSaRol via @BerkshireEagle

— Andrea Harrington (@harringtonforda) February 24, 2019

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

While reading about the recent standoff between India & Pakistan and I couldn’t help but too think, “This is why we need to get our shit together here at home in the US. We need to lead by example and unfortunately, we are. Our rhetoric is always peace and restraint but, when it comes down to our policies, it’s strike first and then again and again. 

As an American, my interpretation of what it is we are supposed to be is, that shining beacon on the hill, the melting pot of the world, the home of democracy. But, what we seem to do in practice is to hunt for resources & secure them at all costs. We are a nation up in arms over other governments interfering with the 2016 election and yet we’ve allowed our own government to impose extreme “interventions” for decades. Completely over-throwing governments, pulverizing cities, “building” democracies.

I’m of the opinion that we need to completely reshape our democracy into that of what we’ve been preaching we are. For the last two centuries, we’ve been “faking it, till we make it”, have let corruption to form deep roots and that shit’s just not going to cut it anymore. We’re at the precipice of where and how humans will proceed into the future. Will we create a civil society that actually cares for one another, having each other’s backs or, will continue with the philosophy of “he who dies with the most, wins”?