object lesson #1 released to the internet in
middle of June 2003, as
an experiment in the Art of Celebration and Theater (some
This very much wants to be read aloud. It
to be read by several people, each one reading just one or two
The pauses in between will let the previous paragraph sink in
The last two paragraphs should be read by all who can - those who have
reading and all in the audience who have a copy. So as to make
easier, the last two paragraphs should be read slowly and carefully, a
at a time - in this way We speak together, as One Voice.
A People's State of the Republic Address
We have the habit of our political leaders telling us once a year the
of the Union. Perhaps, on this July 4th, in honor of the
that founded this Country, we should offer our own considerations of
of our democratic Republic - a People's view.
It certainly seems that we are in grave danger. Money pretty much
our electoral processes, and the votes of our legislatures are
bought and sold like so much property in a Monopoly game. From
of the Right come some people who tend to treat world events like a
of Risk, and with the apparent mental sophistication of a ten year
Self proclaimed masters of fantasy and illusion frequently build fake
images, and bring about the election of men who have no real stature or
or any business serving our nation in its highest offices.
These civic children fool millions of our fellows with lies and vain
and work the ruination of the increasingly rare vision of America as a
and beacon of liberty. They attack the very foundations of
Constitutional Republic from within, by promoting fear and gathering
and more power over our civil liberties to themselves. Our great
is also headed into ruins, overrun by corporate greed, impoverished by
dishonoring of the labor force, and burdened with an impossible debt
children's children's children, through the spending of moneys we don't
on the enrichment of a single tiny class, who already has too much.
It would seem on the surface, that the State of the Republic is not
We believe the reality, however, to be otherwise.
This Nation was founded on certain principles, that were recognized
in the beginning as self-evident truths. Truths about
and Rights, and central to this was the idea that the Just powers of a
are dependent upon the Consent of the People.
It is a vanity of the ambitious and power hungry that causes them to
that they have won our Consent from a manipulated election, filled with
fraud, and in which the deluded winner has only been able to fool less
25 percent of those eligible to vote. This is not Consent, it is
Our government does not belong then to any part of the political
to any group with a narrow religious conviction, nor to any association
wielders of unconscionable wealth. Nor can any temporary seizure
imaginary power change this. The Republic is ours, and it
never belong to thieves and wolves and pirates. They have, as all
who want to rule us find out, with their excesses only woken up the
dreaming Giant that is the True American Spirit. We come now, and
quite temporary tyranny of excess wealth is about to run into the hard
of our truth.
How do we know this? We know this because heart and conscience
are superior to lies, and wealth and the abuses of power. We know
because we are here today, gathered all over this land, celebrating the
by which a newly born but destined to be great hearted People once
disciplined and removed their foolish and vain oppressors. Now we
called upon to do this again, but in a new way - to create a second,
But most of all we know this because we know ourselves, and we know we
not ignore our children and their children, or our brothers and sisters
the world. Only the most insane fool would assume such a People
be so easily put down and ruled.
We also know that our spiritual nature is always maturing, and is full
hope and faith, and especially love. We are basically a Peaceful
now, and have been for a long time - slow to anger, but deadly in a
We also know the value of reason, and the worthiness of the examples of
as Gandhi or Martin Luther King. We are, truth to tell, smarter
those who seek to rule us - and not just smarter, but in point of fact
Moreover, we have a secret that they have forgotten.
America is not just the United States, but something larger, much much
We have called it a dream, and poets sing its nature, such as is done
song America the Beautiful. But the real America is vast and wide
envelopes all on this Earth who love and seek freedom and
Even in the far reaches of the East this so very human power of Consent
up for a time in Tiananmen Square, where a single free man placed his
in front of a tank and said no to oppression and tyranny.
We travel with him, and all others like him, toward greatness, because
pursue the good. That is our essence and our truth. Even
we understand humility, for we do not seek to rule but to
We want unity, not division. We have not forgotten what is our
- e pluribus unum - out of many, one.
Let us speak the next - together.
On this day then let us remember, not just our struggles but the power
our dream and the inviolability of our right of Consent. We
now to those who seek to rule with dark arts, with money and lies, - we
we are here, we will not be defeated. We are Citizens, and it is
who Govern, not you. Stand aside, give way. Listen and
We - are America.
Let's do this one more time.
The pirates of power, the wolves of Wall Street - all those who think
America by thievery,
not one of them speaks for the True Spirit of America. Not one of
Only the Citizens, only We govern. Not those who act by
for their own benefit, such as the owners of great wealth and their
politicians, they do not govern. Only We the Citizens
And, before we are done everyone in the world will be reminded of
We - Are - America!
point you say?