In my various political writings,
on my website Shapes in the Fire
be found a great many details which I will not repeat here.
Three books can also be found there to be read for free, and can also
be purchased if desired from my storefront on lulu.com
1) Uncommon Sense: the degeneration,
and the redemption, of political life in America
; 2) Hermit's Weblog: everything your mother
never told you about how the world really works
; and, 3) On the Nature of Public Life
The videos on YouTube (and perhaps Google Video), connected to my work
as a citizen, were done
from a particular point of view, which it is the purpose of this
background information to illuminate.
Most everyone, not entirely asleep as to the current social, political
and economic conditions in America, is aware that some responsibility
must be borne by the citizens themselves. It is my view that we
could elect a saint to the presidency, and not make much headway, for
the fundamental work of change has to be created by us, by the
citizens. If we don't change what we are doing, thinking and
feeling, then how can we really expect the elected officials and others
whose deeds contribute to our shared social existence, to transform the
situation by themselves. The citizens are the basis of our form
of government - and if we really wish to have a nation of the people, by the people and
for the people
, then it is clearly time for us to get to work at
Many people think that all that is required of them is that they form
an opinion and perhaps vote on occasion. Real citizenship
requires a great deal more, and much of our present situation is due
entirely to our having failed to carry out these deeper
responsibilities. Yes, we have the burden of raising the
children, and doing the work (those who bother to do these things,
instead of just party as much as possible), but at the same time
citizenship requires much more. If we can learn to do that more,
then we will see the changes we desire slowly manifest.
In my various political writings these problems are worked at from a
number of directions, which come down to certain Basic Fundamentals
more personally informed; 2) change
you think and how you engage in discourse with your fellow citizens;
and 3) take a point of view that accepts responsibility for the whole,
not just for ones personal knee-jerk opinions.
make a loud noise (witness the conservative talk radio shows and the
liberal blog-o-sphere), but it takes a finer degree of thoughtfulness
to work for the whole - to realize in practice what is meant by We the
People. The Constitution doesn't begin, We the Democrats or
We the Libertarians or We the Conservatives or We the Blacks or We the
White Folks - it begins We the People.
This is the point of view I intend to offer in my video commentaries as
a citizen - to think of what I say as if I was myself as fully
responsible for things as is the President. I have to ask myself:
If I was the President, and responsible for the whole people, what
would I offer? At the same time, I am not a politician, nor do I
have any desire to be a politician. Oh, I dream of having the
power of that office, but eventually I wake up from the dream and
realize that it hides a personal nightmare.
What I am is a citizen, and in a way that is a higher and more
important role than being President or a CEO of a big corporation, or
the Pope or a talking head on a major TV news show.
So the question is: What can I offer? Each citizen will answer
that differently, in accord with their capacities and interests.
At present, I am 68 and see but a few years ahead. Of all my
political writing I like my America Quartet
the best, so in my video material that seeks the political
side of things, I will try to express myself via the art of that same
passion as expressed in those poems. Hopefully, for those who
appreciate real poetry and political passion, my
efforts will not be too painful.
That to me is the point of view that will create true Citizen
Governance - where we accept responsibility for each other, and not
for our class, or race, or instinctive political and traditional
persuasion. Again, for emphasis: the Constitution doesn't
begin I the People, it
begins We the People
. So as a
member of We the People, I am going to offer something seeking to
express the art of citizenship. Others will
offer what exists of the best in themselves. Most likely it will
be the totality of all that is done by all the citizens, that will
serve the future becoming
Now as some realize, Art can be effective, and passionate, so I hope to
express not just the beautiful, but my outrage as well. If
I am effective, maybe I'll be shot or arrested, for I suspect we are
tragically wandering toward a time of fascism (hopefully
not to long). As to
being confined or shot, well if you read my book Uncommon Sense: The
and the Redemption, of Political Life in America
, you will find
an updated version (or 2nd) Declaration of Independence. Like the
original, at the end of this 2nd Declaration, it is said: "And for the
support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of
divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our
Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
" If the Founders were
willing to place their life on the line to stand against the tyranny of
those times, how can I do anything less in standing against the
tyrannies of this time.
video blog #21 is America in decline, or is something else happening -
a crisis of spiritual growth is what is happening
video blog #22 China and American agriculture - good reasons to take
our power back by creating a new constitution - the crisis of character
growth part two
video blog #23 more on what it means that the politicians work for us
and we get to decide what kind of government we have - crisis of
character growth part three
video blog #24 the Corporation: part one: social form, corporation and
due dilligence (the valuation of shareholder values over worker values,
consumer values and environmental values).
video blog #25 the Corporation: part two: source of structure of form -
from outside rules and motives of corporate leaders, beginning
emancipation of large international corporations from the Nation State.
video blog #26 the Corporation: part three: further phenomena of
emancipation of corporation from Nation States, nature of form (as a
social "wave"), nature of corporate culture, problem of lack of
empathy, and conscience.
video blog #27 the Corporation: part four: the human qualities that
express themselves in the nature and form of corporations, absense of
higher human qualities here, relationship of form and substance.
video blog #28 the Corporation: part five: aristocracies of wealth have
succeeded aristocracies of blood - democracy an illusion, the culture
of the corporation is not even under control by the wealthy, this is
then the battlefield and background.