A Precedents Day Message: Do We Take a Cue From Egypt… Or Stay Stuck in “We-Gypped?”

“They [political parties] serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation, the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community …”
— George Washington

“A house divided cannot stand.”
— Abraham Lincoln

“Those who fail to learn the lessons of history get an F and have to take the course over again.”
— Swami Beyondananda

More than ever before, America needs a new precedent – government of the people, by the people and for the people where the government does OUR bidding, not the bidding of the highest bidder.

At this moment, we see the “bidderness” escalating – angry union people on one side seeking both to preserve their jobs and the valuable services they provide to their communities, and angry Tea Partiers on the other side enraged by the great banking robbery, and mobilized “to a Tea” against the wrong enemy.

The game-controllers are smugly smiling. If things go as “planned,” red tribe Americans and blue tribe Americans will face off against one another, while the real bandits steal away with the loot. While Egypt has birthed a people’s revolt against revolting people, we here in “We-Gypped” fruitlessly fight one another.

Fortunately, the game-changers have a different plan – to bring Americans from all sides together to answer three questions: What’s so? So what? Now what? What’s the story behind the story, and who’s in charge of who’s in charge? And … what do we do about it?

Think this level of discourse is impossible? Think again. It’s been done, and it’s being done. If I sound like a broken record, it’s because I’ve been immersed in political stuff for over 40 years, and the transpartisan movement is the first thing I have seen that can catapult us outside the political matrix. Until that time, we the people are our own worst enemy, and the body politic will continue to be immobilized by autoimmune dysfunction.

If the latest bad-doings have your hackles up (or if your hackles are down in depressed resignation), PLEASE invest what you would spend on a movie and perhaps two hours of your time to read about a true political “hero’s journey,” and how ordinary citizens can access extraordinary wisdom and change the political game.

“Yes, yes, yes,” I can hear you fulminating (we’ve become a nation of fulminators), “but THOSE PEOPLE believe toxic lies and they will NEVER CHANGE!” People get manipulated into believing lies by making them fearful … and what we have discovered is that when people are brought together in a safe setting where they are listened to and respected, what INEVITABLY happens is that they begin to compare notes and uncover “the likeliest story” together.

The dysfunctional function of mainstream media is to make sure that left and right NEVER have a civil conversation together. It would be too dangerous to the status quo if We, the People discovered we pretty much all harbor the same suspicions about the corporate state.

In order to “overgrow” that dysfunction, we must be willing to engage with others we disagree with. As Swami says, “If we want peace in the Middle East, first we must make peace in the Middle West.”

Here’s to a brand new Precedent … We, the People electing ourselves.

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