Friday, July 29, 2011
In a recent blog I stated "peace begins with concensus - not rule by the majority or levels of authority. This majority rule system in place in the United States since 1776 has led us to a path of endless cycles of conflict - whether among ourselves or with other nations. There is no better example than the gridlock that exits in Washington, D.C. today. The entire government that controls the livelihood of millions of Americans is on the brink of falling apart because of the headstrong and stubborn refusal of people sent to represent so many different views to find a way that can work for everyone instead of having "their way" or no way. This happened in 1914 when the entire continent of Europe was in a stalemate of endless slaughter and the debilitation of national economies so that over 25 million died from famine after the "cease fire." The famines and starvation in African countries resulting from years of civil war and political unrest are other examples. Isn't it time the people in our country opened up their minds to find solutions that would be in the best interests of everyone in this country to continue to provide "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," or food and water (in ample quantities and quality for everyone), freedom from fear that we will not have the basic necessities of clothing and shelter, and the pursuit of happiness - living life to the fullest according to the choices each individual makes."