Tuesday, January 29, 2008

State of the Union: Our House of Democracy

Joe Volk
Joe Volk, FCNL
Guest blogger

The specifics of the message in President George Bush’s 2008 State of the Union are insignificant and dwarfed by the one basic truth looming over our people.

Our House of Democracy is falling down. Our democracy’s maintenance funds have been diverted to military misadventures abroad and to pigs at the public trough at home, and Congress has failed to protect the Constitution and serve the public interest:

Our House of Democracy suffers growing instability due to growing gaps:

* Wealth Gap: the gap between the super rich and our dwindling middle class that we see manifested in billionaires with multiple dwellings and working people at risk of losing their one and only home;
* Values Gap: the gap between the values of our citizens and the practices of our government that we see when the U.S. endorses and practices torture;
* Security Gap: trillions go to promises to “win” security and safety through military contests (wars of choice), and only millions go to renovation of our structures for understanding and cooperation;
* Spending Gap: scarce public capital has been squandered on the military misadventure in Iraq, starving urgently needed repairs of our country’s most basic infrastructure: bridges, roads, railroads, water resources, and public education;
* Credibility Gap: The lies our public officials have told us have so undermined trust in our government institutions that today the public presumes they cannot trust them to tell the truth.

Reliance on war as the primary tool for U.S. safety and security, rather than as an absolute last resort, has brought us to these dire circumstances. Both major parties share responsibility. The Republicans, generally, argue for continuing the Iraq war until victory is achieved. The Democrats, generally, argue that Iraq is just the wrong war and that the right war is the war on terror, and it should be fought to victory. They are both wrong, because war is not the answer.
    On the contrary, war is making things worse, and the U.S. war in Iraq is prime evidence of that fact.

    The rebuilding of our House of Democracy will have to begin with demilitarization for democracy. Closing the gaps will help to stabilize the abode of our liberty. Those gaps can be closed if and when our Congress makes different choices about which policies to authorize and what spending should have priority.

    We can get those changes in choices, if we send elected officials to Washington who commit to demilitarization for democracy and to new spending priorities for understanding and cooperation. Security, safety, peace, and liberty are possible, but not with the political thinking typical of government today. We have less than a year to either convert incumbents to a new way of thinking and acting or to replace them with new leadership.

    Two thousand eight is the Year of the Voter, and every voter needs to send candidates a strong message: War is not the answer, and Peace is possible through peaceful means.


    Anonymous DanFx said...

    I cannot believe that Bush, the LIAR, is still touting his made-up war as a means to keep "peace"!

    And worse yet, no one, absolutely NO ONE in the MSM has the fortitude to tell it like it is about why we are in the mess in Iraq, when we KNOW he LIED about the WMD (zero, zero threat!!)and we have been trying to make this a "real war". IT IS NOT! IT IS NOT!!

    HE SHOULD BE IMPEACHED, no if's, and's, or but's.

    After all, Clinton was, and his lie was sooooooooo insignificant.

    4:29 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Since Bush has come into office our democracy, consititutional and civil rights have been taken away.
    Impeachment should have come up years ago. At this time I feel it is a little to late. I do believe we should prosecute him for war crimes and crimes against this country. We need to fucus our energy on our future leaders and take back control of our country.

    7:04 AM  

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