Friday, June 15, 2007

The Committee of One Hundred

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“What Can We Do?”

To the dems who tell me that they don’t know what to do with the current mess in Washington, be assured that there are always things we can do to make ourselves heard and to let our representatives and government know that we are unhappy with the status quo.
Here’s a simple suggestion: Start conversation groups.

You can begin inviting your friends, Independents, fence straddlers and start the conversations going by asking them to begin with listing their grievances.

When you ask them what exactly is it that turns you off about government?

What are the issues that concern you?

If that doesn’t open a flood gate of responses, I don’t know what will.

Oftentimes, in my discussions, I discovered that most people don’t correlate legislation that impacts our lives with government’s pursuit of its own agenda; nor do they understand how that legislation might impact life, the economy, the ecology, nature, the food supply, whatever.

People quite often don’t make the connection say between toxic pet food and the role of government. And, therefore, most of what we cando that is productive is to enlighten our friends and neighbors with the truth.

And discussing such things gets people to think about the connections between government and the quality of their lives.

Television has unfortunately blurred the benefits of conversation.

More importantly, it has relegated conversation to some lost art.

The mantra is why bother to discuss issues when you can sit back, be entertained and not even have to use your mind. What we are looking at is a comfortable device that could lead to the downfall of this nation…

What television does do is deaden and desensitize the response mechanism; it deactivates the brain making it a passive means of accepting information, not questioning it.
In the days prior to the assault on our senses by TV, people actually engaged in conversation and conversation was held as a way to learn and to stimulate thinking.

That is out of the loop today!

Conversely, many of these same people would not go through a day without exercising their body but neglect their minds.

It is a reflex many of us have to relearn in order to have an impact on what’s happening.

Without discussion, there can be no positive change.

My thesis is simple enough. We begin with a Committee of One Hundred.

One hundred people who will focus on getting out there and talking to people and reintroducing the idea of conversation about politics.

Sounds easy. Right?

But it isn’t.

But that isn’t all.

The other mission of the Committee of One Hundred is to find Two People who will also do the same thing so that in one year, we can expect that our Committee of One Hundred has now tripled in size, and the following year, we will double again.

In this way, we can become a potent force in progressive politics.

We at the grass-roots level have to bite the bullet; we have to become active either within or without the party to generate sparks to keep the democratic party alive.

In the weeks ahead, I will get more into what we can do to put us back on course, to return us to a positive and productive America for and of the people.

I shall discuss elements of this package which I call The Twenty Point Program for survival but it is much more than that, it is a model for positive change that can make America competitive in world affairs once again and serve to show as the beacon to those who cherish freedom and liberty.

It’s all there and we’ll start addressing the challenges we currently face in the days and weeks ahead.

Les Aaron
The Armchair Curmudgeon


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