NOW FOR THE GOOD NEWS
To say that the conservative faction of the Supreme Court's historic ruling overturning 100 years of accepted law is shocking and dangerous generating a dark atmosphere potentially poisoning our philosophy of checks and balances is the understatement of the century. So at first glance it appears as if no silver lining could possibly be conceived. Yet fortunately for sensible Americans this dire precedent shattering decision may well lead to unintended positive consequences.
- The majority decision dispels the myth that this particular court is non active. It has been active since the creative manipulations of the law enabling President George Bush to slip into office without really letting the will of the people prevail.
- If the generalized anger apparently sweeping much of the voters continues to be directed to so called "insiders" then it is likely that the 2010 midterm election will witness a probable split between the two parties and perhaps even a reversal of power.
- The potential good news is that once back in power the obstructionist Republicans and the majority of the so called conservatives will likely continue to demonstrate their partisan simplistic failed policies so that by the next full term election those running for office may truly be in a position to assert a meaningful resurgence of values and integrity.
- If I am right the already corrupted system dominated by the big corporations will be so powerful that the only recourse for the rest of us is to mount a true populist revolt and finally push back with all we have to reestablish some true sense of reasonableness and fairness. We will soon have to determine who is truly our final authorities: we the people or them the consortium of power hungry - exclusively profit driven corporations.
- If this does not occur I am fearful that we may be participating or failing to participate in the decline of all of what has been best in our unique form of government.
- Throughout all I believe that the election of President Obama was and is based on an accurate reading of his true power and qualities. He seems to be remarkably balanced, steady, rational, fair minded, appropriately flexible, open to criticism, principled, pragmatic, decent, has a good sense of humor, tells it how it is, thinks through issues, is able to multi-task, is on the front line, shows up. His character is about one million miles above and beyond our last so called leader. Of course he has made errors - he says as much. But he is a quick learner, an altogether fine gentleman and for my money an exceptional leader.
- If I was ruling the United States and could impose change I would insist that each of us individually and collectively learn to distinguish between operating out of instinct rather than impulse. If we were to do that individually and collectively I have no doubt that despite our sometimes significant differences our fundamental sense of fairness, reasonableness, fair play, common decency and common sense would converge into an attitude of good will that would enable us to once again transform ourselves into the envy of the world.