Reconstitution through Repeace

Reconstitution through Repeace

Reconstitution through Repeace

To the Founding Fathers,

We come with no easy blueprint for tomorrow's constitution. We mistrust those who think they already have the answers when we are still trying to formulate the questions. But the time has come for us to imagine completely novel alternatives, to discuss, dissent, debate, and design from the ground up the democratic architecture of tomorrow.

Not in a spirit of anger or dogmatism, not in a sudden impulsive spasm, but through the widest consultation and peaceful public participation, we need to join together to reconstitute America.

Alvin and Heidi Toffler - from the book 'Creating a New Civilization"'



There have been many groups which have grown out of the availability of the Internet and the flow of information which ensued. Some lean towards existing parties, others are bipartisan, and some have their base in the belief of an entirely new design. But the important thing is these people have seen the shift taking place, and through communication are attempting to make the inevitable much better, easier, and more participatory. I believe we can gain usable knowledge from any and perhaps all of these groups. Perhaps there is a need for new terminology? Instead of "politics", maybe we could call it "citizenology" or something of the sort? The word citizenship, according to Wikipedia, often also implies working towards the betterment of community through participation, volunteer work, and efforts to improve life for all citizens. So I suppose citizenology would be the study of how people, through participation, can work to improve life for all people. People deal with their differences by creating alliances, discussing, negotiating, and engaging people on issues which involve the self-interest of like-minded people. We need less stratification due to vertically structured parties, and more accordance through horizontal citizen engagement.

 

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An Urgency of We

An Urgency of We

Waiting for that magical common ground that will unite human beings on a mass scale is quite frankly what we all do so well. The most fertile soil for change is found in the "what's hot" today category, which is where Snowden, the NSA and Constitution are now filed. Busting the power of duopoly requires a commonality between brothers and sisters by other mothers. An organizational push as it were...whether consciously or subconsciously.

The anarchist in me says I don't need no stinkin' piece-o-paper to tell me what's right and what's wrong...but I also see the importance of having constitutional law. When duopoly begins to seemingly self-destruct before our eyes, it's that law, those civil rights, that bond the people and create common ground. I've noticed many republicans, democrats, socialists, greens, libertarians and all other stripes of ideologies who are in agreement on many issues raised by this confirmation of the loss of their 4th Amendment. Many are not necessarily Snowden supporters, but nevertheless are highly concerned about the confirmation of their loss of privacy. It was more of a leftist conspiracy theory for many of us until this latest greatest leak proved otherwise.

I wish it would be our compassion for humanity which united us in change...the path of integrity. But the truth is, humanity does not seem to have reached that point of enlightenment and understanding just yet. So we organize around any common ground we can find, organize a majority, circle the wagons, make a stand...and demand transparency and accountability to the citizenry of this land.

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