America Is A Senator Country
America Is A Senator Country
When you write a letter to your Senator trying to influence his or her vote on a certain issue of interest to you, you are acknowledging a vertical degree of separation between the two of you. The Senator has the power to influence the eventual outcome way more than you do. Hundreds of thousands of Hispanics have marched in immigration rallies all over America the past two years trying to influence the 100 individuals on Capitol Hill.
America, among the family of nations, is a Senator country by virtue of being its oldest and most vibrant democracy. Wealth has been a byproduct of that democracy, but wealth is a substantial attraction in its own right. That wealth has made possible a mighty military, film and education industries that impact all continents. But democracy is the mother lode. Democracy is the fountain.
Somewhere down the decades all countries will have transformed into becoming democracies. After that a democratic world government might take shape. And at that point America will still be important, perhaps the New York or California of the world, but it will no longer be the Senator country that it is today. But until then it is. It has to lead the world, it likes it or not. When it does not choose to, it is forced to. Ignored parts of the world rise up as security threats.
Imagine your Senator telling you, stop bugging me, why don't you go and vote the way you want to vote, why bug me! Imagine America telling the world, stop bugging me.
Spreading democracy is America's number one global goal. It has always been. Too bad every previous wave for democracy has been a result of big wars. Neocons are referring to that history whey they espouse a military way to spread democracy into the Arab world, democracy's newest frontier.
My contention is that if all the non military options are made the best use of, the military option becomes unnecessary. But you can not fight bad policy with no policy. You fight bad policy with an alternative, better policy.
Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have said those two are going to be major issues next fall. Both are to do with the world.
You can't send 12 million people back home. But you can legalize them, put them on a four year path to earned citizenship. And you can help them organize themselves to become the champions of political, economic, and social reform in their countries of reform.
Evrybody you need to spread democracy into all countries of the world are right here in New York City. I believe that.
Anti-War Left: Half Right
The antiwar movement is correct about being antiwar. But it misses the other half of the picture. It refuses to connect the dots. It refuses to invest itself in helping spread democracy the grassroots way.
A case study organization that I got to know after I moved to the city was DFNYC. It was amazing to me how much pride the organization took in its lack of interest in the Nepal democracy movement I was working on at the time. Another lame excuse I heard was that it was Democracy For New York City, not Democracy For The World.
The French Revolution And DFNYC
I would not have gone out of my way to single out the organization except that it is no different today. It was recently a co-sponsor of a major antiwar rally in downtown Manhattan. Iraq is not in New York City.
War On Terror = Cold War
The two are of similar magnitude. And the only way to conclude the War On Terror is by ensuring a total spread of democracy in the Arab world. The progressives can agree on those two counts.
And then we part ways. We say the neocon way of spreading democracy - military invasion - is wrong, expensive, and counterproductive. There is a progressive way, a nonviolent way, a grassroots way, Nepal's magical April Revolution 2006 way.
The First Major Revolution Of The 21st Century Happened In Nepal
Arab World, Africa, China, Russia
The Arab world is a major one. And Africa is related. And there are parts of Asia too that are not there yet. Burma was recently in news. China and Russia are two big ones that are complicated.
I believe the two have to meet half way. America needs total campaign finance reform. China needs pluralism. Otherwise China needs to get into the business of teaching all poor countries how to achieve double digit growth rates year in year out for decades.
I have been thinking, China loans so much money to Bush at 5% or so. Should it not instead focus on the idea of universal and lifelong credit for its own 700 million poor? Maybe at 7%? If it were to do that, I believe it could achieve a 15% growth rate.
Education, Health, Credit: Universal And Lifelong
China could also become a lender to the countries in the Global South. Chinese FDI into all poor countries, now that is an idea.
China just gave birth to the world's first trillion dollar company in PetroChina. There is much talk of this being the Asian Century. Both India and China are seeing near double digit growth rates.
But the average Indian is hungry, the average Chinese is poor. India has the largest middle class in the world, and the top 100 million Chinese perhaps will compete with the top 100 million people anywhere. But even when China becomes a larger economy than the US, as is expected in a few decades, the per capital income will still be less than 25% of that in the US.
Take away India and China and the world would have been in a recession right now after the Katrina in the US finance industry. Global economic growth truly is a win-win situation. It is good news for America that India was not going to be a country of subsistence farmers forever.
Debate Watch Party Thursday
Hi Everyone,In The News
I just wanted to send a quick email about the debate watching party with Drinking Liberally this Thursday night:
Debate Watching Party with Drinking Liberally!
You are invited to the Democratic Debate Watching Party hosted by Drinking Liberally. As the primaries near, the debates become more critical and exciting. There is only one more debate after this one.
Join us for a fun evening of debate watching and stimulating discussion with our Drinking Liberally friends.
Where: The Irish Rogue (13 plasma tv's!!)
356 West 44th St.
When: Thurs, Nov 15 @ 7:30
All are welcome!!
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