Do The Freakin Math

Liberals and conservatives alike frequently rely on limited evidence, personal experience, religious beliefs or gut emotions to determine solutions for complex problems. From immigration to global warming - taxes to terrorism - or health care to free trade - analytical study is rare. Science based policy making isn’t the way of Washington. And the consequences are catastrophic. Change is urgently needed. Just do the freakin’ math.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Spirt of 1775 not enough. Need the wisdom to enforce liberty and justice for all...globally.

Dear Editor,
The US doesn’t need “an infusion of the spirit of 1775” (Editorial title 7-4-16).  It needs an infusion of the wisdom needed to act on that spirit -- both at home and abroad. 
Tragically the “essential ideals” of our revolution were only legalized for white, wealthy males.   And since then this nation has rarely stood forcefully with other people in the world by enforcing such self-evident universal ideals.  Too often our nation has stood with other governments that rejected these grand ideals in protecting our own interests or national sovereignty. 
The greatest ideal our founding fathers gifted to us was the concept of federation -  a political system that places the rule of law above the law of force.  Unfortunately, they left out one vital element of the ‘rule of law’ essential for sustaining such a genius system -- liberty and Justice for all.  
The only way the US should “engage with the world” would be to first mobilize domestically the “courage, self-sacrifice, [and] attention to the common good” of all humans who share this irreversibly interdependent world with us.   Without this immediate infusion of domestic wisdom our own federation will be increasingly at risk from the human injustices we continue to ignore elsewhere and to frequently exacerbate.  


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