…the negotiation that must take place is between the people of the United States, not the two parties, not the news networks, we need to solve this one ourselves, to decide what kind of country we want.
Rant alert: the following is a bit of a ramble – you have been warned 😉
Reminds me of a quote from Utah Philips – he suggested that he would run for President as the “Sloth and Indolence” party with the charter of doing absolutely nothing if he took office. In other words, he said, if you want something done you’ll have to get in there and do it yourselves!
I think that’s a sentiment we in Australia have to take to heart as well. I don’t know what that means for me just yet. I was thinking about it today over breakfast and the thought that came to me was this:
Join the Labor party – support Labor and support a progressive agenda in an attempt to swing the party left and be part of the support base Latham needs so that he can build a solid policy platform and present that confidently to the electorate at the next election.
Now, I’m just thinking out loud here. That’s not necessarily what I’m going to do. But it is one of the many thoughts I’ve had post-election about how I personally can get involved – to help shape this country politically in a way that we can be proud of.
I could join the Democrats or the Greens and do the same thing. A new political party might be the way to go. Working with NGOs (perhaps here, here, here or here) and applying pressure through lobby groups might be another. Creating informational literature (as handouts or a website) that shows how the Liberals policies create all sorts of problems for all sorts of people. Actually writing and meeting with your federal member.
I don’t really know what I’m going to do – but I will do something. There are so many things that can be done and I honestly don’t believe there’s a right and a wrong thing. I think if we all do a little bit each we will have an impact no matter what it is. And it would be great if we could co-ordinate our efforts to have maximum impact when that’s appropriate.
The worst thing that we can do, though, is to get caught thinking that what we do can’t make an impact. We may not all be a Dalai Lama or a Nelson Mandela – but collectively we can make a significant impact. The tough part is picking something and committing to it – in whatever way we can. Perhaps the Take it Personally website can serve as inspiration?
I don’t usually do this, but I’m going to end with a question – and not a rhetorical one. I would dearly love to hear what people have to say through comments or on their own weblogs – what are you going to do? I know that a lot of people I know want to do something – what have you thought of so far?