that the 2006 elections are over, and the Democratic Party has
gained the seats it needed, we find ourselves waiting, as usual,
as our hopes and dreams for a better future continue to flounder.
Was it foolish to expect more?
Yes, they're trying to improve thingsDemocrats
and Republicans, each with their lockstep priorities. How is it
then, that things never improve and often get worse?
Perhaps the bible gives us a clue.
It tells us that we shouldn't pour new wine into old wineskins.
Both parties, and most Americans along
with them, are stuck in a rut. We never hear any new and positive
thinking anymore. Just the monotonous drone of entrenched power,
using words and ideas that haven't excited anyone in generations.
For example, they persist in pigeonholing
ideas as liberal or conservative. Once that happens flexibility
and real change go out the window. We end up defining ourselves
by our own inadequacies. We let misguided pride make decisions for
us. Or two-dimensional, juvenile clichés coined by school
yard bullies, like "cut and run." Or being so full of
pride that we refuse to talk to our enemies, even when it means
slighting our own best interests.
The nations of the world may respect
our strength, but they no longer look to us for leadership. Our
moral monologue has become stale and archaic in this bold new world,
especially when that moralizing contradicts our own actions.
Even with war we allow pride to direct
us more than common sense. Trying not to lose face in theory,
we lose face in fact. And we know it! We just can't stop
If we look at global events with an
open mind, economically, politically, morally, we can see first
hand that we live in a new world. The old answers don't work anymorelargely
due to the advancements we propagated! The Age of Pseudo-Imperialism
is over now. People are far too sophisticated.
We need to move forward, even if our
leaders refuse to keep pace. Don't worry. They'll catch upor
not. Either way, we can't wait for them to take the initiative.
They've been pushing us backwards far too long, and know little
We, the people, all of us, need to
think differently about who we are and where we're going. Manifest
Destiny has already manifested. It's time to move on. We need
fresh ideas, not just promises and rhetoric.
We need a new Renaissance.
A resurgence of intellect and art and human insight.
We need a new Pax Americanano
longer measured by the past, but by the future as we see it. We
have to understand that not all American interests are worth hurting
or killing people for. We are greater than that. Our traditions
are greater. Our religions are greaterdespite the confusion
of recent years.
We need to remedy our jaded conscience
so that political spin is no longer acceptable. We do that by becoming
as intolerant of lies and corruption as we are of treason,
for in the clear light of day they are one and the same.
We need a renewal of the primary philosophical
principle that America was built upon: that the true benefit of
freedom is the good that results from it, not the sleaze or ungainly
profit or the power we gain over other people. Freedom that is not
humane is freedom that has lost its soul.
We have to learn from our past mistakes
that there is no "them against us" in this nation. There's
only us. If we look to "win or lose" among our
own people, no matter what race or religion or neighborhood we live
in, we all lose.
We cannot wait for a leader to carry
us forward. It would not be a new Renaissance if we did. It has
to come from us. The way we see things. The excitement of building
something new and better, liberating ourselves from the ignorance
of the past. There can be no fundamental change if we cling to old
ideas and longtime grudges. For starts, throw away those old labels
of conservative and liberal. They've
restricted our creativity for so long that for every step we take
forward we go two steps back. Liberal dreams and conservative trepidations
are senseless to the here and now and what needs to be done. Good
will is the final arbiter. Respect for others. A dissolution of
group think, that only betrays its own principles
in the end.
The new Renaissance will not begin
in Washington. Or in Rome. Or the Middle East. It begins with the
liberation of your heart. You. Not George Bush
or Hillary Clinton. Not John McCain or Barach Obama. It's time to
wipe the stars from your eyes. It begins by examining your own beliefs
and discarding what doesn't work anymore. It begins by listening,
not automatically contending. It begins with a commitment to truth
and life, which in turn creates a better commitment to all.
In a democracy, people have to change
before leadership changes. That's means us. And that's what
Chivalry-Now is all about.
Now, I could tell you my views about, let's
say, abortion. I might even convince you to accept my views as your
own. But that would be wrong. You have to formulate your own opinions.
And after a lifetime of being proselytized to by everyone you meet,
you have to separate what you truly believe from what was injected
into your psyche. That's what freedom is all about. It's about freeing
your mind from the shackles of other people's opinions. It's not
about following or leading. It's about encouraging free thought
Those who seek to control you won't
like that idea. They know that the original Renaissance eventually
toppled the power of the aristocracy, leading to the Enlightenment,
from which our great democracy was born. They like things the way
question I want to leave you with is this: DO YOU???