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Politics of Change

Politics of Change

I am not only fascinated by politics, but by the politics of change, if there is one unchanging motif that runs through the common history of man, it is that everything changes, except change itself. How we change, and its process tells us more about who we are as nations and individuals and it is that fearful but persistent change that tells us not only who we are, but who we were and perhaps who we might be. I know many have distaste to all things political, because of the common association with corruption and scandal which pervades the political society. It is true that politics unfortunately is inhabited by desperate men and women who abuse the power entrusted to them, and many of them, not all of them are circus elephants.

But does that mean one should despair with and ignore politics?

It does surprise me that when I talk to people who are by their own right apathetic towards politics, they consider it to be some new age phenomenon, or when I speak with devout religious persons who consider that politics as it is today was not apparent in the days of the Moses, Mohammed or Guru Nanak. When people ask me why I am so interested in politics, I recall my first lesson in Government and Politics when I was 16, my lecturer Mr. McSweeny, broke politics down to “who gets what says who”. Who gets what says who in society and on this planet should be a concern of everyman or woman who has a life to lead and a family to feed.

To ignore politics is to test that old French proverb ” if you do not do politics, politics will certainly do you”. As Aristotle observed, one of the many penalties of refusing to engage in politics is to allow yourself to be ruled be inferior individuals than yourself.

That is why I always pay close attention to the politics of today, simple labels immersed in complex situations always require the closest attention, lest one be girded in the whirlwind of propaganda, where the myths are legion and the truth of the

Politics And Inflation

Politics And Inflation

Across the entire country, the rising price of gas and the record setting price of a barrel of oil has been front page news for the past few weeks, if not months.

This Tuesday morning, when I first arrived at work, I was greeted with the news about a price increase in a different commodity, copper. If you haven’t been paying attention, the price of all precious metals has under gone drastic increases just in the last few weeks. Copper in and of itself is up more than 25% year to date, with the lion’s share of that increase coming within the last few weeks. Gold, silver, platinum and aluminum have all followed similar patterns.

Wednesday morning, I turned on my television just in time to hear the news that grocery prices were rising. A gallon of milk is now more expensive than a gallon of gas, and I don’t have to tell you how expensive that is.

Thursday morning there was even more bad news. The stock market had taken a severe tumble the day before, and to top it all off, the US dollar is taking a beating around world. It seems that no one wants our currency anymore.

Where am I going with this? Well, the reason that I’m telling you all of this is because it’s an election year and I want to make something perfectly clear. “It’s the economy, stupid.”

Don’t let yourself be swayed at the voting booth by political rhetoric about abortion or race or religion or gun control or any other sleight-of-hand issues. Owing a gun won’t protect you from political tyrants. There are so many guns and gun owners in the United States and little by little we’re still losing our country and our right to self-determination, not to a military coup, but to shysters and swindlers with a pen and a suit.

So I want to urge you to vote with your pocket book. The middle class in this country is shrinking and the amount of people living paycheck to paycheck keeps on growing, and yet, election after election we let ourselves be side-tracked by political

A Spiritual Perspective on Politics

A Spiritual Perspective on Politics

The current financial and political situation has been coming for awhile. Our system of control of power and money benefits those who are already rich and powerful. The people in our country and other consumer based nations have been living their lives based on an illusion. Assuming their basic needs are more than being met, the people strive to make more and more money to purchase more and more things. When they have what they want, they are relatively content. The truth is, too much value has been placed on maintaining personal lifestyle and too little value has been placed on the greater good of everyone. What could we do to help improve the lives of others if all the money being spent on military endeavors and projects that make corporations richer went into feeding the hungry, treating the sick, and helping people make positive shifts in their lives? What if everyone decided to be content and grateful for their blessings and changed their consumerist ways? What if citizens in our communities started sharing with and helping each other? Yes we are individuals, but we are also interconnected energetically to all other energy. The current societal focus seems to be on separation, separation from each other and separation from our collective creation energy. Our society values individualism more than community as evidenced in the every person for themselves attitude. Where is the balance? From a spiritual perspective, the energy flows triangularly and is interconnected. Being in balance means balancing your personal energetic flow, self to Self, self to others and self to The Loving Universe.

This may be too simple an approach, but we are spiritual beings in physical form. It is time for more attention to move towards individual and collective spirituality. This is a major change. It means choosing love over fear. Too many people are living in fear, fear of the future, fear they will lose their financial security. Fear energy builds on itself. It is

Coolest Ways to Be Involved in Politics

Coolest Ways to Be Involved in Politics

Politics is all over. No matter how one tries to stay away from this aspect of life, it still exists and will affect the day to day system. And so, one is left with little choice but to just adapt to the bickerings and the promises. Involving one’s self in politics doesn’t mean one has to run for a position or debate all day long on who should win. There are creative and cool ways to be in jive with the unescapable political world. Take a look at the following ways and start to be involve now:

1. Join a political poster design contest

A political poster design contest basically is for those who are endowed with the gift to draw beautifully. The candidates have their own poster design contests online and it is a cool and definitely creative ways to be politically-inclined without being a dull speaker. John McCain currently has a poster design contest open to voting while Barack Obama sells the political posters designed by his supporters as part of his campaign.

2. Become a member of a political discussion board

As there tens of political forums in the web alone, those who have the gift of jab can never run out of avenues to be involved in the political issues. Plus, one will never run out of anything to say as there is a new issue everyday.

3. Pose for a political website

For those who want to be exposed, in a good way, try following Jessica Alba’s footsteps. Gag yourself and pose for a website that advocates voting. Her thought provoking poses for declareyourself.com really made news and it is definitely cool to be a model for a worthy cause.

4. Vote

This is what EVERYONE can do. Voting this coming elections is the coolest thing one can do to be involved in politics. It makes one’s voice heard sans the condemnation or the debate of why one chose that candidate. The polling booth will serve as the vessel of one’s right to suffrage. It is important to be involved in politics,

Politics As Usual!

Politics As Usual!

I had intended to remain neutral in my opinions and postings on the presidential campaign, since I don’t believe either candidate is much of a choice. But, with the article below and the Bill O’Reilly attack on Obama last night, I have changed my mind. It seems that McCain, as with Bush against Kerry, four years ago, can have his henchmen attack, in a low-life manner, Obama whenever he so desires, and, of course, he will then deny any involvement. However, when the tables are turned, then of course McCain cries foul. McCain’s campaign spokesman, Tucker Bounds, was interviewed, just yesterday, by CNN’s Campbell Brown, and the McCain campaign is, once again, crying foul.

Yesterday, Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds appeared on CNN for an interview with Campbell Brown. Brown was tough on Bounds, refusing to let him spout typical campaign talking points. She repeatedly pressed him on Palin’s foreign policy experience and qualifications, asking him to name one decision that she made as commander-in-chief of the Alaskan National Guard. Bounds was unable to do so.

Today, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer revealed that because of that tough interview, the McCain campaign has canceled the senator’s appearance on Larry King Live tonight:

The McCain campaign said it believed that exchange was over the line and as a result the interview scheduled for Larry King Live with Sen. McCain was pulled. CNN does not believe that Campbell’s interview was over the line. We are committed to fair coverage of both sides of this historic election.

First of all, I could care less about Palin. It’s her boss that worries me! Four years ago, all I heard from the Bush campaign was “swift-boat” rhetoric about John Kerry. John Kerry, had served in Viet Nam, been wounded and decorated, while George W couldn’t find his drunken way back to the national guard base where he, once or twice a week, had to show up for duty. Now it’s McCain with his overworked and

Politics and Christianity

Politics and Christianity

A coworker recently approached me expressing grave concern with regards to the upcoming presidential election. He was quite concerned about the direction this country is going. This is quite understandable, but I believe this for different reasons than he does. I want to take a look at this today from both my personal thoughts and then a Biblical perspective.

Personally-

I think their is a vast void of true leadership and integrity in Washington. Both presidential candidates are poor choices for America. I read a joke today which goes, “If both parties presidential and vice-presidential candidates we in a boat that capsized, who would be saved?” Answer: “America.”

These two candidates are the symptom of the two party system sickness which plagues America. Do your really want change in America? Do you really want to make a difference? Do you really want your vote to count? If the answer is yes, then vote Third Party! I do not care which one, just pick one. Whatever you do, do not vote for one of the major parties, and you will change America.

Biblically-

Biblically we need to remember three things:

We are not to worry- Do not worry about tomorrow- does that sound familiar. The old slogan, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” is halfway Biblical. Worrying is a sin, it is unhealthy, and it produces nothing, so knock it off.

God Sets Up Rulers- Yes we vote, but God is very clear that he puts the rulers on the thrones. So knowing that whoever we get is God appointed for one reason or another should give us peace. God has a plan far greater and deeper than we can ever comprehend. So on election night, don’t stay up and wait for the results. Just go to bed and rest assured that whoever God wants in office, he will be in office.

God Is In Control- Do you remember the Twila Paris song? God Is In Control. Listen to it a few times. God is in control of everything, and God works out everything for good for those who love him. Do