If I Had My Way
To: Glenn Greenwald - GGreenwald@salon.com
Cc: Paul Krugman - (Address unknown, please forward)
Cc: Doc Searls - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cc: Dave Winer - email@example.com
From: Doug Skoglund - firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Saturday, May 07, 2011
Subject: My Way XI - Caring
I disagree with the song -- what the world needs now is caring -- not love, love is for lovers, caring is for the rest of us.
And caring requires communication -- being able to talk to each other; therefore, the solutions to the world's problems require that we learn how to talk with each other -- NOT to -- NOT at -- with.
The Declaration of Independence states:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. -- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, -- That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Amendment I to the Constitution states:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Now, there is a reason for that "of the press" to be included in the very first amendment -- it is the communication link between "the people" and "the government." It is the Constitutionally designated group to lead the conversion to a more caring world -- it is the group that will determine if that "new Government" is evolved peacefully or violently -- and they don't seem to want to "get with the program"
Jeff Jarvis in "bin Laden, dead at last" states:
Just as it was too soon days after 9/11 to understand my feelings, I need to wait after this event to take it in. But I hope this: As 9/11 gave us perspective and unity, so do I hope this event reminds us of our priorities, driving the inanity of the birthers and brawlers off our front pages and news shows so we get back to the precious work of a free society.
Whatever happened to the "created equal" -- it seems as though Mr. Jarvis, a noted leader and teacher of journalism, is a bit mixed up about the nature of that "precious work."
BTW, Mr. Jarvis, those birthers and brawlers are part of the "all men are created equal" -- they have as much right to the front pages and the news shows as you or I or anybody else.
I don't mean to pick on Jeff -- it's just that he is part of the problem -- as are each of you -- if you aren't working the "communication with" problem then you are indeed, part of the problem.
Obviously, I am stating my opinion -- only exercising my right to freedom of speech -- just trying to get you guys to discuss that opinion -- before the shit really hits the fan.
Paul Krugman in "Fears and Failures" states:
From G.D.P. to private-sector payrolls, from business surveys to new claims for unemployment insurance, key economic indicators suggest that the recovery may be sputtering.
It would be very nice if Paul Krugman actually cared enough to publish an e-mail address (and learned how to talk "with" his readers).
Thanks for your time,
Doug Skoglund - email@example.com