“WORLD PEACE!” Believing we need to spend more time thinking beyond the bookends of ‘The Right is radically wrong and The Left throws money at the poor,’ I celebrate heroic education: “One Child, One Teacher, One Book and One Pen” Malala, that changes our world into a place where the death of a seventeen year old is not justification for a “Halleluiah” tweet nor talk radio victory lap.
For a renewed focus on TheReasonableVoice.com and The Reasonable Voices BlogTalkRadio, I chose “World Peace,” knowing what an unfortunate punch line this goal has become.
We’ve been lubricated into believing “The Home of the Brave” is “The Land of the Free” by an endless marketing loop from corporate overseers who dangle technological advances of Capitalism before our eyes, glazing over reality.
Discounting Ancient World wisdom, we mentally download history into Sunday reruns, content to superficially surf. Distracted by a myriad of devices and medical breakthroughs, we self-blindside, eating ourselves to death, while devouring Earth, Air, Water and Firefighters.
In college I walked in on an argument my roommate, a Hopkins PhD candidate, was having with his guests from India, and was asked, “as an American,” to settle their differing world views.
I suggested, ‘The United Nations is not a group of foreign guests America allows to gather on Manhattan’s East Side. It is the world capsulated into the individuals speaking for every world leader and nation of people who comprise its membership. Even as host country, we either are co-earthly inhabitants or proclaimed superior ideological isolationists.’
Either way, like Charity, “World Peace” begins at home – with every American family whose ancestors sought freedoms here, only to enslave Native Americans, or brought with them, their own black slaves — in short, in the homes of American immigrant descendants. Either we are global citizens or we drain human and financial power in perpetual Wall Street war against the world.
Diminishing the education of our students under the weight of corporate loans, we deny Constitutional equality for all Americans, while shooting a mother’s child every three and a half hours.
I fail to understand why ‘Stewards of the Earth’ care who consenting adults marry, or where a man puts his penis, as long as it is not in you, your wife or a child. Although personally against abortion, anyone claiming absolute power to dictate to a woman what her choices are, while denying her equal protection under the law and equal pay for her professional contribution to society, murders “Free Will.”
Yes, these are global issues, but “Justice for All” is an American pledge, and unlike the Middle East, generally we replace our elected Presidents by electing another. So instead of cheering a Nixon, Simpson or Zimmerman verdict, demanding personal preferences over a jury’s “reasonable doubt,” consider why our Founding Fathers created a Republic, resulting in an Electoral College, rather than a mob ruled Democracy.
All over our world, there are life threatening realities facing women and children, especially girls, yes even from those shouting for their Democracy and Freedom. Yet our national priorities remain military power, corporate healthcare profits and oil & coal revenues, rather than endorsing The Council for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.
CEDAW is the call for global decency, equality and humanity for all. Yet America has not signed it, because CEDAW requires each signatory to guarantee, in their Constitution, equal rights for its female citizens. Supreme Court Justices Ginsberg and Scalia insist the Constitution of the United States of America, does not. Equality and Justice for All are global challenges America has yet to achieve.
Still think we’re God’s gift to the world, the Gauntlet is at your feet.