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November 01, 2005

Is the future of New Orleans the future of the USofA? Should we make a decision that this is the time, this is the 'cause' and this is where we'll draw our line in the sand?

As the New Orleans disaster recedes from the headlines, citizen activists face a choice. We can focus exclusively on other newer issues. Or we can work to make the disaster one of those key turning points with the potential to transform American politics. For this to happen, we need to consciously create new dialogue, reaching well beyond the core converted.

In New Orleans, we have a situation that encapsulates much of what the Left holds dear. The rights 0f the individual, not the least of the poor, the disenfranchised, and the ignored. There's an obligation to balance the needs of the people against the needs of the planet. A necessity to balance the desires of people against the desires of corporations.

We can rebuild this coast of Louisiana as a model of ecological-economic cooperation or we can...just let it slip from our minds as we hopscotch across the latest crisis, the latest Bush Administration idiocy, or the latest body count from Iraq. And the people of New Orleans can remain scattered, unwanted, and alienated in hundreds of communities across the country. Slipping back into silent poverty.

Washington's Democrats will be doing...what Washington politicians do. But the rest of us....

They don't seem to know where we want them to lead us. So we could lead ourselves and let those who feel they can share and support our passion join us.

There's plenty to be done and at least as much work needed in considering future policies.

Just imagine what we could do if we stood up publicly and acted together. With the people of New Orleans.


(P.S. I think it's important to stress that when I say, "we," I'm not including the Bush Administration. They're not invited because they don't play fair.

Posted by AnneZook at 10:34 AM