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  •  As I'm sure you are aware, those are the words of (0+ / 0-)

    Abraham Lincoln, in the Gettysburg Address and his meaning is clear: we are (supposedly) self-governing. The dependence on government described in the title of this diary, to me, means that we are dependent on ourselves. Self reliant, but in the collective sense that Paul Ryan, for example, hates so unreasonably.

    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
    Our test in these times is to persuade the anti-government factions represented by the tea party, the Reaganite "government is the problem" crowd,  to  rejoin our republic and our democratic processes, and cease their efforts to destroy our government.

    I assume you know their reasons as well as I do.  Basically, simple greed, hidden racism, hyper competitiveness, human nature.

    If you disagree with the Wars on Terrorism and Drugs  what are YOU doing about it? You, we are the people I am talking about. If you strongly reject these social wars and their ill effects, why don't you start one of those White House petitions? Post it in a diary, make your case, subscribe for signatures, I'd sign it.

    •  I have started White House petitions, and failed (3+ / 0-)
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      to pass the first threshold of getting 150 signatures for the particular issues I was promoting at the time. The PR aspect isn't a real strength for me, but I figure that practice, when I have something to contribute, will lead me to a moment when what I have to say will break through, and that will be the right time and issue.

      Each of us , just by participating here at Kos, is engaged with some level of interest, some degree of purpose. And simply by our returning and posting our thoughts here and there, we're more likely next time to answer some outrageous bigotry at a friend's party, or convince a friend to vote or rethink their positions.

      If one of us does this, then a dozen will sooner or later, and the numbers can only grow, along with the passion and knowledge. Those who remain stuck in older patterns of thinking will find themselves wondering how the rest of us became so articulate and well informed.

      And with the changing demographics and aging of us all, every issue will become more focused and detailed and pinned into place for the emerging 21st century consensus.

      And that includes much more awareness about where our tax dollars are going and what our government is up to.  We are all becoming more activist here every day, if only by the most incremental steps...

      "...the Constitution of the U.S. is an entitlement for everybody." - Jim Clyburn

      by Beastly Fool on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 12:09:38 PM PDT

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      •  Following you now (1+ / 0-)
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        Sorry that subject line sounds kind of creepy, but I've just put you on my following list, that may make it easier for me to keep track of your work and active petitions. I'm not quite sure how people use that feature.

        Thanks for your efforts, sorry I missed your petition.

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