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    Cindy, I don't know if you have read God's Politics by Jim Wallis. One of my favorite sections is this description of a speech he gave in Washington, DC to a group of low-income mothers:

    I urged the moms on the Mall not to waste any valuable time while they were in Washington. I wanted them to be able to quickly recognize the members of Congress whom they had come to see. They're the ones, I told them, who walk around town with their fingers held high in the air, having just licked them to see which way the wind is blowing.

    Most of us believe that by replacing one wet-fingered politician with another, we can change our society. But it never really works, and when it doesn't, we get disillusioned. We then get tempted to just grumble, withdraw, or give up altogether on ever changing anything. But that's where we make our mistake.

    The great practitioners of real social change, like Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Ghandi, understood something very important. They knew that you don't change a society by merely replacing one wet-fingered politician with another. You change a society by changing the wind.

    Change the wind, transform the debate, recast the discussion, alter the context in which political decisions are being made, and you will change the outcomes. Move the conversation around a crucial issue to a whole new place, and you will open up possibilities for change never dreamed of before. And you will be surprised at how fast the politicians adjust to the change in the wind.

    Cindy, you are a wind-changer. Thank you for your courage and leadership.

    "Democracy begins in conversation." - John Dewey

    by TxTiger on Mon Aug 15, 2005 at 01:18:11 AM PDT

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