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Build bridges, not walls, to fix America

Deacon Ian Punnett –

“Teenage boys play at love to get sex; teenage girls play at sex to get love.” While that old aphorism may be less true today than it was when I was kid, that explanation of how the Western world works has stuck with me because it explains so much. As a teenager myself, it helped me negotiate awkward times when some girl was sending mixed messages and helped me be mindful of the times when I was doing the same.

But that dichotomy applies to more than just human relationships. I have believed for years that “Republicans play at fiscal responsibility to control society; Democrats play at social justice in order to get their hands on the money.” Neither comment is fair or true all the time, but it does help to explain why a guy like Donald Trump, that claims to be about good business, spends so much time trying to sell the country on the Great Wall of Trump.

Recently, Gail, a reader, asked me if I had a prediction for the future of American politics. “Will we have more than two viable parties since the left and right really seem so far apart on issues? I think that’s one reason why many like Trump. To those people he appears to be in the middle.”

I’ve been giving this question some thought ever since. First, it must be said that the United States has had third-party candidates. While Bernie Sanders is running as a Democrat for president, for example, he is best known as an Independent who has beaten Democrats and Republicans in three-way races for years. Third-party presidential candidates such as Ralph Nader, Ross Perot and George Wallace have not won national office, but their “outsider” popularity impacted the outcome of almost every race they were in.

Similarly, according to news polls, at least part of Trump’s popularity is linked to his “outsider” status. To your point, Gail, politics these days do seem especially polarized, but does Trump represent the middle?

If I were to design a viable third party, one that did more than appear to be in the middle, the party platform would be the elimination of national unemployment by the passing of the largest public works bill in history to fix the estimated 66,000 bridges that are falling apart across the country. Starting at sixteen years old, every man and woman could find at least part-time work rebuilding this country from the ground up, or being part of the support staff needed to make that happen. The best thing about that would be that we would be paying ourselves. The tax money we spent would go back into every community in the form of decent wages and/or be used to pay down massive student loan debt. The next best thing is that we would be doing it together, getting to know each other, regardless of religion, ethnicity or sex. American commerce depends on a transportation infrastructure, and this reinvestment into our future economy has been put off too long. We would be too busy to hate.

My party platform would also include a two-year moratorium on the signing of any bill that attempted to restrict personal freedom except in criminal cases. Having freedom should always mean having choices. No woman should be forced to remove a hijab—or forced to wear one. If you have the freedom to choose only one thing, you’re not really free. So, to me, being pro-freedom means being pro-choice on guns, marriage rights, reproductive rights, etc. While I personally choose a conservative, traditional, faithful, monogamous lifestyle, nobody else should be forced, by law, to have the courage of my boring convictions. The flag is red, white and blue, not red, blue and vanilla. My party leadership would be based on the simple idea that the job of every government is to provide the greatest amount of freedom to the greatest number of people for the longest period of time.

I would call this third party “The Birthday Party,” because if it ever happened, every day would feel like my birthday. But going back to your initial inquiry, Gail, my prediction for the future of American politics is that compared to a guy who is running on the promise that Mexico is going to pay for a 40-foot-high, 2,100-mile-long wall along our southern border on demand, notions of self-sustaining national infrastructure and personal freedom would just sound kooky.

2 Comments on Build bridges, not walls, to fix America

  1. Reblogged this on Chasing Pirates and commented:
    We desperately need a third party, and The Birthday Party sounds good to me!


  2. What you call ‘The Birthday Party’ the apostle Paul described as dying daily and resurrecting daily into the newness of the Life in Christ.

    I cannot predict the exact detail of the unfolding events of the Future, but I can recognize the trend line in the current political contest observing from CanaDa.

    The following is my comment in a propaganda piece demonizng Russia appearing in Raw Story Today. Unless ‘the other’ is presented as the most evil unrepentant demon in the eyes of the people, they would never consent to war vocally or by their silence.

    “Unlike in the United States and Europe, reports of the mistreatment of detainees by police officers rarely trigger public outrage.”

    Yes, but despite the Public outrage, the Police are seldom charged. So what’s the difference apart from the manipulated superficiality?

    The regime of this world has been rule by the rich for the rich since the feast of the king of Babylon for 1000 of his “1%” nobles as ‘they drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone” some 2600 years ago. It’s the existing ‘the system’ we were all born into, believing it needs changing, having been here all those Centuries, generation after generation. In other words, it’s the economy, stupid!

    Republicans and their Christian supporters don’t believe Jesus in his constant theme in the New Testament ‘hardly ever will a rich man enter the kingdom’ They pray in vain, ‘Thy kingdom come, they will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’ and don’t recognize the bottleneck in this real material world.

    It is notable and significant, both the Democrats and Republicans have outsiders claiming to be taking on the establishment. The only difference is, one of the two is a billionaire, and that is by definition, ‘The Establishment.’

    The US is the chief engineer of regime change in this world, changing regimes resisting American dictates or interests.

    American Republican/Christians seem to remain blind to the “regime change” implied in their Bibles, or they just don’t want to see it or else they would have to do their part in changing “the system”:

    Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
    Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth eaten.
    Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. You have heaped treasure together for the last days.

    Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you
    kept back by fraud, cries: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
    You have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; you have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
    You have condemned and killed the just; and he does not resist you.

    Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waits for the precious fruit of the earth, and has long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
    You also be patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draws nigh.
    Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest you be condemned: behold, the judge stands before the door.
    Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.
    Behold, we count them happy which endure. You have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

    But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest you
    fall into condemnation.
    James 5

    Recognizing and identifying “the 1%” is the beginning of the “regime change” implied by James 5.


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