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U.S. Politics - -What Bugs U Most?
POLITICAL HUMOR -Sanity support
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DOUBLESPEAK -Language manipulation: Your favorite examples?
What's your favorite political myth?
RANTS!! -Not for the faint of heart
QUOTES -From John Adams to Jon Stewart...
HUMAN NATURE -Is it with us, or against us?
Integrity of Voting - Since it's only our democracy..
DEAR MR.PRESIDENT -Unanswered questions for the President
Bush Record It's time for an overview

YOUR voice . . .
On the left is a set of links where you can speak your piece, add your voice, post the great humor you find (totally necessary for us all to maintain sanity!), and add important pieces of the puzzle that is 'The Big Picture'. You can keep this page up at the same time as other browser windows you are reading or posting in by clicking on the 'Dashboard' link on the blue menu bar above.

We are preparing more spaces, pages, forums, expression places - and the means to integrate, contextualize, and understand your voices - and we ask your patience as well as your help in doing this.

We also request three things:

  • that you treat others with the respect that you like to be given;
  • to remember that many viewpoints may be valid, because we have each had different experiences and perceptions;
  • and to realize that each person has some piece of understanding to offer. Please try to find and acknowledge that which you see.
  • Ok, four things: if you state anything other than an opinion, it helps A LOT to back up what you say with some kind of evidence, reference, resource or media source. And by the way "IMO" means 'In My Opinion'; IMHO means 'In My Humble Opinion'. These little acronyms can make a difference in how your post is read!
  • EXERCISE IT!
    You are not alone.

    You are not alone, in wanting to be heard, in wanting to speak of important things, in wanting to speak of heart and spirit and existence as well as issues, problems, and solutions. Finding a space to talk of these important things, though, is difficult: the more important the question, the fewer places we have in American culture to speak about it. If it's trivial, a movie star or a fashion, you can find many places for discussion, and TV shows, news reports, magazines about it. If it's important - the underlying causes of our discontent, the roots of the problems of our own culture and those of the world, the emotions of an alienating society, the immense possibilities and very real choices before us - then there are few places to voice your mind and heart, much less be heard and hear others.

    In part this is because we have allowed our voices to be stolen. We have allowed the few columns of 'Letters to the Editor' to corral and restrict what we say and who of 'the public' gets to read it. We have allowed the polls to 'speak' for us in manipulated distortions of our real thoughts and intentions. We have allowed the agenda to be set, the playing field chosen, and a false 'game' to distract us from the greater one in which we can speak our truths and where our voices matter.

    You are not alone in wanting to speak your voice. You are not alone in needing it to be heard, or in believing that what you say can make a difference. We believe it too.

    So - it is time we claimed our voices! And it is time we coupled them to the creation and construction of what we wish to see in the world. It is time we claimed the power not merely to 'resist', or to 'fight harder' or to 'struggle', or to 'protest' though these things have their place and their value. Yet in some ways all of these things, based on the metaphors of war, bitter polarization, and winning and losing, are distractions from the real tasks before us: to build, construct, and create the world we DO want to live in.

    Therein lies our power - in innovation and creation and support of what we *do* want. In agreeing to play on the field of divisiveness, attack, struggle and protest, we have allowed our energies to be harnessed within a structure that generates more polarization, not less; which marginalizes, rather than anchors, core shared values; and which engages our energies in resisting rather than creating.

    We suggest that a better path into the future - a path with more joy, fun, encouragement, and support, not to mention practical solutions and useful application - rests in construction, not destruction, and in understanding rather than in denigration of the many viewpoints offered by others.

    We believe that it is in us, We the People, that wisdom and courage exist, that real solutions are found, that innovative pathways to the future are discovered.

    We the People have been silenced too long by the structure of our govenment, the mores of our society, the power of our media, the constraints of our lives - by our system.

    It's time we talked about what is real.

    So we offer this page, this entire website, this space of Global Dialog as a beginning place for the dialog that is needed, for your voice to be heard, for your truth to be expressed or your frustration acknowledged. We cannot think of a better time, just past one of the most bitter and divisive elections in American history, for expression, exploration, and conversation about what is important to us.

    Please join us. talk about how you feel, what you think, where we're headed, where we want to go. What are we, as a species or a culture, missing? What wisdom have we forgotten? How do we create the world we want to live in, and what does that world look like? Let's think big, explore our dreams, see who else shares and is willing to help create them.

    We think it's long past time, so....

    Let the Dialog Begin!


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