— Submitted by Friends of the Constitution, San Juans
The state of the world is without doubt in serious trouble.
I submit that Albert Einstein defined the problem profoundly and simply with two similar quotes: “Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results,” and, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
These two quotes are simply stated, profound in their meaning, but seldom acted upon. However, the quotes fit well with our upcoming 2016 elections. The potential presidential candidates are professional politicians, skilled at using the flawed Electoral College and the electoral campaign finance laws to pander to rich donors and supporters.
We know in advance that the goal of the majority of the candidates is not to serve, but to win the big prize. We know in advance that whoever wins the ego trip, she or he will cater to Wall Street and the oligarchy that run the businesses of the nation and not to the needs of the country.
We know this because after each election the same people cycle in and out of government and each time bring with them the same recycled ideas and goals with the same predictable results, results that benefit the candidate, but are to the detriment to the nation.
If we choose to continue to believe that doing the same thing over and over again with the expectation of different results, then the 2016 election results are predictable.
There will not be a recognition of the extent of poverty in the United States and the dire need for government action; there will not be any effort to correct the stagnation of wages and this nation’s extreme income inequality; there will not be a successful effort to control the deliberate abuses of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution by a surveillance state; there will not be the corrective actions to reverse the pervasive racism of this nation, there will be no corrective action on the proliferation of discriminatory voter identification laws, the endless and territorial limitless war on terror, including the violation of sovereignty by our illegal use of drones; there will not be any attempt to control a defense industry that markets 50 percent of the world’s arms and whose best interests are served by continued warfare.
We accept that a habitual thought process is comfortable, but when it comes to our “democracy,” we cannot accept that it is productive, ethical, or anything but insane.
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