Sunday, January 31, 2016
A Personal Observation: I Think in Terms of the Common Good; I Upped the Anti Years Ago Expanding Globally &; I Upped it Again Recently Connecting the Dots W/POTUS...
I've Always Voted for the Common Good; I Upped the Anti years ago and expanded it to the Globe and; I've Upped it Again Recently in Connecting those Dots!
And, on the eve of the kick-off of the 2016 nomination process for President of the United States in Iowa tomorrow, today's Blog is a bit of sharing of my meditation on a new and hopeful Era in the context of global change with strong roots in our shared American and Democratic values – which I believe needs to be led by Hillary Clinton!
Based on years of personal experience and research, my pathway to what I believe to be the most important election of my lifetime has been quite a simple progression:
A deep connection to the vision of the Founding Fathers and Mothers expressed in the Constitution of the United States in the context of the health and the welfare of the nation to be realized in the health and welfare of her people via the imperfect process developed to elicit and to protect the value of the “we,” inherent in these United States as we always strive for perfection &
A deep connection to the vision of the United Nations in the aforementioned context, of taking the vision of our Founding Fathers and Mothers via former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to a global level, &
A deep connection to the vision of President Obama in the context of bringing such a lofty two-part vision shared by many to fruition.
Frankly, I do not understand otherwise.
I do not understand why we don't want to acknowledge we have had our revolution and we are working on perfecting our union.
I do not understand why we don't want to acknowledge our history of progress.
I do not understand why we don't want to acknowledge we have a good system and systems are only as good as the people who run them and we are in charge of who runs ours.
I do not understand why we don't want to acknowledge we have left the 20th Century and we are living in the 21st Century and the clock will not stop ticking.
I do not understand why we don't want to acknowledge that peace and prosperity are, with a high probability, to be found by becoming leading players in an inter-connected world while role modeling and codifying the Common Good for more people.
Call me naive but I am not of the mind that the United States can be positioned for success in the 21st Century based on hate of any others rooted in, to name a few, color, class, religion, etc., etc., etc., and we have to listen and we have to hear who's espousing it and we have to vote against it.
Hint: It is not Hillary ...
For the record, most of the ground work has been done (20th C.) and for purposes of this piece I am going to leap right over the absolutely amazing work of President Obama (21st C.) to the only questions on my mind at the moment -- why don't we know that and why aren't we working on that and why do we think the haters and/or the ignorant might to do it?
^ President Obama at the pulpit of the 21st Century at the United Nations. (Photo courtesy of The Telegraph, 2012.)
Let me leave you a few links to explore so you might be able to more quickly view the 2016 election through a 21 Century lens:
^ More on Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Right can be found here (Photo courtesy of The Wise Eleanor)
UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF
On October 24, 1945, in the aftermath of World War II, the United Nations came into being as an intergovernmental organization, with the purpose of saving future generations from the devastation of international conflict.
The Charter of the United Nations established six principal bodies, including the General Assembly, the Security Council, the International Court of Justice, and in relation to human rights, an Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
The UN Charter empowered ECOSOC to establish “commissions in economic and social fields and for the promotion of human rights….” One of these was the United Nations Human Rights Commission, which, under the chairmanship of Eleanor Roosevelt, saw to the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The Declaration was drafted by representatives of all regions of the world and encompassed all legal traditions. Formally adopted by the United Nations on December 10, 1948, it is the most universal human rights document in existence, delineating the thirty fundamental rights that form the basis for a democratic society.
Following this historic act, the Assembly called upon all Member Countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and “to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories.”
Today, the Declaration is a living document that has been accepted as a contract between a government and its people throughout the world. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, it is the most translated document in the world. ...
Some of my favorite fun places to find information:
The White House website: Just search President Obama Speaks at the United Nations to get started here
The State Dept. website: Just search Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review 2010 and then 2015 to get started here
The U.N.: I usually just search for President Obama or Ambassador Power here to get a start on finding up with that United States is up to on a global level here
Thank you for reading!
G., aka Partisan Democrat
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