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The Government Shutdown and the Republican Playbook

To justify war and defense spending (to make money), do we create enemies? Can we let money control our lives, let alone our elections? Should we insist on public funding of elections? Like religion, should we insist on separation of corporation and state?

From the Republican (and sometimes, Democratic) Playbook:

1.) “Tell people what they want to hear and leave out the rest so you don’t confuse them.” (To hear John Boehner’s speech to the House on 9/30/13, about the impending shutdown, click the link.)

2.) “Discriminate against minorities. Outwardly, smile and say you support them, but quietly vote against their interests. Do everything you can to deny them job and education opportunities. If they complain, say ‘they’re lazy and refuse to lift themselves up.’ Hold them down with your foot on their neck, so no one can see, and proclaim  ‘they’re responsible for their own suffering.’ Act like you had nothing to do with it. To have winners, there must be losers. Eliminate the competition for more money, power and privilege for us!”

3.) “Refuse to negotiate with Obama and vote against every initiative he proposes. Then claim the President and Democrats refuse to include Republicans in bipartisan negotiations. Insist the government shutdown is their fault, not ours!”

4.) “To garner election support, focus public attention on extreme examples of behavior, like third trimester abortion, which is truly gruesome, and pretend that the possibility of this procedure is reason enough to limit and control women’s reproductive and other rights.”

5.) “On the down-low, commit election fraud whether it’s illegal, immoral or self-serving. Gerrymander Districts in favor of Republican candidates, and pass laws (?) to keep students, minorities and the elderly, who are mostly Democrats, off the voting rolls. Suppress democratic voting! Keep pointing your finger at voter fraud to keep the public distracted. Control the conversation!”

6.) “Stuff election boards, government agencies and judgeships, including the Supreme  Court, with party sympathizers. Serve the party, not the country! Work with the corporate funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC, ) to write and pass state and federal laws that favor our big business donors and wealthy friends on Wall Street. Don’t forget, we’ve made insider trading legal for congressional members!”

I may be totally off base here but this is what I see through my personal bias and limited perspective as a private citizen. It’s not about judgment, it’s about observation from a single point of view. What do you see from your perspective?

These playbook strategies are not about individual AND national well being; they’re about individual winners and losers, predators and victims, separation and competition. Political behavior based on strategies like these is worse than hypocrisy; it’s obstructive, dishonest and manipulative. I don’t know about you but if I were to guess, I’d say these ideas emerge from the deeper notion that life is about survival of the fittest, it’s “every man for himself; it’s eat or be eaten, kill or be killed.” (Is this popular interpretation of the Law of the Jungle real? Aren’t wild animals playful and friendly when they’re not afraid or hungry? Do they kill indiscriminately?)

What does predatory behavior do to the social ideal: all for one and one for all; collaborate and cooperate for survival? Who’s truly happy in a world of haves and have-nots? Why should we continue to support an antisocial model that relies on predatory behavior and uses money, power and privilege alone to measure success?

Ideas are the building blocks of reality. If we replace money, power and privilege with love, truth and joy as measures of success, won’t it make us happier as individuals and as a nation? Won’t it naturally include everything we need to experience fulfilling emotional and material lives, including the ability to provide ourselves with food and shelter? When we do what works and makes us happy, aren’t we choosing to live by value fulfillment and practice idealism? If this idea sounds familiar, it should, because we already live this way to a large extent even though we don’t openly admit it to ourselves.

Live by Value Fulfillment and Practice Idealism

Despite our fear of suffering and death (an unsafe universe), which supports the creation of external values like right and wrong, good and bad (value judgment), enforced by the promise of reward and threat of punishment, doesn’t part of us want to live for the love of being and creation? In other words, don’t we want to be free to live out the qualities of life and being we value most, our ideals? Instead of being who others want us to be, don’t we want to be who we want to be? Instead of doing what others want us to do, don’t we want to do what we want to do? Instead of following an external set of rules that define behavior as right or wrong, good or bad, a recipe for living, don’t we want to learn from our own experiences? Don’t we want to be able to figure out what works and makes us happy? Wouldn’t that include taking everyone and everything into consideration, since we’re all connected and interdependent?

The primary goal of value judgment is unquestioning obedience, while the primary goal of value fulfillment is self-development. When we choose to live by value fulfillment, we choose to believe in our own goodness, we choose natural passion and self-directed development over obedience. We choose to live for the love of being and creation instead of running away from the fear of suffering and death. If we think about it, value judgment is a major source of unhappiness in the world. It’s based on fear and distrust. Unlike value judgment, value fulfillment is based on love. Rooted in the idea that everything is of good intent (it’s ALL good), it creates a safe universe. As we think, we create. Change what we think, and we change what we create.

Starship Earth, One World, One People

To Create a Better World

To evolve beyond creating a world of predators and victims, a what-works-best-for-me-alone world, stop letting thoughts of fear, separation, scarcity and competition dominate your thinking. By asking, what will work best for ALL of us, you take everyone and everything into consideration. Not only do you acknowledge our oneness and separation, you also accept that, more than just products of creation, we’re creation itself!

  • What will work best for ALL of us in personal terms? (What’s the best way for you to fulfill your own unique potential in support of yourself AND the world?)
  • What will work best for ALL of us in terms of business? (What’s the best way for us to sustain the health and well-being of the planet and humanity?)
  • What will work best for ALL of us in terms of education? (What’s the best way for you to learn and grow? What are the most important things for you to know and understand?)
  • What will work best for ALL of us in terms of the environment? (What’s the best way for us to treat the earth and its resources?)
  • What will work best for ALL of us in terms of peace? (What’s the best way for you to treat yourself and others?)

In life and business, how many of us ask: is what I’m doing good? Do my actions improve the quality of life or undermine it? Do they improve humanity’s chances for survival or threaten it?

Education includes doing for ourselves what others will not or cannot do for us.

Active and thoughtful participation in the creation of our reality is the change we’re waiting for.

Pete – http://realtalkworld.com

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having (creating) a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“How you define yourself and the world around you forms your intent, which, in turn, forms your reality.” – Seth

In other words, we create our own reality from what we choose to believe about ourselves, and the world around us.

If we do not CONSCIOUSLY choose our beliefs, we UNCONSCIOUSLY absorb them from our surroundings.

If our beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations create our reality, can we afford not to question them?

The more we love, understand and appreciate ourselves, the better we treat ourselves, and the world.

Replace money, power and privilege with love, truth and joy as the measure of your success.

The secrets of the universe lie hidden in the shadows of your experience. Look for them!

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{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Janet Glatz October 1, 2013, 6:37 PM

    Could not agree more, Pete. I’ll spread this around.

  • Pete October 2, 2013, 4:54 PM

    Thank you, Janet. I’ve rewrote it today to make it more meaningful and helpful. Hope you like the changes and additions.

    Love, Pete

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