THE LASTING BENEFITS OF A LITTLE COURAGE
I confess to getting a little overwhelmed by all the negativity being generated by our nation’s political backwardness and overall self-destructiveness. After eight years of frustration watching the nation slide toward the Middle Ages under Bush and the GOP, it was just as frustrating to watch the majority of reporting voters cast a ‘hopeful’ vote for a bought-and-paid-for, conservative corporatist.
When I strongly suggest that people turn their frustration into a Green vote, I’m not doing this out of desperation or spite. We still have the framework of a working democratic republic, and the ultimate power still rests with the voters. If we could wean ourselves off the nihilistic effects of consumerism and corporate-media-driven cynicism, I believe we could focus enough progressive votes to make good things happen on a grand scale.
A good example of the kind of magnificence that’s within our reach is outlined in a series of posts by Aaron Datesman at A Tiny Revolution. Visit the website and check them out. I’ll link to and sample the latest one here, just so you can get the idea:
Despite my skepticism, the offshore resource in the US is undeniably huge. What’s more, this resource is located near most of the US population – so that offshore wind energy could actually be distributed to where the demand is.
As you read Datesman’s wind power posts, you can see that in wind power alone there is the potential to wean ourselves off of fossil fuels within a few short decades. I have no doubt that there is enough technical savvy and industrial flexibility remaining in this country to pull off substantial infrastructural transformation within a few years. What is lacking is the political will.
Our continuing emphasis on short-term profit over everything means that we remain chained– physically and politically– to unsustainable models of industry, energy, finance, food supply, education, etc. A massive Green revolution– or even a significant insurgency– would indicate a willingness to change our ill-fated course and redirect our national energies toward a more sustainable and constructive direction. The alternatives are grim, and they are well known.