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December 5, 2008
WAWA Blog December 5, 2008: Dear American: Yes WE Can Be the Change

This republic was founded by visionaries, rebels, agitators, dissidents, fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers who essentially told the King of England to back off this land and leave US alone.

The most revolutionary minded of all America's founding fathers was Tom Paine, who articulated a flaming hope birthed in a vision of a new world and driven by the spirit of persistence to resist the British occupation.

Tom Paine's self published forty page pamphlet, "Common Sense" united and emboldened disparate and disconnected groups of settlers to become compatriots who rose up in rebellion and formed a nation where democracy thrives best on dissent grounded in common sense.
 

"Soon after I had published the pamphlet "Common Sense" [on Feb. 14, 1776] in America, I saw the exceeding probability that a revolution in the system of government would be followed by a revolution in the system of religion... The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion."-Tom Paine



I am convinced that there are multitudes of Americans with Common Sense, but they feel they have no voice. This phenomena -and illusion-can be traced to our corporate media who get to decide what is news and politicians who gain and keep power by promoting FEAR of 'the other' and neglecting looking within.

"We have seen the enemy and he is US."-Pogo

"You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free."-Jesus, quoted in John 8:32


On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in which the world community recognised the "inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world" and envisioned "the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom from fear and want."
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I am convinced that when people of good conscience rise up in great numbers, People Power will lead our leaders in the way they should go to ensure freedom, justice, peace and security; which equates to equal human rights for all the people of the world.


Two Arab American's, Fadi Zanayed and Ray Hanania inspired me with their call to recruit one million American Arab's to send emails to President Obama on Inauguration Day in a valiant attempt to take back control of the agenda for peace by non-violent means.


We the people are supposed to be the Government, and so, we the people are responsible for the way our government spends our tax dollars. If American's only knew how their tax dollars were really being used, we the people with commons sense would fearlessly rise up in dissent.


 During Fiscal Year 2007, the U.S. gave more than $6.8 million per day to Israel; not to help feed the hungry, but to continue the 41 years of military occupation of Palestine.
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I contend that we the people have it in our power to Do Something more than bitch, whine, kvetch and give in to the powers that be; for People Power is greater than any bureaucracy!


I also contend that when we the people who claim to be Christian actually begin to do what Jesus taught was non-negotiable, we would have it in our power to begin the world again.


And so, I encourage people with Common Sense and Good Conscience and I challenge every American Christian to email/FAX President Obama on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009 a cut and paste of the following:



Dear Mr. President Barrack Obama,


Congratulations on becoming our President of these United States of America.

As concerned American's we hope, trust and some of us even pray that you will seek justice and uphold equal human rights for all people.

As tax payers we beseech you to be an honest broker for peace in the Holy Land.

As people with common sense rooted in the wisdom of our founding fathers, we remind you of President George Washington's Farewell Address, 1796:

"Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all...and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave...a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils."


As people of good conscience we encourage you to focus on the ways to broker true security for Israel; through justice for Palestinians.

Justice requires equal human rights for all and the way to achieve it is through a self-determined, democratic and contiguous Palestinian State in the West Bank and Gaza. Jerusalem can indeed become a shining city on a hill when it is shared and also becomes the International Capital of the World.


As people with common sense, we understand that only by ending Israel's military occupation of Palestine can the human rights of the indigenous people be secured.

As people of hope and change we understand that security, peace and reconciliation in the Holy Land, and entire Middle East does not lie in militarism and nuclear weapons, but in Justice: Equal Human Rights for all.

As we begin the 9th year of The UN's Decade of Creating a Culture of NONVIOLENCE for all the Children of the World, may the US become the change to make that real!


When Jesus said "let the little children come unto me," he meant that the innocent ones, should always be placed in the center of current political situations.


Might this Administration daily remember all the children and innocent ones caught in the crossfire of violence and become the change that will regain America's moral compass and once again be a true leader of the free world.


To do this, the Obama Administration must work with renewed energy for an end to military occupation and insist on full implementation of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and the upholding of international law.

As people of hope for change we offer you, what St. Augustine knew:

 "HOPE has two children. The first is ANGER at the way things are. The second is COURAGE to DO SOMETHING about it."




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The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

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“You cannot talk like sane men around a peace table while the atomic bomb itself is ticking beneath it. Do not treat the atomic bomb as a weapon of offense; do not treat it as an instrument of the police. Treat the bomb for what it is: the visible insanity of a civilization that has ceased...to obey the laws of life.”- Lewis Mumford, 1946



The age of warrior kings and of warrior presidents has passed. The nuclear age calls for a different kind of leadership....a leadership of intellect, judgment, tolerance and rationality, a leadership committed to human values, to world peace, and to the improvement of the human condition. The attributes upon which we must draw are the human attributes of compassion and common sense, of intellect and creative imagination, and of empathy and understanding between cultures."  - William Fulbright



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