Monday, November 01, 2004

A Future On The Line

I guess you could say I had a pretty good weekend. My high school and college Alma Maters won thier football games, the Pittsburgh Steelers snapped New Englands 21-game winning streak in dominating fashion, and Ohio State beat Penn State.

Oh yeah--I'm also now an uncle. My kid brother and his wife had a baby boy, complete with a cool name!

This event to me means that tomorrow is more critical than ever. As my vote will set the course for much of the world that this kid will grow up in.

On one hand, he could find himself growing up in a climate of fear. In an America seen by many as an imperialist bully, where much of the policies are set by a cabal of religious fundamentalists, CEO's and neo-Imperialists. Where freedoms of speech are silenced either by law or by a mainstream media that is more and more a tool of corporations. He may at some point find himself being drafted to fight to maintain this empire, or be forced to deal with his children having to "take sides" in a new American Revolution.

The other future is a bit more hopeful. One where America, thanks to a new progressive movement, begins the long process of returning itself to it's status as a beacon of freedom. Where a person's vote counts more than a dollar. Where church and state are separated. Where America acts with the world, and not as a unilateral, pre-emptive imperialist. Where workers have a voice and long-term sustainability is placed over short-term profit. And where dissent is tolerated and dissenting voices can be heard.

Whatever happens tomorrow, this site will be going strong. Likely it will be part of a "Progressive Portal", dedicated to building a resistance to the odd coalition of religious and free-market fundamentalists, neo-imperialists, and other reactionary forces that currently control our country.

As Daniel Day-Lewis said in In The Name Of The Father:

I Will Fight On!

As I now have something to fight for.

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