When a grass roots movement on the right meets a grass roots movement on the left, and they share some common goals, it’s time to pay attention.
Adrian Sainz of the Associated Press reported that during a lively question and answer session, the members of the Occupy Memphis movement informed their cultural counterpart Memphis Tea Party movement of some of this groups aims. When the Memphis Tea Party movements group heard how the Occupy Memphis group wanted to limit the influence of lobbyists on Legislators, they extended an invitation to join ranks.
If the two movements link up, even temporarily, to achieve the goals they have in common, the legislators are going to have a tough time ignoring them. If members of both movements can meet in each city, and discuss what their goals are, and when finding common ground, agree to work together for those goals, there will be no wriggle room for their respective legislators to deny them success in those goals.
I became an Independent voter because of the apparent lack of a rational middle ground in either party; however, I believe there are people of all parties that desire, or at least would settle for, a rational middle ground, rather than the total stalemate that currently exists. Our legislators will continue to use the extreme issues to deny us all of any forward progress as long as we continue to polarize ourselves. It’s an easy control measure for them only if we let them use it. We have to be smarter than that if we want real, effective change in our government.
Our Forefathers, who set our form of government up, did not agree on everything, but they came together and discovered their mutual goals, and agreeing on those, fought for their independence from the tyranny of any corruptible Crown. Our legislators have become confused by influences that do not have our countries best interests at heart. The personal and professional agendas have taken precedence over the health of the nation. This has caused an egregious burden on the average working person, no matter what your party affiliation. As a result our people are re-discovering their power to influence, because if we don’t do it, who will? Each movement has some valid points. Each movement has people with good intentions in it. But neither movement can, by itself, obtain goals that both movements want. Joining forces to achieve common goals, like our Forefathers did, is a sensible and probably necessary thing to do. For the health of our country. Perhaps it’s not everything that either movement wants, but it’s some progress, and some progress is better than no progress every time.
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