We live in the age of polarized culture. We try, and take it for advantage that we are just supposed to identify who we are, and who they are. And we’re supposed to rally us against them.
We do that in politics. You know, the standard way in which Republicans and Democrats deal with each other is to rally their side against the hate of the other side. We do that on the media. You know, the way that you succeed in television is to be FOX or MSNBC, not the kind of ‘lets be balanced in the middle’ CNN. No! You’ve got to rally your base to hate the other side. And this is the way in which we engage in the business model of these organizations. It’s all directed to people to rallying hate.
But the only way we have ever made fundamental change happen, is to find a way to rally across partisan divides. Never in the history of America (USA), except once, have we seen fundamental change without cross partisan movements. And the once, was the civil war, and you see how well that went.
So, the point is we’ve gotta find a way to talk that reaches across and that, I think, in the end, is the hardest challenge. And the truth is, I’m not sure it is possible.
I’m not sure it’s possible.
But what I know is whether its possible or not is not really ultimately the question. The question is “what is our commitment; what is our love?”
It was Aaron, eight years ago, [who] shamed me into giving up copyright and internet, and take up this issue. And eight years ago he and I started a bunch or organizations committed to fighting this issue.
And so, from my perspective, when he left [perished], he left me with one clear task; whether its possible or not. Because I loved him.
And I love this country and I love my children, and I hate the future I know they face. And thats what all of us have to grab [grok]; that love, that love.
You might not have known that boy, but you know your boy, or your girl. You know your nephews and nieces. You know the future, and you need to recognize that if our grandparents were the greatest generation, we are the worst generation. Because whilst they built a world in which we flourished in, we have destroyed the government that our children depend upon. And, unless we step up and find a way to fix it they will look back at us and ask “how could we have been so weak?”
Now, think about the way people fight for things they think about. Fifty years ago people were dying on a bridge because they were walking for a right to vote, for an equal right to vote. They were willing to risk it all. Dogs and fire hoses and the hatred of everyone in their community; for an equal right to vote.
Well, we too need an equal right to vote.
We need an equal right to vote in the money primary as much as the general election. We need that equality.
But what are willing to do? Because there will be no dogs that leap at us if we fight for this issue. There are no fire hoses that are going to knock us down if we fight for this issue.
There is nothing like what they had to fight, for us to fight and win this issue.
So where are we? Why aren’t we out there? Why aren’t there tens of thousands of people recognizing this fight, and stepping up and doing something about it?