Human beings will be happier - not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That's my utopia.
Some may know that The Rhino was a founding member & 13 year resident of the spiritual/activist community in Tennessee known as "The Farm". That community was the subject of many news pieces, including a few articles in the 70's in The Nashville Tennesean written by a young reporter named Al Gore. He was more than just another reporter to us, he became a friend. When he ran for Congress, we campaigned for him. He later assisted in efforts to legalize & promote natural childbirth & midwifery.
Al was an honest left leaning Southerner with a soft spot for beatniks. Fast forward a bunch of years & the man has changed in many ways. Hey, so has The Rhino. But maintaining idealism (& sanity) while breathing for years inside The Beltway is a very difficult practice. So when I meet a man like Dennis Kucinich, hear him speak as he did in Tuesday night's New Hampshire debate, naturally I have to support him however I can. I'd love to have him as leader of "the Free World".
But alas, we seek to shove on the drift of the United States Government . Compromise will be necessary. For instance, an article in today's Blog by Tom Hayden entitled, "The Anybody-But-Dean Syndrome," presents the possibility that Kucinich supporters in Iowa, bitter towards the anti-war but not progressive enough stances of Howard Dean, could be the sway that lets Dick Gephardt win.
Rhino believes Progressives best realize that while Doctor Dean is no Dennis Kucinich, & while he doesn't stand for as many progressive principles as Dennis, that he is none the less a principled man, who continues to show a kind of toughness that it will take when the vast right wing conspiracy tries to get a hold of him.
The Rhino proposes that if Howard Dean wants the votes of we Kucinich supporters, he should promise that if he becomes President, he'll ask Dennis to come aboard as the 1st Secretary of the U.S. Department of Peace, & give him free reign to follow out his plan, which, if you haven't read it, you should.
Dept. of Peace Legislation at: Department of Peace More bill info here (search for bill HR1673)
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