On democracy
On the backside of the dollar are two symbols and they are two sides of The Great Seal. The one I want to talk about here is the one with the pyramid and the all-seeing eye of God at the top. I remember someone talking about how it was a good image for democracy. The words at the bottom referred to a “new order,” and the top refers to “divine providences approval.” The new order is one in which people are ruled by compromise and reason. The new order would not be ruled by kings or by the church, but by the people themselves. At the bottom of the pyramid stands all of us, some of us are to the far right of the pyramid, and some of us are to the far left. The hope for the new order was that through true compromise, and reasonable people could come together, and when they did, we would actually be where divine providence wants us to be as a country. Citizens United was one of the worst Supreme Court decisions in my lifetime. Right now politics is more about appealing to monied interest than to the people. The whole symbol of the all-seeing God falls apart. If the average person in this country wants to be represented by their government and wants their representative to be beholding to them, we have to get the money out of politics. Right now we are not a democracy or a republic; we are beginning to look more and more like a Russian oligarchy. Today’s politicians and businesses are not going to stand up and do the right thing, rather we the American people are going to have to stand up and not send people to Washington who are bought and paid for.