O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
Who knew back in 1911 when this version of “America the Beautiful” was popular, that in a little more than 100 years later the country would be in so much trouble.
What happened to brotherhood and sisterhood in the last century in America? Seems we’ve lost our way. We need to boldly change this. Are the plains still fruited? Yes, the mountains are still majestic, but for how long? How much of this pollution and profiteering can these mountains handle?
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
Cities no longer gleam undimmed by human tears. For millions upon millions of Americans the factions of profit over people have held the people down. It’s time to be bold and help each other break free from the bonds of economic slavery.
Back in the early days another song came forth in celebration of America:
Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam,
& the deer and the antelope play,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day.
Sadly, the buffalo no longer roam like they once did, and often is heard a discouraging word. And not everything back then was great, but there was hope that one day freedom would sing, and the cities would gleam and not a discouraging word would be heard. The hope was that America would evolve into something better, progress for the good of all.
The history of progress in America sadly isn’t the story of how the people evolved and overcame sickness, scarcity and poverty. It is the story of a struggle between the opposing forces of the Establishment vs The People for control, money and power.
The seemingly eternal plight of the people to overcome elements of control artificially places upon them by the establishment has creeped up incrementally to where we are today. The burden now upon the American people is too heavy and we can no longer afford to continue this struggle in half-measures and minuscule incremental change that could take decades or centuries to accomplish at great sacrifice. We must be bold. We must act now.
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
This struggle isn’t just about people, it’s about the planet. We cannot survive without a mutually supportive and healthy relationship between the people and the Earth. This means we must take bold action to save our world and preserve it forever. We all depend on this. The test score of our progress is an F. We failed.
There is still hope. We can do this but we must do it together. We must act now and be bold.
The profiteers that control this country need us, so we should use this leverage to regain control from them. We must take a stand against these powers now. Our place in the dirt is getting smaller giving way to every-increasing for-profit enterprises, and the environment is suffering. If we are to become less dependent upon the profiteers we must become self reliant and vigilant. We must be bold.
Let’s save the planet and the country for the sake of the future for all of us. Unfortunately we’re late, but there’s still a chance if we act now and be bold together. We don’t need big oil, big pharma, big business, big banks, big government and big oligarchy.
Do not go gentle into that good night; Old age should burn and rave at close of day. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
— Brand, Interstellar
We must consider the option of a peaceful revolution if we cannot change our country through peaceful political efforts. It started back in the 60’s and 70’s, and we’ve tried a million different ways to bring about change peacefully. In these next few years we must do our best to overcome the oppressive forces that are preventing the American people from progress on wealth inequality and protecting the environment. If we act boldly now and are still unable to effect positive change, we must consider more serious action. If voting in elections hasn’t brought us better conditions in the last 50 years, why would we continue to think the next 50 years are going to get better unless we do something different.
We used to look up at the sky and wonder at our place in the stars. Now we just look down, and worry about our place in the dirt.
— Cooper, Interstellar
We must be bold. We must act now.