“There is more honor and magnanimity in correcting, than persevering in an error.”–Thomas Jefferson, so resounded the University of Virginia (UVa) 1500 vying against Board of Visitors in favor of reinstating President Teresa Sullivan. And where is Danny Goggin when the Roman Catholic Church needs harmony with “Nuns on a bus?” The Vatican charged by Peter’s superior, “ . . . when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me:” is in denial, decline and self-crucifixion.
When the powerful crave Almighty control over women, children, elderly, disenfranchised middle, low and no income, what is the supreme common that hotlinks us all? Is it the taxes of the educated in Blue states paying for the government assistance programs most needed and resisted in Red States? Is it California, weekend invaded by billionaires caucusing to snort Koch brothers’ lines of Citizens United?
If Americans do not Occupy some ‘simple and common sense rules’ that ‘correct rather than preserve the error’ of self-serving Banksta speculative risks; if we do not allow Obama/Volcker to foreclose on those who foreclosed the American Dream; if we tea sip while behemoth international corporations reward accelerating salaries and gross bonuses—then HBO is correct, America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.
Greatness is “Justice for All” character, not hedge funds for Bain few. Greatness is not found in showering football coaches emulating priests with minors, nor religiously protected pedophiles. Greatness is reflected in the company we keep and the humanity we radiate.
Character was outed at UVa when internal emails revealing a presidential coup, galvanized students, faculty and Charlottesville community in backlash against merging billionaire and Visitors’ boards, forcing chaffed Governor McDonnell, chafed from vaginal probes, to threaten dismissal should Visitors fail to resolve the upheaval.
The allegedly out of sync with needs of a Wall Street damaged 21st century economy UVa President Sullivan attended “1776” last Saturday, where she, cast and Jefferson were honored with a standing ovation.
Since WWII, public support for education and teachers has waned while corporate Blob expands its suffocating death grip on media, communications, Pentagon, Supreme Court and Congress, until we are no longer an exceptional nation developing exceptional ideas, but rather a market fundamental, reduced by Wall Street maxims to figures in a ledger.
Dirty politics aren’t new to America, but a clear distinction between national political parties is. Political campaigns remain a stinking business diminishing American “Exceptionalism” with $uper Pac$ attack ads by nameless wealthy writing supremacy checks for supremely unlimited amounts, purchasing our freedoms to deconstruct what “We hold these truths . . .” constructed.
No, George Will, our system was NOT “designed for stalemate,” nor checkmate nor to have a ‘number one goal: the defeat of President Obama.’ It was designed not for stopping, but for growing potential, developing ideas, and progressing individual pursuits of life, liberty and happiness. Our Constitution designed an Executive, Legislative and Judiciary to compromise for the greater good of all, without being compromised by conservative corporate greed that corrodes its structure.
According to Pew Charitable Trusts, Bank of America, CITI, and Wells Fargo lead the gang of banker bandits: Chase, Capital One, PNC, SunTrust, etc., in secret agendas hidden in pages of fine print disclosures, to gouge the public with unwarranted fees without customer benefit, claiming ‘The government made me do it,’ but failing to mention the money trail that dumps in Congress, leads back to Wall Street through K Street anti-American Ponzi schemes.
When wealth determines human worth, and the powerful abuse those unable to defend or speak up for themselves—that’s BULLYING—the supreme common. The many faces of bullying divide Americans between consumed consumers and exceptionally heeled heels.
Where’s the Greatness: UVa Visitors, Wisconsin recall, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Issa Witch hunt, school bus monitor Karen Klein!?!
Marcello Rollando publishes The Reasonable Voice, where this first appeared.