Now that the Republicans have shut down Congress, and a ton of questions about the efficacy of the federal government are swirling about, let me add one that I think has not been asked but needs to be: Does republicanism still work for us (Americans) as a form of government?
On January 21st, Steve Peraza in his Poverty Report asked about the “Faith in the Future of America?” I am sure we both agree with Steve on the limitations of Alexis de Tocqueville’s ability to see the whole picture of The United States. Since the state, country, world – all are build from multiple pictures.
Sometimes when you go to classroom you hear or read something new, sometimes you use the time to think and fly away in your mind to some distant locations or to school cafeteria dreaming about consuming the best lunch of your life... but sometimes you hear something that makes you question things you knew before... to ask you WTF...? to make your brain-cells boiled... then you truly learn!
When last week I was choosing the key words for my blog description, I opened the Oxford Dictionary on the word “solidarity” and read that SOLIDARITY is “the fact or quality, on the part of communities, of being perfectly united or at one in some respect, especially in interests, sympathies, or aspirations.” My dictionary search came along with the first anniversary of the Occupy Movement, also known as The Black Monday. And the same week, as usually happens Monday was followed after three days with Friday, which was the first anniversary of the death of Troy Davis, who was executed once the US Supreme Court refused to admit - visible for many - mistakes of the judiciary system that most likely sentenced an innocent person or a person of questionable guilt to death.