War Is Failure by Another Name

War WW II rubbleWar is failure by another name violence too

Instead we glorify both as ways to make movies

and solve what seem like intractable problems

but of course war and violence solve nothing

they only create new opportunities for misunderstanding

and tension and conflict. The world is a crazy mixed up

place where real needs of people for food shelter

health are disregarded in place of profit and opulence

where blowhards can run and maybe even win high office

where Money is God and god is a slogan to be used to

deny humanity to one group or another.

I wrote these rough words the other morning–they need an editor yet–but I am choosing to share them this day as a sign of the times, to hold up a flag not of surrender but of hope and possibility. We must name things for what they are, we must build a politics that is not about a horse race to the White House, not a soccer match for the Senate, but deep discourse that opens up the dream that once was America for all, and claims peace as a primary policy.

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