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.