It is now over four years since Bush, Cheney et al. have taken up the reigns at the White House and led America into a new century. It is high time to be asking the tough questions about what sort of progress, or degeneration has occurred during the four and a half years of rule under Bush. One thing is for sure: things have changed. Both on the domestic front and the international; America's relationship with itself and also with the rest of the world have taken on dramatic new character. There is a widening rift in American society that hasn't existed perhaps since times previous to the civil war.
The Bush administration and its gaggle of pushers, mongers, hangers-on and cronies came to office with a far reaching agenda. They have pushed social, economic and military policies which have had profound and highly noticeable effects and ramifications; they have over 3 more years to continue their radicalization of domestic America and also, of America as a member of the international community. The current White House has pursued an aggressive policy of militarization, corporatism and an intense sequestration of political will and power. They have taken official secrecy to entirely new levels, which continue to expand in scope.
The mainstream media can also take its own share of the blame for the current political and social environment. There has been far too much pandering and far too little coverage of the scandal ridden, criminal clad; Bush White House.
So; What's to do? - A lot! The defense of America against the onslought of the neo-conservative juggernaut must be a people's movement. It must encompass both economic and electoral politics. It will be a social movement. It should evolve from roots deep within local communites. Then, a solid base, a well founded structure will exist to provide a network for expansion and networking on the national and eventually, international levels.
Where to start? Right where you are! Take some time to brainstorm, think of a project in your community you would like to work on. Do some lobbying of local officials, write a letter to the editor of your local news source(s). Find people who live near you who are interested in the same issue(s) and organize. Start a movement. Small victories can build momentum, sustain hope and promise that we can create a benign society and live to see a peaceful world, a world in the process of healing.