I started my response to Mr. McDougall's letter with a point-by-point "here's why you're wrong" reply. I was nearly to the end before I realized that it would make no sense, and no impact, to submit that letter. This is not a debate. Instead, I thought I'd draft my own letter. Consider this an open letter to Mr McDougall and those who think like him round the globe and locally.
I support revolution in America. I support the removal of power from the hands of those who have been changing the rules of the game for a century now to ensure that their progeny will lead ours despite their lack of honor, valor, conviction or character. I support reform of our economic system to provide both a free market in which businesses can compete to the benefit of the consumer in the form of quality and affordable products, and reward for ingenuity, foresight and hard work in the form of profits for these companies. I support the rebuilding of educational, police and government agencies to work for the people. I support change.
The problem is that the conservative right is dogmatic. Their message is constant. They have one religion with one set of rules to rally around. They have one driving force of greed to push them, and govern their actions and intentions. They work together, for the most part, respecting a chain of command. They are organized, well funded, and completely aware of our presence. We are powerless against them, and will likely continue to be forever.
The voice of change is loudest in the liberal left. This same liberal left who is divided like the Indian tribes when the white man came to take their land. The concept of respect, unity, and compromise are foreign to them. There are thousands of banners, each different, to rally to. Thousands of leaders with their own causes, and no one who knows respect. They are loud, but divided. Like Mr. McDougall, they make a lot of noise, but if someone looks closely at what they have to say, they find faults.
Their weapons are propaganda, easily dismissed as such due to the lack of impact that words without evidence have on the people. The obvious racism in Mr. McDougall's letter pushes some away, attracts others. The wild conspiracies that he alludes to push more away, attract a different crowd. Until all you're left with is a series of problems that you're pretty sure exist, and the strong desire to change them, but no real direction.
What if I provided a direction? What if I add my voice to those thousand banners? What if I'm the best leader for the job, the George Washington of my time? What if I'm the smartest, most well informed person in political politics today? What if I have the answers? Would you follow me? Would you give your life, if necessary, to ensure a different world for your children?
There's one thing that is undeniably correct in Mr. McDougall's letter. No matter what the real problems with America, most are too stupid, lazy or involved in their own concerns to do anything about it. They would rather sit around discussing what is wrong with the country than follow anyone, lead anyone, to do anything about it. So every once in a while we take a stroll through the field of radical left wing liberal flags and drop a quarter into the bucket under a few banners and say "well, I've done my part today". Or we write an open letter to America, and hope that some media will print it, and we'll feel vindicated for just a little bit.
Let me not be part of the problem. The first step is truth. No more vague allusions to secret Illuminati meetings determining how they'll profit from starving and polluting the world. Have facts, sources and logic behind what you say. Don't bring up a problem without a solution. Criticism, in its natural form, is nothing but destructive. Critical thinking has done harm to more causes than aided them. Constructive thinking is what we need now. Envision how things should be and find a way (or several ways) to get it there. Don't be a victim of a source of political propaganda. Abandon the thousands of left wing liberal banners; unite under one flag, "A Flag of Truth.
Too many are victims of propaganda, and tools of the media. The same media that will likely not find enough merit in my words to print this editorial reply.