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An Expanded Thought Of The Day—We Can Govern From A Point Of Opposition

A few days ago I made a post t I called Thought Of The Day.

Here is what I said–

“It is easy to join a permanent opposition or to make common cause for a brief time with the enemy of your enemy. It is a more difficult thing to “govern” in the sense of offering a viable alternative to the powers that be even as you remain a figure of opposition.”

I’ve been thinking about the above idea and concept some more.

Here is what I have in an expanded thought of the day—

“You can consider yourself a “figure of opposition”–for lack of a better term at the moment– in a broad sense, without opposing just for the sake of opposing. There is a difference. Opposing for the sake of opposing means you hop into bed with the enemy of your enemy, and that your direction is set by others. Being a figure of opposition–because there are always people and ideas that must be defended from both those in power, and from the actions of our fellow everyday people–means in fact that you have the chance to “govern.” You can govern yourself. You can provide leadership. You can offer ideas. You can help set the climate that others must operate within. It is easy to reflexively oppose. It is a greater and more meaningful challenge to lead even from what we conventionally–and lazily– see as outside the traditional channels of power.”

I’m going to keep thinking–and acting– along these lines. I’ll have more to say in the days ahead.

April 15, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Texas Progressive Alliance Weekly Round-Up—The Work Of Freedom Is Up To Each Of Us

Here is the weekly posting of the Texas Progressive Alliance round-up. The TPA is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas. TPA members are citizen-bloggers working for a better Texas.

(Above–The famous gusher at Spindletop.)

Every Texan and every American has the ability to attend a public meeting, attend or organize a protest, write or call an elected official, talk to friends and family, start a blog, donate money, write a letter to the editor, volunteer for candidates and causes, engage in acts of civil disobedience, and to run for public office.

The work of freedom and justice is up to each of us.

I say this every week in this space. There is nothing more basic and essential I can tell you.

Here is the round-up—

Want to know where your preferred legislative candidates stand on the important issue of beer freedom in Texas? Off the Kuff tells you how you can find out.  

TruthHugger is disgusted with the candidate for the most corrupt Texas Governor list: Rick Perry Fairy Tales For Money Must Go, and that is a long list.  

BlueBloggin sympathizes with voting Texans who cannot believe their governor is saying oops… Rick Perry Makes Texas Look Stupid, Again. Continue reading

April 15, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment