'Resistance' is Futile Without a Foundation of Community Service - by Richard Haas

On Sept. 19,1796 George Washington wrote in his farewell address “… [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

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Susan Ellenberg's On the Playground - by Melissa Allison

I wish I were smarter.

As I sit here looking at a blank cover letter, I wish I could draw from my vast knowledge of American politics, my tons of experience in analyzing world socioeconomic and political transformations and, while I’m dreaming, I’ll throw in my deep well of wisdom grounded in the truths of the Old Testament, the gospels and other spiritual traditions.

I wish I had all of that to help us feel better after our loss in Georgia; help us understand what a daunting task we took on there and how the end results do show progress of a profound kind. I’d help us remember what we said after The Women’s March – that while the majority of Americans voted like we did, we knew had a lot of work ahead of us.

But my being smarter would not change the truth that we lost last night and that we feel demoralized again.

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