Monthly Archives: October 2002

american dreams

the following is the text of a letter i sent to my representatives in congress. if recent actions by our governement upset and concern you as much as they concern me, i suggest you do the same. visit either the senate or house web sites and locate your representative.

Greetings Senator Boxer, Senator Feinstein, and Representative Pelosi:

I write to you today to express my concerns regarding recent actions by the President and Congress, specifically related to general US foreign policy, the ongoing fight against terrorism, and the seemingly inevitable invasion of Iraq.
I recently attended a lecture discussing a new book on human nature, and the author presented what I thought was a very timely quote from one of our founding fathers:

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.”

– James Madison (4th president of the United States)

Lately, it seems we dream that we are angels, our delusions driven by the terrorist attack that changed this country forever. We need to wake up from this dream; we need to realize that we cannot act alone to combat our fears and create a better world; we need the support and assistance of our human brothers and sisters, the world community. In some cases, we should even defer to their collective judgment, because the wisdom of the group often surpasses that of the individual.

And yet we act as if we are alone, and we act with oppressive righteousness:

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