I am a believer in direct democracy and its ability to empower the people. I have seen how animal welfare advocates have used direct democracy to unite people at the ballot box. I am a believer in the protection of animals as well and particularly elephants. I feel strongly that saving this majestic, iconic, keystone species is a testament to our humanity and if we fail, then, in my opinion, we have failed as humans – and I am not alone in those beliefs.
Every year on August 12th we celebrate World Elephant Day. It is a date on which we should all pause and reflect on how we define our humanity. Though there are differences around the world that divide us, one thing that should unite us is our love, care and compassion for all animals and especially elephants – a majestic keystone species on the brink of extinction....On this important day, we should take solace in the fact that despite the immense challenges of protecting elephants globally from extinction, there is hope that the bulwark is growing stronger as evidenced by what is unfolding in Myanmar.
We are a nation that is 17 trillion dollars in debt. We are in an era where we must cut government spending and the size of government and one simple way is to let the agricultural industry fend for itself. Let’s take the government out of the equation... [l]et’s get back to the core principles of a smaller and less intrusive government. If the farmers and ranchers of this country want to remind the public why they should buy beef, pork and eggs and how that is better than a plant-based diet or how they believe their agricultural practices are sound and humane, let them pay and organize it themselves. Let them convince the consumer and not have the government serve as their henchman.
In this era of historic polarization and divisiveness, Congress has an opportunity to lead and help unite this country. This simple step of abolishing this symbolic divide, integrating based on the commonality that we are all Americans, will show that they are embracing unity which is a message this country is in desperate need of.
There is little doubt that after this election, regardless of who wins, that our entire electoral process needs to be reviewed and reforms considered. However, those reforms must come from the people since the duopoly of power shared by the Republican and Democratic Parties won’t likely support systemic change since the reforms needed will dilute their stranglehold on our very rights.
The primary system is not guaranteed in the Constitution or by federal law. No one is being elected to any office. It is simply an opportunity for the voters to show their preference for whom they would like to see as the party nominee. The voters do have the constitutional right to elect the President, but not the nominee of a political party.
This year’s U.S. presidential election will have a greater impact on global stability more than any other in the last century..... [w]hat is lurking on the horizon is the reality that the occasional failings of U.S. foreign policy might become a constant, resulting in world destabilization that will take generations to overcome.
It was simply a no brainer on his part to run as a Republican. Why build another railroad to the White House when one is already there with room for more passengers? He is running on an anti-establishment platform, against establishment candidates, as part of a party that is designed to support the establishment. So whose fault is it that the Party is faced with a Trump candidacy? It isn’t rocket science to have seen the possibility of this happening.
We are at the tipping point to which our nation’s survival is in question, at that precipice of extinction, and I hope that we have the strength of knowing we are there, looking into a dark pit filled with the remnants of all the empires before us.
Trusting in yourself is the single most important ingredient in the DNA of our souls that will not only better us as individuals but better the world as a whole. But that trust in a person’s self is in most cases predicated upon the support from those around them and if not friends and families, from learning from those who have laid the foundation for what can be accomplished with trust in yourself – people like Martin Luther King Jr., Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Helen Keller, Winston Churchill, Rosa Parks and the names are endless.
One has never been able to fully explain the true bond between humans and animals. Some people try and explain it by quoting scripture, Gandhi or a hundred other famous people whose words we have quoted in some cases for millennia. But it is one of those things that truly can’t be explained..... [t]his isn’t about giving animals the same rights as humans. This about doing what is right. This is about helping those that can’t help themselves. That is the mark of a society that I wish to live in and raise my children in.
But democracy, though not a panacea, has proven to be the solution that has continuously prevailed in this world of constant experimentation with the rights of the individual. But it can only truly exist through the unquestioned trust in the people.....Once we lose faith in the people and begin to limit their ability to exercise their sovereign rights, then we approach the precipice of the abandonment of freedom and tipping point to opening the door to tyranny.
What is the number one motivator to take action? Love. It’s one of those known but not often articulated facts. It is an absolute and very few things fall in that category. Unconditional love is the foundation to all that is good in this world.... Mere existence doesn't change the world but love has, can and will always be that one absolute that drives change.
But here’s the thing: no matter where I’ve gone, nothing has been more inspirational and affirming to me than connecting with people who are passionate about changing their world. And, over the years, I began to notice a trend. Of the wildly diverse efforts I was involved with, the ones that were truly transformational—the ones that moved people—shared this rare, almost radical trait.