Vote for the country you want and deserve

I left the Hilo area of Hawai’i Island early Saturday morning after an amazing week of prophecies, wisdom, issues, conflicts, relationships. I learned much, and appreciated the space created for me and others to contribute. Global Passageways opened up an important dialogue that I hope to help continue—what is the truth of our time, our age, and how can we move forward as a species to the balance, coherency, peace, and justice this world needs and deserves.

I see this as the beginning of the end of the old class-based, race-driven, patriarchy systems that have reigned over this earth for around 5,000 years. Among the Mayan prophecy linked to 2012, this is the 5200-year period (the fifth age of the last cycle) that will be ended on that date. The galactic and world alignments the Mayans were able to calculate call on us to also align as humanity around the key constants that should keep our race in accord with nature’s regenerative powers and our own.

It’s a time of the rising feminine, the abundance that must now govern our relationships (the end of scarcity systems), and of true respect for all life. We all belong on this earth. Let’s make the most of making sure we can all be here as full and complete as possible for this and future generations.

The most important aspect is that this is a time to create, to make our own way, to find the connecting points between all peoples and nations and establish the peaceful and just world we know is possible.

From Hilo to Honolulu, I ended up at LAX late Saturday. The next day early (I had to be back at LAX at 5:30 AM), I took a plane to Philadelphia and then to Stanton/Wilkes-Barre where I’m slated to speak at King’s College for two days, including a large reading/talk this Monday evening.

I’ve already done a poetry workshop with young writers at King’s College—a small group, we did have a great discussion about life, passions, and going beyond the social bounds. Wilkes-Barre, like many Northeast communities, is terribly affected by the deindustrialization that has hit most of the country since the late 1970s.

One issue for the students, of course, is who should be president, to be decided Tuesday night. I urge all people to vote. I know there are a few who continue to feel there is no difference between Obama or McCain. One good thing about political and economic knowledge, a sense of history, and about the current financial/housing crises is the ability to discern: we are in a qualitatively different election. We have not been here before, and there will be a tremendous difference.

Barack Obama is the most exciting and connected presidential candidate in a generation. Not since Robert Kennedy, in my view. Is Obama the be all and end all? Of course not, but the change Obama is talking about is objective, real, tied to immense possibilities.

Normally, I’d vote Green or for Nader. But as much as their programs and ideas are closer to what I think, a vote for either Cynthia McKinney or Ralph Nader would be a vote for McCain—we simply cannot have more of what the Bush Administration and the Republicans have done to us the past eight years (and really since Nixon).

Obama is also not the same ole same ole. He’s not going to save our world, but the direction he’s going we need to go. Vote for the change, not the man (although you can’t get to this change unless you vote for the man). Then we need to be as organized as possible to make sure we get the change our country so badly needs and deserves.

As you know, some people at pro-McCain Republican rallies have said “Nobama: Keep the Change.” They are largely scared and want the rest of the country to be scared—which makes for bad politics and bad decisions.

It’s time to go into the new and unknown, only not alone and with some guiding principles.

At Global Passageways, among some wonderful indigenous elders and teachers, as well as some energetic and wise youth, I think we have some of the principles and direction we can hash out for the future we are entering.

I’m convinced this is a time of cooperation, hope, and imagination.

Don’t stand still or on the sidelines. Go this way, toward change, even if stumbling. It’s worse to not do anything.


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