I’ve begun asking thoughtful people what they think about America. The answers are uniformly similar.  Always, in fact, the same. There is little voiced hope for political action on any issue. Or, if there is hope, it’s many years away. Far enough it’ll be useless toward coping with those monumental threats typically mentioned in the same conversation. Universally, this is what I am told: the United States is unable to act, and our challenges demand immediate action.

I’ve been asking because, frankly, I’ve been looking for a ‘That’ to say ‘This’ about. The day-to-day fare: Koreas at odds, guns up for regulation, budget set to expire – people, there’s nothing happening here!

Global warming and Holder declaring big bankers formally above U.S. laws are happening, but we’ve washed our hands of responsibility. Some things are just too big to change. What?

I’ve been a bit disoriented, lately. My attention has been inward. As I emerge from myself to look about, I think I see people unable to move. It seems ‘action’ means supporting someone else. I’m not sure how to work purposefully, directly, all on my own. I know how to vote and give money, but I’ve reason to believe those are mainly ego salves. I would like to know how to do something powerful – all by myself.

Then I think: these twin realities – we can’t change, we have to change – maybe these are pregnant with possibility, after all. Maybe just a little jiggle in the right spot can set off the molecular cascade that spreads and builds and tomorrow puts fuel cells on your street corner and your broker in the pokey. Perhaps I’m wrong about it all being wasted talk. Maybe I’ve just needed to get my voice back.

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