Monday, August 28, 2017
Friday, August 25, 2017
War, according to von Clausewitz, is a duel but on an extensive and expansive scale. The act itself one to violently inflect or compel our opponent to fulfill our will. So can we us the word war to accurately describe the existing order of political conflict?
We are close to a state of war as increasing numbers of protests have become violent or use the threat of violence to suppress whomever they oppose. Division has risen into our institutions and become automatic for at least one political party
One political party has declared disbelief in electoral solutions and challenged the long standing traditional peaceful transition of power with axiomatic resistance as the only remaining solution. There is no easy or simple differentiation based on geography other than population density; urban vs rural. However that view is not entirely correct as there is no clear metric to delineate where a population level will predict a specific ideology.
However,there is an underlying ideology driving these differences. The matter seems clear and appears to be economic. America's civil war was indeed one of economic ideological differences. The south's economic system for labor and means of production relied on slavery whereas the north production was based on industrial capacity and free enterprise.
Later moral imperatives were em-placed to offer political expediency and gave rise to the Republican party. States rights by the Democrats vs. Individualism by the Republicans. The right to choose slavery (a form of racial inheritance) for means of production was forwarded by participants by both northerners and southerners.
This argument has evolved now into a subtle but still clear economic based ideological distinction. The Democratic party extols the virtues of socialism as economic solution and means of production. Those on the Right; Conservatives and Republicans still attached to traditional definitions of Republicanism, retain their fealty to individualism and free enterprise.
Many aware of the history of socialism see this ideology a form of economic slavery. But political expedience has once again muddled the waters by invocating racism and attempt to associate it with Conservatives and Republican values.
Yet the matter before us is fairly simple and one that must defend free enterprise and enable the means of production to reside with individuals and not with government.
Whether these differences determine if this duel between factions becomes a civil war is up to us. If we can more clearly see the real distinctions between factions is truly one of economics then we might avoid further conflict and escalation of hostilities and loss of life.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Foothills Rising condemns deadly rally of white supremacists and invites all regional citizens who share good will to join organizing efforts.
Foothills Rising has the utmost respect for freedom of speech and assembly, yet we concur with the statement Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer released referring to Friday and Saturday’s violent and deadly rally of white supremacists as a “cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance…” The torch-carrying mob claiming to “take America back,” was a modern reflection of the Ku Klux Klan, meant to intimidate and frighten Americans into silence.
Please join us in solidarity with Charlottesville to reject the deadly violence born of hatred, anger and racism. We must recognize as a nation that the heritage of racism has continued to fester throughout our nation’s history. We must recognize that the Confederate flag and imagery of the Confederacy have been associated with countless murders, rapes, beatings, lynchings, cross burnings and assaults since the Civil War. The removal of these symbols from the public sphere is justified, as is the removals of statues of Confederate leaders from public places of honor. Putting history in perspective should never be used as an excuse for violence and hatred.
We must not sit idly by and quietly allow hate and bigotry to infiltrate our communities and towns. Now more than ever we must rise. We must rise above identity politics telling us to divide and conquer. We must rise above nostalgic recollections to avoid returning to the decades when institutionalized discrimination against the “other” was the norm.
Foothills Rising stands for nonviolence and solidarity with all who share our values of compassion, inclusion, equality, and democracy.
We send our sincere sympathy to all whose loved ones were injured or killed in Charlottesville. Please join us to work together with all people of good will to ensure a bright future for our region’s citizens. Our next community is 3-5pm, August 27, 2017 at the Moke Hill Town Hall, located at 8283 Main Street in Mokelumne Hill.
For more information, contact Amber Hoiska, phone 209 663 5932 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Foothills Rising Monthly Meeting
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Mokelumne Hill Town Hall
Congressional Candidate Rochelle Wilcox
Supervisor Lynn Morgan
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