The Death of Debate and the Rise of Conformity
One of the great concepts of the United States is the fundamental theory that every vote counts. As a citizen you go to the voting booth and select your favored representative with the understanding that your support will be counted and have meaning.
Rural Decay is a term that has been uttered more and more recently. You can see it anytime you drive in rural Wisconsin. Stores closing, along with farms, and a migration of young people to the cities seeking work. It helped propel Donald Trump to the presidency with fear that this decay was being caused by the "other," a xenophobic view on what is a real problem. Contrary to that belief, it is the hopes and dreams of refugees and immigrants that could breathe new life into American's rural areas.
I have always been a collector of comics.
Firefly is a show that continues to live on with opportunities unexplored. There was the movie sequel, Serenity, that continued the story, but that was still not enough. Most folks who watched, were left with more questions than answers. Don't get me wrong, Serenity is in my top five movie list because of how great it is, but that was also the problem. The story was so engaging, and the action so gripping, that it needed to be told.
It is an exciting time in Progressive politics. It may not seem like it with the contentious atmosphere that emanates from the Trump administration, but with all of the bad, there has also been an awaking of sorts. Ideas that were once scoffed at or considered “radical” are being looked at as viable alternatives to a broken system. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez winning as a Democratic-Socialist is proof of this, along with Beto O’Rourke in Texas refusing to take corporate money, and Kennth Meija running a full-on progressive campaign in California. Although these seem like fresh ideas, there is a party in the United States that has held these ideas for over 30 years. I’m talking about the Green Party.