politics and spirit
- Dear Friends,
The question is being asked by Events themselves: Whether the art and
craft of statesmanship (mere politics transformed by spirit) has
anything to contribute to our current world situation?
Having been drawn into the Circus of Public Life in the United States,
and given that not one of us is free of the consequences of what is
happening, I find that even though what I am doing may be seen by some
as foolish, for me being a Fool is quite preferable to doing nothing.
For these reasons I am drawing attention to something I wrote during
the beginning days of the war. I apologize in advance to those who will
object to my filling up your e-mail box with this, and can understand if
you do not like it. I do not apologize for risking your displeasure to
make a contribution to the ongoing conversation over the meaning and
future of our civilization.
The piece is called: "Re-imagining the Conduct of the Presidency: - a
Presidential Campaign as an Act of Statecraft,and the Presidency as the
Art and Craft of Statesmanship", and can be found on-line at:
Please forward this if you feel so inclined.
also known as:
Joel A. Wendt
alternative candidate for President of the United States of America
campaign website: "some thoughts on the nature of public service - and
an offer of service" http://ipwebdev.com/hermit
research website: "Shapes in the Fire" http://ipwebdev.com/hermit
- Hello Joel and all interested,
Joel, thanks for your article, one that I have read in parts, but not
in its entirety (partly because I do not find reading long pieces on
screen easy, and in this library I have reached my print out limit
for the day).
So, what I say is tentative, and I hope not a distortion of your
I appreciate what you say about the government of the U.S. having an
impulse in an IDEAL ("the government of the people, by the people,
for the people"), and about how our so-called public servants,
politicians (not all, but many, including the current President) are
more subject to market forces than to serving the IDEAL. Also, you
recognize that "America" is young and still (hopefully) learning to
pursue this ideal. There is lack of enlightened self-interest (on the
part of people, and, I'd say, on the part of corporations), but an
increasingly enlightened citizenry and strong citizen movement can
change the nature of 'politics as usual', so to say.
This is my reading (so far) of your essay. If I distort something,
please correct me.
I do vote--let me say--and yet I am skeptical about the whole process
of voting (and my skepticism existed long before the corruption
exposed in Florida in the last Presidential "election"). We are a
large nation, and that makes for problems with the ideal of consensus-
making, and yet, it is consensus-making that I see as promoting the
ideals of true inner and social freedom. Voting will always involve
taking the majority view, but the majority view can be measured as
51%, and still there are 49% who don't agree with this majority.
Consensus involves work so that everyone in the end (or something
near everyone) is included, and this can be a long process, as you
probably know, but that does not make it less valid. On the
I think the natives of this land have a lot to teach us (not all
natives are practitioners of a kind of spirit of consensus, but the
ideal is alive among many).
Well, that's my two wampum pieces for now. Thanks for writing, and
let's continue this, if you will (and with all who will).