The hour is drawing near for the Republican National Candidate to be chosen, and for the remaining candidates that have not made the grade to fall in line behind the Chosen “One”. As the candidates seem to be tracking neck and neck, I can’t help but think about how archaic of a system that we are still giving credence to. In a society that is built upon the notion of infinite choice, why are we still settling for just one candidate per party? Let all the candidates run and let the best man win, give us the infinite choice that we have grown accustomed to with the advent of social networking and the information of the internet. Why have we settled merely on two parties to focus our attention on when there are up to forty parties in the race at any given time.
I am advocating “choice” and I am not advocating for any one candidate in this race, because it is my belief that each one of them are sad representations for the people. They are stuck in a time that does not sync up with the philosophy of the society we are living in. Because, they still believe that we believe in them, when the truth is we are only hanging upon shreds of hope- that maybe a new hero will be delivered. We have been brought up to idolize great leaders in history i.e. Ghandi, Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, etc. It is our hope that a new hero will rise from the rabble, but it is our everyday experience that leaves much to be desired; they disappoint, lie, cheat, and scratch their way to power. They as leaders have begun to idolize themselves, and they believe the lie that “they” are our heroes.
A new era has begun, it is an era where the people have more power than any previous moment in history. Through social networking the individual has the ability to have a conversation with the famed and the feeble alike. It is this individual power which can focus its attention on people power movements on the other side of the globe, and take part in the intellectual revolution as a mass. It will be this power, once realized that will reshape how we choose our leaders. This will become the new vote, but instead of a vote that re-occurs every four years, our voice will be heard in real-time, and our government will have to adapt in real-time.
In the “Age of Information” choice has become King. The playing field is being leveled in terms of who has the right to give the information, and the people are playing an ever-increasing role in the administering and consuming of that information. We are standing on the edge of a freshly made grave for Corporate media, which will mark the beginning of a great battle between the people and the Corporations which have had a stronghold on our Government for quite some time now. A Government that is supposed to be comprised “of the people”, is more so comprised of corporations, lobbyists, and company front men.
So with our newly realized power and freedom why is it that we still allow the corporate establishment to dictate to us leaders that do not mirror the intellectual movement of the masses. We are living in a time not much different from that of the forefathers of this country, in the sense that no longer does our government properly represent the ideas and beliefs of the people that they supposedly govern and control. It is this supposed control that begs to limit the freedom of choice and ideas that we are learning to harness day by day. We will look back on this moment and recall the battle horn call across the internet with movements like that of SOPA, PIPA, Kony, and others that mark the beginning of a true “power movement of the people”. This is at least my hope, that we will realize our potential and stop handing over our personal individual sovereignty to people who only have their personal wealth and success in mind. The search for Truth, the exercise of Freedom, and the goal of social Justice shall light the way.
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