cries out for leadership and all we get is a freeloader for mayor and a bunch
of know-nothings for Council members who quibble about whose motion goes first
and who’s more ignorant than the other.
not good enough anymore.
to do better.
of our lives and our hopes for the future are at stake.
should be a celebration of freedom and justice and opportunity where ordinary people
from all over the world stake out their dreams of happiness.
Isn’t that what
the spirit of
is all about?
are a failing city. FAILURE. It’s unthinkable that the promise of this blessed
City of Angels should be so broken, that the city should be so broke, so bankrupt
of leadership when so many from the richest to the poorest, from every race and
class, knows how wonderful our place in the sun should be.
What we have
made of this paradise is a crime — from our gang-infested neighborhoods to our
polluted waters and air, from our congested roads to our aging infrastructure.
It is as if we are in a downward spiral of self-destruction, a city divided into the rich and poor with a vanishing middle class.
But why? Greed?
I, for one,
cannot explain it. I cannot explain how so many smart, educated, influential
people can stand by and go along with this death dance when they all know
better. Even the fools and crooks glimmer something better. And most certainly
the vast majority of ordinary people see exactly what is going on and all too
often look the other way, lock themselves in prisons of apathy, defeatism and
Are we all
like the Good Germans of another era deluding ourselves that what is wrong will
soon pass and all will be right again, that what we see around us isn’t really happening?
Our world is changing in fundamental ways, economically
environmentally, socially, culturally.
A new age
is being born and we are living in the past. What was normal has been and is gone. The future is uncertain. Only change is
certain. Yet, every day we continue behaving as we have long behaved, only making
matters worse. It’s same old, same old all the time.
embrace change and reform our ways of doing business in the marketplace, in the
halls of political power, in our communities.
restore honesty and integrity to our relationships and dealings with one
another. We must respect each other, and prove that we deserve each other’s
all the time to find the words that express my deepest experience and always
come far short. This is just one more attempt.
So is my
latest effort to trigger reform through LA Clean Sweep (lacleansweep.com), just
another blind man’s stab in the darkness to find a ray hope, to find a way to
change the balance of power so that every segment of our society and every
individual feels at least a small piece of ownership, at least a small power to
affect things, a sense of belonging and being part of something greater.
the leaders who will guide us into the unknown? Who among us will find the
courage to speak the truth and face the wrath of the voices of the past
striving to hold us back?
have to be this way. This is a democracy and we are free to make different
choices. We can come together and work for something better. We can turn
failure into success. We can achieve great things and make this a great city.
Yes, we can
… or we can passively stand by, like helpless children, victims of a system
that holds us captive and is failing us all, rich and poor and everyone in between.