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Posted By: Simo on: 07/8/2012 11:33:44 ET
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Wow! Thank you for bringing Mayor Gallo on, it's very inetersting to hear his take on everything going on in the world today.I'm still struggling with the issue of, what do we DO. The mayor spoke alot about influencing young people as a way to save our culture and country, but right now it feels like that's going to be too late, like there's not going to be anything left to save by the time they grow up.I don't understand (and was hoping the mayor might address) how we, as individuals, can have an effect on the current government when it seems to be so far out of control and so deeply screwed up. I think people used to believe the remedy was vote the bad guys out , but what do you do when there don't seem to be any good guys left (or any that are willing to run for national office)? What do you do when faced with an election where none of the choices seem good, when you're forced to chose the lesser of two evils?I suspect part of the answer lies in community , in the sense of organizing people to protest as a larger group. But, how do you do that when (as you mentioned) many people just don't care, and many people (including me!) have quite a bit of fear around standing up to the government (if they can sexually assault just for buying a boarding pass on the plane, what can they do to you for actually daring to protest?). How do you do that when the government officials really don't care about protests and people, but only about getting more money for their next campaign?And, for the record, it sounds like Mayor Gallo IS one of the good guys (thank you Mayor Gallo). I love that he talked about how he really considers how his decisions are going to effect people.My question for him would be: what things that people are most effective in getting your attention, or in influencing you? For example, would you rather someone organize a petition and get thousands of signatures, or research and send you detailed information to persuade you on an issue? Do peaceful protests get noticed and influence you, or is a storm of angry calls to your office a better plan? Or is there something else? What things can ordinary people do that actually influence your thinking and decisions on an issue?Oh! And on that note Eric, have you ever considered starting a forum for your website? You do such an amazing job of bringing up all kinds of issues, it would be great to have a place to start serious discussions of how to get involved, how to solve different issues, and what would our ideal world look like. I haven't really found any other good place to discuss this stuff (though I'm very open to suggestions.)Thanks!
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