Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Zero Decade: Restarting The 21st Century and Rebooting America, In The Nick of Time

Published on Monday, December 1, 2008 by CommonDreams.org
The Zero Decade: Restarting The 21st Century and Rebooting America, In The Nick of Time

by Gregory Wright

At the 2004 Democratic Convention, presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich told the country "we can restart the 21st century" by replacing the Bush administration and Republican Congress with a Democratic president and Congress. The country could progress again with sufficient intelligence, adult thinking, and informed creativity -- also known as progressive policy-making.

But, thanks to a small majority of America's voters (and maybe some Ohio GOP electoral chicanery), the country just stayed stuck on Republican stupid for another four years, until 2009, with Bush and Dick and the gang in charge of the executive branch and, for another two years, with Mitch McConnell and John "Baner" Boehner running the Congress.

What a weird coincidence that the calendar decade with more zeroes in its years than any other became such a "zero decade" in the conduct of the world's most powerful and impactful nation. And what an unfortunate missed opportunity this first decade of our new century -- and millennium! -- has been. This gateway of the most enormous possible new era (it will be 99 decades before the next equivalent milestone) could have been seen at least from the start of the 1990s, and used, as a symbolic kick in the pants to address an avalanche of huge and rapidly worsening human problems, from climate change and overpopulation to the continuing threat of nuclear holocaust and the destitution of billions.

Read the rest at CommonDreams.org

hat tip to Kaye!

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