Follow the money and you see who and what runs America. What are the federal government’s five biggest benefactors?
1. Finance ad banking
2. Military and security complex
3. Oil and gas
4. Big pharma
5. Big agriculture
I have an MBA. I ran a $3 million-a-year charity for 10 years. I worked for savings and loans when they existed. I was one of three Eagle County commissioners overseeing a $100 million budget.
Who runs America is a math problem: Look at the most money coming in and the most going out, and then go back five, 10 and 20 years and see who is getting the big bucks.
We don’t have representatives representing sovereignty of the United States and its people; we have representatives representing Multinational Corporations without borders. Their business plan whether they are Republicans or Democrats is simple:
3. Spend on military hardware
4. Cut taxes for the corporations and super rich.
5. Indemnify themselves and the Corporations from prosecution.
The results are this:
Endless wars for profit
Further and further inequality
Oppression and racism to people of color
So it is that America is an empire in decline. I ask you to apply your moral conscience and ask yourself if the number of people being killing in endless wars, minorities being incarcerated and refugees is going up disproportionately. If the answer is yes, then you understand what the powers that be don’t want you to focus on. That we are unconscious to the killing and oppression of our system.
There are moral consequences to apathy, neglect, ignorance and selfishness. We have been given a great responsibility as Americans. Anyone can complain and moan. Few, if any, can fight with righteous indignation for change not later, not in 2020, not when you have more resources, but now.
As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. warned, the white moderate who prefers the absence of tension over the presence of justice is our greatest stumbling block.
Our political and financial systems are rigged to represent the 1 percent and that is the injustice I will fight for you in Washington. I’ve asked voters all over District 3 if they think they live in an Oligarchy and over one-third at 12 forums the candidates have held have said yes. Heck, a Princeton University study in 2014 reported America is an Oligarchy. I want to be a Representative who goes after the problem and not the symptom.
I have been lobbying, working and protesting in Washington D.C. since 2001. Over the past four years, I’ve been there a dozen times. We need someone who started and grown both a nonprofit and for-profit business and been elected twice to represent the people not the powerful. I have business experience that the other candidates don’t. I’m the only candidate to say, “Impeach Trump now” before he turns the U.S. into an Authoritarian state.
I’m someone who fights with the urgency of now instead of explaining how we will use incredmentalism, When I started my nonprofit in 1993 for minority kids, I never realized it would grow to a national charity that had served over 60,000 kids in more than nine states. I believe that we must give back for our children’s children. I don’t have hope I have two young kids and I fight for them and all children before it’s too late.
When you give up, they win. Help elect a true activist to Congress. Find out more about me at arnmenconi.com
It is an illusion to think the U.S.A. is a Democracy, or for that matter that any country is today. In 2018, countries aren’t governed to protect their borders. Modern Capitalism has taken over Governments, and now Multi-national Companies own politicians who get them cheap access to needed raw materials and products that create casino financing to borrow, and speculate with Military provided to them to protect their interests paid for by the taxpayers.
I have been arrested in Washington D.C. and New York protesting endless wars for profit four times in the past three years, worked with America’s most famous whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg, on his latest book “The Doomsday Machine”, spent hours each day trying to bring awareness to the $8 Trillion dollars spent in America’s wars in the Middle East, in an attempt to save lives. Here’s why.
Most will say “There is no anti-war movement”, however let me suggest why it is in your best interest to be for peace in a way that you might not have considered before. It is in your own self interest.
Neuroscientists now claim we have upwards of 32 senses. Carl Jung talked about the collective conscientiousness. “Mother Teresa said that Americans are the least happiest of all the people in the world, because we are so lonely.”
The interconnection between all living things cannot bring suffering to one continent or people without affecting another, suffering manifest equally. It cannot be disconnected when we are all interconnected.
Hating Trump brings about greater hate. The angrier I get the more anger I create in my heart and actions. When I read about the increase in overdose, I can’t help but think it’s a result of our killing millions through endless wars. When I read about depression increasing, I can’t help but think it’s because of our nations disconnect to our actions through wanting more and more stuff.
Happiness doesn’t come through finding the perfect mate, more money or fame (sex drugs and rock & roll). You can’t take a pill to stop what we are doing to others through our ignorance. It’s as simple as if we shot ourselves in the foot thinking it won’t hurt our ability to walk.
I believe that America’s militarism, racism, materialism, and sexism oppresses the world through military intervention. Corporate capitalism, and global warming has resulted in higher addiction, loneliness, divorce, suicide, mass shootings, depression, anxiety and despair.
Think about how at a concert the vibe is shared and when it goes off the entire crowd goes off. Now expand that to suffering and think about an example. Why confine it to only a venue when the venue is our souls or whatever you want to call it.
We are one shared collective consciousness with more senses than scientists will ever discover. Before the advent of artificial intelligence, we need to discover our natural intelligence and bring compassion and love to the greatest suffering in the world in order to bring happiness to ourselves.
Treat yourself with love for if you are self destructive you perpetuate the cycle of suffering in the world.
My kids and I are at the airport in Chicago headed back home to Colorado.
At my Mom’s house, I sleep on the couch, while my kids sleep next to me on the floor on an air mattress, as many families do when visiting relatives during the holidays.
My kids are now ten and twelve, and when I look at them sleeping next to each other, I feel peace. They do not seem to have anything but joy in their hearts. I hope they can have one or two more years of innocence before they have to be like Siddhartha leaving the Palace for the first time.
Matteo thinks the air mattress is for practicing his running back flips and Maya sneaks behind the cabinet to use as her dressing room. My kids and I have traveled a lot so they are used to making do with whatever. Our best adventure was a 2,200-mile road trip in my pickup truck to Jasper, Canada sleeping in the back of the truck for 21 days.
My mom lives in a senior’s apartment building owned by the town, so we meet elderly people in the hall who stop to ask many questions about us. They are not nosey. They are nice. Nothing like most of the neighbors I have had.
Elderly people always ask, “So how’s your Mom doing?” Not, “How’s your mom?” They always add “doing”. I figure it is because they are accustom to people getting sick, going to and from the hospital and dying at any moment, like her next store neighbor did this year. They found him hunched over his kitchen table from a heart attack.
Being with my mom means hearing about when she has to take her pill, doctor visits, who is sick, who passed away and that she may not be around much longer, like the man next store.
Living in a ski town for 25-years means you don’t typically see elderly people. The attitude and snow is a lot for them. I also think the Chamber of Commerce doesn’t want them around messing up the “rugged individualist” myth of the mountains.
Instead, all you hear about are DUIs, knee surgeries, how someone missed a workout as if it was a life ending cancer diagnoses, pot, weed, edibles and if you’re in Aspen…the “white lady.”
The first time a kid in a club asked me if I wanted some “white lady” I had to think for a second about what that was before saying, “No, but if you have any Black Betty I’m going in!”
Late last night Maya shouted, “Dad! Dad! Are you alright?” She said I was having a “scary” dream and shouting, “No! No! No!”
She fell back asleep. I thought about how fucked up my dream seemed and checked Twitter to see what might be happening in Europe or the Middle East like Leonardo on Quaaludes in Wolf of Wall Street, half asleep and disoriented from shouting “No! No!” in my dream. I’ll tell you about my dream in a minute.
I started to see Tweets that the U.N. Security Council voted Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are illegal under international law. I read that many US Senators had come out against the U.N.’s action and that Samantha Powers had abstained.
Many Senators had already started criticizing Obama on Twitter for not sticking up for Israel. Now, I won’t get deep into this here, but I’ve been very outspoken about Israel since the “51 Day War” against Palestine in the summer of 2014. Before that, I was like most people, I did not think about things like Apartheid in Israel, or Gaza being an open-air prison where no one can leave or get in. As an Executive Director of a youth charity, I worried about kids in America, not halfway around the world. But really, it was because I wasn’t paying attention, nor was the media, which is not allowed to say anything negative about Israel. Apartheid is definitely off limits.
I first got interested because I was a scholar at the Aspen Institute’s Idea Fest that summer and went to all the Foreign Affairs sessions to learn about ISIS. There, I met former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren. I had a long discussion with him on a footbridge with the Colorado blue sky and mountains in the background about the U.S. going back into Iraq over ISIS. It was hardly the scene for a discussion on terrorism for most people.
Mr. Oren asked me why I cared about all of this. He said that as an analyst for CNN, his Producers say no one pays attention to this region, so why was I?
I started by muttering, “Well I didn’t think I knew much about the Middle East, but the U.S. had been at war since the late eighties. Shouldn’t we care when innocent people are being killed?” I did not know then that “innocent people being killed” would become my theme song.
He seemed generally interested in my thoughts and we exchanged cards. Later, I would learn a whole lot more about him like how this seemingly wonderful man, who thought I knew so much, was a right-wing Neo-Con and how the Aspen Institute was a front for them.
A few months later, on a Sunday night, I was reading my Twitter feed at my kitchen table alone (have I told you how lonely I was before Twitter?). I saw a post from MSNBC’s Chris Hayes’ that read, “I wonder why more people aren’t concerned about Michael Oren’s response about ISIS versus Iran?” In my head, I yelled, “Hey, I know Oren he gave me his card,” and I opened the link. It was a video of me at the Aspen Ideas Fest where, in front of 300 people, I asked Oren if Israel had to choose between ISIS or Iran who would they pick as a greater enemy.
He responded, “My personal answer, not Israeli’s, is Iran because they have the capability of nuclear weapons.” I freaked out. My question was like my own American Idol moment in Foreign Affairs.
This was in July 2014. I felt I knew shit about the Middle East and here I am, being bantered about between Hayes and Oren regarding Israel, ISIS and Iran at the Aspen Institute. I jumped up from the table, confident that I was going to be openly mentioned in elite circles by the Military, Netanyahu, the Council on Foreign Relations and Hillary. Who knew? It didn’t happen. Sure, there were a few remarks back and forth with Rula Jebreal, Chris Cuomo and Ian Bremmer, until they realized I was nobody.
My point is that for the past 5 years, I wondered if Americans looked at the Middle East on a map and pondered, “Why are there shapes of countries there?” I learned that by doing this thing called reading I could find more information on the Middle East than a new Harry Potter book. People in the news world thought I knew a lot about the subject. U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and I even talked about it in Washington D.C. in the spring of 2015, back when he still talked to me. He said, “Arn, it’s so confusing figuring out the difference between Shiite and Sunni. I make Post It notes to remember who is who.” I rolled my eyes wondering, “How could I know more than a U.S. Senator? I would have traveled there a dozen times by now.”
In 2015, I was traveling back and forth to D.C., sitting in Senate hearings wondering if the Foreign Relations Committee would ever actually talk about a solution to the war with ISIS. Hell, they weren’t even calling it a war because then they would need to pass War Powers for the President. The news barely covered the content of the wars. Only through Twitter was I able to research which foreign journalists’ work to read on the topic.
During that time, I met with my friend, who was a reporter at the Wall Street Journal, and talked to him about what I could do in the business. He said that at my age and experience I would have to be an expert in something since I didn’t come up through the ranks after “J school” (that’s journalism school not jagoff).
I thought it might be a stretch, but I wanted to be an expert on the U.S. military’s budget and the Middle East. In a way, it fit, because I was the only County Commissioner in Colorado who seemed to understand government budgets and that where there’s money, there’s stealing. I wanted to find the biggest hustlers and bust them.
I promised not to go into detail so basically, shit happened and I read, a lot. I talked to as many experts as would take my calls. I found that there were very few people who could take the Federal Budget, look at the military spending over the past ten years, and find the discrepancies between the Delta in the highest numbers.
America’s first whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg, took me under his wing and wondered why all my interest. I explained that it was no different than the Godfather Part 1 and 2. You follow where the biggest money changed hands and figure out the hustle. He said, “But no one stops wars.” I agreed, and added that, “I don’t want to stop a war, I want to slow it down and mitigate the effectiveness like you did. You were the only one in modern history and I’m sitting at your kitchen table.”
I have a persistence and self-confidence that only the smartest people seem to either appreciate or ignore.
So, now that you know the motive behind my why, let me bring it home. I’ve taken this story to the air and we are landing in Denver soon.
As I read the “Twitter Swerve”, or the ever-changing story, I noticed that the Orange One had weighed in, “As to the U.N. things will be different after January 20th.” What a nightmare.
Obama just gave Israel $38 billion over the next 10 years, and sold (or gave them, depending on how you look at it), a few F-35’s. He allows Israel to have nuclear weapons without acknowledging it and sits back while they use Palestinians for target practice for the development of new weapons. They pretty much decide a good portion of the U.S.’s Foreign Policy.
Now nearly all of the Republicans in the House and Senate, as well as many Democrats, are coming to Israel’s defense, because the Israeli NeoCons decide what is in our country’s best interests. We are Israel’s Defense Department, State Department and Intelligence Agency. But why stop there? Now we have the Flock of Seagulls Hair Reunion Tour President, immediately attacking the U.N. for declaring that Israel has committed war crimes, and his reign of terror hasn’t even begun.
If I had more time, I would talk about what the pundits are saying. Since it’s Saturday, it appears not much, which is not surprising.
I posted an article earlier today from the U.S. Editor Chemi Shalev of Israel’s liberal paper Haaretz who tweeted an hour ago, “Netanyahu is now aligning himself completely with Donald Trump, against the entire world.”
I have to put away my laptop so I am going to have to finish quickly about my other nightmare.
A man in an orange Speedo, who wanted to have sex with me in a pool at a ski resort, was chasing me. When my daughter asked me what my scary dream about I said, “I’m trying to forget honey.” I hugged her and told her that we had better get ready to go home.
Peace On Earth Goodwill To All…I said “ALL”.
Last night in NYC after checking out the Trump Towers garrison and realizing I won’t be the next Secretary of State, my only thought was to run.
As I blazed, I realized I was at the epicenter of Capitalism – 5th Ave & 56th St. aka “The Devil Wears Prada Triangle”.
So what happened next was I ran into a crazy white man carrying a big stuffed fish, wearing a cowboy hat was singing, “where is the love?”
Fisher of men?!
I went across the street looked up and saw the Plaza Hotel where rooms are $24,000 a night. I thought, “Bono’s got a like a $100 million Penthouse here. Could I find him and strangle him?”
All 3 guards let me through. All I had to ask them is, “where’s the bar?”
As I approached the “Plaza” bar, I realized my own contradiction – I did not fit in yet I was a white guy with grey hair.
I was privileged. I had been to the Ritz in London. Sat hours in the renaissance room at the Louv. Hiked Manchu Picchu. Flew on a private Gulfstream to D.C. and hung out with Shawn White at the half pipe.
So when the two ladies from England sitting next to me asked, “what brings you to NYC?” I said, “court.”
They looked more concerned than I would have. I said, “it was at the Presidential Debates for protesting.” They asked, “what was I protesting?”
I said, “everything” and sipped my dirty martini straight up in a rocks glass “I ran for U.S. Senate.”
“And what do you do?” Came next.
Eventually they didn’t like me because with a shit eating grin said, “I’m a cross between Jeremy Corbin and Russel Brand” which literally disturbed the one lady.
They were here for the weekend. I was no longer entertaining. They left.
I sat alone thinking it’s cold out besides wanting to drink a lot of beers with Jeremy Scahill there was nothing I really wanted to do in NYC. So I nursed my martini.
A couple my age sat down next to me which freaked me out, because they were a couple and my age which is like so rare to me.
They were from Maryland here to see a Chic Corea concert. I said, “oh nice I saw him in 81.”
Again I was asked why I was in NYC and went through the same blah blah arrest yeah yeah thing.
So Mary wanted to grill me on my politics. I’ve gotten good at learning how to size people up in 60 sec and decide how I’ll beat them in the argument they are about to have with me. Not because I want one. I just bring out the stupid in some people.
So la de da we chatted it up. She voted for Trump and my friend (I hope) Margaret Flowers for U.S. Senate.
We talked about most everything that you’d find boring…our kids, governmental regulations and my bill came.
It was $50 bucks for two martinis!
Mary said, “what the fuck did you expect you’re in the Plaza Hotel?” And looks at me like ‘dumb shit’ which I find soothing compared to the passive aggressive insults in Colorado.
I said, “dude I live near Aspen and Vail shut up.”
She railed on me. Not that having a woman rail on me is so usual but this chic took it from drink prices, to Green Party, back to ‘get the fuck out of here’ to “I had to explain to my daughter’s what getting a blow job in the Oval Office meant”.
Blow job? I’m listening.
Me, “what are you talking about?”
“Bill Clinton, you don’t know what it’s like to tell your 10 year old daughter what a blow job is.” Mary said like it was happening today not in 1998.
Funny enough I’d heard it before. I get it too. I have a 12 year old daughter that she already seen the pictures and knew I’d kill for her. But sorry I wasn’t convinced that’s what took down the Democratic Party.
Yes I know Bill was a lying piece of shit put who isn’t at that level?
She repeated something she said earlier, “I can’t figure you out.”
I said, “look Mary I like you cause I probably grew up a lot like you but in Chicago instead of Baltimore back in the day, day. The difference is there are parents I know who have to explain to their kids why Eric Gardner got choked 13 times, will their mom be deported to Mexico, wanting their Native land back and I lay wake worrying about Muslim kids in refugee camps because the U.S. bombed the shit out of them for 35 years. Oh let’s not forget that 6 million Southeast Asia we killed because America lied about Vietnam. I love my kids too, but what about all the others?”
Bono never came down from his palace and the mood shifted so I did too.
We all know what I’m talking about whether we are white, black, yellow, brown or green.
It’s about who and what we are capable of caring about. Either way no one can care about everything and still be human.
Looks like I’m descending back into the Rocky Mountains from the Heavens.
Peace. Keep Spreading the Love.
The Wikileaks revealed election fraud and how the Global Corporate Mafia works:
- Taking Pay to Play for endless wars
- Colluding with the media to manipulate public opinion
- The Clinton Foundation’s ties to the banks
- Lying, lying, and I forget the last one…
Here are findings from the Wikileaks DNC document Dump, and you already know Hillary is a huge part of the Mafia’s DNC mess. The Corporate Political Machine shut down Wikileaks so we couldn’t see how the game is played. This alone shows how damning the evidence is! We only have 18 days left to fight this system; making this post viral is today’s direct action.
1. Mainstream media colluding with the DNC to cover up lies
2. Burying Bernie
3. Clinton’s weapons deals with Saudi Arabia & ISIS
4. Pay to Play
5. HRC lying to public about policy stances
6. HRC being a closeted racist and bigot
7. Clinton Foundation Corruption
8. Clinton is pro-fracking:
9. Donna Brazile sharing information before the debate
10. Hillary is pro-TPP
11. Wall Street & Oligarchy is running Obama, Clinton, and DNC
This election is riding on the millennial vote! Young people, wake up now, not when you are 50. Make your vote matter now!
Jill Stein will bring her message of People & Planet over Profits to the Colorado this coming Saturday & Sunday August 27th & 28th.
Green US Senatorial candidate Arn Menconi will join Jill at all of the events and Green State House candidate Robert Lee Worthey will join Jill and Arn at the Mercury Cafe in Denver.
Saturday, August 27
Rally and March for PEACE, CLIMATE AND JUSTICE
Acacia Park, 115 E Platte Ave, Colorado Springs
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church
730 N Tejon St, Colorado Springs
Time: 1:30 pm
Saturday, August 27
Avogadro’s Number, 605 S Mason St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Time: 6:30 pm
Sunday, August 28
Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St, Denver, CO 80205
Time: 1 pm
Sunday, August 28
Glen Miller Ballroom, CU Boulder Campus
Time: 7 pm
All events are family-friendly and wheelchair accessible.
You’ll be able to meet and greet with local Green Party chapters as well as the candidates.
All events are free, but donations gladly accepted.
Please R.S.V.P. here: http://www.jill2016.com/events
Campaigning begins now, and we need you NOW.
We are beginning to phone bank for our candidates, and all it takes is an internet connection, your phone and your favorite spot at home. It’s all self-paced work, but there are often deadlines and objectives involved.
Sign up here: www.arnmenconi.com/volunteer
If our understanding of the human nature has taught us anything it is that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Acting with no fear of repercussion is an absolute power. In order to check this absolute power it is essential to institute an independent prosecutor procedure for instances of officer involved shootings. An effective independent prosecutor could bring a sense of accountability to law enforcement that will lead to increase trust and decreased tensions with communities of color.
A former New York state Chief Judge once stated that a prosecutor could persuade a grand jury to “indict a ham sandwich.” Looking at our Nation’s state of affairs, it is safe to say that a police officer is nothing like a ham sandwich. While numbers can be boring, in this instance they are illuminating and staggering.
- With respects getting a grand jury to indict à they imply it’s easy to indict, because it is. The numbers bear this out.
- In 2010, out of 162,00 cases that U.S. attorneys prosecuted in federal court- they failed to return a grand jury indictment a grand total of 11 time, which equates to .00006790%.
When it comes to prosecutors and police officers, however, these numbers are NEARLY REVERSED. Exact, nationwide figures are very difficult to nail down since data on officer-involved shootings is very difficult to find, as it is not mandated to track by any agency.
There are some individual examples are able to give a window into these statistics.
- In a particular Texas county, a grand jury has not indicted a Houston police officer since 2004.
- In Dallas the picture painted is nearly as incomprehensible. In a review of 81 officers involved shooting over a 4-year period, only 1 returned an indictment.
- According to a fairly comprehensive study conducted by Bowling Green State University, of the thousands of officer-involved shootings between 2005-2015, only 54 officers have been charged.
These shocking numbers paint a clear picture of two separate and distinct legal processes, one for law enforcement officers, and another, much less lenient process for the rest of us.
The conflicts of interest in these situations are far too much to ignore. Prosecutors work hand-in-glove with law enforcement officers on a daily basis. These officers gather the evidence prosecutors need for convictions. This team-like partnership inevitably leads to a conflict of interest when the defendant is an officer. An independent prosecutor is an essential check on police powers, and our entire government is built upon a system of appropriate checks and balances. Without this vital check justice will never be served.
A Letter to Colorado, the United States and Global Citizens
When did you last believe the country was on the right track? Congress’ approval rating is 10%. Politicians are not being straight with us. Each party offers painless solutions which protect special interests and reward millionaire lobbyists. As we get ready to choose our next president, lets get serious about how to proceed as a nation and state. Americans have to take back democracy from the Global Corporate Mafia that runs our country. We need a revolution that elects someone that fights for climate, social and economic justice.
The plutocrats don’t think we will rise up. They expect us to be too cynical or too complacent. We cannot let this moment pass us by.
Maybe, like me, you campaigned for Barack Obama 8 years ago on a promise of ending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan or standing up for the lower and middle class. Maybe, like me, you’ve watched our leaders lead from behind on climate change.
Well, the time is now not when. We can no longer have ending wars turn into endless wars, saving the planet turn into killing it and arresting the crooks on Wall St turn into hiring them to write regulations.
My name is Arn Menconi and I am running for U.S. Senate for the State of Colorado as a Green Party Candidate. I have run a national charity for disadvantaged youth, served as a two term Colorado Country Commissioner and owned my own business so I’ve had to run a non-profit, for profit and local government. This gives me extensive experience in what it takes to represent people from all walks of life.
In the last year and a half, I’ve spent all of my time as an activist some would say a radical. I call it being a concerned citizen. I cannot stand back and watch when we need to fight.
I have lived in Colorado for 24 years and love this state. It represents the crossroads of what is happening to the world. When I travel through the Western Slopes and see the Halliburton trucks pulling fossil fuels out of the ground, I worry about our water, our love of place and whether we protecting our planet? When I speak to our representatives either here or in Washington, I see that they are running away from the People to raise money from the Corporations. When, I tell my 9 year old and 11 year old, what I do, I say I am trying to get our country to stop going to war so you won’t and we won’t hurt others.
If you are willing to believe in your own power as a citizen in a democracy, if you support climate, social and economic justice, I will fight for you and bring the change and reform that scares the Global Corporate Mafia that extorted our democracy.
Please Share This. Thank You. Let’s Do This People!
Join me on Monday, January 18th in Denver at the MLK Day Marade at City Park 9:30 to march with the Green Party and kick off my campaign https://www.facebook.com/events/441910922683086/
15 years ago this month, I announced my run for Eagle County Commissioner and this was my ad shot I used for my campaign. I was told my hair was too long, that I was a snowboarder and that people wouldn’t take me seriously. 11 months later I won with 8000 votes and served for two terms until I was term limited. There was two recall attempts on me. One for taking a nonaggressive stance towards Afghanistan and another for funding early childhood development.
I was one of three commissioners who administered a $100M annual budget. Served on numerous non-profit community, statewide and national boards. Worked on and developed community initiatives that include long-term economic planning, affordable housing and early childhood development to name a few accomplishments.
I continued to run a charity I founded called SOS Outreach that became a leader in serving poor and minority children. 40,000 kids went through the programs at over 35 ski resorts and we raised over $50 million dollars in inkind and cash.
My point is for those of you who have people telling you that you can’t or won’t be taken seriously, I’m here to tell you that if you hold fast to your core values and work to fight cynicism and apathy, you can make a difference, just don’t listen to those that tell you what you can’t do and listen to those that work together to fight injustice everywhere. The issues have gotten bigger for me as they should with wisdom and age, but as we near Dr. Martin Luther King Day I want to leave you with what he was talking about in his final days.
He was talking about ending the Vietnam War. He was talking about ending a capitalistic system that works for some but not many. He was protesting the rights for all people to live by the principles of a Constitution and Bill of Rights. I used his words in my announcement back then about fulfilling the dream of equality.
In Dr. King’s final speech, “I’ve Been To the Mountain Top” he said this, “Let us develop a kind of dangerous unselfishness.” And went on to give a story of the Good Samaritan. Dr. King went on to give the part of the story were the Levite asked the Good Samaritan, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”
We are all interconnected. If you kill, you will be killed. If you hoard you will be poor. If you ignore injustices, you will have injustices commit against you. But if you have the ability to develop dangerous unselfishness, you will find a calling to serve love and compassion and no one who comes from fear or what you can’t do will be able to win out over the people who’s souls are calling you for help.
Trust me because I have put my faith in trusting those that have given their lives to fight for justice. And they will tell you they weren’t perfect, but the calling is a miracle and when you follow the path of justice for all you will see the glory.
Take sometime this weekend to serve other in the name of Dr. Martin Luther King who gave his life for the cause.