Monday, August 20, 2018

Bottom-up power


I neglected this blog to work on my memoir, but I continued getting opinion pieces published elsewhere—recently in the Minneapolis StarTribune about righting patriarchal wrongs. To provoke awareness of what’s been done to women, I write, “Consider an ad displaying a man’s genital area clad in a clinging fabric.” I urge women to educate men in healthy relating.
Yesterday, the St. Cloud Times titled my piece: Citzens gain power when they work together. 
The real voter fraud is blocking people from voting by expensive ID requirements and other restrictions, obviously, to suppress bottom-up power. . . .
The Consumer Financial Protection Agency, formed during President Obama’s term to protect consumers . . . was taking three to five enforcement actions against powerful wrongdoers each month. After Donald Trump took charge, its enforcement actions dropped to zero. . . .
But this bleak picture tells only half the story. As top-down power surges, bottom-up power is roused to action. . . .
In the new wave of sensitivity, . . . Minneapolis police now are listening to the homeless and finding out what they need. . . .
“Focusing on what’s wrong leads to despair. . . . We can infuse hope, living by Paul Wellstone’s words: We all do better when we all do better.

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