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Roger Farinha

Founder, New American Spring

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Is the United States ripe for a new populist awakening?

The Tea Party, The Coffee Party, Occupy Wall Street: Our united states is evidencing (presently amorphous) populist convulsions--a seeming awakening of the people to the need to reclaim the reigns of democratic power. What might a mature populist awakening look like?

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    Nov 15 2012: the US is populist for decades now. arguably a century. it is just getting a little worse every year.
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      Nov 15 2012: Indeed, America has always stood as the shining example of populist pride to the world. No other country has made so explicit its experimentation with the value of the common man, realizing that in this value rests the worth of all humanity.

      Give me your tired, your poor,
      Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
      The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
      Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
      I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

      What other country has historically called for such as these, and has managed, through the miracle of divine truth (of the value of man), to become so great? Yet what tragedy that some political partisans today seek to preach against this very thread of American exceptionalism, lambasting the fight for economic justice with the deceptive term "socialism!" Let us fight for economic justice as but the first step, as ambitious as it may be-- but yes, the first step-- to a new and enlightened world order based on the dignity of all humanity.

      Which condition, when realized, would set the foundation for a New Age based on the creative and heroic development of the very human race!

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