I’m talking about a political party whose SOLE PLATFORM is to examine and publicize the long-term impact of any and all policies and legislation.
No focus on political expediency, compromise with corporate lobbyists, deal-making, etc. Because this party is only and ever about one thing: The Future.
The Party of the Future would generate ongoing pressure on the other parties to make concessions to these concerns. Because the Party of the Future would not be owned, and because it would have only one focus, and because it would have moral force behind it, it would have the ability to harass and prod the traditionally lumbering and pandering political parties.
And that is thanks to my generation.
I belong to the Generation of Irrevocable Destruction. It’s a shameful legacy. My generation of “Boomers” has seen… oh, goddess, what haven’t we seen:
- Extinction of species
- Acid rain
- Global warming
- Nuclear accidents
- Air pollution
- Water pollution
- Policy of “perpetual warfare” to support corporate capitalism’s demand for ever-expanding markets
- Depletion of water supplies
- Genetically modified food
- Destruction of the rainforests
- Pollution of the ocean
- Massive oil spills
What would it take to form The Party of the Future? Not that much. A handful of committed folks with some social networking skills and a great webmaster. And a team of dedicated research folks. Actually, scratch that. How about a team of folks with some common sense and decency who are able to communicate their concerns with clarity and accountability?
I’ll sign on. It’s the least I can do.