by Dr. Paul Zeitz
8 August 2019
The Heart of Our America is Dying
America, the heart of our country is dying!
We are all rattled by the rancor and failure of our government.
America promises liberty and justice for all.
But our leaders are not living up to that pledge.
Over the past couple of months, I’ve found myself dreaming about the extraordinary drama of the fall of 1787, 232 years ago.
Members of the Constitutional Convention debated, wrote, and signed the Constitution, proposing an entirely new form of government.
It’s awe-inspiring to imagine the individuals from across the 13 colonies — from Massachusetts to North Carolina — who came together in Philadelphia, my hometown.
They spawned a valorous miracle: the birth of the American dream, a vision to insure liberty and justice for all.
Our Constitution was approved on September 17, 1787 and we’ll be recognizing Constitution Day around the country in just 40 days from today.
Unfortunately, the leaders of that time did not represent all of the people.
The drafters of our first Constitution were all white and all male.
Many were land owners, and many were slaveowners.
As well intentioned as they may have been, the Constitutional Order of the last 232 years was designed to protect their greedy personal wealth and privilege, while aggressively subjugating others.
The truth is, as pathbreaking as our Constitution was, inherent in its design is a systematic obstruction of the promise of liberty and justice for all.
Greed is the Disease
At this juncture, we have to recognize that greed is a deadly virus that is infecting and destroying American ideas and the promise of our collective future.
Three percent of the U.S. population has a net worth of one million dollars or more. As one newspaper headline put it, we have more millionaires in America than Greece has people.
At the same time, some 40 million Americans, maybe more, live below the poverty line.
While working as a physician in all parts of our country, I have been at the front lines of inner city and rural, poverty and injustice — which only seems to worsening now as millions remain suffering under the shackles of systemic poverty.
More and more young people in America do not want to start families because of economic insecurity and their justified fears about the unaddressed climate emergency. Many young people are crippled by huge amounts of school debt. Others feel they can’t afford the basics.
Too many Americans are living their lives soaking in a toxic bath of racial, economic, social, gender and environment injustice — at hands of the greed disease.
Our entire political system is running amok. While headlines seem to focus on the latest silly twitter spats, a real deadly virus of greed is left unchecked in America.
A dangerous greed force has grabbed the hearts and minds of so many of our leaders.
Instead of working for us and with us, they are bound and bought out by the greed machine.
What happened to “By the people for the people?” It’s become, “By the greedy, for the greedy.”
Frankly, I believe that greed is killing our nation.
Our founders took an oath to uphold and defend the United States Constitution. The preamble states:
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessing of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”
Today’s leaders are failing America. They’re not upholding their pledge because greed runs the show.
Some greedy business leaders are putting profits over people, and some of our politicians care more about their own self-aggrandizement than they do about their constituents.
The heart of democracy is dying.
The American promise — of liberty and justice for all — is in jeopardy.
This is an urgent existential threat to our way of life and the potential for future generations to flourish under American ideals.
On a sunny warm Sunday in April 2000, my father-in-law, Gerald Cohen, suffered a massive heart attack, his second.
He was on his way to a family celebration.
He never made it.
I stood in silent shock as a medical evacuation helicopter landed at the hospital, two medics bundled him into the chopper, and they flew off.
I was dumbstruck by the crazy turn of events.
His doctors quickly determined that his heart was so damaged that his only chance of survival was a heart transplant — he had just days or hours to live.
As we all were mentally preparing to say goodbye, unexpectedly, a miracle occurred.
A donor was identified.
In the nick of time, Dad received a new heart.
He lived another 11 happy years.
Since that day almost twenty years ago, I believe in miracles.
While our American ideals are on the precipice of imminent death, I believe that we can heal the greed disease that is killing the “heart” of the United States of America.
It’s no longer workable to stand by and hope that the problem will magically be fixed by others.
Are you Ready for America’s Heart Transplant?
A miracle is required to save the heart of America.
Urgent and lifesaving action is needed by justice-hearted Americans to liberate our fellow citizens from the shackles of injustice. We can create an inclusive healing movement where all Americans can learn to live peacefully together now and for future generations.
We have the opportunity today to unleash our individual valor and our collective courage to reclaim, restore, and renew American ideals — so that we and future generations can fulfill on the promise of our unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Can we see through the clouds of complacency?
Can we awaken ourselves to the possibility of waging justice to create a more perfect Union?
Can we realize the dream of the ages to usher in a more just and peaceful world for our children?
Can we help all Americans cast off their greed intoxication?
Can we demolish the golden calf of falsehoods, avarice, lies, and deception?
We must take back our government so that we can live in balance with the Earth and each and every one of us has a fair chance to create a winning life.
The time for bold action to radically and rapidly dismantle injustice is now!
President Abraham Lincoln said it best: “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis.”
Who Am I to Call you to Action?
I’m a doctor and the father of five sons.
I am committed to insuring that my family and all of your families have the opportunity to pursue the American ideal of a liberty and justice for all.
My work for the last 30 years has been to hold the United States government accountable. I’ve been waging justice for all Americans and I want you to join me.
On Martin Luther King’s birthday earlier this year, I launched Build A Movement 2020 (#BAM2020) to spark a patriotic revolutionary political movement. Learn more about at www.BAM2020.world
Greed Can Be Cured: America 2.0 Constitution
I propose that justice-hearted Americans work together to urgently convene a National People’s Convention during September 11–17, 2019 in Philadelphia.
I propose that justice-hearted Americans join forces today and commit to create an America 2.0 Constitution and to have it signed on September 17, 2019 — -Constitution Day.
I propose that our new America 2.0 Constitution insures racial, gender, social, economic, and environmental justice for all Americans.
I propose that our new America 2.0 Constitution insures that all of government institutions — our Supreme Court, our Congress, and the Executive Branch — are structured to guarantee the equality of gender, racial, and geographic representation.
I propose that our new America 2.0 Constitution insures that the America people can fully unleash our innovation, ingenuity, and ambition to insure the survival of all of humanity.
I propose that, upon the signing of the America 2.0 Constitution on September 17, 2019, in Philadelphia, we assemble at Independence Mall, we arrange for the Liberty Bell to be placed back up in the bell tower at Independence Hall, and we ring the Liberty Bell, two times, as we usher in Chapter 2 of the United States of America.
Once the new America 2.0 Constitution is signed, I propose that all justice-hearted Americans mobilize in mass, peaceful, non-violent demonstrations during the period of Sept 18–30, 2019. Americans could surround the U.S. Capital and State Capitals, to insure rapid ratification of the new America 2.0 Constitution by 30 September 2019.
Please join me to implement an action plan to heal America now. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact me through my website at www.drpaulzeitz.org
I commit my life to healing America.
Let Justice Ring!
BAM! BAM! Now-Now!