What’s interesting to me, Shawn, is how much our thinking seems to align.
You mention that Obama didn’t end the wars or close Guantanamo. This disappoints (and enrages) me too — but I feel we are largely to blame, not him. What I believe Bernie is doing much more effectively than Obama did is acknowledging just how much we will all need to become active in our democracy — and he’s inspiring hundreds of thousands of people like me to do just that. It’s not voluntaryism, but volunteerism. In my mind, the leap from one to the other doesn’t seem so vast. In fact, one may be on the necessary path to the other. We have all been so deeply apathetic that we need to learn how to be citizens again, whether citizens of our country, or citizens, as BitNation proposes, of the world.
On your other point, I believe Bernie is a peace candidate (he even has the audacity to mention the military industrial complex when he speaks), but since we live in a legislative democracy, he will only be able to institute peace to the extent that peacemakers throughout our country come together to make peace possible.
As for the Democrats in Chicago & Detroit — I think we can both agree that if people there had the means to spend their time on rebuilding their communities (weren’t struggling for the basic necessities), people there could repair their communities. The problem is we the people have yielded our power, largely due to poverty.
My hope is that with a new New Deal, and a living wage for all, that people will be able to re-engage as citizens of their communities, citizens of our country and ultimately as citizens of the planet.
Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment, and for introducing me to some really interesting thinking that I hadn’t yet seen.