Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The California Democratic Party held it's executive board meeting in Anaheim from July 27-29. We registered as observers and to table during the event at which party members attended various caucus meetings and held board member elections. Our goal was to talk with those in leadership positions about "The Holigent Solution to Reconstruct America" and how the Democratic party could change the gridlocked and confrontational campaign tone to one of hopeful, constructive discussion about the Holigent project.
We met and talked with leaders of the Peace Alliance who were also tabling, other organizations, party board members including Chairman John Burton, and Congresswoman Karen Bass who gave a strong and engaging speech during the luncheon. While the party figures expressed support for the Holigent project, the overall response was that until after the elections, at least, politicians will not start talking about a new project.
Since the time leading up to the election is critical, they cannot be distracted from their campaigns for election, reelection, or for various propositions. But what is really the distraction and what should really be the priority? Of course, from my point of view, I see all those current political and campaign activities as distractions from a comprehensive solution to the diverse issues they are all, in their fragmented ways, trying to address.
It's like a game of chess. Politicians get so involved with moving around their pieces trying to gain the upper hand, meanwhile the board itself on which they stand is crumbling.
Attending the event was a great learning experience and we met many interesting people, but the major outcome for us was accepting that political parties are not going to be the pioneers of social and economic innovation. And so on we move in a different direction!