Bohemian Buddhist Review

Reuniting America by Jos. McCormick & Swami Beyondananda

"The red and blue need to talk to each other until they're purple in the face," Swami Beyondananda

Q:  How does an e-book about American politics qualify for a piece in Bohemian Buddhist Review?
A:  Because it's about non-duality.  And so as such, it pertains to all levels of reality, including the demoralizing dog and pony show in Washington, D. C..If there is a map for getting us out of our present political hell realm, it may just be Joseph McCormick's "Reuniting America."  It's not, however, a map of charted territory.
McCormick's personal history of political transformation is fascinating and highly relevant.  Starting out as a very partisan conservative, he's come full circle to define himself as a "transpartisan," his antidote for what ails the dysfunctional American body politic. As we know full well by now, bi-partisanism is a sorry joke and non-partisanism implies that no one holds any strong views, which is also almost laughable in the present political scene of poisonous pundits, ranters and ravers.
McCormick seeks nothing less than re-empowering Americans, from the grassroots up, to re-invent and re-imagine real democracy.  Our present form of government, instead of being what the Bill of Rights prescribed -- Of the people, By the People and For the People -- has been replaced by Of the Corporations, By the Banks and For the Billionaires.
While the left and right are busy throwing specious spitballs at each other, the fox is in the henhouse. (Remember, corporate personhood was legalized during the Civil War era.) As McCormick points out, the wealthy and powerful elites are laughing all the way to their own private offshore banks.  If liberals and conservatives don't start talking to each other, it's pretty clear the foxes will walk off with us, foreclosed chicken coops and all.
And therein lies the rub, of course.  How many of us have really engaged our political opposites in a listening as opposed to a shouting match?  According to McCormick, who's conducted years of cross-political conferences, workshops and seminars all around the country, the left and right actually have more in common than not in terms of values.  What we don't have in common are solutions, but this too could work in our favor, if we can learn to cooperate instead of compete. We have many mutual concerns.
"Reuniting America" posits that in reality, liberals and conservatives represent the mother and father archetypes and when they're at war, the family cannot be healthy.  So we shouldn't be surprised at our currrent political impasse.  (The analogy is particularly apt because in a divorce, it's the kids who suffer longest.)
Also according to McCormick, the powers-that-be, of both the Democrats and Repoblicans, don't really want us to discover this because the way both parties maintain power is the ancient warfare maxim, Divide and Conquer. Disgust with most if not all our political representatives has rarely been as high, and with good reason.  We are asking for help, protection and guidance from false idols, in other words. We are the experts, not "they."  But we need to acknowledge our separateness before we can combine forces.  
McCormick lays out principles and a well-thought-out methodology for Americans to begin to bridge the political gap.  Not all of us need to get involved for the work to be an effective counter-measure to the toxic political environment.  (He posits that 2-3% of us could change the current scene dramatically, pointing out that it only took 56 signatories to the Declaration of Independence to bring a new nation into being. We need a similar level of commitment from even a smallish, politically-balanced group of American citizens to renew our democratic purpose and our egalitarian promise.)
We need to return to being responsible and engaged adult citizens instead of disgruntled, argumentative adolescents who expect others to do all the work for us. Our so-called leaders need us to lead the way.

Paki S. Wright, Editor