Friday, December 14, 2018

#348 / Where Power Resides

This past Wednesday, December 12, 2018, The New York Times reported that Nancy Pelosi has put together the votes she needs to be elected Speaker of the House when Congress reconvenes in January.

On November 19th, The Times ran a long article on Pelosi and her career, which is well worth reading. The article documents Pelosi's long history of personal and poitical success.

If you read the earlier article, the most recent article came as no surprise. I did read the earlier article, and I was struck by this statement by Pelosi:

"No one gives you power. You have to take it from them."

Pelosi's assertion made me think about Frederick Douglass. It was Douglass who said:

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will." 

Before we can "demand" power, and before we can "take" power, we need to realize that we have the power, ourselves, to demand and take the power we need.

Let's realize that, first.

We do have the power (potential) that can be transformed into power (actual).

Once we realize that, once we know that's true, once we really believe that, then we will be able to implement the Douglass-Pelosi prescription!

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