2 Responses to It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

  1. Karen says:

    I was fairly agitated myself last evening watching the “deliberations” using the term very loosely, of those on capital hill discussing “options” amid political rhetoric rather than examining the true realities of the people who are most impacted by the decision they have before them.

    My concern and question is when will the American people realize they need to mobilize and have voice and give voice to this process? I believe people are overwhelmed with the struggle to survive and need to realize that deliberating and coming together is what will foster their survival.

    One manner to address this, as you suggest is that the work of NIF and Deliberative Practice needs to be brought to local urban community centers, libraries and recreational centers where parents and youth are located regularly. As you post this blog I am considering the possibilities of how the dark and stormy night can lead to a morning of refreshing air and light.

    thank you for your work.

  2. Patty Dineen says:

    The public is paying attention to this issue. And I think we are talking about it, and sometimes even deliberating about it. I also think our elected officials KNOW that the public is pretty well engaged with this problem and by now they know the limits of what the public will and will not support. But there are other things, bigger than the public, standing in the way of their progress toward a solution. Exactly what those things are is a little hard to pin down. It’s easy to say it is money and special interests and I think that’s sort of true but I think it goes even deeper than that. I have to conclude that our public officials no longer see themselves as “public servants.” Until that changes, I’m sorry to say that I fear that no amount of deliberating by the public will make any difference.

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