By Special Request...

I've been getting considerable requests of a "civic action" nature, all of which seem (to my oft wearied eyes) to share a common theme:

"Do something!"

An let me be clear here that most of these folks are not necessarily asking me, personally, to do anything specific. But they are all, in one way or another, expressing moderate to strong discontent and dissatisfaction with the ways and means of various actions they see playing out in our shared socio-cultural economic and political backyard.

They want to do something... but they are not quite sure "what"... and even when they have excellent ideas, they are not at all certain of how to go about doing what they think ought to be done. 

In the interest of fanning this valiant flame and adding fuel to this vibrant fire, Gozarks is pleased to debut a brand new Liberty, Justice & Democracy section... which we hope will become a personal favorite of yours!

Now, pointing this subject directly at our Ozark community homefront, we're pleased to bring to your attention to upcoming meetings that should definitely be of interest to you.

For starters, coming up this Saturday, August 3, starting at 12noon, there will be a gathering of folks who are dedicated to removing the sales tax from food here in the Great State of Arkansas. Hear their pitch to "Ax the Tax" at a public meeting, being held at the  Community Center, 273 Factory Rd. (east off U.S. Hwy. 65)  in Clinton. Doors open at 12noon with the meeting starting at 1pm. For details, contact R.L. Reed,, 501-745-6341 or visit

Then on Thursday, August 8, Governor Huckabee will make an appearance in the fair city of Clinton at the Western Sizzlin' Steakhouse on U.S. 65. The purpose of his presence is (who can guess?) of a fundraising nature and entry to the "dessert & coffee" program will lighten your wallet by $25. In theory, however, several media types will likely be present and if you have an issue you'd like to bring to our Governor's attention... this could be your golden chance...  

Dirty idea or socio-cultural savior, what is the flavor of "globalization" to you? More importantly, what do its "trickle-down" implications have to do with you, your family, and your most cherished way of life? But above all, what -- if anything -- can you do about it?  Well...

Globalization is the outgrowth of a systematic process which has been peddling along a compounding path for thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of years. Globalization is what is happening, whether we want it to or not, because "the world is getting smaller" by virtue of our collective (yet individually unique) power to traverse it, easily.

Because of this power, ideas (like viruses) spread rapidly from one consciousness to another. Our technologically empowered global neural-net enables synaptic impulses, traveling like light, to bounce, dart and ricochet around in that collective sub/supra-consciousness best defined as "main stream state of mind."

This interwoven web of thoughts, by simple virtue of the magnetic field it generates and emits, polarizes similarities along poles of positives and negatives and, as this gravitational mass coagulates, the system itself begins to generate critical inertia, gaining the potential to (mindlessly) self-re-generate. And this is where the fly gets in the ointment.

The quest to self-generate sufficient power to ensure one's own existence is the cornerstone of being human. Had we never initiated this activity, we (as a specie) would still be lapping water from a stream and bringing home the bread and butter with hunter/gatherer techniques.

But wait a minute!!! Some of us still are sustaining ourselves by means of these "primitive" methods. And that's the rub of globalization: Many of "us" are still eking subsistence, enduring laborious "up close and personal" involvement with toil and drudgery, having a horrid time surviving and barely getting by, while others of us are freewheeling, basking in creature comfort luxuries and, comparatively speaking, tasting life that is gloriously sweet.

And there the dichotomy arises in the "good vs bad"  globalization debate. The folks who don't have what the others do either:

  • want what the others have got.

  • don't want what the other have got.

And yes, it really is that simple.

But the crux of the matter is that within each of these groups the ideas, thoughts, feelings, intuitions, logically reasoned conclusions, impulsive instincts and pragmatically contrived plans are all being "filtered" by a (colloquial) "main stream mind set" that has accumulated millennia of "garbage in >> garbage out" goop.

Thus the most terrifically innovative (ie: foreign to traditional cultural "main stream" philosophy/belief)  ideas are, by virtue of the systemic mind-set employed, barred from entering the stream of consciousness that coagulates as "our destiny" and comes home to roost as "our traditional way of life."

Now for those of us whose traditions make life (what each self-defines as) pleasurable, enjoyable, comfortable, rewarding, meaningful, joyous, loving  and hopeful... we cleave tenaciously to the idea that our way of living is "almost perfect" and therefore must be "best." And we rise to the battlements of confrontation with anyone who criticizes anything about it, determined to prove that these others must, absolutely, be wrong.

Thus "we the people" of every "Nation under God," by and through our own unique choices to align with (or discard) ideologies about "right and proper" methodologies become the filters of the system upon which individual access to aggregate power depends.

We have met the enemy... it is us.

Yet we have at hand the ever present opportunity to purge the filters, re-initialize the default settings, and manually override the (socio-cultural) programming that has been (by our own abdication) usurping our rightful self-responsible control. And the key to our accomplishment of this magnificent act is simple, free, and truly egalitarian. It is called "thinking."

Done much of it lately? And no, "worrying" and "recitation by rote" doesn't count. But  pure, reflective, soul searching introspection coupled with a voracious hunger to assimilate the ideological framework of "oneness" comes close. Thus in this interest,  have if you will a look at:

Then, after you think about this, make your (free will) choices and make your (uniquely resonant) voices heard.

Democracy & Justice...
These two life-essential commodities seem to go hand in hand. Or, at the very least, they should. And sincerely all of us here at Gozarks hope that your personal Independence Day celebrations have been and and continue to be alive with this spirit of egalitarian good will, liberty and truth.

Yet I was reminded today, courtesy of an email from a political activism organization to which I subscribe, of something written in the 1930s by the legendary Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis: 'We can either have a democratic society, or we can have the concentration of great wealth in the hands of a few. We can't have both.

With that introduction, the email went on to attest to the oddly imbalanced state of economic affairs here in the good ol' USA today, wherein 1% of our total population controls nearly 40% of our nation's wealth whilst the bottom 40% of us have dominion over less than 0.2% (yes, that is two-tenths of one percent) of this claim to fame.

Ladies and gentlemen... there is something wrong with the equation. And there is something we can do about it: We can get involved!!!

We can get involved with the "process" by which "we the people" govern ourselves. We can voice our opinion at the polls. We can find candidates who are worth campaigning for, and we can make our opinions known loud and clear.

And it all starts right here, on our homefront... wherever our own backyard may be. Speaking of which, from this Ozark neck of the woods, I'm still getting letters (all of which have been VERY encouraging) about the "Justice? You Decide" article I wrote last month. The latest of these goes like this:

"This is just a prime example of the law enforcement growth industry at work. Too bad they (the kids referenced in my Justice article) weren't afforded the same intensive investigative techniques used on the fine Mayor & former City Clerk... The legal term 'no criminal intent' must only apply to the aristocracy
we call government..." ~Paul

November is just around the corner. Isn't it time you took a stand?

In tribute to the 4th of July
It's a great land we live in, and -- whether we believe it or not -- even the worst off among us has more benefits and greater opportunities than most of the people living today on the face of this glorious green earth.

Which should not be construed nor interpreted to mean that here in our homeland we have vanquished all the problems, put a chicken in every pot, or found the cure to each itemized ailment of humankind.... But we are working on it. And, we shall emerge victorious. All of us, united as one in mutual respect for our differences and honorarium of our fabulous diversity.

However, because the task often seems unending, because the toll sometimes feels too great, because we all need and deserve a respite from cares and concerns every once in a while... We're taking this annual holiday as an opportunity to celebrate our liberty quite literally. Thus with a song in our hearts and a smile on our faces, we invite you to take a pictorial stroll among friends who basked in the sublime wonders of personal freedom on Saturday, June 29, at the 4th Annual Archey Fork Summer Fest.

Then, given you're rested, feeling up to it, and willing to engage your thinking cap, peruse my little essay about life, liberty and the 4th of July.

And finally for this go-round, have a gander at what one great American patriot wrote as the birth pangs of liberty were reeling the hearts of the founding minds that conceptualized the USA.....

by Thomas Paine
Philadelphia, Feb. 14, 1776

PERHAPS the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom. But tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.

As a long and violent abuse of power is generally the means of calling the right of it in question, (and in matters too which might never have been thought of, had not the sufferers been aggravated into the inquiry,) and as the king of England hath undertaken in his own right, to support the parliament in what he calls theirs, and as the good people of this country are grievously oppressed by the combination, they have an undoubted privilege to inquire into the pretensions of both, and equally to reject the usurpations of either.

In the following sheets, the author hath studiously avoided every thing which is personal among ourselves. Compliments as well as censure to individuals make no part thereof. The wise and the worthy need not the triumph of a pamphlet; and those whose sentiments are injudicious or unfriendly, will cease of themselves, unless too much pains is bestowed upon their conversion.

The cause of America is, in a great measure, the cause of all mankind. Many circumstances have, and will arise, which are not local, but universal, and through which the principles of all lovers of mankind are affected, and in the event of which, their affections are interested. The laying a country desolate with fire and sword, declaring war against the natural rights of all mankind, and extirpating the defenders thereof from the face of the earth, is the concern of every man to whom nature hath given the power of feeling; of which class, regardless of party censure, is THE AUTHOR.

Click here to view images of the original "Common Sense" documents and read the balance of the text contained in this Great American work.

Happy Independence Day, y'all!!! And when you're grilling those burgers, I'll take mine medium rare!!!

Christine Weiss

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