still not out of the woods

i am hopeful about our economy-- hopeful about the coming year, the presidential election, the occupy movement, the ideas being raised that may actually help us to make some real change in the way we do things in our country and on our planet.

i am hopeful, but realistic-- we have a long, long way to go.

when most of us are still shopping largely for the best bargain we can find-- no matter where the product was made or of what quality-- we are not yet out of the woods.

when a lot of our candidates for president sound like bullies fighting each other on the playground-- we are not yet out of the woods.

when the american public still believes that the most wealthy got what they have by hard work alone--and therefore deserve whatever perks and tax breaks they get-- we are not yet out of the woods.

when i call to order products for the shop from one local company and one long-established fair trade organization, and find that both have gone out of business since i last ordered from them-- we are not yet out of the woods.

when a friend has to go to the emergency room for stitches, and then later finds that that ER visit was not covered by insurance-- we are not yet out of the woods.

we have to have hope that things can change, we have to believe that there is something better possible-- but we also have to keep the pressure on.  

one way or another-- occupy, people.


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