Sherwood hosts open discussion of politics, economics; community invited to share input

A recent survey of Sherwood Village residents indicated an interest in an open discussion of politics and economics, even before the recent riots and demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va., and other cities showed the need for increased public discussion to resolve — or at least moderate — political conflict before it explodes into violence. Accordingly, a public discussion, open to the community as well as Sherwood residents, has been scheduled from 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Lodge at Sherwood Village.

This is not a political or religious rally or a sales pitch. There is no sponsoring organization and no fee for admission. The discussion will be facilitated by Donna Little and George Lindamood, both of whom are Sequim residents with broad worldly experience and, having chosen to become ministers in their retirement, well-developed skills in leading group exploration of complex topics.

The discussion will begin with a focus on “the basics” as expressed in the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, especially the principle that federal, state and local governments derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Attendees will be invited to openly share their understanding of what this means in theory and in practice and to listen appreciatively to others’ interpretations in a safe, respectful and courteous civic exchange. It is hoped that this will engender a basic sense of community from which further discussions can proceed.

The U.S. Constitution begins with the words “We the people” and goes on to assert, along with the Declaration of Independence, that the people are sovereign — that is, the supreme power or authority — and that the government and the persons who populate and lead it are subject to that authority. Is that the status of the United States of America today? If not, it’s up to the people to do make some changes: in the words of the late Jerry Garcia (1942-1995), “Somebody has to do something and it’s just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.” But what? How?

For more information, contact George Lindamood at 360-681-3475 or george@extraforma.com.

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