To the Forum:Some of us are not yet jaded at the core of our perception
of political realities. Some of us work in small ways and big ways to harness
the energies of clear thinking and goodness in order to prod the bald eagle
into regaining the true vision at its heart.
Third parties are becoming
stronger. One of them, the Natural Law Party, which is the fastest growing, has
formed itself into a cohesive unit with a solid people based platform.
existence since 1992, its candidates will be on the ballot in all 50 states
this year. No small feat since U.S. signature requirements for a new party to
attain ballot status are the most stringent in the world.
John Hagelin, NLP
candidate for U.S. president, has worked tirelessly for political and social
reform ever since the party’s inception.
A Quantum physicist, educator and
director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy, he
collaborates extensively with scientists and research institutions to seek out,
verify and demonstrate cost-effective solutions to critical social problems and
shape them into public policy. He is making his third bid for
Hagelin visited Kaua’i last year to explain the principles of
natural law from a scientific point of view, principles which inherently on the
level of consciousness are consonant with human/cosmic sensitivities and
To hear him explain how the development of awareness at the
physical substratum of life is reflected in the operations of Natural Law at
the level of society, gave me a glimpse into the powerful philosophy upon which
the NLP is based.
My interest in the NLP stems from the fact that it
considers people a nation’s chief resource. It’s refreshing to imagine what it
would be like not to be a worker bee programmed to sustain the gross national
product, or a cog in the wheel of government policies with so little
business-like creativity and responsibility, that the wheel keeps lurching back
and forth in directions I don’t want to go.
I yearn for executive order and
honest achievement, for written and spoken language that is easily accessible
to meaningful interpretation.
It’s puzzling to the point of hurting, that
even on this beloved island, people are obliged to state their case over and
over again to their leaders before incisive and decisive actions can be taken
to address problems and remedy them.
An attitude that filters down into
regular government offices suggests that public servants – whether appointed,
elected, or hired – have the right to remain removed from the sweat of ideas
and concerns that motivate voters and the general public to come forward to
speak for themselves.
When are we going to realize that political life is
the life of the land expressed through the needs and aspirations of
Peruse the NLP’s solution-based platform and Hagelin’s 50-Point
Action Plan, and you will see prevention oriented, real world issues being
I feel that the two-party system no longer reflects the
mental energy of the country. If the powers that be could ever know what it
means to be “humble on the ‘aina!” under their obligation to uphold the
principles of democracy and fair competition, then Hagelin vs. the Federal
Elections Commission could open pathways to all serious third parties and to
political debate worth listening to.
Let’s hope that Hagelin will win his
lawsuit. He deserves not to be denied, as he was in 1996, equal access to the
nationally televised Presidential candidates’ debates in 2000, after he and the
party he represents have once more out-distanced all requirements imposed by
every commission. The other parties’ Presidential hopefuls will then be obliged
to compete with the understated brilliance and common sense that Hagelin is
End the entropy. Investigate for yourselves the user-friendly
vision, purpose and mission of the Natural Law Party: PO Box 1900, Fairfield,
IA 52556; 800-332-0000; fax 515-472-2011; website ;
e-mail ; “A Reason To Vote: The Natural Law
Party” by Robert Roth; “Handbook for a Perfect Government” by John Hagelin;
Kaua’i NLP Coordinator Mary Rose Gallagher, 635-7972; e-mail
; Tanya Felix, 821-0848.