This just in, from the “Network of Spiritual Progressives” at Tikkun, regarding the “One Nation” march of liberal and leftist activists tomorrow in Washington:
While we in the Network of Spiritual Progressives have been distressed at the absence of any understanding of how a spiritual transformation of values in America must be central to the struggles that the One Nation March articulates, and unhappy at the lack of any coherent thinking that links the actual demands of this march to some larger coherent worldview (thereby providing very little in the way of an alternative to the Right), the NSP has nevertheless joined in support of the March, and in the hope that at some point the rather sketchy demands could be contextualized within a deeper understanding of what is needed to turn America from the center of globalized capitalism with its ethos of selfishness and materialism to the center of a global movement for The Caring Society (see for example our Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, neither of which are likely to even get a mention at this March).
Yet what this coalition does stand for is a set of concerns we all share, and it’s important for us to be in solidarity with these liberal movements whenever they choose to move into public political action. So we’ll be there (except those of us in the Jewish world who are Shabbat-observing and hence cannot get there). But we also urge you to read our Spiritual Covenant with America and raise it to the liberal forces assembled tomorrow–because it presents a model of what a coherent progressive worldview could be (and no, you don’t have to believe in God or be religious to find the Netowrk [sic] of Spiritual Progressives’ platform appealing and coherent with your hightest [sic] values).
“Hightest values”? Isn’t using premium leaded gas a violation of the”Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the Constitution”?