As it turns out, the answer to this question is: “not much”.
Spiritualists believe that everything happens for a reason. When the Stony Brook massacre occurred, we sought to understand a reason for twenty six people to die at the hands of one deranged individual.
Our first thought was that the string of massacres, including Stony Brook, Aurora, Virginia Tech and others, were occurring to bring attention to the violence from automatic weapons. We thought that Stony Brook might finally get some meaningful restrictions on the sale of assault weapons and high capacity magazines. We were wrong.
It turns out that the Stony Brook massacre gave us an insight into the corruption of the US Congress by special interests. The NRA has been the out front contributor to Senators and Representatives, but they are the tip of an enterprise based upon localized weapons of mass destruction, i.e. guns, ammunition and shooting galleries.
The Senate defeated a bipartisan amendment proposed by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) by a vote of 54-46 that would have expanded background checks to private online sales and sales at gun shows. 90% of the population is estimated to support expanded background checks. 1.6% of the population belongs to the NRA.
We now believe that the immediate purpose of the Stony Brook massacre may have been to expose the bias and indifference of Congress to the will of the people of the US. It was a big price, but it definitely has great value in the long run to know the power of special interests and money on the actions of Congress.
The second major issue with the lack of spirituality in Congress, the US Supreme Court and perhaps the Executive branch is with regard to food safety. Spiritualists consider the body to be the temple of the soul.
The recent legislation in Congress and the decisions in the US Supreme Court have been highly biased in favor of the major agribusiness corporations. Monsanto has been the most visible, but Dow, DuPont and BASF have all successfully spent money through lobbyists and contributions by PACs to members of Congress to get unprecedented treatment to protect these companies from liability from genetically modified organisms being inserted in food.
The US EPA has continued to support the use of pesticides that are banned in many countries around the globe that are known to kill bees. If you think extinction of bees is a minor issue, how do you feel about starving to death?
Monsanto makes Roundup and then makes plants that can survive Roundup. Where does Roundup go after it is sprayed? It goes into the soil, the runoff water and the plants that we eat or the animals we eat. Congress has not acted; the USDA has not acted; the FDA has not acted; and the Executive branch has not acted to stop Monsanto and these other companies from polluting our food and water.
The GMO issue is causing huge financial risk to the economy of the US. Russia has banned some strains of Monsanto corn. China has sent three ships of grain back to the US. Japan has recently stopped importation of Western white wheat. All are concerned with the known and unknown long-term impact on health from GMO products.
50% of US agricultural production is shipped to global markets. Congress is letting their greed for reelection overcome their duty to protect the food we eat, and the income of our farmers. GMO is not going to disappear as an issue.
Despite the assertions of the FDA and USDA that GMO is “just like natural products”, independent researchers from around the world have documented the effects of GMO foods to produce serious health issues, including tumors, diabetes, neurological and reproductive organ damage. These independent facilities are not getting the money from the US agribusinesses to justify the safety of GMO foods.
You can read about the change in position of a Canadian researcher regarding the safety of GMO foods at http://usedview.com/article/what-health-threats-are-created-by-gmo-foods.
It is time for the various branches of government to do some serious reflection on actually representing the interests of the people instead of themselves. One of the key principles of spiritualism is the Golden Rule. It is interesting that the people making the decisions to support the destruction of our food supply have children and grandchildren that will be impacted for generations.
There are a few bright lights throughout government that have the courage to speak up for the benefit and the rights of the people that they represent. Spiritualists are by nature optimistic and have faith that things can and do get better. It is time for those that work in government to think of all of us and act with highly spiritual principles.