Thinking about the November Elections, it is clear to me that We The People must stand in the gap to block further drift toward America becoming a nation and government of, for, and by the rich.
From now till the elections, I implore every person passionate about justice and peace to be busy encouraging a huge voter turnout in November for candidates who will legislate for the common good and general interest of all people and earth’s challenged environment.
I would love it if 10 million Americans would pen a brief expression of their hopes and the crucial significance of voting in November, and send their note to everyone in their address book. I would love it if thousands would be in telephone touch with friends and family, extending the same message. Just imagine more people voting in 2012 than in 2008.
It is a simple reality that those elected will have the power to legislate for the nation, the states, the cities. Massive financial support for the politics of the 1% must be countered with People Power, doing all we can to encourage an outpouring of voting by The Reasonable Majority.
The stakes are daunting: It is shocking that candidates on the national scene proudly profess that they are committed to more tax cuts for the rich, shifting tax burdens to the middle class and poor, and cutting whatever social programs ease the lives of America’s most vulnerable. They would repeal the Affordable Health Care Act, removing health insurance from some 30 million qualifying people. They would privatize Medicare with vouchers. They would shift resources out of public schools with vouchers. They oppose government regulation of industry, banking, and finance as “job killers”. They oppose labor rights and raising the minimum wage. They propose cutting the Environmental Protection Agency and oppose legislation to protect the air, the oceans, and land. They laugh at the science indicating that human production of heat-trapping gases is causing global warming and climate change. They rail against women’s reproductive freedom and have curtailed women’s choices everywhere they could. And, once again, we hear the hard-liners accusing a foreign nation – Iran – of being a threat and source of weapons of mass destruction, reminiscent of the language that prepared America for war on Iraq.
To block this agenda, we must sometimes vote for candidates disappointing on one or more issues important to us. Some are repelled by the idea of voting for any “lesser of two evils”. I say our first priority is to prevent a greater evil from ruling the America I grew up in. Those who win in November will define the America we will live in.
Let us all Get Out The Vote as the first best step in this election season, and Keep Hope Alive.
Blessings and Peace,
Nathaniel Batchelder, Oklahoma City