While You Were Cheering For Obama and Biden, This Happened…
by Yvette Carnell
In a plastic society, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s real. It’s comfy to begin to believe that Romney and Obama are polar opposites, but the problem is that the two men are more alike than different. Is President Obama marginally better than Romney? Eh… somewhat..yes. And yes, that may actually mean something. That marginal difference may benefit us by buying us all a little time to prepare ourselves for the domestic cuts coming down the pike. It may give us time to breathe new life into Occupy Wall St. Those are real possibilities. So if you want to vote to reelect Obama, go ahead, I won’t stop you. But don’t pretend anymore. Enough with the idolatry.
Here are just a few things that happened while we were all hand wringing over how bad Obama crashed and burned during last week’s debates:
..while you dutifully dissected and endlessly evaluated, across the land of the free, 2,660 children were born into poverty, the human prison population grew by 214, and 1,878 women were raped.
…while you cultivated a (false) sense of superiority over Romney voters, across the globe, about 40,000 human beings starved to death and 30,000 children under the age of five died from preventable causes.
…while you rationalized, apologized for, or simply ignored President Kill List’s ever-expanding criminal agenda, 54 percent of your tax dollars continued to be funneled into an international terror enterprise known as the U.S. Department of Defense,a.k.a. the planet’s #1 polluter.
So what should you do politically? Which way forward? My takeaway: Either you 1) immerse yourself fully within the political system by doing such things as working to create a Constitutional Amendment to ban money in politics, working to elect third party candidates, etc or you 2) totally divest from the political system. Turn away and never look back. There are no in betweens.
After this election, promise yourselves that you will no longer vote for the “lesser of two evils” or just worry about politics when November rolls around. That’s lazy. Showing up for a real fight entails a lot more than showing up at a voting booth after work and pushing a name on a computer screen. And no matter who wins on Nov. 6th, it’s still time to get to work. November 7th is the day that the real work begins.
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