Sept. 29, 2014 By Jack Jodell.
As I did not hear from Burr Deming this weekend, this will be a rare Monday in which one or more of his superb podcasts will not be posted here. Hopefully, we’ll be back to our regular schedule of running at least one Burr Deming podcast every Monday. Instead, I’ll start out this week with the post you see below.
In barely over one month from now, on Tuesday, Nov. 4, a VERY crucial election will take place. All across the country, Governors, Senators, and Congresspersons will either be elected or re-elected. Though this is a midterm and not a presidential election, it is still vitally important the we Progressives get out and vote! Below are some really important reasons why we must do so:
1).We MUST prevent the Tea-Party infested reactionary Republicans from gaining control of the Senate!
2). We must overcome the efforts of self-centered billionaires like the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson to delude low-information voters into voting for their kind of anti-worker, anti-poor, anti-middle class, pro-big business and pro-pollution type of candidates!
3). Here is our golden opportunity to throw out of office as many government-hating, pro-shutdown, and pro-obstruction Tea Party-infested, reactionary Republicans as possible!
4). This is our best chance to prevent and ensure we will never again experience another senseless, costly government shutdown!
5). This is our chance to elect someone who will push for a livable wage for desperately poor working Americans, thereby lessening our growing and unjustifiable record disparity in wealth!
6). THIS is the only way we can overcome billionaire-financed lobbyists and special interests from bribing our government officials into enacting legislation harmful to US but beneficial only to THEM!
7). By electing enough true Progressives, we may prevent the neocon element of the Tea Party-infested, reactionary Republican Party and the military / industrial complex from once again involving us in a very costly, drawn-out war of plunder and profit!
8). Again, by electing enough true Progressives, we can enact badly needed, job-creating legislation that will help rebuild our rapidly decaying infrastructure!
9). By defeating enough government-hating Libertarians and Tea Party members, we can be assured of a much more cohesive Congress that will be far likelier than the current one to enact important neglected legislation like immigration reform and passing a realistic, livable minimum wage bill!
10). The ONLY way we can prevent far-right zealots like Paul Ryan from achieving passage of a disastrous austerity budget is to VOTE to throw both he and as many of his pro-wealthy, anti-middle class, and anti-working poor political allies out of office - permanently! To do this, we must VOTE!
11). We MUST vote to keep Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans’ benefits secure and safe from Libertarian and Tea Party dismantling or privatization attempts!
12). We cannot allow this country to slide into oligarchy, which would mean the end of anything even remotely resembling democracy! We are dangerously close to this downhill slide, and we must therefore remove as many brainwashed, bought-out, corporatist reactionary Republicans and conservative, bought-out Wall Street Democrats as er can from our government, replacing them with true, for-the-people-only PROGRESSIVES! 13). Feeling complacent, or that your vote doesn’t matter? Tell that to Socialist activist Kshama Sawant, who was elected last year, beating overwhelming odds, to the solidly Democratic Party-controlled Seattle, WA. City Council! She immediately hit the ground running on behalf of her middle class and working poor constituents and is a founder and big proponent of the 15 NOW movement (www.15now.org/) which is striving to make a livable $15 per hour minimum wage the law not only in Seattle but in a growing number of other cities and states as well! Here is a woman ALL Progressives can, should, and must emulate – rather than sitting around complaining, she is actually doing something to effect positive change for those who need it most! The ONLY way change like this is possible is if we and others who share our beliefs actually VOTES!
14). Last, but definitely not least,is the fact that paranoid neocon types like DICK Cheney were successful in robbing us of our civil liberties under the guise of pursuing suspected terrorists. This war criminal was directly responsible for the suspension pf our writ of habeas cs, which is, unfortunately still in effect today, a full 13 years after our the horrible 9/11 attacks! That’s right, people: DICK made it legal for the government to swoop in and take you, without warning, to any spot it wants if it suspects you of being or aiding a terrorist. We therefore MUST vote for Progressive candidates who will overturn this practice and end its tyranny once and for all!
These are but 14 reasons for how vitally important it is for you to VOTE this year! There are many others…
Readers, it is completely up to US! We can no longer sit idly by, doing nothing, letting our democracy be stolen from us by the brainwashed or greedy, self-centered members of the wealthy, uncaring 1% elite. WE are the all-powerful 99% MAJORITY, and it is high time we started to behave like it! On November 3, VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE – damn it, VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!