Monday, January 18, 2016

Moving Day

As much as we are told over and over and over again that the 62 richest people on earth now hold as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion (see link below); as much as statistics bear it out, as much as truth is reported there is a huge portion of this nation who still does understand. One could shower them with facts but they watch and listen to right wing extremist radio, right wing cable news and believe the lies they are told.

I have tried as hard as possible through four elections to write and work for a just economic and social system by electing those from the only Party which is remotely for the middle class, the poor and minorities – the Democratic Party – but the electorate never fails to disappoint and gives our Democratic president a mean, rude, uncompromising and extreme Republican Congress that vowed from the beginning of the president’s administration to foil him at every turn.

A large part of the electorate does not get it. The Republican Party is not about the poor or the middle class and, in fact, is not about most of them. The Republican Party is about the top 1% wealthiest and cares only about itself, its hegemony and maintaining, albeit increasing, its power.

The president, our Democratic president, has done many good things – lifting the nation from the Great Recession, ushering in the Lilly Ledbetter law stating that the 180-day statute of limitations for filing an equal-pay lawsuit regarding pay discrimination resets with each new paycheck; supported equality of marriage; repealed the discriminatory military policy Don’t Ask Don’t Tell; recommended two women for the United States Supreme Court, created a new policy calling for deferred action for certain undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children known as DACA; he caught bin Laden and many other hierarchical terrorists not the least of whom is among ISIS but the opposition crucifies this president beyond reason nonetheless. He could issue an order declaring a sunny day to be sunny and the opposition would say it was a cloudy day and not support him.

All of us who consider ourselves decent, just and egalitarian human beings urge persons of color, Hispanics and others of minority status to get out to vote. Learn who is on your side. It is NOT the Republican Party. The nation does better when we all do better. The Democratic Party is not a perfect Party but it is better than the malevolent disloyal opposition.

Vote and get others whose interests we share to vote for Democrats. If Trump or Cruz moves into the oval office Hispanics and other minorities should get ready to pack and move out of the nation.

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