On the Elections: What’s at Stake. What we can do.
Dear Friends of Justice and Compassion in America,
Thinking about the November Elections, it is clear to me that We The People must stand in the gap to reverse the drift toward America becoming a nation and government of, for, and by the few who are doing well while the many struggle merely to get by. The stakes are daunting:
It is shocking that candidates on the national scene profess commitment to more tax cuts for the wealthy, shifting tax burdens to the middle class, and balancing the budget by cutting social programs that 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 as “job killers” government regulation of industry, banking, and finance. They propose cutting the Environmental Protection Agency and oppose legislation to protect the air, the oceans, and land. They oppose labor rights and raising the minimum wage. They dismiss as unproven the consensus of the scientific community that production of heat-trapping gases is the primary cause of global warming and climate change. They would pass a human life amendment to the Constitution restricting women’s reproductive choices, and have curtailed reproductive freedoms in every state they could. Once again, we are hearing dangerous talk 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. And aging members of the Supreme Court are likely to retire soon, their replacements to be nominated by the next President.
Those listening regularly to Fox Radio and TV News are wildly misled by purposeful distortions and misinformation into voting against their own interests. Huge financial support for the politics of the 1% must be countered with People Power, doing what we can to encourage an outpouring of voting for the agenda of The Reasonable Majority.
I urge everyone passionate about justice and peace to take personal action 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. What can individuals do?
We can speak fearlessly with family and friends; pen a brief expression of our political hopes and the crucial significance of voting this November and send our note to select address book recipients; help with a particular campaign that calls us; register one or more friends. You may already be doing these or other things. Just imagine more people voting in 2012 than in 2008.
GOTV: Let’s Get Out The Vote as a mission in this election season, and Keep Hope Alive.
Blessings and Peace, – – – – Nathaniel Batchelder
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Deadline to register for November 6th General Elections: October 12th
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Early Voting at County Election Boards (check times open):
Friday, November 2nd, Saturday, November 3rd, Monday, November 5th