- The challenge for blacks and progressives is to realize that “we didn’t elect ourselves into this mess and it’s going to take more than an election to get out of it.” It takes organizing before, during and after elections at all levels of society. Change does not trickle down from anywhere. It builds up from the bottom.
- The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can?
Kevin Alexander Gray, CounterPunch
Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Romi Elnagar for this contribution
October 19, 2012 | “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…. These are people who pay no income tax.” – Mitt Romney
Welfare is back as the handiest weapon in the racist rhetorical arsenal. It’s back in the speeches of Republican candidates and surrogates, on right wing radio, and even in the language of those young “individualists” who see themselves as politically hip because of their perceived proximity to anarchist types. They believe the poor are poor because they want to be poor. Or are failed individuals. Or have grown so used to poverty that they are satisfied waiting for a check, that they like making the often humiliating trek to the local Department of Social Services office. ‘Welfare’ is back, which is to say ‘kick-a-nigger’ politics is in full swing.
The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can? Jack A. Smith, Countercurrents.org
In today's society — based on gross economic inequality facilitated by a two-party political system spanning center right to far right and where big money is the decisive factor in the electoral process — an ostensibly democratic election can hardly mitigate the worst of abuses afflicting working people and their families much less bring about substantial reform.
The Only Winner in November Will Be The Status Quo
Special Project | Campaign 2012: Week of August 19, 2012