Natalie Solidarity writes at Diatribe Media
Every four years we are asked to step into the ballot box and select a fellow citizen to represent the United States of America at home and abroad. Again and again we are presented with two options whose solutions for the world fail to address even our most basic of needs. The situation is so dire that we are often told to select “the lesser of two evils” without even the slightest hint of humor, and this election cycle is no different. We have been presented with Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, whose plans for the United States fail to address the gravity of the global failure of capitalism. In response, this year we must refuse to put our future in the hands of any evil, be it Democrat or Republican.
With the upcoming presidential election we are going to be given two sides of the same corporate coin. Without question we reject the idea that Mitt Romney, the man behind Bain Capital, can do anything other than gut what remains of the public sector, destroy what remains of our social services and empower corporations to further take over our country.
Barack Obama’s agenda is not so different from that of Mitt Romney’s. If Obama is elected we will continue to see more human rights abuses, the rolling back of our constitutional rights, and a continuation of the silent coup that corporate America is enacting on the remains of our sham of democracy.
Now more than ever, our United States is in need of change, and that change must come from us, the people. We can no longer rely on politicians to save us. Politicians are bought and sold by the very interests that are destroying our society, and our president Barack Obama is no different. After coming into office under the guise of hope and change we have seen more of the same policies and actions that brought us to our current situation. Now more than ever it is time for a real change.
September 9/4 to 9/6, Occupy Chicago will join with activists around Chicago and the nation to take a stand. During the DNC, we will highlight the contradictions between President Obama’s promise of “hope and change” and his actual policy decisions during a three-day occupation of his campaign headquarters. Each day will feature actions, teach-ins, and opportunities to share in community and grow our movement.
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