Saturday, September 24, 2005

What are we going to do about this?

What can we as individuals do to fight this administration? How can we make sure that our candidates get elected? It’s not going to be easy. If it were, Gore would be President right now. So if you want change, you’re going to have to fight real hard for it. There are no magic bullets to this problem. It truly is up to people like us to make a difference.

Start calling a spade a spade.
The people in the White House are the worst kind of liars. So say it loudly and often. This administration is dishonest, corrupt and incompetent. What’s more, they’re a danger to this country. They appoint their idiot cronies to important jobs that they’re not qualified for. They weren’t misled by bad intelligence about WMDs. They shaped the intelligence to fit what they wanted to do. If more and more people framed the discussion – like Rove likes to do – and called them what they are – liars – they would be on the defensive. Start the word-of-mouth, now.

Don’t get distracted.
We think all we have to do is beat the Republicans. But this problem is beyond the Republicans. Or the Far-right Conservative Christians. Or the foaming-at-the mouth-pundits on Fox. They’re all just tall, leggy blondes in skimpy outfits distracting us from the real magician - Big Business. Halliburton. Oil companies. The Banking Industry. Diebold. And the Media.

Think about it. Bush suspends minimum wage for workers helping to clean up the Gulf Coast, but Halliburton gets another no-bid contract. So Halliburton makes a boodle of money off misery while the workers from the area that need the money - aren’t getting it. And Bush claims he’s just trying to protect a struggling economy.

Let’s not forget how much Halliburton and Kellogg, Brown and Root and other American companies are profiteering on the war in Iraq. (I swear Halliburton is like some dark, scary shadow government in this country. I’m expecting a coup any day now.)

Our new bankruptcy bill is something the financial industry has been banking on for years, because it protects them - not poor people.

The Clean Skies Initiative protects factories belching out pollution not the ones breathing it.

Dick Cheney decides energy policy in a top-secret meeting with the energy industry.

Bush is so far up the butt of Big Business that all we can see is shoe leather. He doesn’t care about what the people want. It's what corporations want that matters to him. And, they control the media.

How do we beat the corporations? Buy Blue. Stop supporting companies who support this administration. When something stinks, write a letter to the editor of your local paper and fax a copy to the corporation. We’ve been too silent, too long.

Help get out the vote.

Campaign for someone you believe in. Volunteer at campaign headquarters. Lick some stamps. Get on a phone bank and make some calls to get people out to vote. Volunteer to drive seniors to the polls. Watch the polls and report any improprieties. Run for office. I’m serious. If you’re smart, capable and care about this country, become a candidate. Start off with city council and move up from there.

Don’t compromise your beliefs.
When people suggest Bush is a strong leader or a compassionate conservative, tell them they don’t know what they’re talking about. Be blunt. The latest polls are indicating that most people are figuring this out for themselves, but let’s make it obvious. Let’s get his approval rating down in the low 30s. It’s time to stand up for what you believe in.

Tell Congress what you care about.
Send emails to Congress and the Senate. If you believe in what they’re doing, encourage them. If you disagree, tell them why. (Even if they’re out of state, they care what the rest of the country thinks.) Don’t let them hide in their little ivory towers. Let them know what you’re thinking. And demand ideas from them. If they’re not proactive about problems, we don’t need them in office.

Network with friends.
Create an email list of like-minded people and let them know about issues you care about. Include any numbers or email addresses you want them to follow up on.

Stop driving gas-guzzlers.

Oil companies helped get Bush elected. So if you’re driving anything that even resembles an SUV you are your own worst enemy.

Be visible.
If there’s a protest in your area, be there. March like your life depends on it. Demand accountability from the media. Write more letters to your editor. Bush and his cronies are destroying this country - and the planet for that matter. Let's take it back.


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