many have written persuasive articles about the choice between Obomney and Romobama, about how Democrats are self-deluded when they think Obama is anyone other than a servant of the 1%, and about how the 1% has a stranglehold on our democracy. The two party system is a mockery. Given the political drift to the right, voting for the lesser of evils is now voting for evil. Dave Foreman formed the movement Earth First! with the slogan “No Compromise in Defense of Mother Earth” because he saw how environmental groups, in order to be “reasonable,” kept compromising and so giving more and more away to miners, developers, oil corporations, logging companies. We have reached that tipping point in our national politics and need to take a stand: no compromise in defense of democracy.
As fantastic as it may seem, we still have a route to victory. We can take back our democracy on November 6th if we get the message out and occupy the ballot box behind a candidate who is not going to put up with any more compromises of our democracy, who will push to clean up the political system, who will push for a democracy that we can all participate in, a democracy for all of us. That candidate is Jill Stein, the New Green Deal candidate who embraces these values and goals for our democracy.
Occupy showed us that we want and need an alternative to a top-down government of, by, and for the 1%. That’s why the 1% couldn’t tolerate the Occupy Movement and brutally suppressed it. Occupy also showed us something else crucial to the path by which we can, in fact, still take our democracy back on November 6th. The first Occupy protest to receive wide coverage was Occupy Wall Street in New York City’s Zuccotti Park, which began on September 17, 2011. By October 9, Occupy protests had taken place or were ongoing in over 95 cities across 82 countries, and over 600 communities in the United States. That happened in just 22 days without the looming deadline of an election. By using the same communication methods of twitter, face book, and emails, we have time to create an election surge to regain our democracy. A surge for Jill Stein would quickly reach the “tipping point” that would bring in those voters who are only voting for Obama because they fear Romney—not wanting Romney and seeing Obama not winning, they would join the bandwagon.
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