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Reclaiming Our Voices
Sunday, January 1, 2006
Happy New Year
Mood:  bright
Now Playing: "It's the time of the season" Zombies
Topic: 2006 - What will it bring
I took a hiatus from political ranting, to get my act together at work, to renovate part of my living space and to prepare for and enjoy Christmas and other holidays.

What to look for in 2006

Will we have a fair midterm election, and will we see congress restored with some level of ethical leadership? It partly depends on how much the electorate wakes up, is given broad based information from a corporate biased media, and whether or not black box voting and other election shenanigans prevail.

Will George W and the corporate puppet politicians prevail? It is up to us to speak up with friends, neighbors and to try to get local stations to air Thom Hartmann and other responsible progressive voices.

Will civil liberties continue to erode? Will the George W Administration at least be investigated for not seeking judicial approval for wire taps. Go to Barbara Boxer's petition to weigh in on this matter. Will parts of the patriot act become permanent. Contact your Congress person and US Senators. "Just say no" to the patriot act.

Will some of the wealthy multi-national corporate interests continue to prosper at the expense of our most vulnerable citizens and at the expense of our environment? Are our grandchildren and great grandchildren destined to pay the debt for an unnecessary war, tax cuts for the wealthiest, while having less benefits and more environmental degradation. You decide! Silence is not golden in today's political climate.

Demand renewable energy alternatives that are not dependent on large energy corporations. In other countries, solar panels are selling like hot cakes and motorists have the option of purchasing bio fuels. Why not us? Because the present Administration is beholding to the status quo fossil fuel energy sources until they run out, and they want those companies to control the supply of alternative fuels, when the fossil fuels are depleted. Look for ways to become energy independent, or "off the grid" as they say.

Finally, the political fight is not between conservatives and liberals, democrats and republicans, etc. As Clinton said in 2004, they need for us to be divided. These are false dichotomies, that use wedge issues driven by fear, to divide us and to keep working class people voting against their own self interest. The real issue is whether we will ultimately return to a true democracy, or continue on a one way path to an aristocracy, in which a small percent of the wealthiest and multi-national corporate interests control all the big decisions, while the rest of us get to choose between tweedle dee and tweedle dum candidates and limited policy choices.

We can and must do better than this. We must.

So long for now.

Bill Gazitano

Posted by pencandle at 9:02 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, January 4, 2006 9:49 AM EST

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