Gift Hub’s article Illusion of Democracy is a sobering counterpoint to the nonsensical promotion of the US election as a “vindication of representative democracy”. Obama may inspire hope in those desperate for change, but he is still a tool of those determined to change little. That is why Obama joined McCain in making sure no challenge to the corporate message was heard during the debates. That is why Obama raised no objection to police silencing dissent in the streets of his party’s national convention. That is why Obama refused to meet with Iraq Veterans Against the War.
Obama and Congress will not close our military bases in half the countries on earth in order to provide health care for all Americans, nor will they stop Wall Street from looting the US Treasury so all Americans can pursue higher education without going into debt. They will not invest in first rate public transportation, maternity leave, social security or full employment either. What they will do is make it yet harder to fight to gain these human rights.
Being grateful that the criminally insane failed to take over the White House doesn’t mean it’s time to rest on our laurels, unless more of the same seems good enough.
The library is dedicated to the memory of Secwepemc Chief George Manuel (1921-1989), to the nations of the Fourth World and to the elders and generations to come.access here