Since the U.S election is tomorrow I wanted to bring something to light to some people. As you can see, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are right next to each other. Obama and Mitt Romney believe in the same system, but with different methods of dealing with that system. Income inequality has gone up, the drone wars have increased, Obama passed the NDAA which means any U.S citizen can be captured and held indefinitely without due-process, Obama put Social Security on the chopping block as part of a bargain to raise the debt ceiling and he plans on doing the same if he is going to win a second term, he arrested and deported millions of immigrants, had the biggest crackdown on medical marijuana patients and dispensaries in years, to name a few. Obama is not this liberal bastion of hope so many people believe him to be. We always blame the Republicans for his first term even though he had a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress for the first two years of his first term.
Obama has done little to deal with climate change since he drastically increased oil production by allowing for more offshore oil-drilling, drilling on public lands, he approved the southern portion of the Keystone Pipeline XL, gave Shell the greenlight to drill in the Arctic, and didn’t address global warming at all during the debates. What I find so frightening is that this supposed liberal Democratic president can do all of these horrible things and still be cheered. How can a liberal cheer for a president with a “kill list”? How can a liberal cheer for income inequality? For bank bailouts? Drone wars that kill innocent men, women, and children on a daily basis? For more Bush tax cuts? I do not understand the world in which I live anymore.
I know the U.S electoral system is completely rigged and unfair when it comes to the electoral college;the popular vote does not count in the presidential election, only the electoral college does which means a candidate could win the election with 11 states and ignore the rest of the country. This system means the chances of a third party candidate winning is very slim when it comes to the electors. I, however, bulked that system and voted for my values which Jill Stein for the Green Party shares; a Green New Deal for jobs and a green economy, student debt forgiveness, ending the wars, decrease in military spending, breaking up the banks, legalization of marijuana, and so many other policies this country so desperately needs. Do not feel obligated to vote for the two parties or feel that Obama is going to help the little guy, he’s not. You have the right to vote anyone you want really. I just hope when you do, you’ll understand and know what it is you’re voting for.
Here’s to a movement for a green future. Let this election be a wakeup call to action.