This morning CNN announced that by the year 2050 racial minorities will outnumber whites. Hispanics and Asians tie as the fastest growing segment in the population. America’s wealth is overwhelmingly concentrated in a small percentage of whites (Republicans?) who use the power that money brings to remain the dominant force in politics, law, culture, etc. I wonder if this is why the US Supreme Court ruled in the favor of rich whites in Citizens United. You will remember that that court case made corporations “people” and gave them a louder voice in our politics than human beings. I wonder if the fear of minorities in the majority is behind the republicans’ campaign to bust labor unions (the power base of the democrats) and the effort to disenfranchise young, college-age voters. It seems to me that various white groups have banded together in an attempt to keep America white! No, this is not an anti-white race piece. However, as a sentient being, I must ask these questions.
Campaign finance is back in the news. “On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in McComish v. Bennett, a case from Arizona in which those wealthy opponents and outside groups have complained that this additional spending violates their First Amendment rights. And once again, just a year after the court in Citizens United turned on the corporate-money spigot by allowing unlimited corporate spending in elections (and the FEC allowed corporations to hide much of their donations), the court appears poised to side with the wealthy in a campaign finance case.” [Slate]
It is alarming that republican governors throughout the nation are attempting to bust teachers unions, cut educational budgets, close schools and give themselves seemingly unconstitutional emergency powers. Witness Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin! Some republican governors want the power to solely abolish towns and sell off their assets at prices they, the governors, determine. Democracy, where have you gone?
As we push toward the 2012 Presidential Election, it behooves the Democratic Party to save America from a scary, unfair, inequitable and dangerous future. As leader of the Party, President Obama must steel himself with the persona he had as candidate Obama and gird his loins with skills at organizing voters to win across the board in 2012! Mr. President the time to begin the struggle is now. Republicans are organized and are making gains that we must destroy. Your focus must be as many laser beams carving out electoral victories that keep the states we won in 2008 and tip red and purple states to our side. At the same time you must find the solution(s) that improve the economy and get the business community developing domestic industry and training and hiring on a large-scale. Would that I had the answers. But, God called you, Mr. President. He made you our leader and inspiration. We, all the American people, stand behind you in all that you do. Let us congeal our separate will into a dramatic and effective force for good. That is how I see it. We continue in the eternal battle of good versus evil. No. Republicans are not evil. But, they are taking us down the wrong path as a nation. May God show them the light!