This is why all change is and always has always been brought about by social movements. It's truly up to "we the people" to change things. It's up to us to raise holly hell and demand our constitutional rights, demand a green sustainable economy, demand single payer for all, demand Social Security be protected, demand an end to these illegal wars of aggression, demand an end to the bank bailouts, demand the too big to fail banks be broken up, demand economic equality, demand decent paying jobs, demand an end to torture and prosecuting whistleblowers, demand accountability for the bankers and Wall Street crooks as well as the Bush/Cheney/Obama criminality. These men are traitors to the U.S. Constitution and should be held accountable and until "we the people" demand justice nothing will change.
I was grateful to see Elizabeth Warren won her Senate seat along with other progressive candidates such as Alan Grayson, Sherrod Brown, Harkeem Jeffries and Tammy Baldwin. According to Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) progressives took 30 seats in all defeating several right wing extremists but we cannot rely on them either. It's up to us.
As for Obama my prayer is Americans will wake up and smell the corruption. Our consciousness will be raised and we'll demand our civil liberties back, demand a stop to drone attacks, illegal wars, assassinations of American citizens, refuse to be spied on, or illegally searched at airports but alas Americans seem to love giving their rights away. The American dream has become a nightmare.
In Nader's new book: "17 Solutions," he assures us, "It'd only take 1% of the population to take up their civic duty as a hobby to turn this ship around. It's easier than you think," he espouses. "We must organize, attend rallies, occupy local congressional offices with specific demands, occupy courtrooms" and demand our rights. It's up to us to do it. Stop capitulating at every turn.
We must hold this president accountable. We've put no pressure on this guy and he's run slipshod over the Constitution and us and very few seem to notice or care. By voting for "the lesser evil," (I voted for Jill Stein) the so called liberals are not only accessories to his crimes but have rendered themselves officially irrelevant. And just because you voted for him doesn't mean he's got your best interest at heart. It doesn't matter what he says. It's what he does that counts.
The Unions, what's left of them and, in fact, the entire liberal class has sold out. So forget about them. They're a waste of time. Focus on solutions not problems. Whatever we put our attention on multiplies. Solutions. Action. "We the people" have the power but like Sleeping Beauty we've fallen asleep. Obama's no Prince Charming. There will be no revivifying kiss. His power lies in us staying asleep.
Come on. We're Americans. Get it together. It's up to us. We allowed this insanity to happen by ignoring the truth and now it's time to act before it's too late. No more excuses. No more fighting over wedge issues. The whole point is to keep "we the people" distracted and divided, fighting over nonsense so the corporate powers can continue to rape, pillage and steal from us. It's the oldest trick in the book.
"United we stand, divided we fall."
If we're to survive as a species and a country we must come together and take back our rights, our dignity and our Constitution. We only need to remember the truth and act.
Go back to sleep America at your own peril.