He sabotaged the international accords on climate so that there will not be an agreement until after 2020 when it is too late. The science is telling us now that it was too optimistic. It's going to be far worse. It is far worse already than the worse models predicted and that model said, "If we haven't made substantial progress before 2020," we're basically going up in flames.
It's not like the climate goes through some limited change and then it's a in a new steady state. It never gets to a steady state. It moves into temperature acceleration. That's not okay. That's not compatible with life, let alone compatible with an economy or civilization as we know it. So, the politics of fear has brought us everything we were afraid of. It is time to reject that propaganda campaign. "Bought and paid for by Wall Street and corporate America." It's time to reject the politics of fear and stand up with the politics of courage and move forward now with the solutions that will actually fix those problems; that will provide the jobs that can stabilize the climate, that can create health care and education, for that matter, as a human right that will downsize the military and right size the military, that will tax the rich and ensure that we have the resources to do it. We do have the resources. We're just running out of time. The clock is ticking. So, be afraid, be afraid of passivity, be afraid of being co-opted, be afraid of betrayed but do not be afraid of yourself and the knowledge that we are the ones we've been waiting for and we need to move this forward in a hurry.
Rob: Now, there are people there saying that the electoral system is broken, it's not worth voting. And they're actually trying to recruit people to not vote in the next election. What do you think about that?
Jill: Well, I really wonder who's picking up the tab on that because there's nothing that benefits the political establishment more than silencing the opposition and this is another way to silence the opposition. One is to get them to use their vote as a weapon against themselves by giving a mandate for more of the same, whether it's Democratic more of the same, more Republican more of the same. That whole political establishment is essentially more of the same and it's extremely dangerous to go in and give them a mandate.
And even if you're voting for them as a lesser evil strategy, they will interpret as a mandate of approval for more of the same. So that's what's dangerous. It's also dangerous to sit this one out, because they will take your non-voting as an indication that, "Oh, you don't really care and it doesn't matter and you're okay with the way things are going." You don't mean it that way but that's how they will interpret it. This is how they work. We see this happen all the time.
Yes, our elections are rigged, but you know what? So is everything else. Find an area of civil society now where the playing field is not steeply tilted. You can go out and have an eviction blockade or you can go out and have a peaceful protest against the banks or on behalf of peace, but that is a tilted playing field too.
There is a militarized police force out there. Just look at the way the Occupy Movement was treated with this coordinated attack on their first amendment rights and brutalization by police in full riot gear with helicopters overhead. That is not a leveled playing field either, when our civil liberties are being taken away from us and our rights to protest and petition government for redress of grievances. That's not happening on a leveled playing field. The courts are no longer a leveled playing field where so many of the appointment have been stacked against the public interest. There is no area now where there is a leveled playing field and that we're not facing a rigged system.
But where it's not rigged is in the court of public opinion and pole after pole, as well as just talking to people on the street, shows that there is support for this agenda of bringing the troops home, downsizing the military, taxing the rich, providing jobs, not bailouts for Wall Street and bailouts for bankers or more corporate tax breaks, which is what the President's definition of a Stimulus Package is. We're talking about really creating job. There is support for all of the solutions that we urgently need for health care as a human right.
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