A Call for Better Liberal Action
As a preface, a sample two email headlines from my inbox, with related, central quotes:
Breaking: We won on Keystone XL “Please thank President Obama for rejecting the pipeline.” (Friends of the Earth, 4:55 p.m. 18 January 2012)
VICTORY: President Obama protects birth control access “Planned Parenthood health centers around the country are writing thank-you cards to President Obama—will you add your name?” (Planned Parenthood, 12:21 p.m. 20 January 2012)
Dear President Obama,
Can you make your liberal campaign surge anymore obvious? Sure, the above is good news. Sure, I’m glad you’re doing your job to protect human rights… In these small cases. But I’m countering the hype. I am saying, “No, this campaign strategy is not enough. Last-minute bandages aren’t going to work this time. And, no, I am not going to thank you for doing your job.”
KXL is only the tip of the fight against Big Oil, though it did seem insurmountable. As long as you keep United States troops in Libya, as long as the Artic is threatened with deep oil drilling, as long as our water supplies are threatened by hydrolic fracturing, as long as mountaintop removal is your answer to coal mining, I am going to call you out and say: You, President Barack Obama, are not doing enough to be an energy leader. You are not doing enough to prove your consciousness is in the interests of the health, economy, or future of our people. You are not going to take us all the way, especially when you have only less than a year to address these issues—and when you’ve had time and opportunity to stop most of these crises in the first place.
I know that your concession to birth control access is also cosmetics for your campaign, because, again, you have had plenty of time to take on the War against Wom(y)n. You want our vote, so you now make a very, very small gesture in our favor. Limiting birth control does not take away the desperate need for it; women have always planned their parenthood, no matter the laws in place. Thus, by protecting our rights to healthcare, you are taking a good, righteous measure to prevent the harm of many women, but you are doing nothing to actually better our condition. Anti-choice measures have doubled across the nation in the course of one year. Planned Parenthood stays open, but with a hardly humane budget. Women still make less than 70¢ to every man’s dollar—an economic disparity that only creates more pressure for family planning. Is this really the country you want your daughters to grow up in?
In any case, Congress and Senate are doing FANTASTICALLY at mobilizing citizens with SOPA & PIPA. Maybe I don’t need to say much to highlight the rights violated during your term, since a simple (though very important) anti-piracy act is doing most of the grunt work. We don’t even need to talk about the 2012 NDAA and indefinite detention without trial, apparently.
Thanks for solidifying my allegiance to my party,
A Liberal INDEPENDENT Voter, U.S.A. (Brooklyn Green)
A special thanks to the Working Families Party, Color of Change, CREDO Action Network and 350.org for messages that encourage and demand more leadership from our current President and this country’s liberals. It balanced out my inbox/psyche so much; thank you, thank you. (Links here lead to affiliated campaign pages.)
I write this to encourage dialogue. If you want to reblog it, horray! But maybe add your own addendum. I am a staunch supporter of the Green Party, but being an independent voter opens a lot of opportunity for political discourse with other liberals (and other voters in general). What do you disagree with here? What do you want more support for? How can we better the pursuit and accomplishment of liberal causes?