We are about a year away from the presidential elections and although it may seem too early to start getting involved, this is actually the right time. We’ve already seen the Republicans feuding among themselves for the official party candidacy. Frankly, after what I’ve seen during the debates, even putting the best of each of the possible runners, there is no chance of finding someone who has what is needed to run the country effectively for the next term.
In fact, it is truly hard to believe that such characters are hopefuls to the highest office. Not only are they politically immature, but also ridiculously uneducated, without a true national and world vision, and (clearly) with many personal issues, flaws and shortcomings! But who doesn’t, right? Okay, I’ll give you that one. But for someone who for the next four years will determine the future of the American people and the placement of the USA in the world? Give me a break! Frankly, these candidates are as bad and ridiculous as those you would see in many third world countries!
On the other side, we have as a possible option: President Obama. Do we have doubts about him? Geez! I’ve heard a few Latin@ bothers and sisters, particularly their elders saying that he betrayed us, that he never delivered what he promised us when he was elected. He said he would lay down a immigration reform that would ensure security and legal status and address the border problem in a way that our Latin@ brothers and sisters would not have to risk their lives to make a living.
I’ve heard that over and over and I wonder when he said that because I never heard it. And I promise you, it wasn’t because I didn’t pay attention to his promises or all he’s done throughout his administration. Frankly, I have no reason to “defend him,” just as an African-American lady said a few years ago – because she was tired of doing so. First, he doesn’t need to be defended because he hasn’t done anything wrong nor has he neglected his promises. President Obama has been facing one the worse situations a US president has faced in our history. And I am not exclusively talking about facing the mortgage and banking bubble. It’s also the highest unemployment in who knows how many decades, a lethargic financial growth, a pathetic situation in Iraq and Afghanistan, a delicate situation with the Arab nations revolting, the chronic lack of confidence among the American people, etc., etc., etc.
We can’t simply overlook the fact that the Republicans, namely those in Congress enticed by the Tea Partiers, have literally opposed anything he’s said, inquired and done. However, we still are on our feet; we are pushing the engine forward, with trouble and low in gas but we are not at the brink of what we where just a few months before he was elected. Maybe that has nothing to do with the Republicans, perhaps it has nothing with the democrats but it has a lot to do with the American people at large. It’s not partisan politics and policies that every single suggestion coming from Obama has been used against him. What has been thrown against him has been against the American people. However, a lot of people seem to overlook that very important fact.
We need to start working on educating those that have the wrong idea of what Obama “promised,” should have delivered, and supposedly never did. It is time to teach our Latin@ brothers and sisters than he is not the lesser of two evils. He is the only possibility at this stage. But as well, a second term will insure that some of the items he wanted to deliver for the American people will be at last delivered. As well, we need to show that the engine behind the Republicans, the same engine that provoked the financial crisis, the unbalance of health services and providers, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, has only helped the rich and affluent people. President Obama wants to change that order and not because he is a Socialist wanting to change our ruling system, as some people accuse him. He is not a socialist, he is a socially conscious individual! Exactly what the country has been needing for the last few generations.
Today, a year before elections, we must make sure the Republicans will not take power this coming election! If they do, thousands of undocumented long-term residents will be jailed and/or deported, even if they have children born in the US. Our south border will become a war zone against the poor people who are willing to risk their life in favor of supporting their poor families back home. Rights for all LGBTQ people will become a fantasy for the unforeseeable future. Women will have to travel the south border to have an abortion. Our presence in the Middle East will be not about monitoring the balance in the region but total control of all the unstable countries seeking for democracy thereby increasing more animosity among the Arab people. All this and much more.
In other words, we will get close to a totalitarian and dictatorial system in which the rich and moralists in the far side of the spectrum, will place their muscle on the rest of the population! Just look around and see the unbalance of wealth, power and opportunity between the poor and the rich! And in case you haven’t noticed: those that side with the far right, are not rich but are totally capable of doing whatever it takes to become one of them!
Start campaigning now! Don’t wait until a few weeks before because a grand number of the voters need to learn the truth about what has been happening in the country and to the country! Although this message is for all that have a social consciousness and support open-minded policies, the Latin@ community is the one that will suffer the most if a Republican takes power at the White House.
We’ve already seen the results of losing leverage in the House of Representatives. Although it is hard to believe, a number of Latin@s are Republican, but invariably they are after finding opportunity and a future at any cost. Now, they seek for higher social and financial gains, exactly what the Republican Party offers in exchange for their support. And why is that? Most Republicans were born with a silver spoon in their mouth and everyone else wants the same spoon!
If you can think, speak and walk, then get involved now! Otherwise it will be too late and too bad. Your vote will be good, but we most work towards making sure most of us vote for the positive future of our nation and the entire population. Not just the few that want to take America back to the 1800s.