Changing the vote

Posted Thu, Dec 10, 2009 at 4:00 AM

It’s no mystery why so many former supporters are disillusioned with President Obama (see “Rethinking the vote,” Nov. 26, 2009). Millions backed Obama in the naïve belief that a vote for Obama was a vote for Medicare for all, a minimum wage increase, uncompromising defense of abortion rights, repeal of repressive legislation from the PATRIOT Act to Taft-Hartley, a moratorium on home and farm foreclosures, an end to the war on drug users, and immediate, unconditional withdrawal from Iraq (and, a few had the audacity to hope, Afghanistan and Korea, as well). Now we are (predictably) waking up to the realization that the war on poor people from Missoula to Mazar-e-Sharif continues unabated, and the candidate who promised hope and change has become the president who delivers only blood, toil, tears and sweat.

If we are to achieve any of these aims, we will need workers’ councils to help us set priorities and convince organized labor to throw its weight behind implementing a realistic strategy for reversing the direction of the Bush-Obama war drive.

Loren Meyer

Missoula

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