There's never been a better time to vote!
by Donathan Salkaln
Does the flow of special interest money wield power over integrity and common sense? Yes, as a nation, we just witnessed the power of special interests sweep through the Oval Office when President Obama remained soft on the expired federal guns laws that could have prevented many deaths at the recent Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting. The shooting was a super-sized crime by a super-sized lunatic, wielding super-sized guns and ammo.
Since we live in a nation where litigation is one of the last industries left, one would think there’s an ambulance chaser, out there, that will sue those politicians who abetted the 2004 expiration of The Federal Assault Weapons Ban. Think of all the jobs the law suit would create, as it makes it’s way through the system.
Written in big script letters, at the top of the United States Constitution, are the words “We the People.” In today’s world, it should read “We the Big Business”. The integrity of our nation’s electeds have been eroded by the pounding waves of money from special interest groups.
One could trace the demise of “We the People” to George Bush Sr.’s catering to big business in writing NAFTA in 1994. That agreement put our country’s presidential seal of approval to sending jobs out of the country. America’s unions, already dealing with industries moving South, had their remaining power swept from beneath them and have since been bouncing on their butts.
Manufacturing, office jobs and even business headquarters have left our country. Companies as big as GE don’t even pay corporate taxes. Our banking system is mired in so many layers of greed, its hard to even find or understand the truth.
On a local level, our community has come together, against the closing of our hospital (St. Vincent's) which is now condos, fought tooth and nail against NYU’s expansion plan (a university acting like a spoiled giant gorilla in a small cage, who, like a horror flick, is about to trample Greenwich Village), and our very own landmarked Chelsea Market about to be swallowed whole, and spit out twice the size, by the Jamestown Development. The voice of our local tax payers have fallen on deaf ears. Big business has won over common sense here, too.
USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll revealed that 90 million Americans will not vote because, as many said, “Nothing ever gets done, anyway.” I say, 'THERE"S NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO VOTE!' We need to vote in candidates with integrity —from a local level up to a national level.
Please start by taking a look at our club’s CRDC Slate by clicking on our 'Clubs Picks.' There’s a lot of integrity on the list. See you at the polls, on September 13th.
Posted on Fri, August 17, 2012
by Donathan Salkaln