Posted 4 years ago on Jan. 8, 2013, 5:13 p.m. EST by OTP
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""CALLING OBAMA OUT
In his recent column, Norman Solomon makes a brilliant case to "renounce the leadership” of President Barack Obama. For those of us interested in building a political force to counter the corporate state, Solomon’s words are welcome.
Challenging Obama and the corporate-controlled Democratic Party is just what the country needs. Since the very inception of this nation, average hard-working people have struggled to attain the same human rights and economic security guaranteed to wealthy, landowning, white men. And while great and bloody strides have been made to expand human rights to people of color, economic justice is a dream yet unfulfilled for the vast majority of us--regardless of our skin color.
Roosevelt’s New Deal moved the great middle class closer than it has ever been to economic justice, raising all boats as the policies matured. The Republican Party has been attacking New Deal policies for years, and together with the Democratic Party, has effectively undermined most of them. When Obama put Social Security and Medicare on the bargaining table in response to last summer’s congressional Republican-created debt ceiling crisis and again in the end of year fiscal cliff deception, he and his party’s leadership pretty much abandoned what remains of the New Deal.
Soon, we will hear the calls for shared sacrifice again--don’t be fooled. The 99% didn’t get us into this mess and shouldn’t be called on to make any more sacrifices. Policies can be effected—like the New Deal—which can heal the economy and provide economic justice for all, especially if those policies are created to serve public interests and not corporate interests.
We agree with Solomon in calling on us to “systematically confront the administration in the process of reframing the national discourse on economic fairness, Wall Street, civil liberties, war and climate change.” We also believe the dubious corporate-controlled two-party system should be confronted as well, if we hope to attain economic, social and environmental justice.
Justice for all,
The Justice Party National Steering Committee ""