Monday, August 20, 2007

Latin America is Kicking Butt. Why Can't We?

Latin America is Kicking Butt. Why Can’t We?

These are exciting times for the people of Latin America, as elected leaders like Bolivia’s Evo Morales, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, and Brazil’s Luiz “Lula” da Silva are uniting to fight back against greedy and corrupt corporate America. After decades of being treated by the United States as its own “backyard”, Latin America has put up strong resistance to the U.S. agenda of corporate-led globalization trade policies that have impoverished its citizens and destroyed much of their valuable ecosystems.

As the people of Latin America have united en masse and created real alternatives on the ground, one might ask

“Why can’t citizens of this country unite against the corporatocracy here?”

After decades of passively allowing big-business and political cronyism to be hoisted off to We the People as “government”, isn’t it time for the people of America to stand up to this band of thugs, or the corporate elite and their corrupt elected officials who enable them?

Here’s a short list:

1. Impeach Bush and Cheney
2. Reform harmful “free” trade policies that displace our own professionals and drive down wages
3. Get out Iraq
4. Universal Health care
5. Strengthen fair trade economic relations with Mexico human rights immigration policies
6. Close corporate tax loopholes and tax shelters
7. Invest in viable clean energy solutions and infrastructures

In other words, how about a little respect?

The current Latin American revolution and its lessons for democracy offer a glimpse into what is possible when people have been suppressed and discarded for too long. Granted, millions of Latin Americans have not had the luxury of a super-sized lifestyle that a great many citizens of the United States have enjoyed, however heavily mortgaged and beyond their means, but now more than ever, it is time for the people of the United States to rise up and demand the kind of social and economic change that stops rewarding the greedy smug, frat boys and wannabes running and ruining the social and economic fabric of this country.


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