Emma Kaplan of World Can’t Wait announces a post-election political demonstration in Seattle, Washington at 5:30 pm at the corner of 4th and Pine on Westlake. Excerpts from her call articulate the mixed feelings and unease of progressive Americans:
All of us living in this country will confront change after tomorrow’s election, but not the change most people think they are getting. If Obama wins, he will preside over changes we don’t want and shouldn’t get sucked into supporting….
What are people even getting to vote about after this two year long campaign? Did you get to vote on whether the U.S. should occupy Iraq? Or whether the CIA, the private contractors, or the military should use torture and secret detentions? And what is there to celebrate in an Obama presidency? Making us feel good about the country again when Obama is trying to unite us to fight the “good war” in Afghanistan? Happy that some combat troops will be removed from Iraq, while air strikes kill more civilians in Pakistan and Syria? How could we celebrate “national unity” when Obama’s vote for the FISA law opens the way for unprecedented political repression and spying on the people?
I know, from talking to many people, that lots of people have “settled” for Obama, as opposed to McCain. Others are hoping against hope…and will be open to hearing what we have to say. If what we say is unpopular, or angers people, then so be it. You don’t change political terms by shying away from controversy. And you can’t learn what people really think without challenging their assumptions.
This is not the time to “wait and see” what Obama will do after January 20, or after 6 months or a year…or never, because if he does what’s in the peoples’ interests he won’t be re-elected? He’s telling us what he will do, and the worst thing would be to get passive in the face of it.
You heard her! Don’t get passive in the face of it.
If you know of similar events (like that in Columbus starting in 15 minutes) happening today, post a note here to spread the word.