During 2011 I often found myself calling the Whitehouse comment line to urge our President not to give in to right-wing demands, but all to often I was sorely disappointed. I call instead of sending written messages because my voice most clearly tells the message taker how serious the matter is for me.
So mark my surprise and delight when the new year began with President Obama’s decision to install his nominee to head the new consumer protection agency with a recess appointment, and in doing so thwarting the right-wing attempt to kill the new agency before it even got off the ground. This bold action was followed by his rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada which would carry the most environmentally harmful crude ever to be extracted, through the center of our land to be refined in Texas. I am aware that President Obama’s rejection is not the final resolution of the matter and that this pipeline will raise its ugly head again in years to come.
And now there is the matter of SOPA and PIPA and once again the need to fight against big money interests. This time it is not the environment that is at stake, but the freedom of the internet which has evolved into the people’s’ tool to fight injustice worldwide. Let me share a video which clearly outlines what is at stake now and in the future. As with the Keystone XL the fight will not cease as long as big money interests seek to enrich themselves to the detriment of everyone else.
And let me not forget to mention our Supreme Court’s infamous Citizens United ruling which gave corporations approval to spend millions of dollars to buy elections. Here to the people are fighting back in an attempt to overturn that ruling by lobbying for a constitutional amendment which would accomplish that.
So there you have it!!! The new year is shaping up to be filled with battles all around.
For me it is lucky that multiple sclerosis has eased its grip. As I continue to recover ever so slowly from this devastating illness, there will be no lack of important things to do. And just like having done my share in collecting a million signatures for the recall of Governor Walker in Wisconsin, I can say that together WE CAN succeed in the effort to make 2012 a better year.