The past week’s events in Wisconsin are atop the most disturbing domestic trends. Tens of thousands amassed to protest that governor’s union-busting agenda. It has been clearly demonstrated that the budget situation in that state can be solved without draconian measures. Gov. Walker has been exposed; he has provoked a situation with the apparent intent of a creating a ‘budget crisis’– in reality a strategy for stripping government workers of historic, negotiated, collective bargaining rights. President Obama has rightfully deemed this action as ‘an assault on unions’.
Wisconsin is to union-busting what Arizona is to anti-health care reform, anti-gun control, and anti-immigration policy.
The number of groups targeted by conservatives continues to grow. This should provide progressives, liberals, independents, working/middle-class Americans, moderate conservatives, and rational people of most persuasions the impetus to fight back in a focused, organized, and powerful manner.
Each group fighting for and/or against specific issues will not bring anywhere near the force that a collective, shared coalition will. Given the seemingly bottomless resources and endless venom of the Coke Brothers (as just one example) and a far right-activist Supreme Court, the real battle can only be won by Americans coming together around a common agenda and strategy, beginning now and extending through GOTV efforts for the 2012 elections.
I am initiating a list and am prompting you to extend it. It will be helpful to creating common ground if you were to cite one particular event or (proposed) legislation that illustrates your point. I’ll aggregate these and share them for the purpose of forming an American Coalition against Greed and Ignorance. The goal of our initial exercise will be to create a centerpiece that unites all of those who are experiencing alienation as a result of an agenda built upon a foundation of greed and ignorance.
Send your suggestions and insights to mkyankee – at – gmail.com.
My list is arranged alphabetically for the purpose of giving all constituencies equal footing as we begin to coalesce.
Those Who Favor ‘Single-Payer’
What percent of all voters do these groups represent (without replication)?
How might these groups coalesce to galvanize the potential of Alienated Americans?
What person(s) and/or groups may be best positioned to spearhead such a national movement?