Young Radicals For Obama
Posted on November 15, 2011 by Lou
Though many on the “new left” were insisting at the time that it didn’t matter who became president, I pinned a Hubert Humphrey button on my coat.
Even as a young radical I rejected the idea that there was no difference between the two.
Nixon, of course, pioneered the strategy of peeling off working class voters and then instituting policies to destroy their unions.
To this day I believe that Vice-President Humphrey, despite being tethered to LBJ’s War in Vietnam, would have steered the nation in a very differently direction on issues of economic equality and power.
Why all this ruminating about the political past?
Because I’m reacting to all the discussion over how Occupy Wall Street protesters will approach next year’s presidential election .
Will they sit it out, refusing to be “co-opted” by the system?
Or will they recognize what’s at stake…?
…That a republican white house and congress will only accelerate and exacerbate inequality.
And that Barack Obama and democrats, whatever their failings and limitations, are at least answerable to pressure from progressives.
Here’s my message to this generation of protesters:
Continue your struggle but understand that social and economic change does not come about by letting reactionaries take over the government.