Saturday, February 26, 2011

This is What People Power Looks Like

These are their voices.

Scott Sumer, a public teacher from Rockford, Illinois: "I brought my son here because this is what democracy looks like and feels like. He needs to see this. He needs to know this."

Jeff Skiles, US Airways co-pilot who helped safely ditch a packed passenger jet on the Hudson River in New York City in 2009: "On that day, there were many many heroes: pilots, flight attendants, traffic controllers, firemen, policemen, folks in the ferry boats, EMTs. We didn't abandon those passengers to save themselves. We all worked together to save everybody. That's a lesson that people in this capitol building need to learn ... Every one of them was union."

This is what they are fighting.

In recent weeks, Madison has been the scene of large demonstrations against the governor’s budget bill, which would deny collective-bargaining rights to public-sector workers. Gov. Scott Walker claims that he needs to pass his bill to deal with the state’s fiscal problems. But his attack on unions has nothing to do with the budget.

What’s happening in Wisconsin is, instead, a power grab — an attempt to exploit the fiscal crisis to destroy the last major counterweight to the political power of corporations and the wealthy.

That is what will happen to us if Harper and his teabagger Cons ever win a majority. And so is this.

Republicans in the House of Representatives are mounting an assault on women’s health and freedom that would deny millions of women access to affordable contraception and life-saving cancer screenings and cut nutritional support for millions of newborn babies in struggling families. And this is just the beginning.

These are treacherous times for women’s reproductive rights and access to essential health care. House Republicans mistakenly believe they have a mandate to drastically scale back both even as abortion warfare is accelerating in the states. To stop them, President Obama’s firm leadership will be crucial. So will the rising voices of alarmed Americans.

So when I wonder will Canadians finally be alarmed?

When will we take OUR struggle into the streets?

Isn't it time to ask Canadians. If the Cons are the Republicans.

Which side are you on?

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Kev said...

Hi Simon, you bring up a couple of points that have been on my mind lately.

Firstly, I too am wondering just what is it going to take to wake my fellow Canadians from their slumber. How do we break down this conceit that we are the only nation that is immune from the dark forces ruling this planet.

Secondly,why would any woman support a movement that despises her gender so completely as the conservative movement does?

Ah! Billy Bragg, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, incarnate.

Simon said...

hi Kev...You would ask such hard questions. ;)
I don't know what it will take to wake Canadians out of their fateful slumber. It's like those dreadful clips on TV when someone is murdered anywhere. You can count on some dumb reporter asking and some dumb neighbour saying "Who knew it could happen here?"
As for how a woman, or for that matter any gay person, could work for a Con government, I don't understand it either.
But it certainly is SHAMEFUL...

Simon said...

Oh one more thing Kev...I thought that rally and what that co-pilot said was absolutely AWESOME.
I'm a union guy myself and proud of it.
And if the Cons try to strip away union rights they are going to run into a wall of RESISTANCE...