Why Are You Still
Sitting On Your Ass?
By Art Richardson
The theft of the election on Nov. 7 by the Bush brothers
has given the Republicans control of the White House and both
branches of congress. They feel like they can do anything
with impunity. Look at the rush to a pro-business stance over
a more consumer oriented stance that the Clinton administration
delivered. The loss of ergonomic protections, rewriting the
bankruptcy laws to favor the irresponsible credit card industry
and the abandonment of the commitment to reducing the CO2
emissions to payoff the coal industry and ENRON, a major contributor
to the Bush campaign.
We can look forward too much, much more of this nonsense
during the Bush years. How many is that? Well, that's up to
you! There are many more Democratic registered voters than
Republican registered voters. However, we must get more people
actively involved. That's where you come in.
If you are reading this, you must be at the Democratic Underground
web site. The fact that you took the time to find a site such
as this indicates to me that you are angry and are looking
for some way to express this anger. You resent that fact that
the election was stolen from President Gore by the Bush brothers
and the duplicitous Supreme Court. You realize that from time
to time that the blood of patriots must be spilled in the
name of democracy (metaphorically speaking - I am not advocating
in any way, shape or form violence against any elected official,
public person or any other citizen of the United States).
You must be willing to do something. What something? Again,
that is up to you.
1) Donate money or time to your local Democratic Party. Participate
in voter registration sign-ups. Walk door to door and campaign
for your favorite Democratic candidate. Pass out campaign
materials. Help your friends become registered Democrats,
try to convert one Republican a month to re-register as a
2) Write a letter to your congressperson, local elected
official or newspaper. There are plenty of issues to write
to your local newspaper about. Be polite and try several drafts
of the letter until you feel that you have said what you wanted
to say. Write a letter to your congressperson and let them
know your opinions. Better still, on really important votes,
call him or her. They will probably have a staffer marking
the yea's and nay's. Supposedly, your representative is there
representing YOU - let them know that - and let them know
3) When Bush comes to your town, greet him with a protest
sign. We still have the right to protest (for now). Let the
news media that follows Bush around know that there are people
that are passionate about how the election was stolen. There
are good thing that you can put on your sign, use your imagination.
The more creative your sign is, the better the chance that
your sign will be shown by the media.
This country was defended by men and women that gave their
LIVES to keep this country free. We cannot let it go with
out a fight or through apathy. We must take back both Houses
in the coming election of 2002.