The 2012 election – perhaps the most important of our lifetime – is closer than we think. I know every election is often described as “the most important,” but a quick review of the past twelve months indicates that this year’s vote will truly be determinative of the direction our country moves in.
Over the past year, we’ve seen attempts to stifle workers’ rights, disband unions, change Medicare to a voucher program, roll back women’s reproductive rights, eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Education and cut funding to healthcare and Pell grants, to name only a few.
Clearly, the unfair tax benefits to giant corporations and the wealthiest 1 percent, as well as subsidies to Big Oil and other industries, have come at the expense of the needs and rights of our hardworking citizens – not to mention the neediest among us.
So the question is simple: is this the type of country we want to live in, or do we want better for ourselves and our children? Do we think all the power and all the benefits should be held by the few or by the many?
For me, the answer is clear. I want better for our children, and I want the riches of our great nation to benefit us all. I want our seniors to be able to retire with dignity and the assurance that they will receive the healthcare they’ve worked for their entire life. I want our children to be able to attend college without fear that it will put them or their parents in insurmountable debt. I want to protect our air, our water and our soil and support all regulations that prevent big corporations from ruining our environment. I want women’s reproductive rights to be assured once and for all. And I want to guarantee our workers the rights and benefits they deserve.
This is what the 2012 election is about and is very heart of my campaign.
I am fortunate to have many people who want the same thing for our great country standing with me. The attached video from one of our organizational meetings this weekend shows this growing momentum. I hope you will stand with us.