Did you feel it too? A nervous anticipation hung in the Global Exchange office all day yesterday as we wondered what the outcome of the U.S. Election would be – the President, the Congress, the state level initiatives and of course our local resolutions.
All in all, we’re encouraged by the results of a decisive election. The re-election of President Barack Obama represents the rejection of a breathtakingly dishonest campaign by an American plutocrat who amassed a personal fortune using techniques described by his own Republican primary opponents as “vulture capitalism.”
The contours of the President’s winning campaign were largely drawn, not by the Obama campaign but by the “Occupy” movement; which brought to the forefront what filmmaker Michael Moore called the “huge popular sentiment against what the wealthy have done” to our country. As President Obama himself said on Spanish language TV during the campaign: "Change does not come from Washington, but from outside."
We hope the President will listen with open ears to the voices and harbingers of conscious and genuine change.
Obama’s winning coalition brought together communities concerned with peace, immigration justice, women’s rights, drug policy reform, safeguarding democracy from moneyed interests, LGBTQI equality, and affordable health care – all issues that we must continue to push President Obama to champion now that election stumping is over.
We have a lot of work to do in the next four years. Get started by hosting a screening of Heist: Who Stole the American Dream.