No doubt many folks here in Washington State and across this grand land of ours (stolen though it may be) have long ago given up on the practice of making New Year’s resolutions. Probably because we got so good at the subsequent practice of breaking New Year’s resolutions.
Nonetheless, if 2011 is any predictor at all, 2012 ought to be a year of unprecedented change from the glorious coast, magnificent mountains, and bounteous fields and orchards of the Evergreen State to the long-lost ballots of Florida. So maybe it’s time for liberals to resume resolving and make the following New Year’s pledges:
- Support and join in your local Occupy movement. The actual encampments may be pulling up stakes for the winter, but the amazing network of progressive activism that Occupy has created is only in its infancy. The winter months present a perfect opportunity to solidify that newfound solidarity and spread the word about fundamental issues like economic inequality and the need for election reform. The Internet is afire with 99% activism; check out The Occupied Seattle Times, f’rinstance. Outstanding efforts like this ought to be reproduced in every community. Get connected, stay connected, produce results.
- Help elect progressive legislators. Get rid of corporate Tea Party sycophants. All across Washington, hard-working populists are running for positions from school board to governor. They deserve our support, whether of money, time or both.
- Better yet, gird up your liberal loins and run for office your very own self! Fear not; there are organizations from the county to the state and national level just waiting to give you a hand. Start local, talk to your neighbors, find common ground. Contrary to what the corporate media might want you to believe, politics ain’t rocket science. And it doesn’t take a gozillion dollars to get started. Just a cupful of good ideas and a pinch of courage.
- Come November, be sure to Occupy the Ballot Box. Make sure everyone you know is registered to vote and make sure they do so. And it might not hurt to make sure those votes get counted. Republican schemes to suppress both the casting and counting of votes are ramping up. Fight them. Attempts at requiring rigid “Voter ID” qualifications amount to nothing less than a poll tax. That’s illegal and un-American. Verified incidents of voter fraud are virtually nonexistent these days. Verified incidents of election fraud, however (largely sponsored by Republicorp interests), are legion. How do you think a village idiot like George W. Bush became president?
Let’s resolve to let We the People decide where America goes from now on.