Saturday, February 25, 2012
Can we influence government policy?
While it is very difficult to influence policy without controlling government, it is possible. And we should strive to influence government policy as we challenge Wall Street for real political and economic power. Through active and united mass movements we can influence all kinds of government policies from peace to creating jobs through universal social programs like public health care and public child care programs. If we stop holding up the tails of these Dumb Donkeys and begin breaking ourselves free from Wall Street's two-party trap by running real people's candidates--- citizen activists--- for public office as we build powerful movements for real change we can begin to shape and influence public policy. The Greek workers' movement is showing us how to do this. Of course we can look back on our own struggles which brought the socialist Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party to power which was making plans for a national political movement when it was hit with vicious, fierce and pernicious governmental repression which left democracy in the country crippled for many decades--- almost a century. Are we up for this challenge and the struggle?