Just Say No To Republicans and Democrats Alike
President Barack Obama's lengthy trail of broken and soon-to-be-broken promises is well documented by PolitiFact.com, a 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner, at http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obameter/rulings/promise-broken/?page=1
Included in the detailed PolitiFact.com list ("Obameter") are over 40 major promises President Obama has already broken since he took over the White House.
The promises President Obama made and broke include:
Millions of Latino voters are especially disappointed with President Obama's failure to push for immigration reform, as he guaranteed he would during his first year in the Oval Office (see http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obameter/promise/525/introduce-comprehensive-immigration-bill-first-yea/ ).
While a much more humane approach to immigration is proposed at http://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0225-botello.shtm, the Obama Administration has consistently avoided comprehensive immigration reform altogether, as it rounds up more hardworking immigrants like cattle, tearing apart their families and traumatizing their children for no good or just cause whatsoever.
The Democratic Party takes Latinos and other poor, exploited and oppressed voters for granted, presuming we will vote for them no matter how many promises they break, based on the notion Democrats are "the lesser of two evils," and we wouldn't dare vote Republican. It is clear from all President Obama's broken promises that this vicious cycle -- having to choose between one of the two evil parties ruling our nation -- can only end, if all voters who truly believe in peace, justice and genuine democracy, refuse to vote for either evil, letting the cards fall where they fall.
Democratic Party hacks will clamor that failing to vote Democrat will only help Republicans, and I say what Emiliano Zapata, a great 20th-century Mexican revolutionary once said, "I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees." I would rather see President Obama and his disingenuous cronies lose the White House than witness four more years of their callous inhumanity under the guise of "spreading freedom and democracy around the globe."
The Democratic Party no longer deserves our vote much less our faith and trust, in what their candidates say they will do, in office. Just say no to Democrats and Republicans!
Ruben Botello has been a human rights activist since 1970. Born and raised in Texas, Ruben joined the Marines after graduating from high school in 1965. The activist went to college on the G.I. Bill after returning from Vietnam in 1969, and earned California degrees in journalism, political science and jurisprudence. Ruben founded the American Homeless Society in 1987, and is its director today. Visit his webpage at http://home.comcast.net/~earthbeat/site/?/page/American_Union/
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