Social Issues or Economic Issues?  

February 9, 2012

At this time, there is an underlying feeling of unease among the American people.  Interestingly, although the voters are very concerned about the economy, both the Republicans and Democrats are having trouble energizing their bases.  The recent voter turnout in some of the GOP primary contests was less than in 2008.  It appears that the voters are slowly, but surely, beginning to get the feeling that both of the major parties are tools of the big corporations and the Super PACs.

Of course, no candidate is going to run on an election platform that says:  “Vote for me, I am controlled by the big corporations and their lobbyists!”

So, the campaigns may try to reach the voters by appealing to their so-called “hot buttons” on the social and cultural issues.  Often, the underlying economic issues are forgotten as the candidates and their supporters are busy trying to scare the voters into voting for the social issues.

Yes, the social and cultural issues are important.   And many people have strong feelings about the social issues facing our society today.  But, we cannot allow the politicians to keep us divided and weak by using the social issues as a “hot button” wedge.

We need to unite and focus on the severe economic problems facing our economy.  If our house is on fire, does it matter what the social views are of the men and women who are trying to put out the fire?  If we don’t join together, we will never be able to defeat the big corporations, their lobbyists, and the Super PACs.

We need to vote for the candidates who will bring our factories and jobs back from China.  We need to vote for candidates who will stop our country from being flooded by millions of illegal foreign workers who are taking our jobs and lowering our wages.

We need liberals, conservatives, and independents to support our effort.  We will not allow the big corporations and their corporate lackeys to use social and cultural issues to keep us divided and weak.

Of course, the big problem these days is the lack of viable candidates who are willing to challenge the strangle-hold that the big corporations have on our economy.  But, as we educate more people about what is going to save our economy, we will grow stronger.  And as our strength increases, our candidates and politicians will take notice.

In the future, as we gain influence, it is unlikely that our political leaders who support our program to save our economy will all agree on the social issues.  For example, I would anticipate that the political leaders from Georgia and Oregon would have different personal views on some of the social issues.  But, I would urge them to set aside those differences and focus on creating well-paying jobs for American workers.

If we let the social and cultural issues divide us, we cannot stop the big corporations from continuing to pillage our economy.  And we will surely become a third-world country if we allow the de-industrialization of our country to continue.


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