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ELECTION 2012

 

The Great Divide

                                                        

 

 

The Sedona Observer endorses….

Jill Stein

of the Pacific Green Party

...BUT VOTED FOR PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA!

Huh?

A newspaper endorsing one candidate but voting for another?

Yup.

And that’s exactly what’s happening across America today as millions flock to the polls – and as thousands shun them.

We are a nation torn and divided.

Shackled by an oppressive two-party system, many Americans feel forced to cast their votes for the candidate they DON’T want, rather than the man who accurately represents their needs and interests.

Just look at the numbers; they tell all.

In the tiny town of Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, population 12, an unprecedented event in election history occurred early this morning as the ballots came in a dead-even tie for the first time in its electoral history: Obama – 5; Romney – 5.

According to the latest polls, what happened in little Dixville Notch is just a microcosm of the nation’s macrocosm. Americans across the country remain divided between the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates by a tie of 49-49, state after state.

What does this really mean? What is the message lurking behind these numbers for a nation on the brink of dramatic change?

As a journalist who has learned over the course of three decades of news reporting to read in between the lines of the questionable data pipelines fed to the media, I understand how manipulated and distorted these figures usually are.

So I took to the streets and polls and letters to the editor to learn what Observer subscribers and many Americans are really feeling about this election.

Here is what I found:

  • The majority of people expressed major disappointment and disenchantment with all candidates, citing that no single representative realistically speaks to their everyday concerns.

  • Most said they were casting a vote as a strike against the party they don’t want in power, rather than a vote for the individual they would really like to see in the Oval Office – similar to the Observer.

  • A minority of people stated that they were taking a stand in this election and voting for the non-partisan underdog, fully aware that their vote would be “wasted” if it wasn’t cast for either a Republican or Democrat.

  • The majority of voters we interviewed said they were voting for President Obama as “the lesser of two evils.”

  • Some said that while they had never voted for a Republican before, they were choosing Romney because they feel Obama has done nothing to improve their lives.

So, instead of terrorism in Libya, people want to hear about the financial terrors lurking in Nebraska among its unemployed, or in Sedona where communities still have no head count on the growing numbers of homeless families.

As a longtime human rights/social justice journalist and socioeconomic analyst, here are my conclusions.

This election clearly points to a nation divided, one of have-too-much’s and have-nots, headed for a civil war initiated by a "war against the poor" that began in the Reagan era and epitomized by the Occupy Wall Street movement last year.

Amidst what the Observer calls the “Great New American Depression” that no media, economist, pundit, blogger or politico is labeling as such, America is held together by the Band-Aide of false credit temporarily holding lives and cars and homes intact and insulating millions from destitution and homelessness in a fraudulent way of life headed for collapse.                           

There is no longer any middle class. Because the soaring cost of living – from food, gas, housing, medical care, utilities, clothing, transportation and so forth – is pitted against stagnant wages and absurdly low minimum wages, an accurate “living wage” requires a median salary of at least $85,000 minimum to survive.

The study from which this figure was derived presumes that folks still have credit cards for auto repairs, techno-gadgetry, medical emergencies and other life necessities, without having experienced a foreclosure, bankruptcy or other financial disaster due to America’s health care system, which now accounts for nearly 80 percent of all bankruptcies. So most of us realize that $85K is not considered middle income, nor is it an accurate figure.

When the price of a bag of potato chips averages $4.95 and the national cost today for a gallon of gas averages $3.46 -- an all-time historical high for Election Day -- $1634.61 per week gross is just that – grossly insufficient for a family to make ends meet.

                                                 Matson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

[Now aren't the rest of us minimum-wagers just dreaming of making such a weekly salary? Yes, even reporters like myself, who still earn $10.50/hour. Just go to www.journalismjobs.com for living proof of non-living journalism wages.]

According to the U.S. Census in September, the average sales price of an American home was $295,300. The average automobile price in America was an “all-time high” of $30,748 in April.

[See http://www.autoblog.com/2012/04/11/average-price-of-new-cars-hits-all-time-record/].

Middle class? Only if your income is padded by the Capital One Viking Squad. And just lose your job or develop a serious medical condition and you will have the squadron harassing you day and night on your doorstep. Take it from one who knows… I lost everything due to America’s disgraceful medical system that emptied my wallet in 2009 and had the pleasure of trying to explain this to the equally ruthless Viking Squad.

What’s in your wallet? If it ain’t over $85K and it’s mostly plastic, you simply ain’t middle class.

Like it or not, today's election numbers add us to this: We are either a member of the Versailles’ “go-eat-cake” set, a 1% minority, or we are members of the 99% peasant class, struggling in wage slavery, working long hours, relying on false credit, and watching our leisure time and quality of life diminish with evaporating pensions, health care access and retirement packages.

Remember those? They are now fantasies reserved for some future History Channel segment, and the American Dream looks much like the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Like it or not, America is immersed in class warfare of idle rich versus working poor, of the religious right pitted agains the radical left, all reflected in the election results. To comprehend the intensity, think Tea Party-ers versus Libertarians; think Koch Brothers Gang versus Occupy Wall Street-ers; think Rupert Murdoch versus The Sedona Observer.

And many working poor Americans still cannot bear to label themselves as working poor, continuing in denial to regard themselves as middle class. Yet each and every one of them is just one check away from financial devastation – whether that check represents pay, pension, social security, disability, unemployment, welfare or whatever. None of it has a reliable or secure leg to stand on and could be wiped out tomorrow.

The Observer published that very line above in its inaugural issue, exactly five years ago, in an op-ed piece about denial. Nothing has changed and it has only gotten worse.

In fact, in the very back yard of the Observer’s former production site in Sedona, Ariz., sits a vacant lot behind a Safeway store in the neighboring town of Cottonwood, brimming with homeless families. Yet “middle-class” Safeway shoppers fill their carts and then turn their heads away from the virtual modern-day leper colony of homeless folks camped across the street.

For 10 years I wrote columns about the area’s homeless and the lack of any public shelter while so many homes, commercial buildings and campsites remain vacant... and while the city of Sedona called on public donations to build a lavish new theater to showcase films about refugees in foreign lands. Yet the real documentary should be about the Third World conditions right behind Safeway supermarket, where a man who built all those palatial homes and even the brick, beam and mortar of the Sedona Public Library with his bare hands sits shamefully begging for food and praying for a bath after five weeks without one.

This denial is no different than our nation’s refusal to acknowledge and label our times as the Great New American Depression – and the worst in our history. Because most are still clinging to that Capital One credit card and using it to pay for a simple purchase or basic needs, denying the fact that a job loss or bankrupt treasury or medical illness could put them in the leper colony behind Safeway in a heartbeat.

On this Election Day, the Observer has received an outpouring of letters from browsers and subscribers around the nation that reflect such extreme contrasts and opposites of opinion, often in such incendiary language that we dare not print some of them. That’s why, much like our reference to “The Great New American Depression,” we’re calling the election results “The Great New American Civil War.”

What is it, exactly, that divides us to such extremes? Battlegrounds like women’s reproductive rights. Health care. Gay marriage. Certainly our nation has wrestled with these issues, such as Roe v. Wade, for decades. So why are these same issues casting us so fiercely apart in equal numbers on opposite sides of the political fence this Election Day?

The political and geographic split reflected on the maps of red and blue states speak an even deeper story. Much like this paper’s original home in Sedona, where the middle class fled due to lack of affordable housing and survival wages, the nation has experienced an exodus of the middle class only to be replaced by an influx of Mexican immigrants to fill the workplace void. The Observer’s columns over the years refer to this as “The Great New American Slavery.”

Thus a nation that was formerly and predominantly white middle class has become browner and poorer, much like the little community of Cottonwood, Ariz., with its leper colony of homeless families.

This means that white, middle-class folks find themselves caught not in the middle segment of income levels but on the losing end of a massive socioeconomic decline. And groups such as the Tea Party, the Republicans, Rush Limbaugh, the religious right and the conservative media swoop in like snake-oil peddlers to play on their sheer frustration, exasperation and lives of quiet desperation, bringing them into their political camps like “sheeple” – and dividing the polls in unprecedented numbers while initiating a new breed of hate-mongering across our land.

So the question on this Election Day, no matter who the Electoral College chooses as our next president, becomes: Now what? Where do we go from here?

The Sedona Observer proposes some answers to the “Great American Divide,” and it’s the same point we’ve been hammering for the past five years. So we’ll repeat ourselves again, for history’s sake and for the sake of the common good.

CHANGE THE MEDIA

First, change must begin with media reform. Perhaps "transformation" is a more appropriate word. That’s why the Observer chose its motto five years ago: CHANGING AMERICA BY CHANGING ITS MEDIA FIRST.

Until we create a new business model for media that is not based on advertising as the traditional source of revenue, newspapers will continue to focus on profit instead of the truth behind the facts. This means restoring journalism the way our forefathers intended – as genuine public service vehicles, a voice for the people, and as watchdogs of vice and corruption to protect the common good.

Otherwise, this nation will never transcend the current corruption and contamination of Big Business, Big Pharma and Big Medicine that controls the media with its press releases and advertising and, in turn, is destroying the wallet and well-being of every American, rich and poor, black and white, Democrat and Republican, male and female, straight and gay, citizen and immigrant.

Media activist Jane Fonda of the Women’s Media Center echoed our philosophy on CNN News last year when she said the following:

We're going to have to stop trying to be 'objective' and start telling the truth, and it has to start with the media. I think it's been quite complicit. There's such an effort to be objective, rather than really looking at underlying truths and telling them, even if it might affect the ratings. – Jane Fonda on CNN News, Dec. 7, 2011

Amen, Jane. We’ve been saying that since our inaugural issue on October 21, 2007. [See “Let the Media Revolution Begin,” the Observer’s first op-ed piece, below.] Authentic public service journalism could heal the Great American Divide by presenting interviews with independent candidates, investigative reports on the hidden agendas, translating the confusing language of many propositions, and by showcasing other party platforms.

LOOK WITHIN OUR SOULS

Second, each of us as individuals can strive to find new ways to open our minds, hearts and souls to others to nurture a Culture of We instead of a self-absorbed World of Me. And it begins by turning within.

What is our common bond? We are all homo sapiens, members of the human race and family of man, citizens of the Earth as well as Americans. By focusing on our solidarity as people and humans and souls, we can work together to overcome our differences and find solutions to the issues that so viciously divide us.

The problem we face is, after all, inherently a spiritual one. So it would behoove us to take the advice of Buckminster Fuller who wisely told us decades ago: You cannot solve the current problems with the same mindset that created them.

We are long overdue to get out of the boxes and comfort zones and step into others’ shoes and resuscitate our sense of compassion and oneness with all sentient beings, including the finned, feathered and four-legged kind too. Sure, we have a planet of souls with varying stages of spiritual evolution and not every one of them will share equal levels of consciousness. Still, we can view them with forgiveness and as catalysts for the change that must begin within ourselves.

We cannot look to political leaders to do this for us; change starts from within every individual and trickles upward to create compassionate leadership.

One way we can do this is by turning our heads toward our homeless brothers and sisters in those leper colonies near our supermarkets, instead of turning away. None of us likes to acknowledge the homeless situation because we feel so helpless when we look at this deeply disturbing aspect of American life in the 21st century. But if we can't spare an extra buck, we can lend a compassionate hand, a kind word or even just a warm smile to all the folks we see with cardboard signs.

 

Transform the Workplace

Every time I see a political candidate shouting “Jobs! Jobs! We need to create jobs!” without any mention about how, it seems so archaic and outmoded in the shifting 21st century paradigm of work.

More workers than ever are independent contractors and self-employed and we are fast becoming a nation of freelancers, primarily because working conditions remain so oppressive, without the flexible schedules and other basic human needs that working families require today.

Transformation of the workplace becomes paramount because it infiltrates every other aspect of life. And it is, after all, where most Americans devote 85 percent of their waking lives. Recent occupational surveys show that when asked what they would choose if given the choice between higher wages or more time off, workers invariably opted for more quality leisure time.

Who is willing to work 51 long weeks in order to have a mere 5 days of rest, while the rest of the Western world enjoys 6 weeks or more of downtime, with more job productivity and less absenteeism? Who is willing to succumb to 5 sick days per year, if lucky to have paid leave, when one single flu or illness can knock people off their feet for twice that time? And who wants to spend the high cost of gas to commute to a job that pays $8.50 an hour?

Sadly, so many workplaces, along with the two-party presidential candidates, are stuck on this 20th-century notion of "job creation." The days of job-hunting through print media classified ads, sending a resume, filling out an application, showing up for an interview, and then commuting to a workplace are rapidly disappearing.

How many companies could create telecommuting jobs instead of insisting that they continue to breathe down employees' necks? It's about power, control and fear. Yet technology offers endless options for tracking and monitoring a worker's time and productivity, if that's the concern, as well as providing teleconferencing through Skype and other means.

Workers are waking up and realizing they’re often better off on their own, especially when considering how shabby medical benefits are, with outrageous deductibles and little coverage and no choice of care or practitioner. So “job creation” is not the sole answer, especially when neither candidate has offered a single solution about that alleged spontaneous job combustion.

According to the American Sleep Institute, workers in 2012 commuted an average of 2.5 hours each, labored 10.5 hours per day, slept 6 hours per night, and wondered what happened to their shrinking leisure time as they bring work home, thanks to iPads and laptops. This diminishing quality of life, with working hours now topping the average work day of the 19th century, means that the American workplace is shouting for a severe overhaul.

The answer is simply not "jobs" but the willingness of companies to upgrade working conditions with telecommuting, job sharing, flexible schedules and more accrued time off. When America starts to follow the example of the European workplace model, an entire new level of productivity and workplace harmony can start to occur.

Unfortunately, Big Business remains stuck in the Walmart mentality toward workers. But we have a solution for that...

 

SOLIDARITY: BRING BACK ROSIE THE RIVETER

The Observer remains a passionate proponent of restoring solidarity through the labor movement. Yes, we can hear the groans, since Big Business and conservative politics have made labor unions a dirty word. Yet we believe it is the answer to the dilemmas that American workers face across the board – wages, benefits, pensions, medical coverage, abuse, labor law violations, and so on.

So let's bring back the folks who brought us the weekend and Rosie the Riverter. Yes, that's right; the Observer proposes that workers ignite a new labor movement. If they don't start making history, workers will soon become history.

Again, we can hear the sighs as we urge workers to organize in solidarity. So what this means is that we also need to transform the structure of the union organizations themselves, much like media and workplace paradigms.

Even freelance workers and independent contractors will have more clout when organized in professional associations like guilds that can create more affordable group health programs, instead of their current fragmentation and isolation in their home offices.

Sure, labor unions dropped the ball in the 80’s and 90’s, but there's still some playing field left. If they had been wise enough to hire savvy journalists and guerilla publicists from the non-unionized private sector who know how to frame potent messages, write effective materials and take media outreach over the top to counteract the union smear campaigns of Big Business, they might have more support today among workers who need unions now more than ever before in this nation’s history.

Instead, they rely on union rank-and-file staff to do the job -- folks who have little to no extensive training or longtime experience in effective communications strategies that can break through a stonewalled media and public.

The Observer believes that labor issues are so vital to American journalism that we have devoted an entire page to it since our first issue in 2007, in an era when there are only three labor beat journalists left [out of the former 85 of newspapers years ago] and when postage-stamp news briefs replace full investigative reports about the demise of workers’ rights across this nation. [See link for the Labor & Workplace Issues page below.]

Labor still has a fighting chance to initiate a New Labor Movement that can restore harmony and dignity to the American workplace at a time when workers face increasing sweatshop conditions [think Walmart] and the long working hours of the Industrial Revolution. By reinventing the labor union, and even creating new terminology to replace the word "labor union" itself, we believe that workers have the potential to gain solid ground in restoring their rights on the job.

OPPORTUNITY IN CALAMITY: THE GREAT AMERICAN RENAISSANCE

Finally, we believe that this Great American Divide on this Election Day is really good news!

What?!!!

Yes, there is hope. Despite the hatred and differences, there is a silver lining here.

History proves that in calamity lies opportunity. We here at the Observer believe that our entire nation sits at the critical cusp of the most amazing renaissance in our history. We have a chance to establish health care for every citizen. To honor the humanity of our Mexican brothers and sisters as devoted workers and humans instead of as the New American Slaves. To restore workers’ rights by resuscitating a New Labor Movement and replace wage slavery with workplace rights. To restore journalism to the integrity that our forefathers designed it to be by emancipating it from its current shackles of advertiser control of editorial content.

On this historic Election Day, The Sedona Observer wishes the best for America and the highest good of all. No matter what the outcome, we must trust in the divine plan. We must fly in formation, like the birds of the air that stand by one another and use adverse conditions to gain momentum and fly even higher. [See our original story, Flying in Formation, below.]

It's been an amazing week in America. Six days ago, Mother Nature was able to accomplish what man has tried but failed to do: Occupy Wall Street and shut down the Stock Market. Perhaps, tonight, another miracle will occur, with 49 percent shutting off control of the White House from the 1 percent.

God bless everyone and God bless America. Together, we can make it work, despite our differences and no matter who gets elected tonight. Let's change the Great Divide to United We Stand.

 

I offer you Peace

I offer you Love

I offer you Friendship

I see your Beauty

I hear your Need

I feel your Feelings

My wisdom flows from the highest Source

I salute that Source in you

Let us work together for Unity and Peace.

Gandhi's Prayer for Peace

 

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Vox Populi -- Voice of the People

 

Editor's Note: Why are we still conducting manual polling in the 21st century with all our current technology? Why do we make citizens stand on line for hours, often in cold weather? And why isn’t Election Day a national holiday so workers have time off to vote? One of the Observer’s subscribers has more to say on this.

Elections, Governments and Big Corporate Business

Because of the problems in New Jersey, it was announced yesterday that people in certain counties can vote by email and fax. So the question is, why can’t we all vote by email and fax all of the time?

This would enable a lot more people to vote and, the powers that be probably don’t want a lot more people to vote; that would give the poor and working class a lot more political power. It has always been difficult for a lot of particularly working class and poor Americans to vote, either because they typically have to take off of work, or else various restrictive types of “Jim Crow” laws making it hard for minorities and the poor to vote, continuing on today in several mostly conservative states.

Even when I was a kid, people had to get permission to take time off work or else, or fight the short time in between when work typically ended at 5 or 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. when the polls closed. It has never been nearly as easy for average working and poor people to vote as it could be, which is probably by design.

What the government could easily have done for the past two and a half centuries is to make Sunday a voting day, which would make it far easier for most people to vote. And, of course, today they could set up electronic voting, making it much easier for people to vote.

And, throughout my life, when I was working blue collar, I often found it difficult to cash my paycheck. This is because I usually worked overtime and banks used to all be closed before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays. Banks eventually, very grudgingly, began extending banking hours to later on Fridays and now some are open on Saturdays. All along, it would have been far easier for the average citizen if they were open all day Saturday and Sunday and closed two days during the week instead.

The government and a lot of big corporate businesses have no thought of making anything easier on either their employees or the average American citizen, which, in large part, is what is wrong with them both. They will make it easier only if they can grasp the obvious profit at the end of a short-sighted stick. They rarely, if ever, think in the larger picture, that a happy and well-cared-for citizen is a more productive citizen and less prone to violence and anarchy and, a well-fed and less pushed and stressed-out worker is a more productive, conscientious and, by extension, better employee.

In my opinion, there should be a federal law requiring that ALL polling places have either paper ballots or the electronic equipment with a verifiable paper trail. All states should be required by federal law to have two seven-day weeks of early voting, from 7 a.m. until midnight on all seven days. And, all states should be required to accept mail-in ballots, which could be printed out from the Internet and available at least 30 days prior to all elections and then submitted by mail or in-person.

I’m not sure how wise it is to have Internet voting because of security issues, but it was just to the larger point of how inconvenient our government has long made it for citizens, especially minorities and the poor and elderly, to vote.

 

On Being Republican / Democrat in 2012

According to Jesus, “whatever you want people to do to you, do also to them” is the foundation of all morality. This agrees with Thomas Jefferson and later Francis Collins and others, who have noted the overwhelming historical evidence for a shared human conscience, reflecting a God-given foundation for human rights.

For example, similar and sometimes identical so-called “golden rules” are found scattered abundantly throughout the historical record in both connected and non-connected cultures, as well as similar base laws against murder, adultery, theft and false witness are found all over the historical map.

How does this get translated in modern-day America, into taking from the poor and giving to the rich; hating black people, Latinos and gay people; supporting bombing women and children in Iraq and Afghanistan; ignoring the polluted environment of our children’s future and pretending to care about the unborn, while calling it “socialism” and “evil” to care about the already-born?

It is one thing to not live up to what is called the “Golden Rule”, which not only Thomas Jefferson, but we all fall rather short of doing. However, it is quite another thing to promote the opposite and to call the Golden Rule “socialism” and “evil.”

Republicans invariably say that the government shouldn’t help people, that helping people should be left up to private citizens and charities. Quite obviously, if leaving health care and caring for the poor up to the “private sector” is the correct solution, then there would be no Americans living today without health care and no American poor people. How can anybody in their right mind believe such crap?

These are the same Republicans who claim to believe in the Constitution, which defines private citizens as being the government and, who march in parades ostensibly in honor of the Declaration of Independence, which expressly states human rights are granted by God. And, these are the same Republicans who pretend to follow Jesus, who seems to have somehow forgotten to mention either abortion or sexual orientation, who expressly taught against war and who explicitly said God judges nations by how they care for the sick and poor who are already born.

If Obama wins, perhaps it is fair to say that Hurricane Sandy, which the media is saying helped push him up a notch or two in the polls, was God’s judgment on the Republican Party. And apparently the governors of both New York and New Jersey, who are not otherwise known to be strong supporters of Obama, would agree. If there was ever a Republican I felt sorry for, it was Governor Christie, who apparently finally figured out his party isn’t worth a damn. . . or perhaps more accurately stated, isn’t worth a God damn.

Go figure. . .


Richard Aberdeen
Freedom Tracks Records

Nashville, Tenn.
www.FreedomTracks.com

 

 

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Dear Editor:

Proposition 120 would amend the Arizona Constitution to declare Arizona's sovereign and exclusive authority and jurisdiction over the air, water, public lands, minerals, wildlife and other natural resources within the Arizona's boundaries. All three Republican candidates for Legislative District Six – Chester Crandell, Bob Thorpe, and Brenda Barton – are chief proponents of Proposition 120.

The Republican-controlled Legislature not only wants to grab "exclusive authority" over all parks, forests and public lands - millions of acres that Arizonans cherish and enjoy - it has indicated that once it has them, it will sell them off to private interests.

Our public lands are Arizona's heritage. They provide us with clean water, clean air, wildlife habitat and unsurpassed recreation opportunities. The Legislature wants to sell our freedom to hike, camp, hunt, fish, view wildlife and enjoy unsurpassed scenery to whomever they wish, for whatever reason. Our public lands are essential to the quality of life we enjoy.

Proposition 120 is a budget disaster. The legislature cannot even manage our state parks and rest areas.

With so many important issues facing Arizona, we need to elect candidates who will work together to move our state forward. It is critical that the voters reject politics and policies of division and extremism. Voters should overwhelmingly reject Proposition 120. And voters in LD6 should soundly repudiate Chester Crandell, Bob Thorpe, and Brenda Barton and their immoderate ideology and uncompromising policies.

Sincerely,

James Kimes

Former District 1 Democratic candidate

Arizona House of Representatives

Prescott Valley, Ariz.

 

Dear Editor,

As usual, the Observer has hit the nail square on the head in this editorial about the 2012 election. It expresses much of what I and other Americans have been thinking for quite some time, with great frustration that none of our so-called leaders “get it.”

To all our leaders, I add these words: “CAN YOU HEAR US NOW??? AND IF YOU DON’T, THIS COULD GET REALLY UGLY.”

Belinda Stephenson

Social Security retiree;

Former corporate employee and law enforcement officer

Little Rock, Ark.

 

 

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