June 7, 2008
All Together Now was launched on June 1, 2008, in the waning months of what some argue was the most disastrous administration in American history. And yet 62 million people—50.7% of the electorate1—voted for that administration in its winning bid for a second term in 2004.
Among facts that cannot be debated are the following:
And we haven’t even mentioned global warming, the world food crisis, a deepening worldwide recession, or the human rights abuses which have infected even the most civilized western nations.
All Together Now’s mission is threefold:
We can’t depend on our so-called “leaders.” They are, after all, the ones who got us where we are today. They are, after all, the masters of war who have slaughtered their subjects by the hundreds of millions throughout history. They are, after all, the ones secure in their privilege and their wealth, who use that privilege and wealth to maintain the status quo at any cost.
No sane mother wishes to see her baby hacked to death by gangsters posing as liberators. No sane father wishes to sacrifice his boy or girl to a war that doesn’t need to be fought. And yet the world is filled with mothers and fathers who witness these enormities every day.
Here at the dawn of the 21st century of the modern era, at a time when our understanding—of nature, of the universe, of our own selves—is so far advanced; when this world could be a paradise for all its inhabitants, when life no longer need be “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short”; when for the first time in history we have the knowledge, the motive, the means, and the opportunity to bring life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, health, prosperity, and joy to every human being; we stand, instead, on the brink of natural and man-made disasters so frightening to contemplate that the mass of us do nothing but apply the blinders, continue to shop, and vote Republican or Democrat, hoping, perhaps, that it will all just go away.
Well, it won’t. We’re going to have to fix all this. We’re going to have to do it together and we’re going to have to do it now. And that’s why we’re here. Doing our small part to rally the forces, focus on where we have to go, and help us all get there.
1United States presidential election, 2004. [Source: Wikipedia]
2Iraq Coalition Casualty Count [Source: Department of Defense]
3Retail Gasoline Historical Prices [Source: Energy Information Administration ]
42005 Incomes, on Average, Still Below 2000 Peak [Source: David Cay Johnston, citing IRS data, in the New York Times]
5Wages in America: The Rich Get Richer and the Rest Get Less [Source: Rasmus, Jack, The War at Home: The Corporate Offensive in America From Reagan to Bush]
June 7, 2008
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