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15 Issues This Election is Not About

September 25, 2012

This article by Bill Quigley is re-posted from CounterPunch.

Neither candidate is interested in stopping the use of the death penalty for federal or state crimes.

Neither candidate is interested in eliminating or reducing the 5,113 US nuclear warheads.

Neither candidate is campaigning to close Guantanamo prison.

Neither candidate has called for arresting and prosecuting high ranking people on Wall Street for the subprime mortgage catastrophe.

Neither candidate is interested in holding anyone in the Bush administration accountable for the torture committed by US personnel against prisoners in Guantanamo or in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Neither candidate is interested in stopping the use of drones to assassinate people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen or Somalia.

Neither candidate is against warrantless surveillance, indefinite detention, or racial profiling in fighting “terrorism.”

Neither candidate is interested in fighting for a living wage.  In fact neither are really committed beyond lip service to raising the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour  – which, if it kept pace with inflation since the 1960s should be about $10 an hour.

Neither candidate was interested in arresting Osama bin Laden and having him tried in court.

Neither candidate will declare they refuse to bomb Iran.

Neither candidate is refusing to take huge campaign contributions from people and organizations.

Neither candidate proposes any significant specific steps to reverse global warming.

Neither candidate is talking about the over 2 million people in jails and prisons in the US.

Neither candidate proposes to create public jobs so everyone who wants to work can.

Neither candidate opposes the nuclear power industry.  In fact both support expansion.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Joe Walker permalink
    September 25, 2012 1:59 pm

    Many self styled “Christians” In West MI are against taxation, pro-choice,big government, et al in the GOP pantheon of beliefs. How many “Christians” factor Jesus’ love for all creation and creatures, in including prisoners, enemies, neighbors, compassion, mercy, non-violence, life, social justice into their support of candidates?

  2. September 25, 2012 2:02 pm

    An interesting comment Joe. However, it seems to me that both parties are not talking about or doing anything about the 15 issues (and you could add more to the list), all of which are fundamental to social justice.

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