Across America, John Kerry is holding closed-door sessions to draft a platform for his campaign. Despite the fact that Kerry isn't officially the Democratic nominee, he meets with big-money donors by invitation only to create a corporate vision for America and pawn it off under a Democratic label. If we fail to act now, when we go to the polls in November we will be deciding between two candidates who are pro-war, anti-gay, anti-choice, and completely controlled by corporate interests. If WE THE PEOPLE allow the corporations (Heinz!) to control John Kerry like they control George Bush, we will only be sending more troops to torture innocent civilians in Iraq (and elsewhere) We will see our civil rights continue to be taken from us and the irony will be that while we cheer the demise of Bush fascism, Kerry fascism will step right in to fill its place.
Let us not be blind to the situation in front of us. We have the opportunity to show John Kerry that he can offer a different vision for America. He can refuse to bow to corporate interests. Secret meetings in the shadows should not be a part of the Democratic Party. If John Kerry is serious about creating a platform to counter the corruption of the Bush presidency, he should do it in the open and with the input of all Democrats - not just those who can afford the entry fee.
When John Kerry holds his first private Platform Hearing this Saturday at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland ( http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=174-05192004), let's show him that it is the citizens - not the corporations - that will have the final say in this election. Kerry's website says that Saturday's DNC Platform Hearing will address issues of Homeland Security. "From improving port security to funding first responders, Democrats know how to make America more secure. Members will hear from police and firefighters, public health officials, and community leaders about how to redress America's homeland security."
Do we really want corrupt Portland cops forming the foundation of Kerry's campaign? Does anyone here feel comfortable with that? We need to make sure that the first thing that John Kerry does when he gets in the White House is to repeal the Patriot Act. We may not be able to influence George Bush, but we can influence John Kerry. Oregon is going to be an important state for Kerry, and his success or failure depends on whether or not he can convince enough of us to vote for him. Let's capitalize on our power by refusing to have our votes bought by corporate dollars. Let's refuse to have crooked cops running not only the city, but the country as well. We need to make it clear that if John Kerry wants our votes, he is going to have to do more than barrage our airwaves with his ads.
When the DNC delegates meet in secret this weekend in Portland to rubber-stamp John Kerry's big-money platform, let's crash the party and tell them that our votes will cost more than a Madison Avenue commercial. If anyone knows the time that the Platform Hearing will be held, please post that here because I have been unable to find the time (yet another secret... ).
We cannot allow the Democratic elite force a platform down our throats. We must demand participation in the process and a voice in the plan that will shape America. I urge anyone - Democrat or otherwise - who cares about the future of America to join with me in opposing the secretive and elitist strategies of John Kerry and the DNC.