Protests signal awakening

Could it be possible that the “American Spring” is headed toward our shores? The changes promised by candidate Barack Obama, which got him elected by our revolutionary youth who were absent from the polls for the past 50 years, never happened.

The “Disney” characters struggling to win the votes of the religious addicts and the lovers of the death penalty are denouncing the Wall Street protesters – who are by now reaching Main Street in more than a dozen major cities across the country – as being un-American. It was Paul Krugman of The New York Times who defined this historic event, saying “The protesters are simply trying to get their own voices heard. The real extremists here are the American oligarchs who want to suppress any criticism of the sources of their wealth.”

This could very well be the beginning of the change for which people have yearned for a long time. We are up in arms about economic inequality, greed and job losses, followed by the existence of hunger in many parts of the country; the poor quality of our educational system; the lack of fundamental health-care coverage for every citizen; and being out of sync with world realities. We have spent trillions of dollars for the past 10 years in an unwinnable war that was started on lies.

Let us pause and remember our fiery patriotic marches against the Vietnam War; our bloody struggle against race discrimination; and the battles between workers and bosses. Marches, sit-ins and fearless fighting against injustices always have played an important part in American history.

We need an awakening. Once in place, it will become unstoppable.

Joaquin Godoy

Aiken, S.C.

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