Living in Florida? Then in addition to having a great time this Independence Day weekend, why not take a few focused minutes to recognize (and/or help others recognize) what’s happening to the state of Freedom in our state, starting today?
Because if the “Independence” aspect of this Fourth of July holiday is going to mean anything at all anymore, then a majority of Floridians are going to have to recognize the twisted irony of how this weekend arrived; ushered in with an outrageous bludgeoning of freedom-bashing legislation, courtesy of the Republican Party of Florida, all “Law of the Land” as of today, July 1st, 2011, the first day of the new fiscal year.
Listen, and you’ll hear the haunting sound of a bell ringing.
No, this sure as hell is not the Liberty Bell.
It’s the bell signaling the opening round in a long prizefight for the future of Freedom in Florida.
Start spreading the news that as of today, there are many repressive new laws officially “on the books” in this state of disrepair, laws that will interfere with or flat out obstruct what should be our (and/or your family member’s or friend’s) most basic rights as citizens: to vote; to health care; to reproductive choice & freedom; to a quality public school system; to an affordable college education; to employment and retirement security; to tax equality; to clean water & air; to growth management & environmental protections; to fair elections; and to a government that puts the public interest over corporate & special interests, the very ones (how about that?) that bought and paid for this diseased body of destructive legislation.
Tell all the people within earshot this weekend that those same interests also bought themselves a 2011 state budget with corporate tax cuts, in a time of economic crisis; plus gaping loopholes and shameless giveaways of our tax dollars, which Governor Scott and his allies in the legislature like to call Business “incentives”. And of course, they’ve used the same Big Lie to mislabel their weakening and/or repeal of regulations designed to discourage and punish Business misconduct.
So, it’s well worth our time to make a little time somewhere along the way this weekend for an informative, inspirational pep talk – with ourselves & our families, with our friends & neighbors. Let’s be frank about this fight being taken right to us by the Republican Party of Florida and their financiers. Right now, it’s pretty much of a one-way deal. A referee would already be close to calling this a technical knockout.
But I’m betting that Floridians are just getting started and have plenty of fight left in them. Sure, some are punch-drunk, as they call it in Boxing when you take too many blows and although still standing, are “out on your feet”. But we are indeed still standing. The trick now, the strategy, is to Stand Together – middle class & working poor families, beleaguered homeowners, the dispossessed & foreclosed upon, retirees, college students, public employees, union members & unions, children, veterans, the ill & disabled…
This Land Is Your Land; This Land Is My Land…This Land Was Made for You & Me…
Not for corporate profiteers who seek to suck us all dry through radical, upside-down economic policies forced forward by their Republican Party of Florida pawns.
Not for Tea Party panderers and manipulators who seek to use our insecurities and differences to divide and conquer us.
What better way to come back from this Independence Day weekend, than ready to fight for our independence from all that crap and from all those assholes, ready to work together and reclaim our Florida government, By & For The People?
As you watch the colorful bombs bursting in air this weekend, do consider taking a minute here & there to talk with whomever you can about the battle ahead, and the need for strength, unity & resolve.
Remember: The fireworks, and the fight for Florida, have only just begun.