Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Cheering for Change...

The names Halliburton and Kellogg, Brown, and Root (KBR) give me the heebie jeebies anyway, but reading today's New York Times article regarding KBR's behavior toward female employees filing reports of rape, sexual harassment, and/or sexual assault while working in Iraq, AND the San Francisco Chronicles' February 4th article regarding Halliburton's and their subsidiary, KBR's building projects in the United States of America (detention centers) really makes my hair stand on end.

I am just as much of a Barack Obama supporter as the next Latino, black, white, male, female, South Asian, Asian, Euro, Native, Northeastern, Southwestern, Midwest, Northwestern, Southern, Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Atheist, Jewish, Evangelical, liberal, conservative, single, married, college educated, non-college educated, low income, high income, middle income, employed, unemployed, blonde, brunette, tall, skinny, old, young, retired, pet owning AMERICAN, but what I don't understand, is if "we are the change we've been waiting for" then why are "we" allowing the current administration to get away with all that it has and continues to get away with while "we" are cheering on and putting a whole lot of hope in ONE person to make a whole lot of changes?

Why aren't "we" filling auditoriums with rallies demonstrating against torture, a war that should have never happened, illegal detentions, illegal court proceedings, shabby treatment of veterans, genocide, an out of control budget, etc., and now we learn...the building of detention camps on American soil...again? If "we" really want this change, then why aren't "we" demanding more from our government NOW? Why are "we" (the we we've been waiting for) showing that it's fine to wait for change to come next January? Why aren't "we" demanding change from the current administration that got us into this mess "we" are wanting out of?

I feel extraordinarily passionate about and am enjoying the thrill of this election ride, but the one thing that scares the begeebies out of me is the thought of how much could be the current administration be getting away with while "we" are all cheering for change rather than demanding it?

San Francisco Chronicle article:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/02/04/ED5OUPQJ7.DTL&hw=Endgame&sn=001&sc=1000

The New York Times article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/13/world/middleeast/13contractors.html?ex=1360645200&en=b19508e4345a913b&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink

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