Ordinary US citizens are not being represented by the US Political system

US political system fails to represent ordinary Americans: Analyst

Mon Sep 3, 2012 5:53PM GMT
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Interview with Sara Flounders, Co-Director International Action Center, Charlotte

I think the greatest value of the demonstration is the point that it makes to the political movement that the policies remain the same regardless of who is president. Who is president is really a figurehead who has very little say.”

Anti-corruption and Anti-war demonstrations swell streets ahead of the 2012 Democratic National Convention for President Obama’s reelection standing.

Charlotte, America’s second largest banking arena outside of New York is visited by street protests against corporate and political corruption and warmongering policies.

Press TV has interviewed Sara Flounders, Co-Director International Action Center in Charlotte about the movement and its demands. What follows is an approximate transcript of the interview.

Press TV: We saw protests take place earlier at the RNC (Republican National Convention) as well in Tampa; now we’re seeing them take place before the DNC (Democratic National Convention), what is the message of these protesters and what do they hope to achieve?

>Flounders: The message today and the message last week against the RNC is that both political parties really represent the interests of the one percent: of the banks; the military corporations; the oil corporations and not the interests the needy and poor working people.

So, the challenge at both conventions has been extremely important and in this demonstration today, Charlotte is really the financial center of the country after Wall Street itself: the center of Bank of America responsible for so many millions of foreclosures of people losing their homes.

This demonstration today is extremely important for the thousands of people that turned out under very difficult conditions and heavy police presence and all of that. The fact that so many people came and there was a really vibrant coalition here in North Carolina; and in the south in areas where racism and oppression are so strong.

Press TV: How do you see these demands as well as this protest movement translating into the presidential elections, which are just around the corner now for Americans?

>Flounders: I think the greatest value of the demonstration is the point that it makes to the political movement that the policies remain the same regardless of who is president. Who is president is really a figurehead who has very little say.

Of course, the message of the Republicans is so toxic in terms of being connected to political reaction and racism and a call for increased oppression, a call for more budget cuts.

The difficulty is that the Democratic Party merely carries out the same policies regardless of what they say and the very social and political image that they have.

It’s important therefore that we have our say and its the thinking of so many organizers that what is needed is a powerful grassroots movement that in US history again and again it’s the struggles that comes from below that have won real change.

The civil rights movement and the women’s movement and the movement against war, for union rights… Every one of those gains were won by grassroots movements and not by who was elected president or not.

Press TV: This does send a very strong message to the critics of this Occupy Movement that it is a left wing version of the Tea Party movement.

>Flounders: It’s really much more than that and seeing Occupy Charlotte and Occupy Wall Street activists from around the country setting up an encampment here in Charlotte, their message is also that it is people’s power in the street, making demands and also claiming public space and gathering there, that’s the kind of challenge that is needed.

The Tea Party, of course on the right, is completely tied to and part of the Republican Party whereas The Occupy Wall Street movement is very different from that.

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