(The text below as well as the picture above is taken from a post on Facebook by Alex Shams)
This is Jo Cox, a member of the British Parliament who was assassinated by a right-wing terrorist in the streets five months ago. This week, a court found him guilty of “a murder committed to advance a cause associated with Nazism.”
Ask yourself: Why haven’t you heard about this?
It was the first assassination of a member of the British Parliament in 26 years.
Jo Cox was walking in the streets of a small English town when she was shot three times and stabbed more than a dozen times by a man yelling “This is for Britain”, “keep Britain independent”, and “Britain first.”
She was an advocate of Syrian and Palestinian refugees and she fought for a vision of a tolerant, multicultural Britain.
Sound familiar? “Make America Great Again”?
Jo Cox was assassinated by a right-wing terrorist for her political beliefs. And yet her death was barely covered in the news. Her face will not be remembered. In the US, no one has even heard of her.
When in 2013 British soldier Lee Rigby was stabbed by a deranged convert to Islam in London, the whole world heard about the “Muslim terror” sweeping England. But when a right-wing terrorist stabs to death a MEMBER of PARLIAMENT dedicated to helping refugees, we don’t hear a word?
We must take right-wing hatred seriously. We must take Trump and Le Pen and all of the rest of these right-wing nationalists seriously.
Please, remember Jo Cox. Remember her face. Remember why she died.
And fight for her legacy. Don’t stop fighting. And don’t allow them to cover up her death, or to cover up how serious the threat we face is.
The world must know Jo Cox. America must know Jo Cox.
It’s 2016. It’s an election year. By year’s end Barack Obama will no longer be America’s forty-fourth president. As a citizen of a country that is a democracy, it is our right and privilege to vote for a new president. Because of the Republican Tea Party, the GOP of today resembles nothing of the GOP of yesteryear. Because of this, there is no viable Republican candidate to vote for.
There is only three Democratic contenders.
The first is Martin O’Malley, the 61st Governor of Maryland who is struggling to convey his vision for the presidency if elected. But he is sticking with it.
Next is Hillary Rodham Clinton, a former New York Senator and the 67th Secretary of State. She is also the wife of the forty-second president William “Bill” Jefferson Clinton. She has deep pockets and could possibly “buy” the votes she needs to win the election. She says she will regulate Wall Street. Yet, Wall Street is among her biggest contributors. However, the Republicans do not want her to win. To prove this, they have created a committee to smear her reputation. The committee is going after her about what happened at the benghazi embassy in Lybia. Problem is the, committee is a farce. Meant to ruin her chances of winning the election.
Next up is a Senator of Vermont, Bernard “Bernie” Sanders. Bernie Sanders has been a long time Socialist in his home state of Vermont. He is often described as a Independent. And more often as a Socialist Democrat. This is because although Independent, he has often voted with the Democratic caucus. If elected, he would be first Socialist president since Dwight D. Eisenhower. Even though he is in his seventies, he seems to be in good health and has a damn good chance of winning the election. He has led a grass roots campaign and has often matched or exceeded Hillary Clinton in donations from contributors. It has also been theorized (unproven at this point) that the media blackout of the Sanders campaign is intentional for reasons unknown.
In closing, It is the right of America’s citizens to vote in the elections. It does not matter if you practice Druidry, Wicca (it’s various traditions), Greco-Roman paganism, Voodoo, Hoodoo or any of the mainstream Christian religions. But remember this: If you do not register to vote and actually vote when election time rolls around, the candidate you want to win will not win. As Pagans we need to make our voices heard. As Pagans we need to vote, and by voting our voices as Pagans WILL be heard.