As part of my project to commit 99 Acts of Revolution (big & small) in 2012, I took the opportunity to attend a campaign event when VP Joe Biden visited American Seating Co in Grand Rapids, MI on February 1st, 2012.
Even though this isn’t “officially” campaign season quite yet, one could easily argue that the campaign started the day after Obama won the 2008 election. And this time around, the stakes are way higher… we are reaching a point of critical mass in the battle to fix/fuck up our country once and for all. Make no mistake about it, this visit to Grand Rapids is 100% actively campaigning for November.
a short video montage of the event…
I made it through the Secret Service security check of metal detectors, a bomb sniffing dog, and a White House Press Secretary verifying my press credentials. I pinned my bright orange press pass to my shirt and whipped out the ol’ camera to capture as much of the “magic” as I possibly could.
After a long wait (these things ALWAYS run late!) of listening to crappy Van Halen, Hall & Oates, and Pink Floyd tunes while Mayor Heartwell and other VIP’s hobnobbed with Joe Biden, the event finally kicked off. The owner of American Seating, Mayor Heartwell, and the production floor manager of ASC all said a few words to get the ball rolling.
Biden came out and gave a 40 minute lecture that wasn’t too bad. He touched on the White House initiatives to reward companies that KEEP jobs in America. He told us how insourcing will replace outsourcing. He spoke about how manufacturing built the USA, and will continue to do so into the 21st Century. He touched upon a lot of the topics that are getting people upset in the current train-wreck of economic recession, corporate greed run amok, and congressional monkey business that is tearing this country apart.
Of course, it took 3 years for Obama/Biden to realize that all of the things wrong in this country need to be addressed. That banks are screwing the people. That industries are polluting the air, the water, the soil, the food chain. That the healthcare industry and pharmaceutical industry are making a killing denying us adequate healthcare and jacking up the prices of drugs. That industrial agriculture is destroying our health and the environment at an insane pace. That nearly every product or service we use is putting money into the pockets of corporations that are destroying the very people who depend upon them in the name of maximizing profits.
That’s 3 long years of American families suffering, struggling, loosing their foothold… watching their investments, their opportunities, their futures, and the security of their families go down the toilet while EVERYBODYon Capitol Hill makes a shit ton of cash on all of it.
So while I found it to be an interesting experience, and maybe even a little glimmer of legitimate hope was detectable in the air at this campaign event…I am by no means a convert buying into the agenda or credibility of the Democrats…much less the Republicans. Perhaps you’ll forgive me for my cynicism?
The overall positive and productive outcome of attending this event, was that I was able to shoot some video and highlight a rare exception to the rule of corporatism. American Seating refused to send jobs overseas… they put their investment in the people in their community… the lead by example in keeping people productive and employed. I was grateful for the opportunity to show people around me that this is possible, that there are companies out there doing the right thing. Hopefully many more companies will do the same in the near future.
the last 10 minutes of Biden’s speech…
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