Published on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by Common Dreams
Seattle’s Socialist City Councilor Offers Radical Response to Obama Speech
In rebuttal to State of the Union, Seattle’s Kshama Sawant challenges key assumptions and policies presented in presidential address
– Jon Queally, staff writer
Though Republicans tied themselves in knots and exposed their party’s extensive internal rifts by offering four separate rebuttals to President Obama’s State of the Union on Tuesday, a development that received less attention was the short response to the speech offered by recently-elected Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant.
Sawant, who won her seat running as an open Socialist while supporting a $15 minimum wage for local workers, called out the president for betraying an array of his 2008 campaign promises and falling short of subsequent opportunities after more than five years in office.
Unfortunately, Sawant said in her remarks, Obama’s presidency “has betrayed the hopes of tens of millions of people who voted for him out of a genuine desire for fundamental change away from corporate politics and war mongering.”