We are basically stuck wih two choices for El Presidente this year…somehow people are expected to settle with an ass or elephant to lead our nation. I know…I can vote for a whole myriad of candidates come November outside the big two parties, but none have a legitmate chance of winning.
The stranglehold both the Repubs and Dems have on our political system is wrong…though both parties have distict differences, both are quite happy to keep the duopoly…it essentially concetrates the political power of the US with the two groups…neither really wants to split the power beyond what is already in place.
Last week, a group of independent and third party candidates came together to urge people to vote against the system and vote independent from the Dems and Repubs by agreeing on four principles.
Foreign Policy: The Iraq War must end as quickly as possible with removal of all our soldiers from the region. We must initiate the return of our soldiers from around the world, including Korea, Japan, Europe and the entire Middle East. We must cease the war propaganda, threats of a blockade and plans for attacks on Iran, nor should we re-ignite the cold war with Russia over Georgia. We must be willing to talk to all countries and offer friendship and trade and travel to all who are willing. We must take off the table the threat of a nuclear first strike against all nations.
Privacy: We must protect the privacy and civil liberties of all persons under US jurisdiction. We must repeal or radically change the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, and the FISA legislation. We must reject the notion and practice of torture, eliminations of habeas corpus, secret tribunals, and secret prisons. We must deny immunity for corporations that spy willingly on the people for the benefit of the government. We must reject the unitary presidency, the illegal use of signing statements and excessive use of executive orders.
The National Debt: We believe that there should be no increase in the national debt. The burden of debt placed on the next generation is unjust and already threatening our economy and the value of our dollar. We must pay our bills as we go along and not unfairly place this burden on a future generation.
The Federal Reserve: We seek a thorough investigation, evaluation and audit of the Federal Reserve System and its cozy relationships with the banking, corporate, and other financial institutions. The arbitrary power to create money and credit out of thin air behind closed doors for the benefit of commercial interests must be ended. There should be no taxpayer bailouts of corporations and no corporate subsidies. Corporations should be aggressively prosecuted for their crimes and frauds.
Sounds good to me!
I wrote up above that there are distinct differences between the Repubs and Dems…true…but both are a lot alike as well. Their dual control of a government beholden to everyone except “we the people” is what is most discouraging to me. On the local and state level, the differences are less.
Take the debates…both big parties control them…they rarely let independent or third party candidates in…why? Power… Could you imagine Ron Paul or Ralph Nader debating Obama or McCain on the issues facing America? The big parties don’t want the real issues discussed at length…they want the election won on sound-bytes and personality…no substance.
My vote this year is going to go to Ralph Nader.
If you are not happy with Obama or McCain, consider voting for someone who isn’t an ass or an elephant…it isn’t throwing away your vote as some will lead you to believe…it is truly making your vote count.