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December 21, 2007

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Catfish

Count me in!

OH

The Liberal 3rd Party movement could not reach a consensus on the safe states issue, the Green Party was to be the 3rd Party, it would not yield on safe states and you cant have a new movement that eats itself over such a thing. When the Greens voted to have safe states, Naders followers should have worked within that framework, because they built it. What new movement is going to succeed if you eat yourself over the 1st strategic decision where you dont get the consensus you want.

epppie

We either need a new party, or the threat of a new party, to give the Dems a kick in the pants.

I think the time is NOW for people to let the Dem leadership that we want Populist Progressive candidates or we won't vote Dem.

Nikolai Tesla

Althought I completely agree with your indictment of the democratic inability to thwart even the most trivial of the Bush admin's power grabs, I must remind you of the effect that the third party Nader campaign had on election 2000.

What's more, I live in Texas. In the last gubernatorial race here, the Republican incumbent (Perry) had a god-awful approval rating. But opposing him were a Democrat and two other left-leaning third party opponents. Perry won with about 35% of the vote. The majority actually voted for progressive or semi-progressive candidates.

Long story short - split the liberal vote and you hand the election to the Republicans.

Alan8

Q: Why do the Democrats continue to allow these outrages to occur?

A: Because the rubes continue to vote for them.

The Green Party is the third-largest party in the US, and the only one that doesn't accept corporate money.

The only way to start taking our country back from the corporations is to vote Green.

Hotrod54235

A wise man oce said that the two parties never accomplished anything. It was the radicals who sacrificed (sometimes with their lives)in order for the society to move in the right direction. With the Fascists in control, when is the last time you heard anyone even remotely to the Left, much less a true radical, to balance out the wingnuts of the right? Who is the opposite of Hannity, Savage, Limbaugh, Coulter? Nobody that will ever get face time on your boob tube, I'll guarantee you that. There is no Left in this country and until there is a decent person like Kucinich is considered the lunatic fringe instead of dead center where almost everybody actually is. The Democrats are center-right and the Repugs are hard right, period. Fair and Balanced, my ass.

verifi

Great, timely post, Mr. Carpenter. I'm reminded of the story of Louisiana "boss" Huey Long. Until "the Kingfish's" populist, tax-the-rich for schools, roads, and hospitals" agenda started kicking in, Franklin D. Roosevelt was not a big fan of such "liberal" policies supporting unions, public health care for the needy, or (heavens forbid) Social Security. FDR only adopted those programs reluctantly, over a period of years, largely to stave off the very popular support for populists such as Huey Long, who was assassintated before he could break into national politics.
Sean Penn plays the role well in the movie remake of The Kingfish, when, campaigning for governor, he harangues his audience of "hicks" out in rural Louisiana: "They want to Ruin You!" talking about the Louisiana Democratic Party machine (that today is both the Democratic and Republican Party machines).
Hell, it is SIMPLY AMAZING how the whore "major media" plays the New Orleans residents protesting the demolition of 400 units of public housing as "violent protesters" - when the "Citizens being ripped off by billion-dollar taxpayer funded contracts to Bush crony contractors" is a so much more compelling story. Wouldn't it be nice if we could put EVERY media whore involved in this abusrdity - every reporter, every editor, every producer, every on-air talking head - in one of those formaldehyde filled FEMA trailers BushCo. is trying to stick disaster residents in.
http://risingfromruin.msnbc.com/2006/07/are_fema_traile.html
We Democratic/liberal/progressive votes and activists need to start putting together A LIST of the atrocities and in-your-face corruptions of BushCo, the cowering Democrats, and their big-media accomplices, who try to make ANY citizen demands for justice or fairness look like criminal conduct. (Speaking of which, didn't the Bush-Cheney supporters gather outside of Vice President Gore's VP mansion during the recount, protesting 24.7, and didn't Tom DeLay's election thugs descend on Miami/Dade county vote reounts, to threaten a riot to stop the recount, the so-called "Brooks Brothers riot"?)
http://www.bushwatch.com/bushdec1.htm
http://www.consortiumnews.com/2002/080502a.html
At the very least, it is time to DEMAND that our Democrat "leaders" FIGHT for us, the way Republicans fight for right-wing religous, big-biz, and war policies.

NCBlueneck

I agree with the posters above who pointed out that 3rd party movements split the liberal/progressive votes so that the Greedy Old Perverts win again. It's the leadership of the Democrats we need to target. Then they will "get religion". I'm sick and tired of the sycophantic, co-dependent, enabling, so-called "Democratic" leadership. Nancy and "Sluggo" Reid must go. Period. End of story.

Jeff Mays

Although I still blame Nader (and to a much larger extent utter corruption) for the 2000 election, I cannot see voting for any democrat besides Dennis Kucinich in 2008. And given that both the dem leadership and corporate media are doing everything in their power to eliminate this option, I will either not be voting for a president or voting for a third party (and would certainly consider Ron Paul if Kucinich agreed to be his running mate). I, for one, can no longer stomach the betrayal of the dems. After I vote for Kucinich in the primary, I am reregistering as an Independent.

Dana Hatch

It is precisely the liberal fear of "splitting the vote" that keeps putting faux-Democrats like Reid and Pelosi in office. They assist the Republicans in marginalizing people like Kucinich and actually getting people to believe that honest voices like Cindy Sheehan and Michael Moore are loonies. A vote for the lesser of two evils is still a vote for evil.

Fed up

As a life long Democrat I'm ready to say to hell with all of them... I will never ever consider voting for a republican. BUT I'm reaching the point of giving up on the Democrats too... I’m just so frustrated!! Having worked for the press during the Watergate era I had hoped the press would step up and again do the job the founding fathers intended them to do… Let the public know when their government is doing wrong… But it became apparent the press has been bought and sold us out… Then in 2006, beyond vote suppression and third world election shenanigans, the Democrats came to power…. I thought now it’s time the ”peoples work” to get done… BUT nope, the spineless Democrats just cave and cave and cave…. If Bush says he’ll veto a spending bill then let him veto it! Then turn it around and say “Mr. President it’s your fault the troops don’t have any funds!!! AND STICK BY IT!!! Pathetic bunch of weenies!!

A. Nonny Mouse

During Campaign Season 2006, John Conyers was holding impeachment hearings and the Democratic [sic] Party promised to end Duhbya's Folly in Iraq.

Now that they have control of the agenda and more than enough votes to defeat any spending bill in the House and filibuster to oblivion in the Senate, Democrats on the Hill have not only failed to oppose the Bush League, they've appropriated funds to extend and escalate Duhbbya's Folly twice in one year.

2007 truly will be historic: It'll be recorded as the year of the least opposition from an opposition party holding a majority.

So maybe voting Green does defeat Democrats. If this is what Democrats do while in power, I fail to see why that's a bad thing. What's the use of supporting an opposition [sic] party which doesn't actually oppose?

As for me, I won't be bamboozled again. I took the pledge and encourage you to do the same:
"I will vote based on results and results only. Not party loyalty, not perceived "electability", not lesser-of-two-evils, not charisma or anything else. Just results. Come 2008, if American troops are still in harms way overseas, or if Cheney & Duhbbya have not been impeached, no Democrat -- at any level -- will get my vote. Do your job or you're fired."

red fuzzy hat

The moment is right now to apply this leverage. These candidates and primary voters in general have to be made aware that there is a sizable voting bloc who won't be with them in November if we end up with a status quo nominee. That means we have to be clear about what we want to happen- single payer health care, a non-imperialist foreign policy, a total return to constitutional law. None of these issues should be compromised before we're even at the bargaining table, which is the standard practice of the current Democratic Party.

Freedem

Nikolai Tesla (@4) very unfortunately has it absolutely correct.

Work to overthrow complicit Democrats in the Primaries and get physically to meetings etc and work at every level to promote a progressive agenda, including preventing election fraud, but in the general election any Democrat to the left of Lieberman, will always be better than the Gang Of Pirates.

Florida's Bill Nelson often votes with Lieberman, and is certainly as bad as comes on many issues, but he stood with Chris Dodd on the FISA bill, and that alone will forgive a lot in my lites.

If instead of complaining, Chris Dodd got a huge bump of support for president, just for standing up for America like some sort of actual leader, backbones might again become a fad.

Kevin Schmdt, Ojai CA

There are no "elephants in the room." They've been crowded out by the "traitors in the room," both Republican and DINO alike.

You know who they are. They talk big talk and feign concern for WE THE PEOPLE, but they continue to vote for the interests of "they the few," namely the members of the corporate oligarchy.

Worse yet, they continue to vote for bills that are clearly unconstitutional, so the phrase "traitors in the room" is indeed accurate.

With few exceptions, the vast majority of our elected representatives in Congress need to be replaced immediately. We cannot afford to wait until the next election.

Every one of their unconstitutional laws needs to be rescinded. Every one of their unconstitutional court decisions needs to be overturned.

WE THE PEOPLE don't need their permission. WE can march on Washington, D.C., assemble peaceably for as along as it takes for us to force out all the traitors and for us to end all of their unconstitutional laws.

Those are our rights under the Constitution. WE THE PEOPLE are the true sovereignty of the United States. Our representatives just work for us and can be fired any time and for any reason WE choose.

If the unconstitutional bill S.1959 passes in the Senate and is signed into law, for posting this comment, I could be arrested, tortured and murdered by the federal government in one of the newly built Halliburton concentration camps, without a trial.

It's 1930's Germany all over again folks. Before it's too late, wake up and smell the Adolph Cheney!

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