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Nov 9, 2012

It is true. People always have the choice of doing nothing; they can keep supporting the same two parties year after year after year...no matter how much money pours into those parties from corporations. No matter that subsidies to Big Oil and other corporate entities will continue. No matter that drilling will not only continue but expand. That the pipeline will continue to be built. That the drone war will be expanded. That domestic surveillance will expand and civil liberties contract. None of that matters to people unwilling to change, but the future belongs to those who are willing to change and to do something new. 

Americans support two parties, one of which is right-wing extremist and the other, on a good day is centrist, but mainly is just right of center. It is true that Americans can do nothing and just go along with the status quo and hope that someday one of these parties will actually embrace Progressive ideals and move to the Left; but doing nothing hardly ever accomplishes anything. The Green Party is just the monkey wrench that the corporate duopoly needs. 

Quite simply, it is both disingenuous, dishonest, and factually incorrect to state,"There is no guarantee that the Green Party won't eventually be subjected to the same problems the main two have. Just a matter of time." Unlike the platforms of the two dominant parties, the Green Party has clearly stated positions in their platform that explicitly prohibit acceptance of corporate payola, collaboration with the corporate regime, and the maintenance of the grotesquely bloated military-industrial complex. Also, unlike the dominant parties, the Green Party clearly acknowledges climate change and the need for immediate action. It even has a plan known as the Green New Deal. The Green Party has in its platform clear statements supporting environmental justice, economic justice, social justice, and working towards real peace. 

The Democrats have none of these positions in their party platform. And, to clarify the matter further, newly re-elected President Obama will impose a harsh austerity package on Americans in the name of cutting the deficit, cutting the social safety net out from under those who need it most. The President will also not only continue,but expand the terror campaign of the drones. Inaction on climate change will be another hallmark of his second term: at most, he will offer lukewarm support for a cap-and-trade i.e. bait-and-switch program for industry that allows corporations to look cooperative on climate change even while they continue to pour poison into the atmosphere. His support will falter as soon as he meets resistance. He will collaborate with further assaults on collective bargaining, civil liberties, and human rights. Domestic surveillance will expand during the second term. 

Given all this, there are still those who will choose to do nothing and support the same old tired centrist party no matter how much it continue to betray the Left. It may be a case of "Obama is the only game in town," but if that is the case, it is only because so many of us would rather do nothing than change the system.

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Posted: Friday November 9, 2012, 9:24 am
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