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Nov 10, 2012

1. There is more than enough historical evidence to demonstrate that free market capitalism by its very nature is toxic to human beings and this planet. It is not sustainable. Yet, it is the economic plank of the Democratic Party. I reject capitalism as unsound.

2. The Democratic Party also espouses free trade, never mind that the costs of free trade are passed on to both the workers and to the environment. I reject free trade fundamentalism as immoral.

4. The Democratic Party is just as dependent on corporate campaign contributions as the Republican Party.  I reject corporate corruption of the poltical process.

5. The Democratic Party as it is represented by the present administration exports war around the world. In particular, the terror campaign of drone warfare has killed thousands of innocent men, women, and children for no just cause. I reject war for war's sake. I also reject blood for oil.

6. The Democratic Party as represented by the present Obama administration has fast-tracked construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, embraced the dirty oil of the tar sands, opened the arctic to drilling, and failed to take action against climate change. Continued use of fossil fuels threatens all life on this planet. I reject the lip-service Democrats occasionally pay on these issues.

7. The Democratic Party and President Obama in particular continue to practice what can only be thought  of as a trickle-up economics, in which the burdens of the nation are placed on the middle class and working poor in order to continue subsidizing the elites.

8. The Democratic Party purports to be the party of the left, and demanded the left support President Obama in his re-election bid, despite the complete lack of real progressive action in his first term. Despite the fact that dissent has always been a hallmark of the Left, the Left has been urged to shut up and go along with the President's agenda. However, if the President is being foisted upon the Left as a progressive hero, then the Left should have the fundamental right to critique his first term and his present-day actions and to be vocal when he falls short of even the most minimal expectations.    

9. This President in particular has done nothing to slow the decline of collective bargaining and other fundamental workers rights.

I see no reason to continue pretending the Democrats represent the Left. On a very rare day, President Obama is a centrist. Most of the time, however, his policies indicate that he is right of center. Thus, in now way, does he represent the Left.

As the party has drifted further and further right, I haven't left the party; the party has left me. Some might argue that President Obama and the Democrats are the "only show in town" for the Left...but all that means is that the system itself is corrupt and needs to be changed. The reality is that even if it true that the Dems are the only show in town for the Left, then it is not enough nor is it good enough. We need a party that really represents Progressive Left aspirations and, for me, that party is the Green Party of the United States.

Recently, it has been suggested that all of us on the Left who leaving the Democratic Party in a manner reminiscent of rats from a sinking ship are somehow suffering malaise or confused...I am not confused. I know a fascist when I see one. I also know Republican policies even when they are wearing the sheeps-clothing of a Democrat President. I am not confused. I quite simply am no longer a Democrat.

It will come to pass in the next four years, that this Democrat President, Obama, will force harsh austerity measures upon the middle class and the working poor of this nation. He will cut the social safety net yet expand military funding. He will expand both his domestic surveillance program and his drone assassination program. He will continue to support the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and continue to green light drilling projects even in the most environmentally sensitive areas. He will do almost nothing to address climate change much less take real action.

How many more reasons do people need to see the reality that the two-party system is beyond repair when both parties espouse many of the same goals and push through many of the same policies? Now is the time to open the system up and stand proudly with a party that can truly represent the idealism and the practicality of the Progressive Left, the Green Party.

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Posted: Saturday November 10, 2012, 2:40 pm
Tags: left climate-change democrats civil-liberties obama green-party drone-war toxic-capitalism [add/edit tags]

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Vicky P. (463)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 6:46 pm
agree, if only more Liberals thought like this


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