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Jul 31, 2013

The two party sham of evil vs lesser evil spoils every election in which it goes unchallenged. Vote Good. Vote Green.

http://www.gp.org/index.php/for-members/organizing/37-organize/103-who-really-spoiled-in-2000.html

"Who Really Spoiled in 2000? 
The Supreme Court Spoiled: 
Al Gore won the 2000 election. George W. Bush became President when a biased US Supreme Court allowed election manipulation by Florida Republicans. 

Al Gore Spoiled: 

Gore ran a weak campaign with no clear message. He failed to defeat Bush in the debates and even lost his home state of Tennessee. Millions of Democrats voted for Bush compared to the few hundred thousand who voted for Nader. 

Democratic Senators Spoiled: 
When the Black Caucus challenged Bush’s election victory in January 2001, not one Democratic Senator stood up in support. Senate Democrats failed to push for an investigation of the Florida vote debacle. 

The Democratic Party Spoiled: 
For many years, Democrats never objected when officials removed African American and other voters from the voter rolls in Florida and other states. Why didn’t the Democrats sue when 90,000 Florida voters were disqualified earlier in 2000? Why were Democrats (including Gore) silent about disqualified votes in the weeks after the election? 

Don't Believe the Lies! 

Lie #1: “This is a two-party system.” 
Nothing in the US Constitution limits the number of political parties. Democracy means free participation, in the party of your choice. 

Lie #2: “Green candidates steal votes from Democrats” 
Greens will continue to affect election outcomes - and sometimes win. But Greens have no power to steal votes from Democratic candidates, because no candidate owns anyone’s vote except for his or her own. 

Lie #3: “If Nader hadn’t run, everyone who voted for him would have voted for Gore!” 
According to exit polls, Nader’s support came from Democrats, Republicans, independents, and many others. Many would not have voted for Gore if Nader hadn’t run, and some voters might not have voted at all. 

Top Democrats Know That the "Spoiler" Charge is a Lie! 

Al From, chair of the Democratic Leadership Council, wrote in Blueprint Magazine (1-24-01) that according to their own exit polls, Bush would have beat Gore by one percentage point if Nader hadn’t run in 2000. 

Vote your conscience and your hopes, not your fears! 
Democracy means joining the party of your choice, and voting for candidates who best represent your interests and ideals. 

Support Fair Elections! 

Support Instant Runoff Voting (IRV)! 
IRV allows voters to rank their first, second, and third choices on the ballot. IRV ensures that whoever wins the election has the support of a majority of voters. Many cities and towns have adopted IRV because it allows voters a real choice. Read more about IRV, Proportional Representation, and other democratic ways to reform our spoiled two-party, winner-take-all system, which bars people from representation and participation, at FairVote.org. 

Support public financing of election campaigns! 
‘Clean Election’ campaign laws in Maine, Massachusetts, and Arizona help candidates who don’t take contributions from corporate lobbies. 

Support free air time and inclusion in public debates for all candidates! 
Voters have the right to know about all candidates whose names will appear on the ballot. Democracy means the power to make informed choices. 

Repeal unfair election laws! 
In many states, Democrats and Republicans have blocked other parties and candidates by passing antidemocratic ballot access laws. Some states have rules to disqualify voters whose votes they don’t want counted -- as we saw in Florida in 2000. 

Join the party that fights for democracy instead of empire, peace instead of endless war, working people instead of corporations, and the health of our planet "---the Green Party of the United States

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Posted: Jul 31, 2013 2:23pm
May 27, 2013

It has been another excellent day. I rocked my workout on the rowing machine AND my ab workout. I may still have fibro, but good days with few to no symptoms have become the rule, not the exception. I have energy. My mind is clear. I am largely pain-free more days than not. My recovery time post-exercise is close to normal: I'm going to workout every day this week because my body tells me that I can. I'm on my way to achieving all my health and fitness goals. Ah yeah...life is good. And all it's costing me is seven dollars a day...and my willingness to commit time and energy to making my life better.

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Posted: May 27, 2013 12:39am
May 13, 2013

This Challenge I'm on has revolutionized everything I thought I understood about health. Doing everything you think right can only get you so far when nature has dealt you a bad hand of cards. Time to think outside the box, change the rules, and reshuffle the deck. Every day is a great day to get healthy and happy.

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Posted: May 13, 2013 1:11am
May 7, 2013

After ten years of increasingly bad health, of being laid low for weeks and months with extreme fatigue and excruciating pain, of watching my life wither down to almost nothing, of extreme hopelessness because none of the medications offered any relief...finally, I have something that gives me hope. I spent 40 of the first 60 days of this year too weak to get out of bed; many of those days were passed with extreme fibromyalgia pain. Since early March, however, I have found something that has completely turned my life around. I am in the best health of my life ever. No pain. No fatigue. Great energy and vitality. I couldn't exercise ten minutes in Feb. Now I can row for an hour and do 30 min. of ab work...and I'm ready for more! Losing weight, feeling great.

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Posted: May 7, 2013 1:02pm
Dec 10, 2012

So long as people expect nothing of their leaders, demand nothing of their leaders, and do only the bare minimum to work towards change, then profit will continue to reign over reason. So long as we keep electing the same corporate candidates who work to ensure that they and the rest of the wealthy elites continue to prosper; how can we reasonably expect anything to change? So long as we think that kicking back and signing internet petitions is all we need do when basically the house if on fire, then how can we expect anything other than disaster? If our lives and the lives of those we love were under imminent threat, then we would take real action. Well, America, we are all under imminent threat; our home, this planet, is basically, on fire. We need to use the internet to energize and mobilize and then go out and take direct action to demand change. As a people, we have been historically quite great at electing "great talkers," but getting them to do anything, particularly about climate change, has been substantially disappointing. We need to take real action and demand real action regarding climate change from our feckless government now.

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Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:17am
Nov 26, 2012

The two party system holds all Americans hostage by this ridiculous shell game of blame: who is responsible? who is to blame? It's always the other guy, even though on most issues of policy both parties agree on far more than they actually differ. If the left is to ever have a seat at the table, much less real input into social progress for the benefit of all Americans, then it is going to have to quit kowtowing to faux progressives and their corporate-sponsored party. If the corporate-sponsored, pro-capitalist, pro-Big Oil, pro-war party known as the Democratic Party wants to keep collaborating with the Republicans to defraud American workers out of their rights, then the Left needs to quit wearing rose-tinted glasses and take the fight to the party that claims to represent our ideals but shuts us out of every discussion. There are two dominants parties: one is extreme right, but the other is not left, only center-right. The Left needs a voice in the political process.

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Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:03pm
Nov 26, 2012

Collaboration always requires less effort than real change. What is really insane is that everyone so narrowly focuses on the differences between the Rethugs and that other corporate-sponsored party, the Democrats, while blindly ignoring the real problem, namely that they are far more alike than not. Voting for a "kinder, gentler" corporate oligarchy is no way to achieve economic justice, social progress, or environmental protection. The drones of the two-party corporate machine will neither be kinder or gentler because no matter how much lip service one particular party gives to the aspirations and demands of the left...at the end of the day, the left will be holding an empty bag having squandered votes on someone who talks great talk, but who like every Democrat in the last forty years acts at best as a corporate centrist...and at worst, slipping further and further to the right. If everyone who liked Dr. Stein had at least gone so far as to impress the Democrats that she was a real threat to the corporate regime, then the Democrats would at least have been obligated to espouse a platform consistent with progressive values or risk losing real votes. Instead the left has once again sold itself down the river, wasted votes, and will get nothing but a government the collaborates more and more with corporate agendas. The reality is that if everyone who liked Jill Stein or the principles of the Green Party actually ever voted Green, then the two party system would be DOA, dead on arrival. Only a multi-party system ensures that the will of the people is actually represented by someone at some point. The two party system by contrast only favors the elites. 

Who will the left blame when the thugs that shove austerity down our throats are the very ones for which the left voted?

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Posted: Nov 26, 2012 11:20am
Nov 26, 2012

The Keystone XL pipeline project is safe because people on the left voted out of fear and re-elected their favorite corporate centrist rather than demanding real alternatives to the anti-environment policies of the corporate duopoly. Obama initially renounced the pipeline project, then did an about-face and fast-tracked construction of the southern portion. It is OUR government. There are only two choices in any race if we let ourselves believe the lies that the corporate-sponsored duopoly tells us. When the choices are extreme right and just right of center, the Left needs to shout out NO and vote for anyone other than the choices shoved down our throats. This pipeline is a direct consequence of good people with progressive values complying with the disinformation of a corporate party that only pretends to represent them. 

We need more people not just joining the Greens, but running for office as Green candidates...at least if we want real representative democracy, economic justice, social progress, and protection of the environment. We also need more people on the ground and willing to take a stand against anti-environment, anti-human horrors such as the government-approved Keystone XL pipeline. 

It is our government. If we want an end to fossil fuels and a future based upon clean, renewable energy, then we are going to have to demand it loudly and clearly.

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Posted: Nov 26, 2012 10:42am
Nov 26, 2012

People who believe in economic justice and social progress have to start taking chances and voting for parties that actually stand for the policies and the values that the people really want out of their government. The Green Party had great success this year. While Jill Stein's total votes may seem quite small compared to the corporate-sponsored candidates, her outcome was actually a great success, winning three times as many votes as the green candidate in '08. If enough people who claim to want real change in this country had voted for Dr. Stein, then the Greens would have gotten federal funding for 2016(the dominant parties certainly don't need this money; they get more than enough from their corporate overlords), a seat at the 2016 debates; and everyone so mortified of Romney could still have gotten their favorite corporate centrist, Obama. The Dems always talk left at election time, then once the election is over: their votes are just as corporate driven as their primary opponents. People need more than lip-service to economic and social justice as well as environmental issues...but talk is all they are ever going to get from the dominant parties. It is our government; we can change it if it fails to reflect what we believe is best for us, for our nation, and for this planet. The two party system has enshrined corporate rule; we won't get anywhere if we don't support a progressive third party such as the Greens.

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Posted: Nov 26, 2012 10:31am
Nov 26, 2012

One of the key traits that defines the Left is dissent and tolerance of dissent. It is all very easy to dissent against the extreme right, but more than that the Left traditionally has been much more tolerant of dissent within its own ranks. Dissent is seen in part as something that could lead to greater consensus if not now, then later. The other thing about dissent is that tolerance of it is a key indicator of diversity within "the movement" however one defines that term. 

President Obama has been sold to the Left as our "man." His record, however, is full of policies that, on a good day, are centrist. Most of the time, his policies have been just right of center. Maybe this second term, he will suddenly go hard left, but there just isn't anything in his record to suggest it. Now, that so much of the Left has invested in his reelection and in his party, which to this day persists in supporting toxic free market capitalism, free trade, and other policies that are not healthy for human beings or this planet; it might be suggested that everyone should rally around the man and shut up. It would appear, however, that when the Left squelches dissent, then it isn't truly the Left anymore. Dissent within the ranks is one of the key traits that distinguishes us from the Republicans and their teabagger allies.

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