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Fighting for the Right to Vote, Not Just for Votes


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: election 2012, obama, romney, dr.jill stein, greens on most ballots, local, state, congressional races, voter suppression, minorities, privitatization of the vote, corporate voting machines, stolen election )

Brian
- 780 days ago - jillstein.org
"As Americans by the tens of millions go to the polls tomorrow, will their votes be accurately counted?"



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Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 9:19 am
It would be nice if the race wasn't so close because then we could say one or the other won by a landslide and recounts would not be necessary. Yes I live in a dreamworld. I just have this feeling that it will be weeks before we know anything for sure.
 

Brian M. (202)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 10:08 am
I know the news on television has really built the hype on this election, but I have to say, based upon everything I've seen, Obama has it in the bag. He's going to win. I think he is going to surprise people by just how big his win will be.
 

Gloria picchetti (300)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 8:29 am
We had green party candidates ballots in Illinois.
 

Brian M. (202)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 10:53 am
The good news is that Greens won 15 seats in California(includes results from municipal elections earlier this year). Green party candidate, Fred Smith, was elected to the Arkansas statehouse, which is quite amazing. And, while Green Party presidential candidate, Dr.Jill Stein, didn't meet the 5% national vote goal; she did have the best results of any Green presidential candidate in over a decade. The Green Party may seem radical because it emphasizes the environment along with economic and social justice, and peace. Time will ultimately prove those principles correct. The Green Party's numbers can only grow. It just takes time and patience. But given just how rapidly the environment is deteriorating all around us, time is something we have in increasingly short supply.
 

Bill Eagle (32)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 1:09 pm
voting should be a right, not something for a privileged. group of citizens. All citizens deserve the right to vote.
 

jan b. (3)
Friday November 9, 2012, 3:38 am
I'm only against the Green Party because I think the people should align with the democratic party and make it even better and take their ideas to that end. 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.
 

Brian M. (202)
Friday November 9, 2012, 9:22 am
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.

Finally, 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.
 

faith v. (13)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 2:53 am
Not only the right to vote should be cemented into the constitution, the right to have your vote correctly registered AND COUNTED should be in there, too!

"It's not the vote that counts, it's who counts the votes."
The Republicans have been taking Joseph Stalin's advice here . . . . .

Didn't get them anywhere this time, but, PLEASE, . . .

Get this election mess sorted out NOW, before the next mess-up takes months out of the job elected politicians should actually be doing.

Enough countries round the world have functioning, uncorrupted systems - including Germany; the system here was set up by the allies after WWII, which means the USA knows how it should be done, all that is necessary is you take your own good advice!

"Matthew Roberts, spokesman for the Arizona Secretary of State, said it was possible that there were several hundred thousand uncounted ballots in Maricopa County. . . . he said that it was NORMAL in Maricopa County to have 100,000 uncounted ballots in election years . . ."

But they have still called for Nasty Joe, while he is still ahead by 30,000 and the uncounted votes are mostly from Latinos. We will know for sure on December 9th?

The USA sends observers to other corrupt countries to monitor the election process.
Rick Perry promised to jail any observers daring to enter a polling place in Texas.

Doesn't that raise your confident trust level in Perry's assessment of his own honesty?
 
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