make your vote count.
I have heard it said America has two parties, the stupid party and the evil party. I have talked to activists from both the left and the right, and all have laughingly agreed. They all thought they were in the stupid party and the other party was evil. I think they were right!
The Democrat and Republican parties are so close together they form one party. An example is the Social Security debate. The amount argued about is so insignificant it makes no difference which party "wins," the results will not solve the underlying problem. It's kind of like professional wrestling, but throwing sound bites instead of chairs. Both parties scream, moan, groan, and shout to keep ignorant party faithful convinced they are fighting a righteous battle.
The single democratrepublican party pretends to fight, then does whatever they want. Clinton initiated welfare reform, Bush applied tariffs, both the other party's supposed agenda. They had argued against these actions until elected. They then did whatever served them, not the citizens, best.
Under the current system, we get one vote every two years to indicate what flavor of tyranny we wish to be inflicted with. In essence we get to select which hand, right or left, in the Bi-Partisan Party will hold the whip.
Both parties are full of corruption; they both point at each other trying to draw attention away from themselves. America is as corrupt as any country - we just try to limit corruption to the highest levels - and condemn direct lower level bribes. It is easier to buy a senator than a policeman.
Politicians frequently talk of taking from the rich and giving to the poor. The government is so deep in debt, the rich and the corporations do not have enough wealth to pull it out, even if they could sell everything (who would buy it?). As Government continues to grow, it is not the wealthy that pay. The expense of large government will be a decreased standard of living for all right now, and in the future an even further decreased living standard for our children. Politicians of both parties are not robbing the rich to give to the poor, they are stealing from children to buy themselves votes.
The only way to effect change is to vote for what you believe, not the lesser of two evils. Vote for any third party. I prefer the Constitution or Libertarian parties; vote Green or Peace and Freedom if that is what you believe. Don't waste your vote on a Demon-ublican or Repulic-Rat, they are the same vile fluid in different bottles.
Half of registered voters don't vote. Not voting is not a protest; not voting is submission to those who would run your life for you. A third party vote by a significant number of citizens will be noticed. If you want to move the two parties apart, and create real debate, give voice to your protest by voting for any third party.
So long as the two major parties control the vast majority of votes, they will control the electoral process so as to exclude effective third party participation. If we can expand third party voting we can seek equal representation in debates and coverage. Vocal, growing third parties will cause the major two to split apart, offering Americans more viable options.
If just half of those who are registered and don't vote, vote third party, there will be some real changes in the ol' USA. Someone once said if voting were really effective, it would be illegal. Let's make it more effective and find out. Thomas Jefferson felt an election should be a minor revolution, each election a chance to create something new.
We need a voter's revolution to reverse the errors of the last fifty years. Protest and make your vote count:
Vote for any third party.
A change of mentality toward supporting third parties will have to be a grass roots effort. Talk it up among your friends, write a poem, start a blog, post a short essay on your site, but do something. If nothing else link to this page or post this plea with a link to this page as a credit. It would be great if we could be noticed by the next election, and make a difference in the next presidential race.
If you don't think change can happen, you should probably leave.
We can remake our one party system.
Ignite the voter's revolution; now!
Rick Gaber has a great site with lots of Vote third party information, and quotes like these:
"The old parties are husks, with no real soul within either, divided on artificial lines, boss-ridden and privilege-controlled, each a jumble of incongruous elements, and neither daring to speak out wisely and fearlessly on what should be said on the vital issues of the day." -- Theodore Roosevelt
"...when the variety and number of political parties increases, the chance for oppression, factionalism, and nonskeptical acceptance of ideas decreases." -- James Madison
"Look at the tyranny of party--at what is called party allegiance, party loyalty--a snare invented by designing men for selfish purposes--and which turns voters into chattels, slaves, rabbits..." -- The Character of Man, Mark Twain's Autobiography"
"Not voting is just as bad as voting for evil men because it allows evil to succeed by default. Take a stand with people who support what you really support. Stop cowering and merely complaining about America's pending demise and act in such a way as to truly make a difference." -- Tom Ambrose
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The following was part of a Wednesday service at: The Online Prayer Chapel.
Feel the need to express caution to your leaders on the effects of war?
This excerpt is from a book written in 1521. Europe was once again torn apart by war, and as always, loss to all was far greater than gain to any combatant. Here Peace herself laments:
"Now, if I, whose name is Peace, am a personage glorified by the united praise of God and man, as the fountain, the parent, the nurse, the patroness, the guardian of every blessing which either heaven or earth can bestow; if without me nothing is flourishing, nothing safe, nothing pure or holy, nothing pleasant to mortals, or grateful to the Supreme Being; if, on the contrary, war is one vast ocean, rushing on mankind, of all the united plagues and pestilences in nature; if, at its deadly approach, every blossom of happiness is instantly blasted, every thing that was improving gradually degenerates and dwindles away to nothing, every thing that was firmly supported totters on its foundation, every thing that was formed for long duration comes to a speedy end, and every thing that was sweet by nature is turned into bitterness; if war is so unhallowed that it becomes the deadliest bane of piety and religion; if there is nothing more calamitous to mortals, and more detestable to heaven, I ask, how in the name of God, can I believe those beings to be rational creatures; how can I believe them to be otherwise than stark mad; who, with such a waste of treasure, with so ardent a zeal, with so great an effort, with so many arts, so much anxiety, and so much danger, endeavour to drive me away from them, and purchase endless misery and mischief at a price so high."
Beautifully stated, eh?
wrote a fable that shows the error of thinking loss can somehow create
gain. His story of the broken window
counters the falsehood that somehow destruction is good for the economy
or world. The complete essay is one of my favorite works by Bastiat.
As long as we are discussing war, here is a brief work on the subject of violence and religion.
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