Following the My Voting Strategy Series, here is my own:
E. B. White: Democracy is itself, a religious faith. For some it comes close to being the only formal religion they have.
George Orwell: In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
George Washington: As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.
Jesse Jackson: In politics, an organized minority is a political majority.
John Bright: Demand the ballot as the undeniable right of every man who is called to the poll, and take special care that the old constitutional rule and principle, by which majorities alone shall decide in Parliamentary elections, shall not be violated.
John F. Kennedy: We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
John Gardner: The citizen can bring our political and governmental institutions back to life, make them responsive and accountable, and keep them honest. No one else can.
John Quincy Adams: Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
Lyndon B. Johnson:We preach the virtues of democracy abroad. We must practice its duties here at home. Voting is the first duty of democracy.
Mohandas K. Gandhi: When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, ALWAYS.
Molly Ivins: The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion.
Robert M. Hutchins:The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.
There is no way I can stand by a candidate and a party (which I have been a lifelong member of) who 8 years ago this very month accused Republicans of subverting Democracy – and yet without thinking of the voters of Michigan and Florida, turned a blind eye on voting irregularities and caucus voter fraud all for the sake of “party unity.” The Democratic Party leaders selected and not ELECTED a candidate who benefited immensely from voter fraud and sexism, ignored the popular vote and ran a sham convention in Denver by casting our votes in a manner that did not fairly reflect our intent.
But this November 4th, I will vote for John McCain only as a means to defeat Barack Obama in my swing state of Florida. Had the polls favored John McCain more in my state, I’d probably vote for Cynthia McKinney. Yet I did find one issue that made me cement my decision: John McCain is the co-author (together with Ted Kennedy) of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill which humanely and productively handles the immigration crisis in the United States. So my vote is without a doubt a protest vote, but it’s also mixed with an issue I support greatly.
If you live in a battleground swing state but feel resistance to voting for a Republican, find a PUMA friend in a deep Red or a deep Blue state. DakiniKat and I made a voting pact – she lives in Louisiana which is a deep Red state polling favorably for McCain. She’ll cast my intent for McKinney and I’ll cast a PUMA vote here in Florida for McCain. On November 5th, 2008, it’s business as usual. I will actively pursue to rebuild the Democratic Party and fight for party leadership that will uphold and defend our Democratic and Liberal principles with ferocity and conviction – and not be led by DINOs like Barack Obama, Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, among others, who do not understand nor care for the Democratic Party base nor for the Democratic principle that one person = one vote.
I urge you to vote your conscience. We are not cutting off our nose to spite our face. We are defending the fundamental right which makes this country a Democracy.
“A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither” Thomas Jefferson
And with that, I do declare Party Unity My Ass – and let freedom ring from sea to shining sea.
¡Que viva los PUMAs!
UPDATE: Since DakiniKat posted her “My Voting Strategy: A Better Tomorrow” , I asked her to cancel our voting pact because I truly feel she should cast her vote as she intends to, rather than her casting mine. Thank you to all & PUMAtize your vote!
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