Democrats in Exile who want to vote for a candidate who more closely represents their point of view and values, should check out Rocky Anderson’s page. He has a map that shows where he is now on the ballot for the fall election. He will be on the ballot in New Jersey, probably in a dark, obscure corner in 9pt font. You will need to be determined to find him but at least you will have an option.
You won’t need to vote for the crazy party with the whip kissing authoritarian, mean spirited, hard hearted judgmental, religious nutcases who worship greed and ignorance and crave for someone to beat them, beat them *hhhharder*.
Nor will you be forced to sign on to your own severe haircut courtesy of your former party who doesn’t have the guts to impose one on the banking industry that bought their candidate. (Anyone who still thinks Hillary wouldn’t have been different isn’t seeing the whole picture yet. There’s no chance in Hell the bankers were going to let a potential New New Dealer get anywhere near the mechanisms of government. You’ve been HAD, guys. Deal with it.)
The ability to exercise a choice is what separates free people from unfree people. It separates democracies from single party governments and authoritarian regimes. Right now, the major parties *think* they have you cornered. You either vote for ugly or son of ugly. And the son of ugly party isn’t going to offer you a better choice because son of ugly is firmly in the grips of the people who now own both parties. As long as the Democrats do their financiers’ bidding, they’re going to keep offering you son of ugly candidates. And if that’s the route they’re going to go, they’re going to make themselves irrelevant because no matter how you vote, you’re going to end up with the same thing: rule by rich, powerful MEN.
The Democrats think this strategy is working for them. As long as they’re in power, they won’t challenge their masters. If it looks like they’re going to lose, maybe they will.
I can almost hear the Democratic loyalists screaming, “Don’t throw your vote away! If you do, the Republicans will win and the world will end and bad things will happen, you stupid, racist, low information voter!”
Let’s see, I’m a single divorced mother in the little Depression and I’ve lost my job in an industry that is deserting the US at an accelerated pace and is never coming back and I’m paying over $900/month for COBRA. AND I live in New Jersey where the cost of living is ridiculous. How can it get any worse?? Obama has been a disaster for me and my two daughters. If the Democrats are really worried that they will lose the White House in November because some of us can’t stomach the thought of signing on to four more years of the party’s demands for self-evisceration, then they should seriously consider asking their candidate to step aside, just as they asked Jon Corzine to step aside in NJ in 2009 before he lost to Chris Christie. In the meantime, I have to think about the future and make my decisions based on what will constitute my own future happiness and without any reference to the happiness of politicians indentured to the bonus class. I don’t feel obligated to sacrifice any more to a party who treats me like a child and keeps telling me I must eat my beets before I can have broccolli.
When the Democratic party gets serious again about representing its base, they will let me know in a significant way. Having Bill Clinton speak at the convention isn’t going to cut it. It’s going to have to be a MUCH bigger signal than that. After all, Obama, the *presumptive* nominee, would still be on the ballot and I don’t trust anything that comes out of Obama’s mouth. After four years, there’s no reason to trust him. And if his plans to cut the deficit are true, I’d have to be a pretty gullible sucker to vote for him. With either party, I’m going to be forced to sacrifice very deeply, painfully and to my ultimate detriment. Why should I sign on to that? If the Democrats want me to vote for them again, they’re going to have to reestablish my trust. They aren’t making any moves in that direction.
So, why shouldn’t I put my efforts in to changing the system, starting now, even if it takes a long time? I’ve got decades until retirement. I might as well look after my own interests from now on, not some major party’s.
I’m not interested in playing games or jumping to the financiers’ tune. I’m interested in putting the country back to work, holding people accountable for their actions, ending the wars that are sucking us dry, and equality for all people regardless of sex or sexual orientation. And now, I have a choice just like all the other voters in NJ, and Washington, Oregon, Michigan, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and FLORIDA! If you’re in Minnesota, Idaho, Vermont and Rhode Island, the campaign is looking for volunteers to get petitions to get on the ballot. In some of the other states, like NY and PA, your write in vote will count. But there are still some big states out there, like California and Texas, where the state still needs petitions signed to allow Anderson’s vote to be counted as a write in.
Think about it. Ugly, son of ugly or something completely different. Don’t let anyone tell you that unless you vote for one of the major parties that your vote doesn’t matter. Now, you have two viable alternatives: Anderson or Jill Stein.
And while the Obama campaign is burning through money like there’s no tomorrow, throwing everything it can at Mitt Romney, it’s barely moving the needle in the polls.
New results from surveys over the past week in Colorado, Virginia and Wisconsin, combined with surveys last week in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, show that Mr. Romney so far appears to be holding his own with that group, but running no stronger than Senator John McCain did four years ago.
Similarly, Mr. Romney is trying to peel off as many female voters as possible from Mr. Obama’s electoral coalition, hoping to offset the president’s advantages among single and nonwhite women by appealing to married and white women with a message about economic security and pocketbook issues.
But while the poll suggests that Mr. Romney is making inroads among women in Colorado, where he is also showing strength against Mr. Obama by several other measures, support for Mr. Obama among women has otherwise held up in the battleground states. As a result, Mr. Obama has so far been able to stave off bigger losses in the most hotly contested states, in particular among independents, who are divided in Colorado and Wisconsin and supporting Mr. Romney in Virginia, and white men, who are supporting Mr. Romney by double digits over the president in all three states.
Take a look at that sentence in bold. That right there is the nugget that keeps getting buried by all of the Democratic loyalists who make it sounds like he’s on track for term two. Obama is not going to battle to victory. He’s spending obscene gobs of cash and he *still* can’t keep from sliding in the polls. He’s just not sliding as badly. His campaign has Jon Corzine written all over it. Far from ensuring a Democratic victory in November, the Democrats are making a Republican one more likely by running with a guy we can’t trust who is without a shadow of a doubt in the pocket of the very same assholes who created the mess in the first place.
Sure, it may be tricky to change horses mid stream but not when you have a much stronger candidate available.
How to stand up to intense pressure and ridiculous arguments from the aristocratic rich with dignity, courtesy of Jane Austen: