(2 pm. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
I have never seen so many people up in arms, or as knee-jerkingly rigid as in the great debate around the so-called Liberal blogosphere than the discussion of third party politics and the potential fall out of the coming elections.
I find it patently absurd, especially the FDL debacle that has sprouted as of late.
The two camps divide neatly into “more and better dems” and “the Uniparty is Kabuki – never again” groups, with a few “lets make a protest vote in the primaries then vote for the Corporate Sponsored One” claiming pragmatism, thrown into the fray.
This is not the Scylla and Charybdis, and I won’t be wrapped around their finger, my friend Sting. Hell I won’t even sail into the region to chance it, myself.
The bottom line is everyone has the right to vote or refrain as they see fit.
And I have the right, if not overwhelming compulsion to run my big mouth about my opinion about it.
I would venture to guess, were I to delineate every massive fail in this administration vs Bush’s all of you would agree with my math. What you may not agree with is my conclusions. But, listen to my logic if you’ve a mind to.
Things have changed wildly from the Nader days, the lessons there are irrelevant. The election was stolen not lost, and Gore is a millionaire trading in carbon credits. I mean, check who funded both campaigns. Check out who funded Obama. Seriously, unless you are in complete denial, you get nowhere without the blessings of the rich. The you act in a way beholden to their interests.
So, lets talk about the lesser of the two evils. State by State the Governators of the Right are waging open warfare on the People. In many ways I’d rather buy a car from a smarmy used salesman than someone pretending to be a friend who is gonna screw me in the end. In my opinion, people react when you toss them into the frying pan, react to preserve themselves, protest, take a stand. This is far better than the slow froggy boil of trickery by Democrats who do the same thing under cover of excuses. How is that working for them so far? Protests, riots, recalls… People are rising up!!!
Let me reiterate here: There is no difference in the end result of voting either major party, only in the rhetoric and speed in which we are screwed. It is a Uniparty, with a few, and I mean VERY few exceptional men and women who take a stand against it. And even then, with the weight of cutting Democratic Party spending on their reelections? Most grudgingly cave, saying their widdle hands were tied. (tied to the money trough I presume)
So, how about a “Working Family Party” or a “Green Party” or my favorite a “Socialist Party”? Heck, I’m a Party of One in the commie-pinko-tree-hugging-dirty-fucking-hippy-chick-who-is-armed-party. Heh.
If you repeat a lie often enough it does not become TRUTH, but it does become a commonly agreed upon REALITY. So, every time we repeat the meme, “A third party is not viable” we create a fabric of reality in which this is true. Its called a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The American Dream (which arguably never existed in the first place) is DEAD.
Its what Noam Chomsky speaks to, when he talks about the Trilateral Commission’s Report that all the concessions made in the 60’s and 70’s were the result of “an excess of democracy.” Noam will be on with me again April 29th on Wild Wild Left Radio. The premise is? The PTB think it is problematic when we are informed and active in the process. They prefer us to be uninformed and uninvolved. There has been an intentional dumbing-down of the American dialogue, and an effort to make protest difficult to the point where we are too afraid to try.
I believe that True Democracy only happens when we vote for and create a system that represents our actual belief systems. That means voting our conscience, not just “making do with what they give us.”
Lets put it this way. Voting third party in a primary, then for a Democrat in the general election is much like telling your child he may not stay out all night, then doing nothing at all when he does. It ENABLES and EBCOURAGES them to not only not respect you, but to flaunt that they can do whatever they want, and you will TAKE it. In my opinion, how can that NOT be counter-productive and counter-intuitive?
It allows the continuation of the process of extraction capitalism, as well as the continual degradation of our individual rights. It makes us pawns of the Elite Class, with no recourse, redress, or rights.
The only way to make the system serve US, as intended is not to enable the diseased system that is making a gaping wound of our lives.
Vote as you will. You won’t hear a word from me for having so done. But making the argument that veiled attack is better than frontal attack, or that its pragmatic to enable your abusers, all while whining about the abuse? I’ll roll my eyes and laugh. The argument doesn’t hold up to logic.
We have become adapted to an old way of thinking, programmed to believe we have no options.
One needs only to look at the Global rejection of oppression by the rich few upon the many to see this is not true. Or Wisconsin!
Its up to us to change our reality.
That said, as a woman who argued FOR sticking with Obama in 2008. I found out the hard way how very wrong I was.
Revolutions start with whispers in the fields, and I am whispering. “There is another way. We can create it. Have faith.”