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#21 Posted : Saturday, November 03, 2012 10:17:18 AM(UTC)
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US Presidential Candidate Peta Lindsay: ‘Our system is almost completely lost into a two-party paradigm’ – exclusive interview



Despite being ineligible to become president due to her age (born 1984), as she would need to be at least 35 in order to take office, Peta Lindsay, an American anti-war activist is a nominee of the Party for Socialism and Liberation this election. She said to the Voice of Russia that both Republicans and Democrats are just “expressions of the power of the 1% and it’s a very undemocratic system that is designed to keep the ruling class in power and to keep the people’s voices from being heard.”





Robles: Hello, Ms Lindsay. Thanks for agreeing to speak with me. We are interested in the obstacles that are faced by the third party candidates in the United States. Can you tell us about some of the difficulties you have getting on ballots and things like that?


Lindsay : Yes, absolutely. It is a really undemocratic system, you know. When you grow up in the United States there’s this idea, that’s often presented, that anybody can be president. You know it’s such a great free country anyone can achieve the highest office in the land, until you actually try to do that and you realize how completely false that is.


Ahem, you know, our system is almost completely lost into a two-party paradigm, although there are more than two parties, both the Democrats and Republicans have automatic ballot status, everyone else has to you, you know, fight their way onto the ballot state by state it is a really interesting system, because you know, we are all trying to qualify for a federal office, but the qualifications for this federal national office varies state by state. Like, that doesn’t make any sense, you know. Shouldn’t there be one set of qualifications for this one office?


Robles: Sure!


Lindsay : But, you know, in the United States I think one of the biggest issues is money, funds. Because, you know, like, even if, you know: we have managed to do an awful lot, you know, with our ideas and with our volunteers and with our organization. We have done an incredible amount of work to get on the ballot in 13 states. Our volunteers turned in just under 30,000 signatures in New York this summer, in a four-week-period in New York, just to get us on the ballot in New York State.


It was really quite a feat, I mean, considering that nobody was getting paid. You know, we didn’t have a lot of money to finance this campaign. It’s really working off the strength of the ideas that people will believe.


But, you know the biggest issue, the two major parties. Ahem have the main focus of this entire electoral circus, you know. They have billions of dollars to spend, they have the media at their beck-and-call. So it’s a system, that benefits… to keep them in power and, you know, both of these parties are just expressions of the power of the 1% and it’s a very undemocratic system that is designed to keep the ruling class in power and to keep the people’s voices from being heard.


Robles: I am hearing this more and more all the time over here in Moscow. What percentage of the population would you say, in the United States is truly unhappy with that situation, with the 1%?


Lindsay: Oh gosh! So, I think the anger is rising every day. Especially if you look at what’s happening to the young people right now, you know, youth unemployment in the United States is the highest since the government began recording the statistics, and you know, while people’s wages have more or less stagnated over the past 20 years, college tuition has been shooting up, so you know, something that once people took for granted, you know, educational opportunities that we fought for, public education which we fought for. Fought for and we always thought would be a right, is becoming more and more out of reach of young people. And coupled with the unemployment, coupled with the crippling student loan debt, you know, there’s an aggregate of a trillion dollars in student loan debt that people in the United States owe right now. It’s the money that you had to pay just for the privilege of going to school, you know, which is a requirement for getting a decent job and the (unintelligible) are graduating to find there are no jobs available.


So, there is immense, immense anger at the political system and economic system in the United States right now, which I think manifests itself in different ways. You see these outbursts of anger like in the Occupy Movement, which has sprung up, all over the country. I think we are going to be seeing a great deal more people voting third party.


For us, like we are organizing to let people know that the system’s to blame, you know, the capitalist system, the system that accumulates massive, massive profits for the wealthy few and mass misery for the rest of us.


And you know, we have had great success getting our message out there and talking with people.. You know, I have been on a two-month-tour talking with a lot of people. A lot of people are really feeling these issues right now, they’re experiencing these issues. Ahem, and all that they are really looking for is a way to fight back, a vehicle, you know, to which to fight back. And ahem you know, we are offering our program in the Party of Socialism and Liberation, as that vehicle, to manifest that anger and actually organize and fight back and do something about it.


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Robles: If the situation is such in the United States why do people keep voting for these two parties and only for these two parties? Can you explain that?


Lindsay : Yeah, I mean, It is the most powerful propaganda apparatus that has ever existed in the history of the world, that tells you from the time when you are very young that you have to vote to make change, you know. That that’s how you get what you want, you know, don’t protest! Go back inside! Wait for one of our politicians to take care of it for you! And this is pounded into our heads!


And these candidates are spending 2.5 billion dollars campaigning. Romney and Obama are spending 2.5 billion dollars campaigning. That’s a tremendous amount of a waste! I mean, imagine what our school system could do with that kind of money.


Robles: Sure!


Lindsay: But you know, it’s this money that is coming from the banks and the corporations, and they are pouring so much of their resources, like all of the resources of the ruling class, into keeping people within the two-party-paradigm, into keeping people from organizing and fighting for real change, and keeping people, you know, complacent and voting. Like you said.


Robles: Do you have any comments on the technical side of act actually voting in the United States? Are there still widespread fraud claims with electronic ballot machines etc?


Lindsay: Ahem, well, I think we have seen some really desperate voter suppression ploys by the Republican Party, especially by the right wing. Ahem, and state by state, you know, we’ve heard of horrible things: we’ve heard of campaign people throwing out ballots, we’ve heard of, ahem, you know, a Spanish language leaflet being handed out to the Latino Community that had the date of voting listed as the wrong date! Ahem, you know, the voter ID laws they tried to institute across the country!


Ahem, which really, like one Republican Politician admitted, was just a measure to make sure that black African-Americans don’t vote, because, you know, they think that all African-Americans are going to vote for Obama. Ahem and so, you know, in the United States we have political rights, right?


Like we have the right to protest, we have the right to vote, ahem you know we have the right to do stuff like that, but these rights are constantly under attack. We have to constantly defend these rights. And honestly like these are rights that we only won by organizing as people, and you know, fighting the system, the trends keeping us from having these rights. Ahem, and so like… Yeah… It is very common that, you know, even though we have the right to vote on paper, they’ll do everything they can to keep us from exercising it, you know. They’ll keep us from exercising that right and I think that the voter ID laws which are super-racist and super-intended to suppress the votes of African-Americans, and things like, are evidence that these rights are constantly under attack.


Robles: Speaking about voter ID laws: can you give us a couple of specific examples?


Lindsay: Well like what the laws are saying, is that, you know, ahem we have to… You didn’t used to have to present identification to vote, and in addition to that, like, they’re saying that you have to present identification, like it has to be, you know, there’s some… I read a story about an elderly women who couldn’t find a copy of her marriage license, so she wouldn’t be able to vote because she didn’t have the, like, proper… You know like the certification, with the proper last name, things like that.


They are just throwing up another barrier to keep people from voting, you know. People who have trouble accessing IDs and that kind of information, tend to be poor people, tend to be African Americans and be people who the right-wing especially wants to keep away from the polls.


Another thing they were doing was putting up the billboards all over the country saying, you know: “It’s a federal crime to commit voter fraud, to vote more than once, and stuff!”, but the actually instances of voter fraud are very very low. The only reason they put up those billboards is to intimidate people. To make people think that they are going to go to jail if they get caught doing something wrong, in the voting booth. Maybe if they don’t understand or something like that.


So, you know, I would suggest looking it up but this is a real problem this election season. And it’s just another way that, you know, the they crush us under the capitalist system, you know, we’d won certain rights, but as long as, you know, it belongs… It’s their system, as long as they are in control they will try to take those rights away.


Reminder


Robles: You are presidential candidate yourself. Now how do you feel that you are not allowed to debate Obama and Romney and what is your opinion of Obama and Romney? What would you have asked them if you were allowed to debate them?


Lindsay: We think that fundamentally the elections are a sham! They’re a rigged game, that is rigged against working people, you know like I said, the candidates are spending 2.5 billion dollars, and while they are both rich individually, you don’t get that kind of money without the support of the big banks and corporations and often if you look at who’s donating to these politicians, it is the same banks and corporations that donate on both sides. So that regardless whether it is a Republican who wins or a Democrat who wins, the corporations always win, the banks always win and the people always lose.


Ahem, and you know, similarly I think, so… for us… you know we believe the elections are a form of class rule, they give the appearance of change without giving any real change. You get to just pick which politician from the ruling class is going to oppress us for the next four years, basically.


Ahem and I think, you know, it’s a сharade, it’s designed to take people in, and I think that the presidential debate, the televised debates that we just had is another example of how this is so. You know, the commission on presidential debates, the CPD, is an institution, a lot of… the majority of people in America don’t understand how this institution works.


It sounds like a public institution, right? The Commission on Presidential Debates! With a very official sounding name, but it’s not! It’s actually a private entity and those in charge of the entity include corporations like Anheuser-Busch and JP Morgan and they are the ones who make the rules for the presidential debates and of course one of their rules is only to these two candidates are allowed because, you know, it is their candidate, candidates of the ruling class. So they’d never let us on.


You know, we have a 10-point program which, you know, if people want to check out, I recommend going to vote pslweb.org. The number 1 point on our program is making a job a constitutional right, you know, we want to make free education, free housing and free healthcare constitutional rights. We are calling for the immediate cancellation of student loan debt and for an immediate moratorium on all foreclosures and evictions.


Now, can you imagine if we had had the access to the presidential debates, you know, that are broadcast on network TV that are viewed by millions. If people knew that there was a candidate that said that with their first day in the office they would immediately cancel all student loan debt, you know, I think overnight there’d be a million more socialists. I think that is why they keep us out of these debates. You know it’s another form of class rule, it’s another way of keeping out the voice of the people and ensuring that it’s the ruling class that wins.


Robles: What about Obama, I mean, and all his promises of change and the fact that he was the first African American president? How are the American/African American electorate reacting to Obama this time around?


Lindsay: It is extremely significant that he is the first African American president, you know. It shows how far we’ve come in the struggle against racism. It was really a victory for the black struggle, the black liberation movement, you know. But, you know, because he was elected to this office under the system, you know, the office of president in the US is really just the castle of class, you know, his job in office is just to manage their affairs, and so he has continued this system through which the poor… the rich get richer and the poor get poorer and we’ve seen a significant, like, degradation in the quality of life, for people in the United States because of the system which he serves to perpetuate.


Ahem, and so, I noticed in the previous few years there were a lot of people who are growing very disillusioned with Obama. Very, very concerned with his policies, starting to think outside of this system, thinking maybe there are more things they should do.


And you see stuff like when Trayvon Martin was killed millions of African Americans marched overnight demanding accountability and understanding the reality of the racist criminal justice system. People do organize, people do fight back.


END of Part 1



http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_11_02/US-Presidential-Candidate-Peta-Lindsay-Our-system-is-almost-completely-lost-into-a-two-party-paradigm-exclusive-interview/


 


 

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MORE MOSCOW EXTREMISTS MANIFESTATION



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MORE MOSCOW EXTREMISTS MANIFESTATION



These extremists are just a minority in Russian Society.  Many of them received money just for a manifestation. The real Russian people support the Russian government. 


                  День народного единства флаг России российский флаг россия флаг


Russia marks People’s Unity Day on Sunday, a national holiday to commemorate the 1612 expulsion of Polish invaders from Moscow by the volunteer army of Prince Dmitry Pozharsky and Kuzma Minin.

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Canadian Bill C-309: trading liberties for security, or the road to Fascism


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Canada has passed Bill C-309, an arcane law, redundant on the surface, but paving the way for massive abuse and crack-downs on protestors and demonstrators across the country. With the success of student protestors who recently won and beat back a tuition increase, some say the establishment in Canada is fighting back. “Masks off!”, as now you face up to 10 years in prison in Canada for wearing a mask.


 

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Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
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Remember remember the fifth of November<br />Gunpowder, treason and plot.<br />I see no reason why gunpowder, treason<br />Should ever be forgot...



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Putin In Public After Health Rumors Soar

Putin Health Rumors



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Live video: Ralph Nader moderates third-party presidential debate Sunday


Ralph Nader Announces His Running Mate Choice




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Ralph Nader listens from the hallway during a press conference at the National Press Club Feb. 28, 2008 in Washington, D.C.



A third party presidential debate moderate by Ralph Nader is being held Sunday, Nov. 4, just two days before the election, at 4:30 p.m. Pacific, 7:30 p.m. Eastern.


You can submit your own questions for the debate via Nader’s Facebook page. The post says that Nader will choose two to ask during Sunday’s debate. Nader is also accepting questions via Twitter at @Ralph_Nader.


Watch the debate here LIVE on Sunday 6:30 pm Central:


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The candidates at this debate include the same four who faced off at a recent debate moderated by Larry King: Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party), Jill Stein (Green Party), Virgil Goode (Constitution Party) and Rocky Anderson (Justice Party).







 

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Breaking: Did Romney Pay Zero Taxes From 1996 To 2009?
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Was Harry Reid right? Bloomberg finally cracked the story...

Using a tax shelter called a CRUT (charitable remainder unitrust) that was held by the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons), along with foreign tax credits and deferred capital gains losses, Mitt Romney was theoretically able to pay zero taxes (legally) every single year from 1996 to 2009. Why did he stop after 2009? Because he would make public his 2010 tax return, that is why.

This tax loophole was killed by Congress in 1997. However those including Romney that were already using it were allowed to continue it. The way it works, is that Romney makes a "charitable" contribution to the Church of Latter Day Saints and it goes into a trust. Since the trust is held by the church, the money is tax deferred. Any capital gains, are non taxed because of the charities status. Like an annuity, the donor gets a charitable tax deduction and an stream of cash payments. When Romney dies, the church accepts full ownership..

Bloomsberg's attorneys estimate as the Romneys have received these payments, the money that will potentially be left for charity has declined from at least $750,000 in 2001 to $421,203 at the end of 2011.....

Romney has refused to answer any thing on this topic. His campaign puts out that it was all legal....

Legal perhaps. Ethical for the president of the United States? Well, only if you want a crook running the country.... Imagine! Legally stealing from your church!.



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Jill Stein will debate the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson at Free & Equal’s final 2012 presidential debate in Washington DC on Monday November 5 at 9pm Eastern time.


Note: this event has been rescheduled to November 5 due to Hurricane Sandy.


The debate will be held at RT America’s studio in Washington DC, and will be livestreamed online as well as broadcast nationally on RT America.


http://rt.com/on-air/ or http://rt.com/on-air/rt-america-air/


The debate will be livestreamed at 9pm Eastern time (8 Central/ 7 Mountain/ 6 Pacific) (02:00 CET in Western Europe) on the Free & Equal website.


Viewers can catch the live debate between Jill Stein and Gary Johnson at www.freeandequal.org/live and RT America’s YouTube channel.  


 RT America, al-Jazeera, Link TV and http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus


 

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US bans OSCE observers: What are they trying to hide?


US bans OSCE observers: What are they trying to hide?



The US States of Texas and Iowa have openly stated that OSCE Election Observers will face criminal prosecution if they come anywhere near US election polling locations. The hypocrisy in the fact that the country that dictates to the world on “democracy” is afraid to allow international observers to view its election process says volumes and brings into question the very fundamental legitimacy of that power.




The world superpower that dictates to every country on earth about democracy, transparency and the rule of law, the country which attempts to justify aggressive invasions and the assassination of leaders of countries it does not care for, for one reason or the other, by throwing around the word “democracy” while it launches invasions and arms terrorists to remove rightful leaders, looks absolutely absurd and hypocritical in light of the fact that it is attempting to intimidate and bar international elections observers from observing its “democratic” presidential election process.


The United States is once again violating another international treaty or agreement it has signed or is bound to. This is not unusual and is more the rule for the US than the exception, examples includes the Geneva Conventions, the Vienna Conventions, international anti-racism agreements, agreements regarding the treatment of indigenous peoples, prisoners of war, and scores of other agreements. Other areas where the US does as it please include international standards and laws regarding the declaration of war, international arrests, territorial and sovereign integrity, pollution, labor practices, extra-judicial executions and the list goes on. This time however, the double standards and absolute hypocrisy could not be more clear.


The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), has plans to deploy up to 100 elections observers all around the country on Election Day to monitor polling and other associated processes. This comes after a warning, according to the web site thehill.com was issued to OSCE official Daan Everts earlier this month by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) regarding “a coordinated political effort to disenfranchise millions of Americans, particularly traditionally disenfranchised groups like minorities.”


Rather than welcoming international observers, as one would logically assume any country would do which claims to be the world leader in “democracy”, almost entirely right-wing and conservative groups, include the supposed anti-election fraud group “True the Vote”, have come out screaming against international observers.


For those not blinded by the constant rhetoric and aware of the racist agendas of the far-right this is not surprising. It is one thing to suppress minority voters and throw up every barrier they can think of to keep them from the polls and have them disgruntled and screaming racism, it is yet another when that is documented and observed by respected members of a respected and solid international inter-governmental body like the OSCE.


After the election debacle of 2000, when George W Bush’s brother Jeb Bush suppressed minority votes in Florida leading to George Bush’s supreme court handed presidency, raised the interest of the international community as to the fairness of the US system, the OSCE was invited to observe US elections by George Bush himself in 2004, after UN observers were refused, although they had been doing so since 2002.


The states in question which have threatened OSCE observers with arrest and imprisonment currently include Texas and Iowa with others likely to follow. Iowa has stated that it will arrest OSCE observers who come within 300 feet of polling locations with Texas issuing similar threats.


The United States, as one of 56 OSCE members is supposedly committed, as are other member countries, to allow its elections to be observed, this has been true since 1990. Although the US is supposed to allow observers the OSCE agreement is not legally binding and includes wording that calls for domestic laws to be followed which allows individual US states and local authorities almost carte-blanche to do as they see fit.


According to the web site the Axis of Logic the head of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Ambassador Janez Lenarčič, wrote a letter to the US State Department of State and Hillary Clinton denouncing threats made against OSCE observers. She wrote, “The threat of criminal sanctions against international observers is unacceptable. The United States, like all countries in the OSCE, has an obligation to invite observers to observe its elections. Our observers are requested to remain strictly impartial and not to intervene in the voting process in any way. They are in the US to observe the elections, not to interfere in them.”


The United States of America has a lot to hide when it comes to elections, much more than most of the international community realizes. The fact that internal US organizations that defend Human Rights have requested international observers should be triggering alarm bells worldwide.


The problems with the US election process are many. Starting with the actual voting process, the US has shown that there are problems with electronic voting machines, such as the Diebold machines which caused widespread scandals during the Bush elections, including counting votes for Bush, when the other candidate was selected and which are known to be easily manipulated.


Then there is the fact that there are locations where there are no paper ballots and hence no reliable way to verify votes. Another problem is that observers are not to be allowed in many polling stations in many locations where there are paper ballots, to observe that the actual ballots are placed in the boxes and that they are sealed and not tampered with.


There are scores of other suppression and illegal tactics taking place in the steps leading up to the actual voting booth. Among these are those limiting who is allowed to vote and steps taken, by right-wing and mostly conservative racist groups to keep segments of the population away from the polls, as a rule black and minority voters and the poor and the elderly, voters who generally vote for the Democratic or third party candidates.


Such tactics include varied and widespread voter purges which have been manipulated all over the United States, including those purging felons, voter ID laws that target the poor and elderly and an array of activities that are designed to intimidate and otherwise keep minorities, the poor and the elderly away from the voting booth.


There are reports in areas with large concentrations of Spanish speaking voters of leaflets being distributed by right-wing groups with the wrong date of voting printed on them, for example. There are also widespread reports of billboard campaigns stating that improper voting or mistakes in the voting booth may be felony offenses, a clever move to frighten people into thinking if they make some little mistake then they may go to prison. There are also right-wing groups deploying millions of “observers” who may intimidate “selected” voters by making them provide proof of their identities before allowing them into polling stations, for example.


According to the site CNSNEWS.com: “The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and others urged OSCE observers to deploy in states where they allege there is “a coordinated political effort to disenfranchise millions of Americans,” especially minorities and low-income groups.”


Of all of the problems there are also complaints about the arcane and archaic Electoral College system, the re-zoning of Electoral College districts in many states such as Texas, where Electoral College votes are taken away from minority and poor areas and moved to “white” areas and even claims that there are only 32 counties in the US that will decide the vote and 41 out of 50 states are being ignored because they are either red “Republican” or blue “Democratic”.


Another problem in the US is access to the media, only available to candidates with millions, if not billions of dollars, effectively making it impossible for third party candidates to compete. Then there is the entire presidential debate process which is decided on by private corporations and third party candidates are effectively banned from participating in.


These are unfortunately not the only problems. There are also a slew of problems making it almost impossible for many third party candidates to get on the ballots in many states. Add to that unfair federal funding practices and impossible thresholds that are supposed to be met and you have a system that only benefits the wealthy and is completely controlled by those who are already in power.


Perhaps the United States could take lessons from the Russian Federation on democracy and running fair elections? Russia for example, has web cameras in the polling stations allowing anyone to observe, transparent voting boxes with an observable secure process from start to finish, hundreds of thousands of observers, 9 parties all with equal television air-time, inclusive debates and the right of every citizen to vote.


Unlikely, the United States has a fine-tuned system to keep the wealthy white class in power and keep everyone else as subjects. Everyone else includes: all “minorities” (who are in fact not minorities in many states), American Indians, the poor, the disabled, the young, students, migrant workers, displaced people and the elderly and everyone else not fitting the wealthy white ideal.


Lastly, the United States has become a country controlled by corporations and big money, they control the government and the political processes, this is a fact few would argue with. The system is also designed to suppress a huge segment of the population on racist and other lines. According to any dictionary, by definition the US has slipped into a state of Fascism, or neo-Fascism if you prefer. Of course such a system would not welcome elections observers. They can not allow the “secret” to get out of the bag.


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The Texans are just blowing gas. You must appreciate the volume of sheer BS that issues from Texas politicians. There is nothing at stake. This is not a swing state--they control this electorate in other ways.


Iowa may be a different smoke. And there is strong reason to suspect electronic vote tampering in Ohio.


But there is no real drama here. The corporate parties' backers have it all worked out between them. This is just another stage in a long process.


Read carefully a para from yesterday's statement on Jill Stein's site:



An end to poverty: Statement of support for Stein/Honkala 2012



POSTED BY JILL STEIN FOR PRESIDENT ON NOVEMBER 04, 2012

Desperate times require desperate measures. The hour has come to break with the dying two-party system and begin building the new political parties that over half of Americans now say are needed. The Green Party presidential campaign of Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala is the best opportunity we have today to make that move.”



That does not merely address Green Party or third parties as we have known them. 



 

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Yeah, i got that Paul. In fact i didn't stop postin' about to stop the obsolete 2-party system

and go in the future for a new alternative. They just can't go on like this with a captain who

knows that ice-berg is comin'...the third parties must keep on building until the country just

can't without them or an eventual coalition.


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Occupy Chicago spokesperson said that Obama and Romney are two sides of the same coin. <br />http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_11_06/Obama-re-election-four-more-wars-exclusive-interview-Occupy-Chicago-spokesperson/<br />“They are both funded by corporate money and will never represent the needs of the 99%.”

VOTE FOR THE 99%...



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I got this in my e-mail:)

Dear Supporters,

What a great Presidential debate last night!

I want to extend a warm thank you to all of you who tuned in last night to watch Gary Johnson and Jill Stein debate their views on foreign policy, the economy, US intervention, national security, the environment, international trade, agriculture, and healthcare.

I am so touched by all the support we've received through our campaigns, all your Facebook posts, and your passion to make this world a better place. We couldn't have done something this big without you!

If you missed the debate, you can catch the replay of the pre-show and the debate at www.freeandequal.com/live. The October 23 debate moderated by Larry King is available here.


I've made a lifelong commitment to electoral reform. My goals are to eliminate ballot access barriers and open the debates so independent and minor parties voices are heard. Instant run-off voting needs to be implemented to rid our country of the wasted vote argument, and the privately-controlled Commission on Presidential Debates must come to an end. Voters want real choices, but the CPD and rigged electoral laws keep viable solutions and candidates hidden from public view.

Remember: the only wasted vote is voting for parties and people controlled by private interest money. The ones who have been playing us as fools for centuries. We’re tired of the reverse-psychology campaigns designed to confuse us, and we are committed and here to stay. We see a powerful and peaceful movement evolving to regain control of our elections, and we hope you'll join us.

Free & Equal has lots of exciting new projects coming up for 2013, so stay tuned! We're not going anywhere.

Warmly,
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Why that 5% is SO IMPORTANT !!!

http://www.jillstein.org/countdown


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Why that 5% is SO IMPORTANT !!!

http://www.jillstein.org/countdown


Yeah, and we GOT it, in two Statewide races.  (I got 8427 votes for taxman--me & the Libertarian forced the Repub & Demo into a runoff, looks like.)


Motivated Texas Greens secure a spot on 2014 ballot





“I’m losing but that’s Okay,” said Greg Fox, Green Party candidate for State House District 120. The trade unionist’s attitude seemed to sum up the mood at the Bexar County Green Party’s election night shin dig.


Forget the presidency. On Tuesday evening, most of the Greens gathered at Tycoon Flats were focused on far less glamorous races.


While the party’s candidates for Texas Railroad Commission Place 2 and Texas Supreme Court Place 4 placed last in each race, they did secure ballot access for the Greens in 2014 by winning more than 5% of the vote in the statewide contests — 7.9 and 8.1 percent, respectively.


Contesting 44 races across Texas, the Green Party fielded more candidates this year than ever before. By ensuring a place on the 2014 ballot, the party aims for an even broader slate in the next election.


“If we keep our ballot access across the state, you will see more energetic campaigns,” said Herb Gonzales, Jr., the Green candidate for State House District 124. He speculated that the Greens could recruit 100 or more candidates across the state for the next election.


The Texas Greens enjoyed support this year from their party’s presidential candidate. Massachusetts physician Dr. Jill Stein not only campaigned in Texas but also connected with local causes such as the tar sands blockade in East Texas. Stein participated in and was arrested at the demonstration against the Keystone XL pipeline last week.


“There’s momentum there that will carry us for the next two years,” Gonzales said of Stein’s campaign.


Regardless of such predictions, Gonzales is realistic about party politics. “Getting people to change parties is like getting people to change religions,” he said. Gonzales suggested the focus was on developing a competitive organization. “It’s the building of the party,” he said. “When people see there is more than Democrats and Republicans, they get involved.”


Michael Cary, Green candidate for the 28th congressional district and former Current staff writer is one such person. “I voted for Obama in 2008,” Cary said. “But these two-party people are not getting anything done for this country.”


Stein only won .3 percent of the vote in Texas and appears not to have performed much better nationally.


Locally, Greens garnered votes running against Democrats without Republican challengers and vice versa. Gonzales won 15 percent of the vote against otherwise unchallenged Democrat Jose Menendez. Chuck Robinson won 12 percent of the vote against Mike Villareal, Democratic State Representative for District 123.


Reflecting on the results as they were reported Tuesday night, several Greens suggested their focus will be on smaller races — school boards, perhaps.


Could the Greens break into bifurcated local politics?


“I think we can do it here in Bexar County,” Gonzales said. — Andrew Oxford 


http://blogs.sacurrent.com/index.php/staff/motivated-texas-greens-secure-a-spot-on-2014-ballot/




 

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HEY...CONGRATZ TO ALL OF U GUYS, GREAT CAMPAIGN WITH EXCELLENT RESULTS:))...BRAVO !!!

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