FEELING LIKE CASSANDRA

10 11 2012

One of the most popular archetypes depicted in The Iliad is that of Cassandra, daughter of Priam, the King of Troy, who was gifted by Apollo with the ability to see the future clearly.  She accepted his gift but rejected his advances, and so he added a little something to that gift:  she could forecast the future accurately, but nobody would believe her.  And that, my friends, seems to be the fate of the Green Party.

I said two weeks ago that I would be here tonight, “either crowing or eating crow,” and I’m sad to report that I have a well-baked crow on my plate tonight–and I’m a vegetarian!  Yeow!  Despite the best-financed and organized national Green Party campaign since Ralph Nader ran in 2000, Dr. Stein received only about 400,000 votes nationwide–by far the best Green Party showing since Nader’s 2.8 million total, but far short of our hopes and expectations. Her showing in Tennessee–6500 votes, about 0.26% of the total–was typical of her nationwide showing, which was about 0.3% of the national total.  Well, at least we weren’t  way behind the curve here.  But there are other peculiarities about that total, which I’ll explain a little later.

Martin Pleasant’s Senate campaign was our other statewide race.  We had hoped that the fact that the Democrat Party had renounced their elected candidate would result in a big bounce for Marty, but it was not to be.   Either there are a lot of Tennesseans who think Bob Corker is way too tame, or there are a lot of people who just aren’t paying enough attention to know anything more about who they’re voting for than whether there’s a “D” or an “R” after the person’s name.  “G”?  Does not compute!  Putative Democrat Mark Clayton pulled in 700,000 votes, a hundred thousand of them right here in Davidson County, where he nearly beat Bob Corker, while our man Martin Pleasant only got the attention of about 8,000 voters. Clayton actually won Shelby County. Maybe his strong anti-gay stance resonates with socially conservative African-Americans?  According to the Washington Post, Clayton raised less than $300 for his campaign.  A twentieth of a penny per vote.  I’m jealous.  Bob Tuke, the last “real” Democrat to run a serious Senate campaign in Tennessee, raised around a hundred thousand dollars and only got a few more votes than Clayton.

But hey, the Green Party seems to be everybody’s unwanted stepchild.  The Tennessean left Martin Pleasant out of their voters’ guide.  The Nashville Scene left him out, too, just as, nationally, Dr. Stein got nowhere near the level of attention the mainstream media paid to Ralph Nader.  Can’t let that happen again!

Here in Tennessee, we did a little better on our local races.  Read the rest of this entry »





AS WE FILL OUR PETRI DISH/PLANET…..

28 10 2012

Pre-election frenzy is reaching its heights here in the U.S., as foaming-at-the-mouth insanity runs neck and neck in the polls with cool, calculated insanity, and the world holds its breath to see whether the current faction  of thugs will retain control, or whether a crew that is even more out of touch with reality will take the reins in America.  Mitt Romney, in contrast to many Republicans, says he recognizes that the climate is changing, but denies human causation.  Obama admits that humans are the cause of the problem, but won’t do anything that will actually stop it.  The subject has been off the political radar in this election.

Meanwhile, on the weather radar, we have a nearly unprecedented, very late-season hurricane bearing down on the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S., and forecasters are saying it’s likely to merge with a nearly unprecedented,very early season winter storm system that’s been making its way across the country, possibly wreaking havoc when the two systems have a party over the next couple of days.  (Gee…the two-party-system meets the two-system party!).  This follows a year of record drought, which shrank crop yields in this country and elsewhere, and has sent global food reserves to their lowest level in 40 years.  This, too, is “off the radar.”  As far as the duopoly  candidates are concerned, reality is, in general, “off the radar.”  This failure to acknowledge reality could destroy the planet.  Our political system is not just insane, it is suicidally, and ecocidally, insane, a danger to itself and others.

In the midst of all this madness, what’s a David to do but battle Goliath?  What’s Lot to do but warn Sodom and try to awaken enough righteous people to save it, especially since, this time around,  there is no place to go to get away from impending destruction?

That’s why we in the Green Party keep making what effort we can to turn the tide. Read the rest of this entry »





THE STATE BLINKS

9 09 2012

As I reported last month, the 6th Circuit Appeals Court heard the state of Tennessee’s appeal of our case at the end of July, and apparently largely agreed with us, telling the state to go ahead and put our candidates on the ballot while they wrote their final decision.  They didn’t order the state to conduct a lottery to determine ballot placement, but shortly after the court hearing, the state primary gave, uh, “primary facie” evidence of why that might be a good idea, when the first candidate listed  (alphabetically) on the Democrat primary ballot beat out the DP’s anointed candidate by a 2-1 margin and became their official candidate for U.S. Senate, in spite of being a gun-toting racist tea partier who thinks corporate Republican Bob Corker is way too tame.

Well, at least he’s got it right about Corker being a corporate whore–although, as a multi-millionaire, maybe Corker is more of a corporate whore-monger than an actual whore. Read the rest of this entry »





THE GREEN TEAM

9 06 2012

We held our Green Party of Tennessee nominating convention in mid-May, and, to our delight, came up with nearly a dozen candidates for office, from U.S. Senate to the Tennessee House of Representatives.  I’m going to introduce the candidates to you, in more or less their own words, and talk a little about their  respective electoral contests.

Let’s start with Tennessee House races.

In district 55, we have Susan Shann, who has this to say about herself:

I have occupied many roles: singer / songwriter, music teacher, spiritual seeker, political activist, environmentalist – just to name a few.  I created Earth Revolution, a local-access TV program dedicated to highlighting the good work of  “green” businesses and non-profits in and around Davidson County, and started Transition Nashville, a group inspired by the global Transition Movement, which is working to turn Metro Nashville into a network of localized, resilient and sustainable communities, I see this campaign as another way to speak to my great concerns in life: the protection and preservation of our planet, and thriving, sustainable, socially just communities in which everyone can enjoy access to high quality health care, healthy food, and other necessities.

She is running against Democrat Gary Odom, who is otherwise unopposed.  This is an ideal situation for a Green to run in, since there is no chance Susan can be accused of “spoiling” Odom’s chances for re-election.  While Rep. Odom is one of the more “progressive” members of the Tennessee House Democrat minority, the Republican majority has systematically ignored every substantive bill he introduced.  Nothing personal, that’s just what they’re doing to the Democrats. Hey, if they’re gonna ignore you anyway, you might as well shoot for the moon, and I’m sure Susan’s presence in the race will radically enlarge the possibilities by showing people what lies beyond the nodding complacency of the corporatist Democrat Party imagination.
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Susan’s our only Nashville-area Tennessee House candidate, unfortunately.  I thought long and hard about it, but in the end decided that my health, while on the mend, isn’t up to the stress that being in a tight three-way race in my district would engender.  Give me another two years of feeling good, and I may well be ready to jump in.

We have four Tennessee House candidates in the eastern part of the state.  In District 16, Brian Moneyhun is taking on Bill Dunn, one of the most reactionary members of the Tennessee Legislature.  Dunn has sponsored several “nullification” bills, such as the “Tennessee Firearms Freedom Act,” which attempted to remove firearms and ammunition manufactured in the state from Federal purview.  Another is the “Health Freedom Act,” which attempts to remove the state from the horrible socialist grip of Rombomacare.  Apparently, nobody has told Dunn that the question of whether states can nullify Federal legislation was settled by an event known as the Civil War in the 1860′s, and that the Supreme Court decided, in Raich vs. Ashcroft. that the feds can control commerce even if it doesn’t cross state lines.  I don’t agree with the Raich decision, and apart from its anti-slavery conclusion I’m not sure what to think of the War Between the States, I’m just saying that nullification is not the law of the land.  Dunn has also been instrumental in tightening restrictions on abortions and “controlled substances,”  sponsoring the notorious bill that encouraged Tennessee teachers to preach Creationism, and pushing for drug testing of welfare recipients.  In other words, he’s carrying water for ALEC, not his constituents, and so his record gives Brian plenty of ammunition.

In the 15th District, Calvin Cassady will be in a two-way race with Democrat Joe Armstrong.  This will be an interesting race in an interesting district.  The fifteenth district has been carefully gerrymandered to include UT Knoxville and its off-campus student community, and the predominantly African-American neighborhoods of Knoxville.  Armstrong had no opposition in the 2010 election, winning it 5,000 to nothing, but in 2008 he was opposed by a political unknown with a familiar name, Rachel Ray.   No, not the Rachel Ray.  This Rachel Ray spent only $20 on her campaign, according to official filings, declined to be interviewed, and still got more votes than Armstrong received in 2010, but since he turned out over 12,000 supporters in 2008, he won by a comfortable margin.  Five thousand votes for twenty bucks has to be one of the best expense-to-vote ratios in American political history, and indicates that there is some discontent with Armstrong in the district that Cassady may be able to turn to his advantage.

Here’s my take on Armstrong:  he’s vulnerable because he’s a classic corporate liberal.  The guy is a Democrat, sure, but he’s an insurance agent by trade, part of the corporatocracy that has kept this country from having a decent publicly funded health care system.  And that ties into a lot of other issues.  The high price of health care, and of for-profit health insurance, has a widespread ripple effect on our national culture.  First, it sucks wealth out of the middle class and into corporate coffers, and is a big contributor to the ongoing impoverishment of America.  Second, the way health care in this country is tied to employment stifles innovation.  It makes people cautious about striking out on their own.  Maybe our system was even designed to keep people in a corporate line, or maybe that’s just an unintended consequence of a profit-oriented insurance and health care system.  Anyway, Armstrong, despite his NAACP and Urban League connections, is part of the problem, not part of the solution, and that, I think, is his Achilles heel.

Here’s what Calvin has to say about himself and his campaign:

I am currently an MPA (Masters of Public Administration) student at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where I have a 4.0 GPA. I make my living as a real estate investor, fixing up properties in East Knoxville and renting them out.  I  also work as a part-time delivery driver for a local sandwich shop.

As a Tennessee state legislator I will work for low, fair, and equitable taxes that foster investment and economic growth but at the same time encourage income equality. I want to maintain Tennessee as a world-class location for doing business.

I will work for the regeneration of our inner cities through New Urbanist principles, and focus infrastructure improvements on cities and towns rather than four-laning rural highways to nowhere and encouraging urban sprawl.

I will focus state-wide efforts on energy and water use efficiency measures and tax breaks to improve our energy use per unit of GDP. Every unit of energy saved by the end-user means up to 5 units of energy saved at the power plant and a cleaner, more sustainable Tennessee.

I will reform the drug laws in the state by abolishing mandatory minimum sentencing for victimless crimes and strive to end costly state incarceration for non-violent drug offenders.

In the Eleventh district, Don Land will be involved in a three-way race with incumbent Republican Jeremy Faison and Democrat Marjorie Ramsey.  Faison is a home-schooled Christian who beat incumbent Democrat Eddie Yokely by a 4-3 margin in the 2010 election.  Ramsey is a retired factory worker and Democrat Party functionary who does not seem to be running a very aggressive campaign.  Her candidacy may fall into the “dirty job but somebody has to do it”  category.

Susan “Flower” Parker is our candidate in the 3rd District, where she will be involved in a three-way race with first-term Republican Scotty Campbell and Democrat Leah Kirk, who seems to be running a going-through-the-motions campaign–she’s had a Facebook page for a couple of months, but hasn’t put anything on it.

Here’s a statement from Susan:

I am a Tennessee native, born and raised in Bluff City, the mother of two teenagers attending public high school. I work as a substitute teacher for the Sullivan county public school system, and particularly enjoy teaching special education classes; my mother continues teaching high school here in Sullivan County , and will be starting her 45th year in the fall of 2012.  I am an ETSU grad.  I look forward to serving my community to create a better world. My wish is to increase equality for all. I support the local economy and want to find ways to strengthen it. I believe that protecting Appalachian art and culture is a key to our future.

Putting a special ed teacher in the Tennessee House seems like a good idea to me!  Very appropriate!

Those are our Tennessee House candidates.  Why no Tennessee Senate candidates?  Beats me!

music:  Jane Siberry, “Superhero Dream

Next we come to the U.S. House of Representatives races.

In the 7th District, Green Party stalwart Howard Switzer will be taking on incumbent Marcia Blackburn and Democrat Credo Amouzouvik.  Howard says, by way of introduction:

I am an architect specializing in historical restoration and innovative ecological building methods. I was co-chair of The Green Party of Tennessee from 2002-2003 and have been a member of the Green Party’s National Committee for 10 years. I was the Green Party candidate for governor of TN in 2006 and 2010.  I run for U.S. Congress as an agent of change to redirect national priorities away from service to dominant financial interests and toward supporting networks of viable, self-reliant communities, with a focus on human well-being and happiness, by adhering to basic values.

Howard has been the TNGP’s candidate for governor twice, and doesn’t just talk the Green talk–he walks the Green walk, and has done so for many years.  Focussing on a single Congressional district instead of the whole state will enable Howard to give the people of west-central Tennessee a more intense, and much needed, exposure to Green values.  As I’ve often said, we’re not “left,” we’re not “right,” we’re about what makes the most sense, and Howard is an excellent embodiment of, and spokesman for, common sense.

Among his opponents, Marcia Blackburn scarcely needs an introduction; she is cut from the same cloth as Michelle Bachman.  Credo Amouzouvik is a classic Democrat party stalking horse– a wounded Iraq war vet and a recent immigrant from West Africa.  His platform, as set forth on his web site, expresses all the highest ideals of the Democrat Party, the ideals that the DP’s leadership uses to suck in the masses.  How soon will Credo realize that the Dems are all too willing to sell him down the river for corporate gain?  Could he end up going Green?  Not this year, but the contest will give Howard a chance to connect with him. We’ll see!

in Tennessee’s 6th District, our man Pat Riley has a big advantage:  the Democrats aren’t even bothering to field a candidate after right-wing nut job Diane Black beat their last contender by a 7-3 margin.  Judging by his campaign statement, Pat is member of the libertarian wing of the Green Party:

A VOTE FOR ME IS A VOTE FOR FREEDOM.

 I have worked as a health education specialist, teacher, and real estate developer. I am currently a houseboat broker and singer-songwriter. I am a simple man, with a simple plan:

 1.) Stop the wars that are bankrupting the USA

2.) Abolish the IRS

3.) Audit the Federal Reserve

4.) Stop illegal immigration

5.) Stop the war on drugs

6.) Preserve all our  Constitutional rights including the 2nd amendment

I believe in Ron Paul’s message. However, I favor green, sustainable jobs and peaceful coexistence with nature.

The Democrats and Republicans have just about bankrupted this country. It’s time to vote GREEN.

 A VOTE FOR ME IS A VOTE FOR FREEDOM.

Here’s a link to a campaign song/video that Pat wrote and produced.  Contrary to our peacenik public image, he’s not the only Green I know who likes to exercise his Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.  We’re a big tent.  Pat’s platform could play well in his largely rural Highland Rim district.  If Diane Black, by some slip of fortune, gets edged out by her even more rabidly reactionary challenger, LouAnne Zelenick, things could be seriously up for grabs in the Sixth.  You never know.

In the 5th District, which is mostly Nashville, there’s a host of Republicans scrambling to be the sacrificial lamb who takes on Jim Cooper, our solidly corporate Democrat Congressman.  The Green Party’s John Miglietta will carry our standard for the third time.  Here’s his bio and campaign statement:

I have a PhD in Political Science and am a professor at Tennessee State University. I have been active with the Green Party for the last several years at the national, state, and local levels.  I am running because the two major parties are not adequately addressing  the issues confronting our country. One of the issues that I am focusing on is American foreign policy. Our country needs to emphasize human rights and respect for international law.  The US should cease intervening in other nations and bring all US military forces and security contractors home from Iraq and Afghanistan. I will also work to end the stranglehold that corporate lobbyists have over government. I also advocate universal single-payer healthcare. My website is http://www.johnmiglietta.org/ and will be launched soon.

While his website isn’t up yet, his Facebook page is, and you can find it here.  It will be very interesting to see how John does, now that he will be running with the Green Party label, rather than as an “independent.”  Nashville’s “progressive” community has traditionally favored Cooper, apparently hoping that if they show their support, he’ll listen to them.  The record, however, shows a different pattern–if you support Jimbo, he will take you for granted.  The way to get his attention, folks, is to send him a message by voting for John Miglietta.  You know darn well the Republicans haven’t got a chance in this district!

In the Second Congressional District, the opposite holds true.  Incumbent Republican John Duncan rolled up 85% of the vote in 2010.  Our candidate, Norris Dryer, could eat into that margin, especially since any discontented Democrat who wants to let the DP know it’s too complacent and corporatist can vote for Norris without worrying about voting for a “spoiler.”   Norris says of himself:

I was born in Elkhart, Indiana on 4/12/43, and earned degrees in Mass Communications and Music History from Indiana University and Boston University respectively. I had a 41 year career in radio, mostly public radio, and continue to play violin in 3 East Tennessee orchestras, Knoxville, Oak Ridge and Kingsport. I was raised a Republican, became a Democrat while at IU and joined the Knox Greens in 2002.  In 2003, I ran for Knoxville City Council as a Green candidate in a non-partisan race, and, although I didn’t get elected, I got 17% of the vote in a 4 person race. I think most Americans are really fed up with our 2 party system, which gives Greens a real opportunity.

Bob Smith is our First District Congressional candidate.  That’s a kind of strange race for us, since the Democrat candidate, Alan Woodruff, served as our lawyer in the court case that got us on the ballot, and Alan has expressed concern that Bob’s candidacy might cost him, Alan, the election.  The First District, however, has not elected a Democrat since 1879, and the Republican incumbent, Phil Roe, got over 80% of the vote in 2010.  If either Alan or Bob can even put a dent in that, then the times are, indeed, a-changing.

Here’s what Bob has to say about himself and his candidacy:

I was born in Titusville, PA and grew up on part of the Seneca Reservation at Kinuza, PA. When I was 18 I joined the Navy, and spent almost 21 years there, mostly working with aircraft armaments.  I spent 11 months and 13 days at sea around the time of the Cuban Crisis on a Radar Picket Ship, doing Air Control for the overflights of Cuba, and pilot retrieval  if they got into difficulty. In 1980 I got out of the Navy and moved to Texas.  I couldn’t go home, because, thanks to Kinuza dam, my hometown was under 700 feet of water. I married Jean in November of that year, and she has remained my steadfast partner ever since.  I spent most of the 80′s and 90′s working at military-related jobs both in the U.S. and abroad, including “doing time” as a civilian contractor in Saudi Arabia.  As i approached retirement, I got bitten by “the Green bug” and realized that the Green Party was an excellent way to express the Native American values with which I was raised.  My platform as a Congressional candidate is to bring those values to bear on the many problems that have arisen since illegal immigrants from Europe hijacked my continent.

And, last but not least, there’s our U.S. Senate candidate, Martin Pleasant, of Knoxville.  Like many races in Tennessee this year, the Democrat facing off with Corker seems to be somebody who’s running because a sacrificial lamb was called for.  Nobody thinks Corker can be beaten, it seems, and since the Republicans have a lock on our hackable, computerized voting machines, it’s possible that if  Jesus Christ Himself ran as a Democrat, even He couldn’t beat Bob Corker.

There’s an important reason why the Greens are running a Senate candidate, even though the race is certainly Quixotic, at least in terms of the possibility of a Green victory.  The reason is that, in order to maintain our place on the ballot, according to state law, a statewide Green Party candidate needs to receive at least 2.5% of the vote.  There are only two statewide races in 2012–the U.S. Presidency, and the U.S. Senate.  Presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein could do it for us, but running Martin Pleasant for Senate gives us two chances instead of one.  Presuming the voting machines are fair, that is.  And that’s a dicey proposition, as I’ve said many times before, but one we have to take.

And that’s the show for this week, and my show for this month.  I had intended to talk about the continuing nefarious Obama-Monsanto connection, and what’s happening with the Occupy movement these days, but those stories will have to wait.  Local news first!  And finally, a song for our candidates, sung by yours truly:

music:  Brother Martin, (if you‘re a) Green Party Figure  (first link goes to Facebook site, second to a $0.99-to-download site, third to a free download site–you can listen to it for free on any of them)





A DAY AT THE RACES/DEMOCRATS BEHAVING BADLY

11 03 2006

I’m pleased to report to you that the Green Party here in Tennessee is running its fullest slate of candidates ever in next Fall’s election. The Party’s recent nominating convention produced candidates for Governor, U.S. Senator, and 1st and 7th House districts, as well as a couple of local contests.

Howard Switzer, a resident of rural Linden, Tennessee, is the gubernatorial candidate. He is an architect by profession and one of the founders of the state’s Green Party. His wife, Katey Culver, a permaculture designer and also a founder of the Green Party, is running for the U.S. House against Marsha Blackheart—I mean Blackburn—in the Seventh District. Marcia Blackburn is famously from Brentwood, one of the richest zipcodes in the USA, but Brentwood was gerrymandered into the seventh district. It’s only connected with the rest of the predominantly rural, low-income southwestern Tennessee district by a narrow corridor, which also juts up to include Clarksville, a military town and Republican bastion. I guess our Tennessee solons brought in some consultants from Texas to do the last redistricting. Don’t want them poor folks electin’ someone who’ll actually represent ‘em. No. Good luck, Katey—may you surprise us all, especially Marsha.

Chris Lugo, of Nashville, was nominated to run for Bill Frist’s Senate seat, which Bill, thank goodness, is vacating. Chris is in the cleaning and recycling business, and also runs the Tennessee Independent Media Center, a web-based alternative newspaper for those of us here in the midsouth. Full disclosure: a lot of my writing on local issues gets printed at the TNIMC website, and I volunteer my editing talents there also. Chris has a website for his Senate run, featuring his platform, which I think could pretty well serve as the platform for everyone on the ticket.

Robert Smith is the party’s candidate in the first district, which is in the far east of the state. He is a Vietnam veteran and a founding member of an ecovillage near Greenville, and a Native American off the Seneca tribe.

In the two green-tinged local races, Martin Pleasant is running for county commissioner in Knoxville, a race that is technically non partisan, and Jonathan Davidson, who has not sought the endorsement of the Green Party although he is affiliated with it, is seeking a Nashville-area house seat. There’s still almost a month to go until the deadline for filing (April 6), so more candidates may be in the wings. Stay tuned. I’m considering it—but I’d have to give up this radio show to do it. Why don’t you? Just go on down to your county electoral commission and get a petition, and find 25 of your friends to sign it, and you, too, can have your name on the ballot in November. There will be another chance for Green Party endorsement at the state party convention in May. I’ll be happy to help you any way I can.

That’s the good news. Now for the bad news.

First of all, you won’t know by looking at the ballot that any of these folks are running on the Green Party ticket. Due to the way the Democans and Republicrats have fixed the ballot laws in this state, a party has to win more than five percent of the vote in a statewide election WITHOUT its party tag on the ballot, in order to have its party tag on the ballot, or present a petition with the equivalent number of signatures on it, which comes to about 37,000. High hurdles….

Now, for more bad news. The Democrats are working to keep the Greens off all ballots, completely. H.R 4694 (“Let the People Decide Clean Campaign Act”) would grant full public funding to nominees of parties (i.e., Democans and Republicrats) that had averaged 25% of the vote for House races in a given district in the last two elections. All others (i.e., third party and independent candidates) would be required to submit petitions signed by 10% of the last vote cast for partial funding, and 20% for full funding.

Furthermore, candidates who don’t qualify for funding would be barred from spending any privately raised money on their campaigns. Ten to twenty percent of the last vote cast—that’s 35-70,000 signatures in the average congressional district. Just getting that many signatures, even with copious volunteer help, would require serious fundraising. This bill effectively cuts small third parties out of the U.S. electoral process in the name of campaign finance reform. We’re not the problem, but we’re getting fixed—like a dog gets fixed. Well, isn’t that nice?

Whatsamatter with you, you need more than two choices? How unAmerican! This is not something coming from the Republifacists, mind you. This is coming from people even a cynical Green like me is inclined to think of as the good guys. Barney Frank and Henry Waxman are two sponsors of this bill.

Barney Frank!!?? Greenbashed by the gays!! Barney, how could you!! And Henry Waxman!!??

Here’s the skinny: several of the other sponsors of this bill faced Green competition suggesting that their sponsorship is retaliatory. They will be facing Green competition again this year, I’m sure. Get used to it, people.

Commenting on this, D.C. Statehood Green Party activist T.E. Smith said, “The Democrats behind this bill have as little regard for democracy and open elections as Republicans who have used altered district lines and other methods to fix elections. Hiding this stratagem in a bill for public financing of campaigns makes it doubly shameful.”

“An obvious motivation behind HR 4694 is panic over a Green insurgency. Voters have realized that the Democratic Party has given President Bush and the GOP a pass on various abuses of power and radical actions, such as the invasion of Iraq and the confirmation of Judge Samuel Alito, which most Democrats declined to filibuster. The time is ripe for a non-corporate independent third party, and many Democrats are worried,” added Mr. Smith.

Well, the good news about this bad news is that it is coming from the Democrats, and the Republicans aren’t likely to let it get very far. They like left-wing splinter parties that take votes from Democrats, y’know? So, the Republicans are good for something. Of course, if we were a serious threat to them, they’d sic Karl Rove on us without a second thought…one of these days, folks, one of these days.

music: Terry Allen, “Big Ol’ White Boys”

Comments

Chris Lugo’s new website is located at http://www.chris4senate.com/
Posted by webmaster on 04/07/2006 01:40:19 PM

and Robert Smith’s blog can be found here: http://1bigtree.tripod.com/robertnsmith_greens/
Posted by brothermartin on 04/07/2006 04:27:36 PM








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