Stop Wasting Your Votes!



    It's far too late to change the present course of this nation into the sewers out of which the Republican Party was formed.  The next two years will be, without doubt, years of death and hate and greed and divisiveness.  My stomach already turns at the thought of the hell that 21% of the eligible voters has cast the nation into.

    Nevertheless, one must maintain a tiny ray of hope in these dark and evil days.  One must believe that, even should these criminals in Washington create the foundation for the Armageddon that their particular brand of superstition talks about, there may be a slight possibility that America might carry on, limping, into the future.

    Using that small dream as the foundation to prepare for the world that will be left in 2004, it is never too early to consider who should be allowed the main voices.  Knowing, as we now do without any shadow of doubt, that the Democratic Party is irrelevant in as much as all but a handful have become cowards and clones of the Republican party we must seek out new voices, new directions, new hopes and dreams.

    Since all politicians from both major parties have become just so much filth along the historical path that America now faces, we must look towards another party or other parties to save us from the minority's stupidity and repulsiveness.  Personally, and as no surprise to those who follow these articles, it is only the Green Party who offers answers to the vast majority of the problems we've created.  Other third parties, it seems, focus only on their pathetic whining about taxes or guns or whatever opens the pocketbooks of the targeted disaffected.  The Green Party speaks to all issues and, although I have quibbles about a few of their stands, the direction they would take America is forward instead of backward or into stupid wars over oil or just to arm every single American so that we can more efficiently murder one another over every snit we experience.

    Let's consider the ten major platforms that the Green Party offer America.  Compare each point with what you have seen coming from the two major parties.  Consider exactly what kind of world these two groups of corporate whores have inflicted on you and yours.  Consider the world as it should be.  Consider the world that these ten points would create.   

Every human being deserves a say in the decisions that affect their lives and not be subject to the will of another. Therefore, we will work to increase public participation at every level of government and to ensure that our public representatives are fully accountable to the people who elect them. We will also work to create new types of political organizations which expand the process of participatory democracy by directly including citizens in the decision-making process.

All persons should have the rights and opportunity to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment. We must consciously confront in ourselves, our organizations, and society at large, barriers such as racism and class oppression, sexism and homophobia, ageism and disability, which act to deny fair treatment and equal justice under the law.

Human societies must operate with the understanding that we are part of nature, not separate from nature.  We must maintain an ecological balance and live within the ecological and resource limits of our communities and our planet. We support a sustainable society which utilizes resources in such a way that future generations will benefit and not suffer from the practices of our generation. To this end we must practice agriculture which replenishes the soil; move to an energy efficient economy; and live in ways that respect the integrity of natural systems.

It is essential that we develop effective alternatives to society’s current patterns of violence. We will work to demilitarize, and eliminate weapons of mass destruction, without being naive about the intentions of other governments.  We recognize the need for self-defense and the defense of others who are in helpless situations. We promote non-violent methods to oppose practices and policies with which we disagree, and will guide our actions toward lasting personal, community and global peace.

Centralization of wealth and power contributes to social and economic injustice, environmental destruction, and militarization. Therefore, we support a restructuring of social, political and economic institutions away from a system which is controlled by and mostly benefits the powerful few, to a democratic, less bureaucratic system. Decision-making should, as much as possible, remain at the individual and local level, while assuring that civil rights are protected for all citizens.

We recognize it is essential to create a vibrant and sustainable economic system, one that can create jobs and provide a decent standard of living for all people while maintaining a healthy ecological balance. A successful economic system will offer meaningful work with dignity, while paying a “living wage” which reflects the real value of a person’s work.

Local communities must look to economic development that assures protection of the environment and workers’ rights; broad citizen participation in planning; and enhancement of our “quality of life.” We support independently owned and operated companies which are socially responsible, as well as co-operatives and public enterprises that distribute resources and control to more people through democratic participation.

We have inherited a social system based on male domination of politics and economics. We call for the replacement of the cultural ethics of domination and control with more cooperative ways of interacting that respect differences of opinion and gender. Human values such as equity between the sexes, interpersonal responsibility, and honesty must be developed with moral conscience. We should remember that the process that determines our decisions and actions is just as important as achieving the outcome we want.

We believe it is important to value cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity, and to promote the development of respectful relationships across these lines.

We believe that the many diverse elements of society should be reflected in our organizations and decision-making bodies, and we support the leadership of people who have been traditionally closed out of leadership roles. We acknowledge and encourage respect for other life forms than our own and the preservation of biodiversity.

We encourage individuals to act to improve their personal well-being and, at the same time, to enhance ecological balance and social harmony. We seek to join with people and organizations around the world to foster peace, economic justice, and the health of the planet.

Our actions and policies should be motivated by long-term goals. We seek to protect valuable natural resources, safely disposing of or “unmaking” all waste we create, while developing a sustainable economics that does not depend on continual expansion for survival. We must counterbalance the drive for short-term profits by assuring that economic development, new technologies, and fiscal policies are responsible to future generations who will inherit the results of our actions.

    Notice, if you will, that each of these platforms improve the world for everyone, not just the wealthy or powerful few.  It will create a world in which the vast majority of the world is included, protected, and represented unlike this hell where only those who can afford representation will ever enjoy the benefits. 

    So, while we wade through the crap that is already coming out of our government of occupation, think about just how valuable your vote can be.  You're never wasting a vote when you vote for a future you truly wish see come to pass.  You do waste your vote when you cast it for a candidate that you think will win but who, you know without doubt, will never represent you or what you believe important.  You have two years to shed the idiocy of supporting any party that refuses to represent you or to work for the common good. 

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