"If you cannot trust the way your votes are counted,
(or, really) -- Which Party?
In 2004, I said:
If there ever was a time, now *is* the time for better Party leadership - in the USA and in Washington State.
BUT ---- !
How many Democratic and Progressive Party's are there - and which grabbed the reins in 2008, with Obama?
There is the Democratic Party of the neocons - who "know" that corporations are and should be in charge -- and profit is the sole measure of success in business and their politics. There are corporate people in the national and state parties, but I am not Corporate, and the Democratic Party of the neocons is not my party.
There is the Democratic Party of Political Incumbents, who "know" that compromise and deals is the way the world works, and that getting something through and getting re-elected are the measures of success in politics and in its parallel business world. But I was never an incumbent, and the Democratic Party of Incumbents is not my party.
There is the Democratic Party of Political Consultants, Pollsters, Strategists and Players from the Sidelines, who "know" that making deals and marketing are the way politics works, and that getting something through and getting "your people" re-elected are the measures of success in politics and their own business world, where failure of your candidate is taken as your own failure - thus not good for business. Some of these sidelines players are not after strictly financial gains, but after power for whatever their interest might be. But I am not a Political Consultant, Pollster or Strategist, and the Democratic Party of Political Consultants is not my party.
There is the Democratic Party of the Media, who "know" that controversy sells, and bigger campaigns mean more and bigger ads, and know that's good for the business of the Media. The FEC and the PDC track where the money comes from and which campaigns it goes to, but who tracks where it goes - who actually *profits* from big political campaigns? TV, radio, newspapers, graphic artists, marketing experts, print-shops and data analysts are those who pocket the outlays made by the campaigns. But I am not a Media Mogul, and the Democratic Party of the Media is not my party.
There is the Democratic Party of Labor, who "know" that labor leaders should be, and are in charge and better wages and benefits for workers are the sole measure of success in life and politics. I strongly support fairness and justice in employment and treatment of workers, but I was never a labor leader, and the Democratic Party of Labor is not my party.
There is the Democratic Party of the Party Faithful, who "know" that the Party Leaders are right, so they must follow the guidance and instructions of those leaders. They don't have to think, because the leaders are informed and have figured out what should be done and who should be the candidates. But I am not a blind follower, and the Democratic Party of the Party Faithful is not my party.
There is the Democratic Party of the Philosophical, who "know" that there are ideas and concepts which define the community and the way things ought to work, even though they may not see them working that way very often. They think a lot, and discuss a lot, but have very little success in getting others to join with them to actually do the things they dream of. Maybe I am at least sometimes a Philosophical Democrat, but that doesn't get much done and consumes a lot of energy for little to show, so I probably should not be a Philosophical Democrat.
There is the Party of Principles and the Platform for All the People, who "know" that there are values which define what is important for the community, and that define the way things ought to be in order to bring a satisfactory life for everyone and to build a community and world in balance, for seven generations and more. But proposals founded solely on principles and values seem to compete weakly against the power of immediate gratification, and they struggle for the scarce resources which is almost always the case, so they are a small Party which rarely seems to have much impact - and attracts few members, just from those others who want it all, now, for themselves.
So I am probably a member of
the Party of Principles and the Platform for All the People,
and (in 2004) I was sad for the Nation and the World.
Then some things seemed to change, and
at least for a while -- (in 2008) I was glad.
Then in 2011, I again reviewed the Principles (Ten Key Values) of the renewed Green Party, and -- (in 2013) I was glad. Maybe you would be, too?
Here's such a principle:
We must have V. V. P. B.'s --
and then USE them!
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this page created on November 21st 2004, last edited July 2014