Thursday, September 18, 2008

I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!

I know there are some Obama supporters out there so, please tell me...what is this big "change" he's seems to be so fond of?

I have to ask the same question for any McCain supporters, since they're now trying to run their campaign on idea of change as well.

How can either of these two major candidates be considered a change from the current administration, much less each other? There are four primary issues that all of the third party candidates have agreed on. Neither of the major candidates proposes to do anything different on these issues than that of the current administration.

So if you're unhappy with Bush (as most Americans are), why would you think things will get any better with a different name and the same game?

The four issues all of the third party candidates agreed on and Obama and McCain (and Bush) don't:

We Agree

The Republican/Democrat duopoly has, for far too long, ignored the most important issues facing our nation. However, alternate candidates Chuck Baldwin, Cynthia McKinney, and Ralph Nader agree with Ron Paul on four key principles central to the health of our nation. These principles should be key in the considerations of every voter this November and in every election.

We Agree

Foreign Policy: The Iraq War must end as quickly as possible with removal of all our soldiers from the region. We must initiate the return of our soldiers from around the world, including Korea, Japan, Europe and the entire Middle East. We must cease the war propaganda, threats of a blockade and plans for attacks on Iran, nor should we re-ignite the cold war with Russia over Georgia. We must be willing to talk to all countries and offer friendship and trade and travel to all who are willing. We must take off the table the threat of a nuclear first strike against all nations.

Privacy: We must protect the privacy and civil liberties of all persons under US jurisdiction. We must repeal or radically change the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, and the FISA legislation. We must reject the notion and practice of torture, eliminations of habeas corpus, secret tribunals, and secret prisons. We must deny immunity for corporations that spy willingly on the people for the benefit of the government. We must reject the unitary presidency, the illegal use of signing statements and excessive use of executive orders.

The National Debt: We believe that there should be no increase in the national debt. The burden of debt placed on the next generation is unjust and already threatening our economy and the value of our dollar. We must pay our bills as we go along and not unfairly place this burden on a future generation.

The Federal Reserve: We seek a thorough investigation, evaluation and audit of the Federal Reserve System and its cozy relationships with the banking, corporate, and other financial institutions. The arbitrary power to create money and credit out of thin air behind closed doors for the benefit of commercial interests must be ended. There should be no taxpayer bailouts of corporations and no corporate subsidies. Corporations should be aggressively prosecuted for their crimes and frauds.

If you want change, you have to vote for someone different. That's kinda how the whole process works. Don't let the corporate media tell you who you're going to vote for again this year. And don't let the scare tactics force you to vote for someone just because of what might happen if someone worse wins.

Having said this, hopefully I can keep myself from bringing it up for a while. If you watched the press conference yesterday you may have heard Ron Paul quoting from Carroll Quigley's "Tragedy and Hope", but the significance of this statement is far more clear having seen it for myself.

"The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead the two parties should be almost identical so that the American people can throw the rascals out in any election without leading to any profound or extensive shift in policy." - Carroll Quigley

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