THE CURRENT SITUATION
Are you disgusted with the two major parties? Do you wonder why House Speaker Pelosi continues to keep impeachment of Bush and Cheney off the table, despite their obvious high crimes and misdemeanors? Do you wonder if the Democratic party is protecting these criminals? Are you with the 75% of Americans who don't approve of the current Democratic Congress? Do you wish there was an alternative to the two party system?
Consider that the oath of office taken by all public servants swears to uphold and defend the Constitution, not the DemocratIc or Republican party. Consider that Bush and Cheney have in essence suspended the Constitution and are operating lawlessly, with the collusion of Congress. Consider, therefore, that all Congresspeople (except the 15 or so who are cosponsoring HRes 333, to impeach Cheney) are in violation of their oath of office.
Consider that the Democratic majorities in both Houses continue to fund the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, despite a clear mandate from the voters to pull out of Iraq. Consider they have done nothing to restore our trampled rights and liberties. Consider that they will not address global warming, the broken health care system, the educational disaster, the shockingly high rate of incarceration among the American people, the lack of disaster preparedness, etc, etc, etc.
And above all, the Democrats won't restore the rule of law by impeaching Bush and Cheney, who consider themselves above the law and continually break the law.
Consider that both major parties are utterly dependent on corporate money. The corporations thrive on war, and so both major parties support war. The desire of We the People for peace is ignored, although we are the rulers, the sovereigns, under the Constitution.
WHO ARE YOU?
Are you turned off to the political process? Perhaps you are 21% of eligible voters who aren't registered to vote. Perhaps you are among the 39% who didn't vote in the 2006 election. Perhaps you feel that voting is useless, with the rigged machines, the "caging" of voters to slant results, the lying media. Perhaps you've given up on the electoral process.
Are you a Democrat? Have you been working diligently with the Progressive Democrats, only to see 22/23 of your candidates defeated in last year's primaries, by money poured into the coffers of opponents by the DNC? Have you hoped that the Democrats would use their majority in Congress to get us out of Iraq and limit the powers of the executive branch, only to be disappointed over and over again? Do you understand yet that working within the Democratic party can't succeed, because the party is controlled by big corporate money?
Are you a Republican whose party has been taken over by Bush criminals pretending to be upright Christians? Have the values of liberty, the rights of individuals, the decentralization of government, the honor of our nation, been trampled by your party's leadership? Are you wondering where to turn?
CONSIDER THE GREEN PARTY
The Green party is a viable political party. Since its founding in 1984, the Greens have achieved ballot access in 31 of the 50 states, over formidable opposition from the two major parties. Its values are the values we need to establish peace on the planet and work on the common problems of humanity, in concert with other nations. Its platform starts with impeachment. Its candidates don't accept corporate money, so as not to be beholden to forces of war and oil. Its members espouse Ten Key Values http://www.gp.org/tenkey.shtml which emphasize sustainability and survivability.
If you want peace, the Green party is the party of peace, supporting nonviolence, demilitarization, and the use of diplomacy to settle international disputes. If you are worried about global warming, the Green party is true to its name, committed to ecologically wise policies. If you want good services for the public- health, education, transportation- the Greens are committed to strengthening the public sector. If you want fair distribution of wealth, the Greens are committed to equal opportunity and economic justice. In sum, the Greens serve people, not corporations.
OBJECTIONS AND RESPONSES
O- Won't strengthening the Greens split the progressives, and make the Democrats lose to the Republicans in 2008?
R- So what? The two parties are really one. What's needed is a fresh start, a clean sweep of Congress, a new approach to the problems of our country. The Greens can provide that. We have 16 months before the next election to convince the nation to go Green.