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Will Democrats be better than Republicans, or should we go Indie?

By Roland Michel Tremblay  Posted by Jay Farrington (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   1 comment
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It amazes me how whether you are American or not in this day and age, the American elections are now followed closely worldwide and concern every citizen of the world. Just a shame the rest of humanity cannot also vote for their next President and party in power. This is an interesting question, considering how powerful America has become in the world, that the policies of this country alone affect the whole planet. How would the planet vote if they had a say in the next elections this year? Assuming of course that there will be no state of emergency before November 2008 and that Martial Law will not be declared, keeping George W. Bush and Dick Cheney in power.

This is the whole point of impeaching them, and this is why it is crucial that we succeed in impeaching them. I have a feeling that the rest of the world is tired of American politics, and if they could vote, it would be neither for the Democrats nor the Republicans.

The very reasons why Hillary Clinton was not the right candidate for the presidency over Barack Obama, is perhaps because the Democrats are not right for the job. It will take at least a decade before the Americans can forget what the Republicans have done to America before considering voting for them again, but I wonder if a decade was enough to forget Bill Clinton’s presidency. There is no doubt that Barack Obama is the right candidate and that he will be the next President, if somehow he does not get assassinated, and that will be a real test for democracy. However, the Democrats in general have not changed since Bill Clinton, the old policies are the new policies.

George W. Bush followed very similar strategies, he simply brought it all to a whole new level, and made it clearer that ultimately nothing good can come out of these policies, as they are now threatening the world. Extreme capitalism and extreme greed, the way it has been practiced recently, can only bring about the Third World War, after millions have died from starvation, and perhaps, with the lack of action on the environmental side, it will also bring humanity’s extinction within years. This is no longer a matter of transferring the problems to the next generation.

Nothing convinces me that the Democrats will be our savior, and that suddenly we will witness miraculous changes in the world. In fact, I feel we will see much more of the same, developing at a slower pace, and so humanity will survive a bit longer. If you do not agree with this fair assessment, then please bring me your arguments. The Democrats seemed to have shown too much complicity in the Republicans’ decisions in the last decade, and voted yes to most of their bills, no matter how horrifying they were. They are equally guilty for what America has become. They can no longer be trusted.

Their unwillingness to impeach George W. Bush right now, following Dennis Kucinich’s 35 articles in Congress, is another example that these people are more about being elected and being in power, than actually caring for the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the citizens of the United States. None of them are idealistic, none of them have in their heart this willingness to help and change the world in a better way, and we need more of that right now.When a representative has to follow the party line, you have lost democracy. One person decides for everyone else. In those actual conditions, being in power requires no thinking or decision making, the message to politicians is clear: just do what you are told and everything will be fine, you will even get re-elected without having to prove your worth.

The American people have lost their rights, their democracy and their freedom, and the rest of the world has lost it all as well as a consequence. There is a real chance this year for the people to take back some sort of control, and send a clear message to Congress that we have to be listened to: everyone should simply vote for independent candidates belonging neither to the Democrats nor the Republicans. No association, organization, corporation, should endorse those two parties, and they certainly should not give them any money for their campaign. They should help and support any independent.

And don’t worry, the Democrats will still win, Obama will still be the next President. Even if the Democrats spent zero money on their campaign this year, they will win. George W. Bush has seen to that, he has singlehandedly annihilated the Republican Party. Weird that no Republican seems to have picked up on that.People have to stop thinking in terms of two or three government parties, for once they should consider other options. Instead of voting for a political party, you should vote for the candidate who you most agree with, as long as this candidate is not a Democrat or a Republican.

Is this not how it should be anyway? Do you even know anything about your own local politicians and what they are all about? Or do you just vote for a political party?If only this message could spread around, if American citizens could see how these two parties have failed them in the last 20 years and perhaps even centuries, maybe, just maybe, we could change the face of politics in America and worldwide, and bring back real democracy by and for the people.

It would be a shame for Obama, because he certainly deserves his chance. However, once again here comes a religious President who stated that we cannot abandon the field of religious discourse in politics. I say yes we can, in fact, we must. Obama surrounded himself with many religious figures who sound just as extreme as George W. Bush and some other leaders of the Middle-East.

In the end, no matter who leads, the Democrats have proven that they are no better than the Republicans and it is time for a radical change, it is time to send a clear message of who is ultimately in control: us. Normally, such an idea of voting for independents would be dangerous, because we would risk electing by default the party we really do not wish to elect to power. On the other hand, there has never been a better time to promote the idea of voting for independents, since there is no way the Republicans will get in power this time around. Unless of course, the extent of the corruption surrounding the electronic voting machines turns out to be more serious than anyone thought. Which may very well be the case, when we cannot even trust the official election polls.

One would also need to control the polls, so everything adds up. No one you know ever vote Republican, yet, they seem to win against the odds.Many Republican representatives are jumping ship, because they know they will not be re-elected this year no matter what. Some have joined the Democrats. I propose they should go independent, and let’s see if they will get re-elected on their own steam, or if being part of a party is all they need in order to get elected in this country. And if you still wish to vote for your Democrat representative, encourage him or her to go independent.This time around, forget about Democrats or Republicans. You don’t even need to say who you support, here are the new slogans, feel free to come up with your own: “Elections 2008, I support my independent candidates!”

“In 2008, I Vote Indie!” Remember, denouncing is not enough, proposing solutions and moving into action is required at this time.Let’s start a new trend where going into politics will be available to everyone, even you, without all the screening and impossibility to actually get to represent a popular political party. Because if somehow you could succeed in doing that, well, you would still need to be heard, to make a difference, and you simply could not within a political party, you would have to follow the party line. Vote Indie! Please, pick up on it and spread the word. It could save democracy and bring about a real needed change. Political parties are undemocratic, they have to go.For more arguments about the idea that a dual party election has long past its sell by date, please read the previous article by Roland Michel Tremblay called “Democracy” available on his website: (Excerpt of the book available online for free called “Destructivism, The Path to Self-Destruction”) 

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