I don't know what happened recently, but people have been going through notes and photos that I'd posted on my personal facebook page going all the way back to when I first joined (I was an early adopter).
And the things that have been coming up, are interesting. They are like time capsules.
This note was written the day I quit the Democratic Party for good, and became a dedicated volunteer for the Green Party:
Monday, September 29, 2008 at 10:32am
Not surprisingly the League of Young Voters has endorsed almost all Democrats. Way to propagate the systems of control, League... But I didn't care so much about that, what really bugged me was this:
The Maine league's endorsement statement on Cynthia McKinney/ Rosa Clemente:
"The League feels that these lesser-known candidates for the presidency deserve their close attention. Cynthia McKinney is a former Democratic legislator with two terms in the Georgia House and six terms in the U.S. House under her belt. She has sponsored legislation that seeks to pursue equality and justice for women, children, and racial minorities. In the late 90’s, President Clinton asked her to work abroad in Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, promoting diplomatic and economic ties. She has enthusiastically taken on the fight for many causes of the disenfranchised: Katrina evacuees, veterans, and families of 9/11 victims. Cynthia’s running mate, Rosa Clemente, is highly respected organizer in the hip-hop community as a fearless and eloquent champion of education and human rights. Their positions are firmly aligned with The League’s, yet we need candidates who have the clout to win."
And you refuse to work to bring them that clout. Ron Paul didn't "have the clout to win," and he was able to send a tidal wave through the political scene when he raised 6 million dollars in one day-- because people didn't care that they were being told he couldn't win-- they just worked FOR WHAT WAS RIGHT. That means something to some people. Not liberals apparently.
And here's their slightly slanderous statement on Ralph Nader:
After almost two decades of unsuccessful bids for the presidency and mounting controversy about stealing the presidential election in 2000, Nader is back and has received enough signatures to be on the ballot in all 50 states. This time he’s not reppin’ the Green Party; he’s an Independent who is running with Matt Gonzalez, an attorney and former President of the Board of Supervisors (think City Council) in San Francisco. Nader has spent the last 50 years working to change public policy and has been influential in creating these consumer protection agencies and laws: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Safe Drinking Water Act. His major interests are to ensure that we end corporate welfare, to strengthen our civil rights and protections, and to cut the “bloated, wasteful military budget.” He’s proven that he has the power and influence actually to get himself on the ballot as an Independent, but unfortunately that doesn’t translate into having momentum to win."
Yeah, because that's what the League does-- THEY PICK THE ONES WHO ARE GOING TO WIN ANYWAYS.
And the 2000 election? WTF? It was the League who introduced me to the film "unprecedented" which clearly shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that the election was stolen by REPUBLICANS not Ralph Nader! That election was engineered by people in the Florida State legislature to be fraudulant. Leauge, HOW DARE YOU BLAME VOTERS FOR CHOOSING SOMEBODY THAT REPRESENTS THEM!!?
And ballot access is a herculean task, as ballot access laws largely favor the two parties (even when they break the law). For instance, Bob Bar was the only candidate who filed in time for the Texas Ballot. He is still the only one who is LEGALLY on the ballot. But the Texas Elections board illegally accepted the signatures of the Democratic and Republican parties PAST THE DATE. Can you imagine them doing this for a third party candidate?
For Nader to be on as many ballots as he he is (which is an historic amount for a third party candidacy) is a testament in and of itsself as to the organization and effectiveness of the campaign he is running. And the League should recognize this and push for his inclusion in the Debates as well!
Instead you endorsed the Bush-FISA approving, wiretapping expanding, faith-based initiative funding, Iraq War reauthorizing, Credit Card Company favoring, bankruptcy law changing, USAPATRIOT act reauthorizing, Bush Bailout pushing, Obama/Biden ticket?!?
I JUST LOST ALL RESPECT FOR YOU, LEAGUE!
You've become caught up in the same marginalizing politics of dispair that has crippled the Democratic party into compromising everything they stand for away.