Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Today's Political News

This pretty much sums it up. You could just run it over and over every day and it would always be topical.

The BIG POLICY ISSUES of the Presidential Campaign
by Thomas DiLorenzo at September 10, 2008 12:52 PM

Issue #1: Is John McCain a pig? Obama thinks so, saying that you can put lipstick on a pig (referring to Palin as his "lipstick"), but it's still a pig.

Issue #2: Is Obama a terrorist sympathizer in disguise? Zillions of "evangelicals" are convinced that he is, since he was raised as a Muslim and is only a convert to Christianity.

Issue #3: Was the Republican convention effectively one big KKK rally? New York Governor David Patterson thinks so. He claims that the phrase "community organizer," which the Warpublicans ridiculed as an inappropriate background for a presidential candidate, is code language for "black."

I think that about covers all the important economic and foreign policy issues of the day.

Oh, and some other guy was saying if you don't like your choices you could always take your pick among some others, from the left and the right, who agree that:

1)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.

2)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.

3)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.

4)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.

The strongest message can be sent by rejecting the two-party system, which in reality is a one-party system with no possible chance for the changes to occur which are necessary to solve our economic and foreign policy problems. This can be accomplished by voting for one of the non-establishment principled candidates—Baldwin, Barr, McKinney, Nader, and possibly others.

Imagine if the independents, the Libertarian Party, the Constitution Party and the Greens totaled 20 to 30% of the votes. Then imagine if someone like Jesse Ventura goes after them and the base of whichever of the Democrats or Republicans lose in 2008. 2012 would bring the death of whichever party loses this year.

Hey, a fellow can dream, can't he?

Anybody But Them

UPDATE: Bob Barr explains why he declined to attend Ron Paul’s press conference: At 10 am today, Wednesday, September 10, former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul held a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Joining him behind the dais were Cynthia McKinney, presidential candidate of the Green Party, Chuck Baldwin, presidential candidate of the Constitution Party, and Ralph Nader, Independent candidate for president.

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