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  1. Bill Perdue 26 Jan 2008, 1:28am

    Now that Kucinich is gone the Democrats are going to try to stick us with Barak Obama , who openly panders to foul mouthed bigots or Clinton who sat on the Board of Directors for the union busters at Wal-Mart. The Republican candidates are just as bad. Their theory of a ‘lesser evil’ candidate is downright insulting. Obama and Clinton both oppose socialized medicine and support Bush’s genocidal war in Iraq. Clinton wants to extend the war into Iran and Obama one-ups her, calling for an attack on Pakistan. Both support NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement but both turn a cold shoulder to immigrant workers fleeing the economic devastation it caused in Mexico. Since the Reagan era they’ve double teamed us, cutting taxes for the rich and cutting welfare, Medicare, and unemployment insurance for the poor. Now their deregulation and attacks on unions are sending the economy into a tailspin. The Republicans are just as bad.The Democratic Party gutted the employment protection bill ENDA, buried the Matthew Shepard hate crimes bill and refuses to repeal the military discrimination bill DADT and the bill forbidding samesex marriage, DOMA. They’re sabotaging our chances for protective laws while upholding bigoted laws. The Republicans are just as bad.I and tens of millions of others will vote for any left wing party or just ignore the elections because we refuse to be caught in the lesser evil trap. After the elections as the Democratic Party splinters and divided, we won’t lift a finger to stop it. You can’t reform the Democrats or the Republicans. Its as futile as training a pig; it can’t be done and it just pisses off the pig,

  2. Robert, ex-pat Brit 26 Jan 2008, 1:42pm

    Bill, I would find it extremely difficult to vote for either Clinton or Obama. Neither believe in full equality but prefer to segregate us via sexual apartheid at the national level. Separate is and never will be equal, no matter how they try to justify it. They are, however, better than anything the republican neocons have to offer if anything, but hardly ideal. Dennis Kucinich was the only real beacon of hope along with Mike Gravel but the dumbing down of the electorate continues unfortunately, a nation of lazy thinkers, sheep being led to the slaughter. More of the same for the next four years just a change of political clothing, nothing more, no substance at all and definitely not much “change”. This two party system is a failure and needs to be changed. As for their objection to socialised health care, it is ironic that in the U.S. the military, public school system (for UK readers, not the private school system), emergency services/ambulance/fire department (brigade), coast guard, mass transit, all of them are socialised and nobody is complaining about that, though the neocons’ goal is to privatise everything for the sake of huge profit at the expense of the middle class and the poor, a very dangerous precedent.

  3. Bill Perdue 27 Jan 2008, 8:32am

    Robert, US political parties and elections have been profoundly undemocratic and unrepresentative since the Civil War. Even Lincoln couldn’t master the enormous wealth accumulated by the industrial barons who armed the worlds largest army and built the worlds largest navy. They took over the Republicans and the Democrats became the party of racism – they’ve taken turns running the US. The two party system, the expense of campaigning, laws aimed at blocking third parties and above all the electoral college produced an extremely antidemocratic political system that stubbornly resists change. The recent series of betrayals by the Democrats and their Republican cousins against GLBT communities, the antiwar movement, unionists and minorities will rebound on them when they repeat them after the elections. In the meantime the labor movement is building (sigh, ever so slowly) the US Labor Party. The anti war movement is poised to go ballistic if the next President refuses to implement immediate withdrawal from the Middle East. Our own communities are being united in a far more militant GLBT movement centered on United ENDA. The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, the AFL-CIO’s largest constituent group is pushing for independent black political action. Actually the plurality if not the majority in many US elections are people who stay home or vote for ‘None of the above’ or ‘None of these candidates’. That options’ been on the ballots here in Nevada since 1975 and is popular with voters. I’ll be voting that way on the first Tuesday of November. Although no one can predict it’s timing, we can look forward to the simultaneous process of splintering and shattering going on in the Democratic party and the growth of the developments I listed above. Whatever the pace of developments they have the potential to blow apart the two party system. I prefer trying to organize refugees from a Democratic into the Labor Party because of the huge social weight of the unions as compared to other groups. Nader sometimes has good things to say but his followers are unorganized and have little clout.

  4. Robert, ex-pat Brit 27 Jan 2008, 1:49pm

    Bill, the only comparable organisation I can think of is Stonewall UK. I know of no others that could be equated with Lambda Legal, HRC etc. I am not aware if Stonewall is getting involved with this particular discrimination case. You may already have their link but if not, here it is….

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