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Forum Post: Citizens Untied

Posted 2 years ago on Dec. 6, 2011, 1:26 p.m. EST by fabianmockian (225)
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Does anyone out there believe for a second that 2012 is going to be a good election year? If there are, then I have a foreclosed home I'd like to sell to you then evict you from and sell to the next guy. With BILLIONS of dollars being the only way in which to get elected these days, does it seem any way possible that WE THE PEOPLE will get anything close to that "more perfect union" our founding fathers fought for so many years ago? Wouldn't there be more faith in our future if the were 99 new faces in the Senate (keeping Bernie Sanders, because I'm reading The Speech, which details his fight against the extension of the Bush Tax cuts in an 8 hour speech) and at least 261 (60% of 435) House, because it doesn't matter who goes to Washington D.C. if the same old guard is their protecting the interests of the billionaires masters. And to top it all off, no one is really held accountable in Washington D.C., even when they cause the country to collapse: How did Bush get away Scott free after bringing our country to ruin and leading thousands of service men and women into a war based on a what he knew to be a lie. . . How? Anyway, back to my point. There is way too much money being poured into politics these days, but that could be a boon for the economy. . . If we play it right. How about this: The WEB has a way of connecting everyone on the planet that has internet access, so why can't enough people come to a consensus to vote for some one other than a Republican or a democrat? Let people like the Koch brothers spend their fortunes on getting their puppets elected. Let Art Pope go broke, if he so chooses to get the representation that serves his greed, but don't vote for them. And by them, I mean both the republicans and the democrats. There are no innocents in either party, because they have all learned to play the GAME and to play they must pay. In the case of politics, payment comes in the form of legislation. So, let's start a conversation on how to get new blood injected in to the old broken system of politics. Let's elect people who would listen to the outcries of the people in need in this country and react, not with a callous disregard to their plight, but with a noble effort or a valiant fight to change the circumstances of those most in need of assistance. And if this is asking too much at this time, let's look to organizations like Robert Reich's coffee party http://www.coffeepartyusa.com/mission-statement, which seek to elect those whose ideology aligns with philosophers other than the republican party's Ayn Rand.

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[-] 1 points by AFarewellToKings (1486) 2 years ago

There is a fairly long list of 3rd parties already with some weird names and some interesting platforms. They are the 99% too. The time is now again, and it's been two decades since Perot, for the independent 3rd party to try again. OWS could be the catapult but it needs to get smart, quickly! It's a process that can't be rushed through for technical reasons (lack of infrastructure, mandate, candidates) but The National General Assembly proposed in the 99% Declaration could put in enough of a showing to have some impact on the 2012 election and develop into a 3rd party if truly necessary.

https://sites.google.com/site/the99percentdeclaration/