Posted 1 year ago on July 3, 2012, 4:44 a.m. EST by ElectoralReform
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I posted a response, but really feel it deserves a thread, and real dialogue all the way to the top of Occupy. Occupy needs a focus in the coming election. After the National Gathering, the focus needs to bem oved from Increasing Awareness, which is what "occupying" really is, to getting out the vote, going door to door, registering, spreading to the communities peacefully and practically instead of just occupying and getting arrested.
People are completely fed up with the Ds and Rs, so it's time to end the two party duopoly! If you are convinced that Obama is still as wonderful as you thought 4 years ago, take some objective looks at ndaa, patriot act, kill list, guantanamo bay, war on whistleblowers, nato 3 arrested, big bank bailouts... it's bad. And I shouldn't have to argue about Romney. Changing the parties from within (which is the tea party method) seems like a futile effort to me: That's what Obama was supposed to be. That's what Dennis Kucinich, Bernie Sanders, and others try to do and fail.
The only way is to end the two party duopoly, and enact Electoral Reform. Ending corporate influence, shorter and cheaper and smarter elections, maintaining voting rights, and enacting Instant Run-off Voting or Proportional Representation or another form of fair voting (look at fairvote.org)
The real race should be between Gary Johnson the Libertarian and Jill Stein the Green. Gary Johnson is a true conservative, wants to end the wars in the middle east and war on drugs, wants to balance the budget and protect civil liberties and control the Federal Reserve, end bank bailouts. He's also a bit extreme in his libertarianism, and likes privatized prisons and wants to abolish the IRS and Dept. of Education.
Jill Stein wants to balance the budget by taxing the rich, not cutting spending, wants to protect civil liberties, control the Federal Reserve, end bank bailouts, and end the wars. She's a bit extreme in her progressive standpoints, and wants large tax scheme that's fair on the poor and rich, ends subsidies, and uses the federal spending to allocate money to the states and cities, to grow the private and public sector through local democracy initiatives.
And most importantly, both candidates would try to end the two party reign of terror by enacting Instant Run-off Voting or Choice voting or Proportional Representation, or another more fair voting system (read more at fairvote.org)
There is no reason that Occupy Wall Street is not making a priority to end the two party duopoly through the election. Make election reform (ending corporate influence, shorter and cheaper and smarter elections, maintaining voting rights, and enacting IRV, PR etc) the number one priority!
Ideally (and logically by my rational), Libertarians, Greens, and all Independent and rational voters and politicians would want to make an agreement to, at a minimum, enact electoral reform and call for a new election.
But Occupy needs to lead the front on this! Pick a fight and go for it! Leaders at National Gathering now, get talking! What's the plan for the vote? How do you get people organized, on the ground, registered to vote, and voting for REAL CHANGE? I want to hear this from the speakers at NatGat
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