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ELECTION: Major parties bought by Big Money

Letter by Bill F. Nerin, Gig Harbor on Sep. 4, 2012 at 11:49 am with 6 Comments »
September 4, 2012 2:06 pm

I wondered why I now have no interest in watching anything of the Republican and Democratic conventions. There was a time when I would be glued to the TV at convention time. In fact, in 1972 I was an Oklahoma delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Miami Beach, Fla., casting my vote for George McGovern.

But now I could care less whether it is Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, because they are not the issue. The issue is who controls the Democratic and Republican parties; who controls the White House and Congress.

The answer is so clear now; it is Big Money – the 1 percent. We the people are ignored except to manipulate us to vote for the candidates of the respective parties. But once in power these elected officials, with some few exceptions, do the bidding of their powerful financiers, the big corporations and millionaires.

Currently there is only one viable candidate who is not bought and controlled by Big Money, who is now on 33 state ballots, including Washington, and as a write-in in three other states and will most likely be on 40 states before November. This one candidate, bought and owned by we the people, is Green Party’s Dr. Jill Stein.

I find interest in reading her platform that is so different from what the Democrats and Republicans do in the Beltway. It is a platform that benefits the 99 percent.

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  1. roussir says:

    Thank you for sharing, I will look at the platform.

    Fortunately, here in WA we can vote for a third party on the left without affecting the chances of the center party to move the political and cultural discourse to the left.

  2. aislander says:

    “center party!” LOL!

  3. I read the summary (http://www.jillstein.org/summary_green_new_deal), looks like a great set of measures for addressing the current problems and moving away from the banana republic track. I could find only a few I have doubts about, a few I need to read more about, and nothing I can outright disagree with.

    A sufficient number of people think that Obama is a centrist, and the Democratic party is substantially supported by and supports a narrow, above-median-income, rentier segment of the electorate. Their policies are centrist, by world scale; they are very careful in balancing the interests of their constituents, and getting the populist vote, rather than be outright populist (left).

  4. aislander says:

    On an American scale, the Dems are just this side of Hugo Chavez. We need to get off the track that is bankrupting the rest of the world, and raise rather than lower OUR living standards.

    I am an American citizen, and will have no part of being more like Zimbabwe…

  5. On an American scale, the Dems are just this side of Hugo Chavez.

    See….that’s your problem….you keep thinking that the American scale is identical with yours. Fortunately the majority of Americans aren’t teaparty delusional.

  6. aislander says:

    The delusion lies in the belief that spending lots more money we don’t have is going to result in prosperity.

    Or maybe you guys really don’t believe that and it is just a con rather than a delusion…

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