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Progressive Independence

“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” - Gandhi

There's been an anonymous commenter recently on this blog that keeps repeating the mythic mantra (in a variety of ways) -- "If you don't vote for a Democrat, you are voting for a Republican." This mantra is to many Democrats as the mythic mantra "Liberal Media" is to most Republicans -- a way to intimidate people who don't think like they do into thinking like they do.

So anonymous poster: I don't agree with this black and white thinking. I think in rainbow colors. Maybe I choose purple. If you say that there is only a choice between black and white, and if I don't choose white I'm in reality choosing black, I call B.S. to that. I'm choosing purple. It's not my fault that you only want a black and white world -- the world is not black and white. I'm sure you are very invested in buying into this system of black and white or you wouldn't spend so much time and energy trying to convince those of us who think outside of the box to get back in that box.

Here's my disclaimer:

I'm not a Democrat, although I was in my past. I'm not a Green, although I was one in my more recent past.

I'm a Progressive Independent.

I'm free to support and vote for the best candidate. I'm not tied to a candidate based on party alone.

I will no longer support or vote for the lesser of evils, although I did along time ago.

If you are a candidate and want to earn my vote, you need to stand for peace, a healthy and sustainable planet, health care for all, social justice for all, equality for all. You need to reject corporate personhood and corporate corruption in politics, and have the cajones to stand up for what's right even if your fellow lawmakers would rather roll over and play dead so that they can get re-elected.

If you are a party-loyalist who wants me to vote for your party's candidate, you will need to make sure that your party's nominee meets the above requirements.

I support Dennis Kucinich for President.
(he's a Democrat, the way)

“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” - Gandhi.


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Jan. 10th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
I get that nonsense too. Especially when people were shocked that I was looking at all the candidates I got a lot of "why would you even BOTHER to look at the platforms of the Republicans? YOU WOULD ACTUALLY VOTE FOR ONE?!?!?" Well, most likely no, but I look because if they mesh with my political views then yep. I've voted for a couple of Republicans on the state level before because I had gotten to know them and their campaigns and felt they were the best for the job. I think this whole two party system is leaving a lot of voters out in the cold.
Jan. 10th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
I completely agree!

We'll never get free of the chains of the black/white two party system if we get stuck thinking we can only work within it.

The Democratic Party has been steadily losing my confidence as they try to appeal to some imaginary "middle" and voters who vote based on superficial qualities (like "Oh! Hillary has emotions - I can vote for her now!") =P

And really I think the corruption in the political system has rendered it nearly powerless to help anyone at all (except corporations and wealthy power-brokers). Especially now that Bush has stacked the judicial deck, for life.

We the People will be saving ourselves (via grassroots environmental / locavore / energy / community / DIY /simplicity / etc. movements), TYVM! We need to stop looking to politicians, of all people, to fix our society.

Call me when a non-Christian lesbian daughter of poor Mexican immigrants can actually have a shot at the Presidency. I have little interest in these plutocratic oligarchs, of both parties, and their goals for our country (other than how they have power to step on me).

How about, "A vote for Hillary is about the same as a vote for a Republican."
Jan. 10th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
BTW, I didn't say "A vote for a Democrat is about the same as a vote for a Republican" because I do actually kind of like Obama & Kucinich & Gravel, though none of them is my ideal candidate. They're definitely above par for what the Dems usually put forward. But the economic to social issues ratio is always skewed away from me, on one side or the other.

But people with all my values don't get to run for President. Our lazy, close-minded, traditionalist society isn't ready for the future yet, though we all desperately need it.
Jan. 16th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
this is former user thecause, the individual that created the lj community bikeslc.

i just wanted to drop a quick line and inform you that while the bikeslc community is no longer active, a better more complete community has been created with blogger:


i encourage you to stop by and see what is going on in the SLC bike community. i have set up feeds for the BFC, SLC Critical Mass and the SLC Bike Collective so you can get the latest headlines from those organizations in one location.

additionally, i have set up a wiki which allows you to add your own links, rides and fliers for slc cycling.

finally, i created a feed for bicycling events with the latest cycling events.

all of this is community contribute oriented. in fact, if you would like to post to the blog about bicycling, just drop me a line @ thezoed@gmail.com with some work you have done in the past and i will set that up. currently we have two contributers to the saltcycle blog.

see you in the streets.
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