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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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Time to Talk Politics and Elections…
Eek! It’s the silly season again.
For U.S. Pagans/Heathens: The U.S. is holding mid-term elections Nov. 5th. Will you be voting? What are the issues that are most important to you? Do you vote by issue or by party? Do you have any thoughts on how it will turn out?
Non-U.S. Pagans/Heathens: The U.S. is woefully ignorant about your political processes. Please enlighten us. How many parties do you have? What are the names of the parties and what platforms do they represent? Do you have 'liberals' and 'conservatives'? How often do you vote? Do you elect representatives? How do you contact these representatives about your issues?
As always while talking politics, discussions can become heated. Please stay on the issues and do not resort to personal attacks. Further discussions should be taken to e-mail.
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| Just A Thought... ||Nov 4th. at 4:18:19 am UTC|
|Jesse (WA) ||Age: 19 - Email |
I've seen a lot of discussion regarding George W. Bush and his ties to corporate America, and I just have to wonder ...
Hasn't anybody stopped to think, wait a minute...Bush gets into office and all these people start getting caught. Bush is signing legislature thats putting them in jail. As compared to 8 years of Clinton, where we now learn that "great economy" he developed was a sham, and they were getting away with. Its real easy to look good when youre cooking the books.
I'm no fan of the Bushs....I would've voted Nader had I been old enough....but I just find it very upsetting when people don't follow their thoughts to conclusion sometimes.
I fully support the freedom of religion, and am sick of the bible-thumpers as any logical person should be, for the record. I'm also sick of our corrupt two-party system that promises change but all we ever hear are the same tired debates: abortion, gun control, finger-pointing....
While the newest numbers prove that the economy is not nearly as in the slump as democrats would have you believe (especially when you consider the circumstances of our previous 'great' economy, as discussed above), and that we're actually looking better than we have in awhile, thats no reason to stop working. Yet the Republicans are too war-hungry and the democrats are busy complaining, but offering no solutions...Who will offer a solution? Noone in my state has done that yet.
Our campaigning incumbent democrat representative goes on rants about the state of the economy, yet offers no solutions. Republican rallies focus on the war in Iraq - as an American, I feel the press of danger upon us, but believe it is in those times that we must question our actions the most.
Where are those of us who seek true reform to turn to?
| Election Day In Floriduh!! OH NO!! ||Nov 4th. at 9:15:15 am UTC|
|MoonOwl (Egypt Lake, Floriduh) ||Age: 39 - Email |
Yes, I am voting. I am voting Democrat all the way down the line.
I wanted Darryl Jones for our governor but he got so little coverage no one knew who he was unless they watched the 1st debate between McBride, Reno & Jones. I guess a man who has good ideas and has solid ways to implement them isn't what it's all about.
Do I like McBride? Not really. But I'm tired of Jeb. I wonder what south floriduh is going to do to screw up the election this time.
I should be fair...the one thing I do like about McBride is that he is receptive to gay adoption (or so he says). Maybe he can pull our great state out of the puritanical age into the new age.
I am pretty convinced that the "good ole boy" system down here will make sure bushie is re-elected, but I will vote anyway. Maybe I'll be pleasently surprised and our system will work as it should without any *lost* votes... Dredge the waters of south Floriduh and I'll bet you'd find 8,000 votes for Gore and just how many for Darryl Jones & Janet Reno!!! What a mess!
At least up here in Hillsborough County we have our act together (I think). Pam Iorio for Mayor!! - She's our supervisior of elections and this woman is on the ball!!!
One more day til the negative ads are over with. YES!!!! Shamey on all those people that don't vote. Remember, it was less than 600 votes that put shrub (i love that) in office. (dredge the waters!!)
VOTE people. It's one right we still have left even if it doesn't count!!
Peace & Love!
| I Am Voting For Gridlock. ||Nov 4th. at 11:05:22 am UTC|
|Dances with Shadows (Tucson) ||Age: 49 - Email |
I am politically Independent. I don't have much use for either the Dems or the Reps.
Liberals would tax us dry to pay for social programs that do little or nothing for
targeted populations. Conservatives would poison the Earth to promote business.
At the national level this year I will vote for Democrats to counter the President,
and his hidden agenda(Oil,energy) and shadowy backers.
| I Am Indpendant Too ||Nov 4th. at 5:34:58 pm UTC|
|Stacy (topeka, Kansas) ||Age: 36 - Email |
I can't side with the reps and dems and see little diff between them. It seems to be all about corporate influence. So I just can not align with either of them.
I would vote outside of the two parties but who am I kidding? I want more than a 'statement' I will make sure AT least that the repubs don't get all the marbles, and will probably vote demoncrat to keep some check in place, if nothing else, to at least slow down ashcroft and his xtian influences.
What surprises me is to hear the reps still blame it all on Clinton. It's been almost two years... YOUR boy has created his own mess. I'll never forgive bC for lying but, I have every reason to believe that Dubya, has lied even more. I guess that's ok as long as it's not under oathe.
(wishing third party candidates had a prayer)
| Our Structure At Present ||Nov 4th. at 11:04:30 pm UTC|
|Tink (Germany) ||Age: 31 - Email |
Germany is a bit diffrent.
Yes we do have librals and conservatives but their agendas are diffrent. Here the librals are under corprate influance more then the conservatives. (mainly because the conservatives have money nad the liberals want money). Our Parlament looks like this:
32% liberal (called the reds or the Social Psomthing Democrates)
38% conservatives (called the blacks or Christian Democratic Union)
8% ecoparty (called the greens)
Presently the Liberals and the Greens have a voting coalition built so they can out vote the conservatives in parlament. This means for the people HEAVY TAXES as the Librals make money for themselves (We're not seeing any of this money as the Libreals are cutting most support for low income people and families with children) and the Greens, through high taxes, try to force the people to not drive their cars and buisness to pay for extravigant ecological protections (or be fined of course, were the money dissapears into the government soft money coffers).
This is all very bad for the working people of Germany. I respect the Greens. They are doing exactly what they said they would do. Sticking to their platform to protect the earth. The Librals on the other hand are streight up liers and thieves. They cut taxes COMPLETELY for the largest, riches German companies. Illiminate help for familes trying to build homes. Raise taxes on the lowest paid jobs so that they get 2/3rds of the money (out of 350€ they get 200€ and you get 150€ nice huh?) They go up on stage and say "We will NOT riase taxes! The next week raising them higher then even the opposition party had estimated).....*sigh*
But we had an election last Sep. and Germany relected these people so what can I say. We live in a Democracy and the stupid Germans out number the smart Germans by (look at the numbers) 2%. The majority rules.....*shugs and goes back to work*
| Anti-Bush ||Nov 5th. at 11:11:04 am UTC|
|Prytan (South Jersey) ||Age: 50 - Email |
I'll definitely be voting, I NEVER miss an election. I'm going to hold my nose and vote for the Democrats because control of the Senate and House are riding on this election and there's NOTHING more important to me than keeping Bush from having his Fascist, Religious Right owned-and-operated judicial appointees confirmed. I still remember how lots of Democrats and liberals and progressives sat out the very close'68 election rather than vote for the Democratic candidate, Humphrey. They, and we, are STILL suffering Nixon's Federal and Supreme Court appointees.
As for my own political views, most of them, with the exception of gun control, are about 180 degrees opposite those of the Religious Right and That Fool In The White House.
I think most of the pollsters and pundits will be surprised by how well the Democrats will fare at the polls today. I don't think they've given full credence to the enormous store of anger there is in this country about the stolen 2000 election or the massive amount of hatred there is for Bush. Anger and hate are very effective motivators at election time.
As I reluctantly descend from my soapbox, I say Blessed be to all.
| Blessed Be ||Nov 5th. at 12:17:03 pm UTC|
|The Sweeper (OK) ||Age: 48 - Email |
I have already posted to many time on this subject and am deeply sorry, however…….
“I say blessed be to all”, except of course all those fools who disagree with me, and those awful monster to whom I have lost elections oh, and anyone on the Religious Right.
“enormous store of anger ….the massive amount of hatred” My, doesn’t politics bring out the best in us all.
“Anger and hate are very effective motivators” Sadly, this is true, anger and hate are much better motivators then reason and understanding, intelligence and wisdom, or even love and compassion.
Sort of makes me proud to be an American.
| I Will Be Voting Today... Hope You Are To. ||Nov 5th. at 12:27:49 pm UTC|
|Jake M. (Austin Tex) ||Age: 48 - Email |
I really do hope that american's rise to this occasion and block the 'jesus/guns' crowd from taking over the government. Your religious and personal freedom (or what's left of it) hangs in the balance.
| For The Sweeper ||Nov 5th. at 12:44:21 pm UTC|
|Prytan (South Jersey) ||Age: 50 - Email |
1. Yes, I say Blessed be to all, whether they agree with me or not. Differing opinions are a righteous thing.
2. Politics, unfortunately, does NOT bring out the best in us all. I didn't make it that way and it's not likely to change anytime soon.
3. Anger and hate ARE effective motivators, no matter who likes it.
4. Don't attempt to divine the things that influence my opinions, or second-guess my intelligence, reason or wisdom. You're likely to be wrong.
5. I don't give a damn whether you're proud to be an American or not.
| Green--For Her Sake ||Nov 5th. at 12:58:04 pm UTC|
|Snapdragon (near Seattle) ||Age: 54 - Email |
I began as an activist around civil rights and the war in Vietnam, while still in high school. Now I'm in my 50s, and we have made some headway on civil rights, but wars are still a commonplace. The world is ecologically much worse off, and the nuclear threat has been enhanced by biological and chemical weapons. Folks, "business as usual" isn't going to suffice--if we are going to save this planet from destruction, we have got to act, and strike at some of the roots of this cancer. "Doing deals" in the marketplace of the US Congress and White House will only perpetuate the current cycle of pollution, government secrecy and lies, and covert terrorism that comes back to haunt us. Build the Green movement, wherever you are. For the sake of Her who is this world, radiant and alive. The Power we need to raise, is power to the people...while there is still time.
| Voting, Politics, And Other Such Thoughts ||Nov 5th. at 1:49:36 pm UTC|
|Clio (York PA) ||Age: 29 - Email |
I voted this morning--I voted the Green Party across the board, except where incumbents had no competition (which sadly happens frequently in my area).
I became involved with the Green Party because of severe disillusionment with big party politics. I met Michael Morrill, PA's Green candidate for governor, as well as 19th Congressional distric candidate Ben Price and talked to them. And they truly listened to my issues and concerns. I also realized at that same time that I share many beliefs with the Green Party and there I could feel comfortable. So I voted today. I voted Green today and I am tremendously happy with that.
| Voting For The Lesser Of 2 Weasels ||Nov 5th. at 2:05:54 pm UTC|
|Anneka (Nevada, USA) ||Age: 24 - Email |
It's funny, I've always been a registered Democrat, but this election, I voted mostly Republican. In this state, most of the Democrats are very much pro-gun-control. The way I see it, the second amendment (the right to keep and bear arms) is what the founding fathers left us to make sure our government doesn't restrict our OTHER rights. It seems the people most qualified to run our country don't want the job, so we're left with a picked-over, less than satisfying ballot.
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