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Posted: Nov. 17, 2002
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Who are you going to vote for and why?
Which political platform or candidate are you leaning towards? Do you think that a level of political involvement is important to pagans? Are you registered to vote, will you vote and who -if you don't mind telling the world- are you planning to vote for (or against)?
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| Greetings, Neighbors... I Am A Pagan Canadian, Watching The Political Climate In... ||Aug 19th. at 11:51:54 am UTC|
|Liana (Edmonton, Alberta CA) ||Age: 33 |
Greetings, neighbors... I am a pagan Canadian, watching the political climate in your country with great interest. Simply because, if the United States was to have a president that was clearly pro-Christian, I think the negative ramifications would be felt world wide. As in all democratic countries, we ALL must exercise our right to vote. I am proud to see the strong response of the pagan community in your country. Blessings upon you, brothers and sisters, and good luck!
| I Watched Gore's Speech Last Night (along With My Catholic Husband) And... ||Aug 19th. at 1:11:47 am UTC|
|MoonDragon (Thousand Oaks, California US) ||Age: 33 |
I watched Gore's speech last night (along with my Catholic husband) and although in the back of my mind I have a hard time believing promises until the candidate gets elected, I saw true emotion in Gore's stand on many issues. I believe that he will be fair to ALL citizens, regardless of their belief systems. Sen. Lieberman is quite popular in my home state of Connecticut and although (I'm ashamed to admit) I did not follow politics AT ALL in my younger days, I know that he has been very fair and logical in the past; I believe that political involvement is as important to pagans as it is to all citizens. The officials that are elected in this country are often elected by a SMALL majority of those eligible to vote. I am registered and make a point of voting as often as I can. It is frustrating to hear people complain about government officials when THEY DID NOT VOTE!! I'm voting for Gore....
| Gore.... Political Involvement Is Crucial. So Is Getting The Facts -- Winter Needs... ||Aug 18th. at 3:54:45 pm UTC|
|Widdershins (Ypsilanti, Michigan US) ||Age: 33 |
Gore.... Political involvement is crucial. So is getting the facts -- Winter needs to go look at the sources of some of those 'statistics'he/she quoted in his/her post, and take a look at Canada.
| First Off I'm Very Pleased To See So Many People Voting Libertarian... ||Aug 18th. at 2:01:12 pm UTC|
|Winter (Worcester, Massachusetts US) ||Age: 18 |
First off I'm very pleased to see so many people voting Libertarian. I am very anti-government involvement, and believe in EVERY type of freedom. Not just the "pc" ones. Yes, I value my religious freedom, and freedom of choice on abortion. But I feel way more threatened by Gore's attempts to register and license firearms than Bush's statements about religion. Let's look at what happens when religious (or other types of) minorities are disarmed:
"In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
"In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
"Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
"China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
"Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100, 000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
"Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300, 000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
"Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million 'educated' people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated."
Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.
The next time someone speaks in favor of gun control, ask them
"Who do YOU want to round up and exterminate?" We Wiccans may top the list.
With guns, we are citizens. Without them, we are subjects.
Prince Albert would make us his subjects. Don't allow him to usher in another burning times. Please vote for Browne or Bush. www.georgewbush.com www.harrybrowne2000.org The Second Amendment sisters: www.sas-aim.org
| I Belive It's Important For Pagans To Vote, As It Is For... ||Aug 18th. at 10:53:11 am UTC|
|Sharon Baker (Yulee, Florida US) ||Age: 46 - Email |
I belive it's important for Pagans to vote, as it is for every citizin. I will vote AGAINST George W. Bush, as I am very concerned about his views on religious freedom, witchcraft in particular. At this point, I believe I will vote for Al Gore.
| I Feel That Everyone In This Country Should Be Politically Aware, Not... ||Aug 18th. at 2:59:43 am UTC|
|Glorianna Autumnstorm (Southern Calif, California US) ||Age: 29 - Email |
I feel that everyone in this country should be politically aware, not just pagans. However, when issues that concern the pagan community are in the forefront, I think it is more important than ever for pagans to let their voices be heard. Some seats in the Supreme Court are going to become vacant within the next presidential term, and our choice of President will influence the type of people we have on the bench for many years to come. The make-up of the Supreme Court is going to be absolutely vital to pagans in the upcoming years, with issues like freedom of religion, prayer in schools, and a woman's right to choose hanging in the balance.
I personally am going to vote for Vice President Al Gore. When considering both of the candidates' views on the environment, religious freedom, etc... I can't imagine the alternative. I am behind Gore 100% and I do not consider him to be the lesser of two evils, as some have said. Gore is an environmental advocate, he believes in affordable health care for everyone, he plans to implement programs to sustain our economic good fortune rather than plunder it, he promotes freedom of religion, and he believes that the retirement age should stay where it is instead of being raised into the 70's. These are just a few of the things that are fresh in my mind after watching the convention, and they alone are very persuasive. Bush denies that Witchcraft/Wicca is even a genuine religion . . . and I have to say, that frightens me. With a few strategic placements in the Supreme Court, we could be living in the shadows again.
Am I leaning toward a particular candidate? I am hanging on to Al Gore for dear life! If the rest of you out there agree with me, I urge you to hang on for dear life too. Let your voice be heard . . . while voting for a member of the green party or libertarian party might make a great "statement", the reality is that those votes only take votes away from Gore, allowing Bush to press into the lead. Vote for one of the two candidates who acutally stand a chance of winning this election, and who will mostly likely control our futures for the next four to eight years! As the sayings go - I am a "Proud Patriotic Pagan", and "I am a witch . . . . and I vote"
| I Will Be Voting For Al Gore. I Listened To His Speech... ||Aug 18th. at 2:45:23 am UTC|
|L. Norton (Livonia, Michigan US) ||Age: 45 - Email |
I will be voting for Al Gore. I listened to his speech tonight, and that, along with other times I have seen or heard of his actions, has determined my vote. Frankly, i agree with his plans to preserve social security, i think that prescriptions should be covered by medicare, i believe in fixing the school system - the children are everyone's future, and I believe he will stand for ALL Americans, not just the Christians as George Jr. has indicated.
I firmly believe in the separation between church and state, Mr Bush treats this as a minor obstical to overcome in switching social services over to religious institutes. This will include religious practices, making religion part of the 'solution' and paying for this with Federal and State monies. I have no problem with my tax money going to social services. I do have a problem with those same social services being changed over to religious institutions so that the government can claim to provide these services as long as you go to the church that is handling them!
Also, the voucher program sponsored by many republicans embraces the idea that it is ok to leave a child behind in a troubled school system. I firmly believe that we need to fix the system - not throw away the kids who don't get into alternative schools. Once you leave the public school there is no guarantee of transporation or acceptance. Many parochial schools, that have signed agreements to accept students on a first come first serve basis, have found ways to get around this to keep the parishioners in first. They are still fighting these cases in courtrooms in various states. The children pay the price though!
I was under-impressed by the third party candidates.
| Well, Right Off The Bat, The Answers. Yes, I've Been A Registered... ||Aug 18th. at 12:12:08 am UTC|
|Lyn G (Oceanside, California US) ||Age: 33 - Email |
Well, right off the bat, the answers. Yes, I've been a registered voter since the day I turned 18. I don't lean toward parties or platforms, because the truth is no one can meet all my opinions with one party or platform. I will vote, and as of this moment it will be for VP Gore.
I've read a number of posts that refer to making a choice between the lesser of two evils. The truth, imho, is that we don't face a situation of a lesser of *two* evils, rather we face a reality of many of them. We have a two party system that will not change, no matter how many alternative parties we create. We have candidates who must campaign on looks and charisma while they avoid the issues for fear of losing the big dollar backers or losing the short attention spans of an apathetic public.
Get involved. Get your friends and family involved. Especially if they don't agree with your views. The only way we will have a system that works is if we put the people back into it. Some of the best lessons I ever learned came from discussing issues with people who didn't agree with my views.
| Aloha All, Well I Will Tell You I Am Not Voting For... ||Aug 17th. at 8:42:58 pm UTC|
|Caroline Bacon (Kailua, Hawaii US) ||Age: 25 - Email |
Aloha all, Well i will tell you I am NOT voting for Governor George W. Bush.I am registered to vote and will be there in November. If you all have not already heard he has made June 10 offical Jesus day in Texas. What next if he becomes president, prayer in schools or maybe he will decide that the state does have a say in our religon and try and change the laws! Wow, something to think about. It is very scarry too as we have fought long and hard to come this far and we all must come together and be heard; now is the time to stand up for what we believe to be true. To read it for your selves go to this site...
| Gary A.'s Statements About Harry Browne Are Unfortunately So Far Off-base... ||Aug 17th. at 3:07:02 pm UTC|
|David K. M. Klaus (St. Louis, Missouri US) ||Age: 44 - Email |
Gary A.'s statements about Harry Browne are unfortunately so far off-base as to be Newspeakish black=white and right=wrong; he ascribes some positions to Browne which are diametrically opposite of Browne's true positions.
Mr. A. states that Mr. Browne wishes abortion to be illegal. The reality is that the official Browne/Libertarian Party position is that the Constitution does not permit the federal government to take a position on abortion in either direction, either to pass laws aganst it or to provide money to pay for it.
I suppose if someone were to deliberately, willfully, blindly ignore Mr. Browne's unconditional opposition to the criminalizing of abortion, then he or she could say based on the above that he's against a woman's right to choose, but only if.
Mr. A. states that Mr. Browne is against gay rights. The reality is that the official Browne/Libertarian Party position is that anti-gay laws such as sodomy laws are an unconstitutional invasion of individual privacy and should be stricken from the books -- government shouldn't be in anybody's bedroom, either gay or straight.
Mr. Browne *is* against hate crime laws on the basis that murder is murder, and murder for hate is not more immoral than murder for money, and believes that owners of rental property should have final say over the renting of their property, even if their reasoning is stupid, ham-fisted, or whimsical, on the basis that government shouldn't be taking upon itself to decide the validity of personal decisions of property owners.
I suppose if someone were to deliberately, willfully, blindly ignore Mr. Browne's unconditional opposition to the criminalizing of gay sex, then he or she could say based on the above that he's against gay rights, but only if.
| I Am Thoroughly Amazed At The Number Of Pagans Who Claim They... ||Aug 17th. at 11:46:07 am UTC|
|Chrystabella -"The Dark Orchid" (Cleveland, Ohio US) ||Age: 36 - Email |
I am thoroughly amazed at the number of pagans who claim they are going to vote for a third party candidate or even worse, Governor Bush. Bush has stated that he doesn't consider pagan faiths "real religions" and let us not forget that a vote for Bush is not merely a vote for the candidate alone, but a tacit endorsement for that candidates party's political agenda. The Republican party for some strange reason seems to attract a number of small "L" libertarians and independents, but make no mistake...it is the "fundies"(right wing fundamentalists)who call the shots in that party when it comes down to deciding what direction the party will take regarding policy issues. Have we so soon forgotten Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga) speaking out against the freedom of worship rights of pagans in the military? How long do you believe any politician of any ideological persuasion would last in office if he or she made similar threats in the direction of Christian service personnel? Point blank, people...conservatives are our enemies. People who adhere to that political philosophy have been a scourge on the back of humanity since recorded history. It was people like those who were responsible for atrocities like the Spanish Inquisition, The Burning Times, Manifest Destiny, Jim Crow and the Holocaust. It is interesting to note that a pro Bush pagan took comfort in the fact that his freedoms of religion would be protected from right wing assault by the judicial interpretation of the Constitution and by legal precedent. I would ask that poster this question: Who does he think is going to appoint(and, in turn, confirm)the judges that will protect him? The answer would be akin to electing a fox to lead the hen house and then allowing that fox to appoint other members of his pack to safeguard the door. In light of this, in my opinion, the only viable choice for pagans of all persuasions can only be Al Gore and the Democratic Party. Third party candidates may be philosophically intriguing, but realistically they have no chance of winning and would only serve to place into power people(remember, not just a president)who have proven to be openly hostile to our interests.
| I Have Read Many Of The Responses Here, And While I Can... ||Aug 17th. at 10:34:00 am UTC|
|Daven (mka Eric Landrum) (Nashville, Tennessee US) ||Age: 32 - Email |
I have read many of the responses here, and while I can see some value in the Green Party candidate (and a good friend of mine is voting for Nader) someone pointed out that such a move would split the vote and put George W in the White House.
Someone else said the Gore would not be good because nothing would get done. What's wrong with that? We have had previously innefective candidates and presidents before, look at Ford for the Lady's sake. From thinking about this, it seems to me that with the quick turn over in the political arena for our supreme leader (i.e. the President) one should look at this:
If none of the candidates can do a good job through lack of courage, lack of allies, or just lack of spine, then we should at least pick a candidate that won't make the situation worse. In my oppinion, the only person for the job at this point is Gore.
Besides, I remember 8 years ago, when debates like this were croping up all over the place and when Clinton was elected, there were screams of dismay. I seem to remember some of the rude jokes going around as well, and the fact that the Military had to teach their Commander in Chief how to salute. However, he grew into the job, just like every President we have had, and by the end of his second term, he had accomplished much. Gays in the Military are allowed to stay there, a National Healthcare system was explored, and proposed multiple times, and many other little changes that have had a tremendous impact upon our daily lives.
If Gore can't continue that trend (and I think he can), I don't want to see Bush in a position to start undoing all that good work. Nader, and all the other candidates can't muster the support in the Congress to carry more than just a handful of minor changes, and our Foreign Policy would disintigrate with any of them in office. Gore seems the most acceceptable to me for keeping things as they are, until another charismatic candidate can come along and start the upward momentum again.
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