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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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| I Am Registered To Vote, And Plan On Voting For Gore/lieberman... ||Aug 10th. at 4:50:37 pm UTC|
|ShaylaB (Phoenix, Arizona US) ||Age: 34 - Email |
I am registered to vote, and plan on voting for Gore/Lieberman. I feel it's necessary to have a Democrat in the office in lieu of any viable third-party alternative. I do approve of both Gore and Lieberman's voting record in Congress, for the most part.
| Yes, I Think We Should Be More Involved In The Political Process... ||Aug 10th. at 4:46:39 pm UTC|
|Karen Shoemaker (Arlington, Virginia US) ||Age: 52 - Email |
Yes, I think we should be more involved in the political process. As I have gotten older, I have become much more politically aware and active, and seldom hesitate in identifying my religious affiliation. As a pagan, and therefore nature-based, I am heartily behind Al Gore. I may not entirely agree with all of his political agendas, but without a healthy environment, nothing else will matter much anyway.
| The Libertarian Party. Need I Say More? No Other Party Enforces Personal... ||Aug 10th. at 4:34:23 pm UTC|
|Kate (Dallas, Texas US) ||Age: 20 |
The libertarian party. Need I say more? No other party enforces personal freedom, including religious, as much. The Republicans have become more the extreme Christian party and the Democrats... though they are often tagged as the "party for the people and minorites" are almost as close minded as the Republicans when it comes to personal freedoms and religious beliefs. I believe it is important for any non-mainstream religious group, like pagans, to get involved in protecting their freedoms. Especially now as the Christian right has moved heavily into politics. The libertarian party is the only one that leaves morals and beliefs up to the individual instead of legislating on what personal practices are right and wrong. The government has no place in my personal life as long as I don't harm anyone else. Anyway, I don't want this little post to become a large essay on libertarianism so I suggest that everyone go read http://www.libertarian.org and http://www.harrybrowne2000.org :) And if it isn't obvious by now, I'll definitely be voting for Mr. Harry Browne for president this year.
| Green Party...ralph Nader...although I Could Very Well Vote For Gore... ||Aug 10th. at 4:32:35 pm UTC|
|Suzanne R. (Franklin, Massachusetts US) ||Age: 32 |
Green Party...Ralph Nader...although I could very well vote for Gore to prevent Bush from getting in.
I think it's very important for Pagans to be politically aware and active.
I am registered to vote.
| O.k., John Ashcorrupt (90%) Beat Mark Perkell (10%) In Tuesdays Primaries (mo... ||Aug 10th. at 2:13:59 pm UTC|
|Silver MayKitten (springfield, Missouri US) ||Age: 55 - Email |
O.K., John Ashcorrupt (90%) beat Mark Perkell (10%) in Tuesdays primaries (MO 7th district Congress -- see post 67) I really don't see anyone in the majority parties to vote for, so I guess I will vote libertarian just to register my dissapointment with the candidates available. (Besides I kinda, sorta, maybe like brown.)
Merry meet and merry part untill we merry meet again,
| I Am Registered And Am Voting For Nadar. I Want Him To... ||Aug 10th. at 2:12:20 pm UTC|
|David G*j*? Ganesh (Brooklyn, New York US) ||Age: 51 - Email |
I am registered and am voting for Nadar. I want him to have bargaining power to prompt Gore to live up to the convictions of his youth. I think it important to take responsibility to shape each of the worlds we participate in. -- G*j*?
| I Have Been A Registered Member Of The Green Party For 10... ||Aug 10th. at 2:03:18 pm UTC|
|Argante Comyn (Mountain View, California US) ||Age: 32 - Email |
I have been a registered member of the Green Party for 10 years, and I voted for Ralph Nader in 1996 as a protest against all of President Clinton's forgotten (and stonewalled) promises, and the Democratic Party's abandonment of the progressive population of the United States. I will be voting for Ralph Nader again in 2000, since the Green Party's platform is the only platform that comes anywhere near representing what I would like accomplished. It has been very exciting to see Ralph Nader's TV ads, too--this year the voice of the left wing might actually be heard.
Yes, there is a huge risk involved. Good points have been made by many about the possibility of a W. Bush presidency, if the left is split into Nader and Gore voting groups...but a vote for Gore is *so* much like a vote for Bush, I just can't stomach it. YMMV.
| There Is Only One Reason To Organize..... If A Politician Desires Votes... ||Aug 10th. at 1:28:23 pm UTC|
|Ed Hubbard (Chicago, Illinois US) ||Age: 37 - Email |
There is only one reason to organize.....
If a Politician Desires votes, those who can deliver them have power.
Simple, bold, and to the point.
In a democracy, the belief of a clean election is the only concept we can depend on. Without a clean election, we cannot function as a democracy and corruption takes place.
In the United States, a Election is taking place that is very important to religious freedom. We need to become involved with the political function.
The real question is do we organize towards a shared voice, one that will allow those who were elected and those who were not know that our votes made a difference in their election?
Until we answer that, we have no power in the elective process.
| I Am A Registered Voter, And I'm Voting For Nader And The... ||Aug 10th. at 12:46:45 pm UTC|
|Morgaine Brigid O'Herne (Boise, Idaho US) ||Age: 38 - Email |
I am a registered voter, and I'm voting for Nader and the Green Party.Because...
1) for a long time I've wanted to support a third party or indenpendent, but this is the first one I've actually felt could do a good job in office, and who may actually have a chance.
2)even if Nader doesn't win, just getting a third party on the ballot will open up possibilities for the future.
3) I live in a state (Idaho) that presidents and candidates only visit in times of envirnmental disaster. We just about had to burn down our whole state to get Clinton here for a couple of hours. Nader has promised to visit all fifty states during his campaign, and has kept that promise.
| I Am Registered Independant And Leaning(gulp) Toward Gore, Since He Has... ||Aug 10th. at 12:46:05 pm UTC|
|otterwoman (bath, Maine US) ||Age: 45 - Email |
I am registered independant and leaning(gulp) toward Gore, since he has the strongest enviormental stance and appears to have a more open mind than Bush. But I'm not happy with this choice entirely. (If anyone's got a better canidate with a chance of shaking things up for the better, let me hear from you!)
Why cann't our green parties get the recognition and backing that they need...(Cried the naive, old pagan)
YES! I beleive we must all remain politically aware, and on some level active, if only in our meditations, spell weaving and personal conversations. Even though the things we hope for don't blossom to fruition immeadiately, they become part of the world's collective thoughts if enough energy is directed.
| Conservative Republicans Are By Nature Uninformed, Unlearned Individuals With Low Tolerance For... ||Aug 10th. at 11:00:13 am UTC|
|Ambrosius (Boston, Massachusetts US) ||Age: 34 |
Conservative Republicans are by nature uninformed, unlearned individuals with low tolerance for diversity. The conservative ideology is a reflection of inner anger and backward thinking. Politics are a reflection of inner values; political leanings which tend toward inclusion and tolerance reflect inner peace. Political leanings which tend toward exclusion, suspicion, and imposing self reliance on individuals by pulling away social support networks reflect selfishness and disdain for others. Christians have a phrase that is appropriate here: "you will know them by their acts". Gary Graham, Matthew Shepard, and Bill Brady all bear witness to the fruits of selfish intent reflected in political leanings and a world view: standing fast against homophobia, gun violence, racism, and dehumanizing individuals are virtues more prevalent in the Democratic Party, and almost completely absent from the Republican.
| I Generally Lean More Toward The Democrats Than The Republicans And Am... ||Aug 10th. at 8:34:59 am UTC|
|Priscilla A. Herrington (Hartford, Connecticut US) ||Age: 57 - Email |
I generally lean more toward the Democrats than the Republicans and am, in fact, a registered Democrat. It is essential for Pagans to be politically involved - even more so than it is for all Americans. First, wide scale invlvement of ALL the people is what makes the system work. When people and especially groups of people, remain uninvolved, they are letting everyone else make decisions for them. It is critical for those of us who represent apparently minority groups - whether Pagans, bi-sexuals, vegetarians, artists, tree huggers, hermits, etc. - to add our views to the mix. Let them know that the major parties don't always represent our views! Present our views - I'm always pleasantly surprised at how many people agree with me when I share my perspective on things!
I am definitely planning to vote against George W - no surprise there! I am presently leaning far towards Ralph Nader - I like what I hear from him and the Green Party. Many Pagans have been involved in the demonstrations in Seattle and Washington - and the Green Party is largely echoing the position of the protesters there. I admit to being pleasantly surprised with Gore's choice of Lieberman - the Senator from my home state of Connecticut. This is an honorable man - although I don't always agree with his positionss, I do trust him - at least, more than I trust most politicians! But in the end, I will probably vote for Nader - depending, of course, on what might transpire between now and November.
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