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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...

http://peaceandsocialjustice.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-progressive-program-for-real-change.html


What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.


"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens"

- Ben Franklin

Let's talk...

Let's talk...

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

All time record low turn out at the Polls in St. Paul, Minnesota

Well... it looks like the people of St. Paul, Minnesota are thrilled with their right to vote. Less than 5% of those eligible to vote showed up at the polls... I don't imagine we will be seeing this figure used any time soon to persuade the peoples of the world about how great American democracy is... but, already the political pundits are at it putting their spin on things... what are they saying? These pundits are telling us people didn't bother voting because they are just tickled pink with the performance of St. Paul politicians who never mentioned the Ford Plant closing or the Ford dam being sold to a foreign power generating company.

After interviewing dozens of St. Paul voters at the polling places during the last General Election, I have a little different take on the low voter turn out: People are fed up with not having any real options when they go to the polls.

With voter turnouts like this the Minnesota Democratic Farmer-Labor Party (MN DFL) should be very concerned... maybe its time for Brian Melendez, the MN DFL Chair to organize that walk through the St. Paul Ford Twin Cities Assembly Plant to find out what it is working people really want... looks to me like UAW Local 879 sat out this election... and so did everyone else who wants to see the Ford Plant saved.

Strange, but not a single candidate addressed the issue of the Ford Plant closing yet it is the single most important issue on peoples' minds. Maybe some people should consider write-in campaigns making saving the Ford Plant the issue?