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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...


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

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Democrats argue against third parties: "You can't win."

Democrats make the stupid charge against third party candidates that, You can't win."

The funny thing about this "can your candidates get elected" argument is that about half the Democrats run in districts they know they can't get elected in because they have been a party to gerrymandering the districts as part of the "good ol' boys' club" so why do they bother running in these districts knowing they can't win?

The main reason the Democrats run (and even spend millions of dollars to lose) is so people don't break free from the two-party trap.

Yet, knowing they have no chance of winning, these Democrats will still make the accusation that third-party candidates are splitting the votes.

Any Democrats want to answer my questions here?

A perfect example of what I am talking about is the last race for Michigan's 3rd Congressional District where Democrats spent millions of dollars on Steve Pestka's campaign knowing Pestka didn't have a snowball's chance in hell of winning. Does it make any difference how many times the losing vote is split?

We saw the exact same thing with the Dave Barrett for Governor campaign in Wisconsin--- neither Barrett nor any of the Democrats put up any real fight against Walker yet they wasted millions of dollars on a campaign and the Greens, led by Ben Manski and Jill Stein, bought into the idea they didn't want to take votes away from Barrett so the Greens didn't field a candidate for governor in Wisconsin even though the "fix" was already in assuring a Walker "victory."

We can look at dozens of similar situations all across this country.

How much longer will people continue to buy into the "lesser evil" argument and its companion argument of,  "You can't win?"

But, look at the states with Democratic super majorities like Minnesota--- and what have working people "won" with these Democrats keeping the Minimum Wage at $6.25 an hour using the bogus argument that they couldn't agree on how much to increase the Minimum Wage.

Obama had a two year Democratic super majority--- what did working people get? Shit.

Even when Democrats win, the people lose.

Get your name on the ballot and run independent of the Democrats and Republicans.

Progressives need to have Congressional District Committees serving as their base to run for federal, state and local offices.

Of course the Democrats never want to talk about credibility and accountability--- they would rather campaign on a platform of "jobs, jobs, jobs" knowing they won't create one single job--- other than their own jobs doing nothing but serving Wall Street's interests.