As your constituent, I urge you to push in future legislative sessions for the following improvements to our elections, which could all be accomplished without changes to the United States Constitution: Continue reading
Decades after Letterman made Top Ten lists ubiquitous, I’m making my first!
Here are the Top 10 Reasons why your political “wokeness” is not tied to obsession over #Russiagate, an idea advanced in a National Public Radio piece critical of Lee Camp’s show Redacted Tonight on Russia Today: Continue reading
Updated July 18, 2017. Ask your representatives to support the Fair Representation Act (HR 3057).
This ugly example of the Democratic Party establishment genuflecting before health insurance companies prompted some advice for progressives who still think they can fix the Democratic Party.
- Green Party Platform Positions
- “Enact single-payer universal health insurance. Until single-payer is established, we support laws that act to make insurance policies transportable from job to job.”
- Greens call for an end to the “war on drugs”, legalization of drugs and for treating drug abuse as a health issue. The “war on drugs” has been an ill conceived program that has wasted billions of dollars misdirecting law enforcement resources away from apprehending and prosecuting violent criminals, while crowding our prisons with non-violent drug offenders and disproportionately criminalizing youth of color.
- Provide free college tuition to all qualified students at public universities and vocational schools. It’s time to forgive all student and parent loans taken out to finance post-secondary and vocational education.
- Election Reforms
Yes, yes, yes.
Let’s start off with the mechanics of voting. If transportation or health or schedule or laziness is a problem, use an absentee ballot. I sent off for my absentee ballot yesterday, and I also requested them for my parents.
Now let’s talk about whether voting does any good. I’d say I’m in line with Professor Noam Chomsky says on this.
Assuming that Georgia is not in doubt for the Presidential election, I’ll write in Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala. If Georgia is close and Georgia’s electoral votes matter, I’d vote for Obama/Biden.
When I don’t know anything about a position or the candidates, I vote for the Democrat, i.e. Evita Paschall for D.A.
For voters who support the Libertarian Party, there are several Libertarian candidates.
If I am proactive, I will learn about the position of Columbia County Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor and the 3 candidates running for the three positions. Obviously, this means that, mathematically, your vote cannot make a difference in who gets elected. But, let’s say you discover that two candidates are qualified and one is not. You can vote for the two and not vote for the third and/or write-in “Not John Doe” or “Bugs Bunny” or the name of the person you think is qualified. Then you can find out the next time the office is up for election and try to do something about it.
Finally, there are two statewide proposed constitutional amendments and one county referendum. If you don’t know anything about the issue, vote no, since it could have only gotten on the ballot if our current politicians approved it. I’m voting against allowing the state to override local school boards in charter school approval. For the issues I don’t know anything about, I use social media and e-mail knowledgeable friends to find out.
I also vote to honor those people who suffered so that I could vote.
Now all this is assuming that a person can overcome couch inertia. The other litmus test for those who don’t vote out of principle is the extent of their activities. Do you attend demonstrations for causes you support? Do you donate money or time to help advocacy organizations? If you’re not doing that, then don’t tell me you’re not voting out of some principle.
Listen to the Chomsky interview. It really covers this topic well.
P.S. I’ve voting NO on Amendment 2.
P.P.S. If you still don’t know how to vote, vote opposite of every Augusta Chronicle Editorial Page endorsement.
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