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THIS PARTY PLATFORM

In our two party system, many many many of us feel left out, left behind, or even left for dead. Too many of us leap to hatred and disgust, throwing away the opportunity afforded us by our citizenship. What opportunity is there?
In a nation divided so clearly by political party lines, the citizens of that nation begin to lose their way. When they are tired of voting based on a party's stance on the social, economic, moral, and religious issues that are part of their society, these citizens become disenfranchised and full of resentment for their government and the people who are there to serve them. They become very disillusioned and full of hatred and disgust. Finally, they give up. These people quit thinking and cast their votes in the direction of the most television ads they've seen. They've learned that their position on things larger than themselves...their neighborhood, their side of town, their city, county, state...their Nation...that these positions have lost their value.

They give up. You can't fight the Man.

Some do not give up. Some fight the Man every step of the way, around every corner, in every deep dark thought they think. Its hard to beat the Man, though. You have to find a way to outwit him. You have to find a way to take away the Man's "The Man" status.

You have to become the Man. You have to take the reigns and drag this Nation, this State, this City, this Neighborhood kicking and screaming into the future. The future without pollution, the future without oil consumption, the future without war and famine and pestilence. You have to figure out what it takes, for REALS, and lead the people to it.

There'll be no more blind protesting. There'll be no more yelling at people to make a point they don't want to hear because they're getting yelled at. Try yelling at a vegetarian that "meat is murder" at the top of your lungs, with a sign in your hand saying the same thing and see what happens. Will the vegetarian embrace you and begin shouting too? Or will the vegetarian walk away, mildly irritated with that display of in your face-ness.

There WILL be protesting. Just not blind protesting. Pick your battles. Choose your targets. Make sense. Spread the word.

The guy who plays video poker and has a nagging wife at home and has seven more payments on his mortgage until he's home free and screws a piece of metal to another piece of metal all day long and has a boat and a fence and barbecues after church on Sundays before the game....what does he have to say about our two-party system? Is he reading this right now? Probably not. The person who is, is often telling their very good ideas to people who already know their very good ideas.

We preach to the choir too much.

How do we reach that guy? The one with the big pick-em up truck and a steady job for once and the subscription to Hustler and grease on his hands, beer in his stomach? The one with the Constitutional Right To Vote?

It sounds like too many of us have forgotten those people, in our pursuits of academia, intellectualism, anti-corporation, anti-pop-culture, anti-American (come on liberals, admit it, many of you, way deep down...you're anti-American)...our pursuit of the anti-ordinary.

When did we learn that ordinary meant un-intelligent? Did we? Sometimes it seems we have, collectively, elite-fully.

Some forget, but deep down there somewhere, the documents outlining the way these United States of America are supposed to work told us we had the right to change the system if we wanted to change it. It didn't say we could create war with the system. It didn't tell us that we could experience a bloody coup, violently grabbing power in the name of the destruction of the government, in the name of Anarchy. Those old documents told us we could use the written rules, follow them, and make an effective change. It gave us the right to vote, and when we vote, we can make change. Too many of us do not use this right. Too many of us REFUSE to use this right (in an effort to make a point missed by every single person who does vote--probably a useless point). Those fore-fathers, they would laugh in the face of a person with something to complain about regarding the government if they learned that that person refused to vote.

Those old documents did NOT tell us only to have two parties. It did NOT tell us to create parties of people who collectively agree on the social, economic, moral, and religious issues. Many of these issues are becoming non-issues. They've only remained issues in the eyes of people who continue to see them as issues. For example, the issue of racism: Recognizing that there is still racism, (yes of course, oh yes there is) how many racists do you know that anybody truely takes seriously?(besides other trashy racist-types) How many racists do you believe can effectively sway our people into COLLECTIVELY agreeing that being a hate-filled racist is good policy. Racism only remains an issue for as long as we hug it and caress it and kiss kiss kiss our sweet little issue. Black leaders: Stop telling "your" people that the white man hates them...Most of us don't. White Liberals: Stop embracing everything African and full of heritage and crying diversity, diversity, diversity. Stop saying "African American." Nobody calls you "Caucasion-American" or "Anglo-Russio-Slav-Pan-Arab-Hispanic-American." They call you an American. While ideal, the point is...Let go of racism, and it will go away. Let go of all predjudice, whether its sexism, racism, homophobia, vertigo, wheel-chair users...quit pointing it out when it happens and crying, and start stopping it

This common sense approach to the Big Issues can be applied to all of those issues. Corporations? Duh. Health Care? Double-duh. Foreign Policy (super big duh! How single minded must you be to not see that we need to get this world heading toward one big decision making body of everybody, where we all decide together?)

So.

We need a Party. We need a party that is done with party politics. We need a party that represents the citizens. That's all we need it for. We need, as a community, to work on a platform for This Party (as it is tentatively titled). We need to take this Party off of the internet and into the world. We need to discuss. What issues do we stand behind? What issues do we fight? Are we Lefty's, Righty's, Indepedent (whatever that means)...what are we? What is our vision for this city, this state, this nation...What is our vision for this world, and how do we make that happen and stop wishing?So far, the only written platform for This Party is this: Common Sense.
i beg your pardon 31.Aug.2003 20:47

being

but no..no i'm afraid that i am not anti american at all. i love america. that's why i sometimes become a little concerned about the direction she's going

Pardon has been Begged. 31.Aug.2003 21:07

Justice Evans

Your concern is noted. Of course we're not all anti-American. Why would we bother to try and make these changes if we were. We would all move to Canada. Some of us, though, are...in ways they do not even understand. Undermining only serves to undermind. Take hold and direct, don't undermine.

Yipee - someone on here is THINKING!!! 01.Sep.2003 01:36

Portland Ponderer

Excellent points, well articultated to the bloated, overly educated masses. Lack of a degree does not make one stupid. The media's protrayal does however, leading the masses even further into despair over how stupid the guy or gal in the next SUV is.

Want proof? Watch Cops sometime.

Not everyone buys this crap, but they do feel powerless. I wholly support the idea of a thrid or even 4th party coming into prominence, one based upon what is good for AMERICANS - the guy working for $8 and hour in a warehouse, the lady working for $6.90 at McDonalds for 18 hours a week so she doesn't have benefits.

The two main players right now are not cutting it, which is why I have NEVER voted Democrat/Republican for Pres. I always vote third party, to the third party that gets the most votes. They will not win the next election, but enough "votes of discontent" will force the ruling elite to make changes, or at least warn them that they should.

Vote your conscience!!!

Anti-Americanism=Pro-Justice 01.Sep.2003 09:08

Afrikan Nation

This article by Injustice Evans is a standard piece of (Right Wing) American Nationalist Propaganda. LIke most American nationalists they whine and complain about Anti-Americanism as if this is a BAD THING somehow. What you call Anti-Americanism is nothing more than political resistance and opposition to your American Empire and its predatory policies in terms of both domestic and foreign policy. American nationalists cry about "Anti-Americanism" in the same way that Zionists cry about "Anti-Semitism." It is nothing more than a meaningless propaganda label used to discredit and attack any dissent or resistance to America itself.

"For example, the issue of racism: Recognizing that there is still racism, (yes of course, oh yes there is) how many racists do you know that anybody truely takes seriously?(besides other trashy racist-types) How many racists do you believe can effectively sway our people into COLLECTIVELY agreeing that being a hate-filled racist is good policy. Racism only remains an issue for as long as we hug it and caress it and kiss kiss kiss our sweet little issue. Black leaders: Stop telling "your" people that the white man hates them...Most of us don't. White Liberals: Stop embracing everything African and full of heritage and crying diversity, diversity, diversity. Stop saying "African American." Nobody calls you "Caucasion-American" or "Anglo-Russio-Slav-Pan-Arab-Hispanic-American." They call you an American. While ideal, the point is...Let go of racism, and it will go away. Let go of all predjudice, whether its sexism, racism, homophobia, vertigo, wheel-chair users...quit pointing it out when it happens and crying, and start stopping it "

This comment about the issue of racism is yet another example of the bankruptcy of American nationalism. Like most (White) American nationalists, Injustice Evans is essentially telling African Americans and other minorities not only what to believe but to DENY THEIR RACIAL HERITAGE in the support of some non-existent and mythical colorblind American nation. This is a kind of Racial and Ethnic Cleansing in everything but name.

Race Deniers such as Injustice Evans believe the way to oppose White Supremacy and White Racism is for Black people to shut up about this issue and to become honorary White people in everything but name! What Injustice Evans and other American nationlists essentially adovcate is the ASSIMILATION AND WHITEWASHING of minority people and their culture into a White dominated American nation and culture, disguised behind rhetoric about Colorblindness.

Its about time that people such as Injustice Evans and other Pro-American apologists understand that people of color have no desire to become "honorary white people" in in your American Empire or to support your Nationlist ideologies in any form.

Good ONe 01.Sep.2003 10:49

Justice Evans

You got me good, actually. Thats why I post, to get the thought out and have it enter a dialog and I very deeply appreciate your comment on my "racist" remarks. I knew I was treading very very deep water there, but it was on my mind. I have more to add, and will soon. PLease, keep up the responses.

Justice "Injustice" Evans
(also a good one...i've heard most, but not that...good.)

Letting Go of Issues 01.Sep.2003 12:19

Justice Evans justiceforestevans@yahoo.com

What is so handy about creating a dialog of ideas and thought is that, while your particular ideas and thoughts may be misguided, or simply misheard, at least they are put forth. When you put your ideas and thoughts out there, it gives other people an opportunity to think your thoughts, or in many cases, revise and re-evaluate those thoughts. It also gives the thought-thinker an opportunity to re-evaluate what it is the thinker is really, truely thinking.

In the very early development stages of a brand new political party (one so early in development that This Party doesn't have a more specific name), ideas need to be brought forth. Too often participants or potential participants keep their thoughts quietly to themselves and nothing can be drawn from them. In other cases, participants are very loud with their thoughts, and this sometimes creates alienation in other potential participants. Think out loud, carefully, and have confidence in your thoughts. Also be willing to have your well-thought thoughts compromised, changed, re-structured. Wish for the restructuring of your thoughts, or the thoughts of others. Come to agreement.

In an above comment, Afrikan Nation calls the original writing "a standard piece of (Right Wing) American Nationalist Propaganda. LIke most American nationalists they whine and complain about Anti-Americanism as if this is a BAD THING somehow." In defense of my own thought, and the thought of many, I believe, I'd like to attempt to gather some clarity on the concept of "anti-Americanism." There are different ways to define anti-Americanism, and I think I understand the comment writer's point. For Afrikan Nation, "Anti-Americanism is nothing more than political resistance and opposition to your American Empire and its predatory policies in terms of both domestic and foreign policy." To me, this makes sense. Also, this is well put.

For me, I don't consider political resistance and opposition to American Empire as "anti-American." For me, "anti-Americanism" is forgetting where you are from, opposing the actions of your nation, in entirety, in a reactionary, unthinking way. Protesting every single thing the government does, without thought. Protesting SIMPLY because the American government has made the decision to do whatever it is that is being protested. "Anti-Americanism," to me, most succinctly, is giving up on the opportunity that being an American affords oneself. Deciding to move out of your home, away to another land (while fine and dandy and probably exciting) does nothing to correct the problem that so many people see in our country. Moving away, becoming and Ex-Patriot American, is only running from the problem. Don't agree with your parents, even if the TRUELY are evil? Run away. Or stay, work with what you've got to work with, and make something of it.

Asking Americans to accept that they are Americans and goddamn do something about it is not Right Wing Propaganda, it is a call to thought, it is a call to action, to move on and stop worrying that This Country is one big horrible place. You and I, we're not making the decisions to invade, terrorize, steal, murder, destroy the rest of the world. You and I, we simply come from the country who's Government is choosing to do those things, with or without our support, and "with or without our support" is what we need to focus on. We don't support our government's actions, but there is little we can do besides attempt to block $2000 a plate donors from seeing their president speak, when they've already paid. We can, however, BECOME the government. We can. We will. If we have the drive, the determination, the patience, we will. Its a long way off until I'm a 60 year old white guy, but its gonna be there sometime. Its real enough for me to think of, therefore its real enough for me to do something...its real enough for us all to do something. So, do something.

D 08.Mar.2004 17:24

Michael Powell

I never use the term African American. It sounds so fake when used in a sentence ("There weren't very many African Americans in the school"), and is a sign of how people still point out someone's race. You're right. If we let go of it then maybe it will go away.