Stewart A. Alexander for President
Peace and Freedom Party
Socialist Party USA
September 29, 2007
As the opposition to the Iraq War continues to mount across America and around the world, many independent voters are now rejecting the candidates of the two corporate parties, the Democrats and Republicans, and are considering third party candidates.
The Iraq War is the greatest factor that is shifting the political tide in America and the shift is in the favor of third political parties and independent candidates. Yet the war is not the only factor that is causing voter to look beyond the Democratic and Republican Parties; working class people are taking hits from all directions and there are major challenges for all groups.
A majority of Americans are turning off the weekly popularity contest, or debates, that the corporate media continues to air; the debates lack any intrinsic values and are only designed to shape public opinion. Most often voters must research independent media sources, such as the Internet and Indymedia, to gain information about third political parties and third party candidates.
America's corporate media has narrowed the field of presidential candidates down to 5 or 6 Democratic and Republican front-runners to consolidate the political powers for corporate America. The front-runners of both parties are offering no real solutions to the complex issues facing working class people and they are the candidates that have resolved to continue the occupation of Iraq and the Middle East.
The war is the number one issue with most voters and as the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates begin to boaster their commitments to continue the Iraq occupation, many independent voters are beginning to look at third party candidates for answers; to end the war and to address the multitude of issues affecting working class people.
Young voters are greatly concerned about the war and are strongly objecting to any hints of a national draft to continue the occupation. Young voters are also concerned about the cost of education and the weak job market. College tuitions have been climbing across the nation and the prospects of getting a good paying job after graduating is becoming more difficult year after year.
Working families are concerned about the cost of living, shrinking wages and working longer hours. Many unions and union workers are concerned about losing good paying jobs to foreign markets; competing with cheap labor in Latin America and in Asia.
Millions of Baby Boomers have become disenchanted with America's two party system because it is a system that has failed to evolve and the two parties are not meeting the growing needs of today's seniors. Millions of Baby Boomers are approaching their mid-fifties and sixties and retirement only remains a distant hope. Many seniors are coming out of retirement to re-enter the job market well into their sixties and seventies just to make ends meet or to keep food on the table.
Today 47 million Americans are without health care coverage and the Democratic and Republican candidates have failed to offer any viable solutions that will provide for the health care needs of the nation. Both parties have continued to make sure that the profits of the big insurance companies remain protected at the expense of small business owners, voters and working class people.
Millions of independent voters are working class people that have lost their homes during this major crisis in the mortgage lending industry. Today it is being projected that 2 million Americans will lose their homes in 2007 and the projection is that another 3 millions Americans will lose their homes in 2008. While the mortgage lending crisis continues to ravage neighborhood across America, the Democrats and Republicans are only watching millions of Americans lose everything.
It is likely 2008 will produce major changes in the political landscape across America. Millions of voters that are presently registered Democrat or Republican will be voting for the candidates that are addressing the issues that will affect their families, income and their future.
The Republican Party and the Republican presidential candidates are suffering the blows of the Bush Affect. Among independent voters less than 25 percent approve of the president's handling of domestic and world issues. The Republican presidential candidates are making a point to distance themselves from the president; however, both the Democrats and Republicans can not distance themselves from their poor record on Capital Hill. There is less than a 20 percent approval rating among independent voters of the leadership in Congress on domestic and foreign policy.
The 2008 General Election will become a turning point in American politics and will reshape the political landscape for third party candidates. The up-coming election is another turning point for the socialist parties and socialist party candidates; it has been more than 100 years since Eugene Debs first entered the race for president as a socialist candidate at the beginning of the 20th Century.
The National Convention for Socialist Party USA is scheduled for the weekend of October 19-21; the convention will be meeting in St Louis Missouri. There are 11 presidential hopefuls seeking the party's nomination.
For more information search the Web of: Stewart A. Alexander for President; Socialist Presidential Candidates at America's Crossroads.