Lone Vet Report
Exclusion is almost never justified!
Things That Bug Me!
There is one thing that I must place on the top of my list. The exclusion of candidates from the debate schedule. I understand that local news will pick and choose which candidates should be in a debate, local news are entertainment groups who are only concerned with ratings, and making money. I also understand the democrats and republicans excluding people like Ralph Nader in their debates; don't like it, but it is understandable. We here in Portland are blessed this time around with lots of people stepping up to run for office, but they are ignored and that kind of ticks me off. We, who call ourselves progressives or liberals say we want young people to run; we want and need new ideas, but when noble people do step up we say, "who do you think you are?" We will not go out of our way to encourage them by inviting them to take part in the debates. We say things like, "They are not raising enough money to challenge the people picked by the powers that be; Oregonian, Willamette Weekly, City Club, democratic or republican parties, god." I am not talking about corporate sponsors, I am talking about League of Woman Voters, the Urban League, and others. They have selected to leave out most of the field of candidates for mayor. There are over 20+ people who have decided to run for the May Primary, how many did the elites invite to be on stage. 3, three! We will never hear what the majority of people running for office have to say, they are silenced by people we believe in; it has to stop.
The second thing that drives me a little crazy is that we vote for the same corrupt type of people over and over again. The incumbent rate in the US Senate who are returned to office is about 85% and in some election cycles as high as 95%. We have only one real independent in the senate and that would be Sen. Sanders, there is another but he is as corrupt as the rest of dems and repubs. I was on a local TV show with a man I respect and like, Dan Meek. Dan came up with a rule to vote by that I like; don't vote for the person with the most ads on TV. Simple, and I like it. You will be flooded by TV ads telling you how wonderful Brady and the boys are and would make great mayors; they have lots of money for ads, don't vote for them because they are bought and paid for by the very people who give them all that money. Do some research, read, talk to your friends, listen to what others are saying and then vote. Being a member of this republic has responsibilities and listening to advertisements is not one of them; they are lies.
I often think that the American public are idiots, it would be so nice to be proven wrong. Please prove me wrong and not continue to vote for the money people, there are wonderful people who run for office and are willing to represent your interests, they are not dems or repubs, they are just working people or students who want to help; that would be good!
For Justice,Peace and *Laughter,
Joe Walsh-Lone Vet
Individuals for Justice http://individualsforjustice.com
Proud member of Oregon Progressive Party, http://progparty.org/
War is failure, occupation a disgrace!
"Funding these wars is killing our troops"
* Why laughter?? Because without it I would have gone insane years ago.
Sen. ** harry reid must be replaced as Majority Leader, call me when you agree or just go away!
An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
Thoreau may have also brooded over the reaction of Emerson, who criticized the imprisonment as pointless. According to some accounts, Emerson visited Thoreau in jail and asked, "Henry, what are you doing in there?" Thoreau replied, "Waldo, the question is what are you doing out there?"
Molly Ivins, "It's like, duh. Just when you thought there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you're wrong."
"I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth,
and I am a citizen of the world."
Eugene V. Debs
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