The nation is clearly tired of Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Both the Republicans and the Democrats--not all but most--seem to be working for the same Oligarchy, the 1% of the 1%. POTUS is one of those, both in his foreign policy and in his Goldman-Sachs-motivated domestic policy. Obama is simply a more articulate Bush from the point of view of many of us. He's a great campaigner and is again on the campaign trail, but we won't be duped to vote for the right-center of the One Party which runs this great Oligarchy rather than the far-right-wingnut wing of the One Party.
If you are like me you would like to see a truly progressive candidate run for president: someone who would fight for the Middle Class, fight for something like the public option that the Insurance companies hate, someone who would stand up to the military-industrial establishment and the Neocons, someone who would not give budget-crushing tax breaks to the 1%, someone who would fight for the environment and someone who would keep in mind the welfare of our childrens' childrens' children.
PLEASE JOIN THE TWO NEW GROUPS THAT I HAVE BEGUN IN THE PAST 48 hours. I look forward to seeing you there.
HAPPY NEW YEAR--AND LET'S MOBILIZE AGAINST THE TWO WINGS OF THE PARTY OF THE 1%!
The two new groups:
We all know that we are in an oligarchy, even if its tentacles are politicians and the corporations that sponsor them. Here's a definition of "oligarchy" from a neutral source:
Oligarchy (from Greek ὀλιγαρχία, oligarkhía) is a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with an elite class distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, commercial, and/or military legitimacy.
The other group is:
Who, you ask, is Rocky Anderson? Why haven't I heard of him before, you ask?
The answer to the first question, who he is, shows he is a true progressive with a consistent track record and the willingness to speak truth to power:
"Our public policy makers stand in a position of public trust - not just for the present but as stewards for those who come along in the future."--Rocky Anderson
Economic and fiscal policy: Rocky supports increased tax on investment income; immediately ending the Bush tax cuts; cutting defense spending significantly; offering tax incentives to firms who hire US workers and disincentives to those that dont; splitting up too big to fail banks; and he opposes hiring ex-financial executives as advisors to the president on economic policy.
Healthcare: Rocky supports a system of universal healthcare, which would cost far less, be far more efficient, cover everyone, and achieve better outcomes.
Foreign Policy: Rocky has been a leading and unflinching opponent of the wars of the Bush-Obama Presidency.
Civil and Human Rights: As a lawyer, Rocky fought successfully to challenge abuses by government agents. As Mayor, he implemented an innovative restorative justice program. Named by HRC as one of the top ten straight advocates for the GLBT community, Rocky proposed marriage equality beginning in 1996. After completing two terms as Mayor, he founded High Road for Human Rights.
Environment: Rocky was named by Business Week as one of the top 20 activists in the world on climate change. As Mayor of Salt Lake City, he independently implemented the Kyoto Protocols and exceeded them by 48% (he attained 31% vs 21% as in the protocols => +48%). Rocky knows the solution to the climate crisis is not, as Pres. Obama calls it, clean coal. Rocky knows we must stop burning coal and destroying forests. Rocky will make climate protection a major U.S. priority – and provide sorely needed international leadership.
IN SHORT, Rocky is far from a reconstituted candidate who is saying things at odds with his history or taking positions on issues for the first time, but a record of solid, principled commitment to compassion, peace, fiscal responsibility, and justice that conforms to what he says as a candidate and to what he will do as President.
As for the second question, why you haven't perhaps heard of him, invites your opinion in the poll.
Welcome aboard! Let's bring the energy of the 99% into presidential politics NOW!