QUOTE(Dingo @ Jun 1 2004, 08:20 PM)
I've got the issue all the 3rd parties should be able to rally around - energy independence.
1. Creates lots of local jobs.
2. Removes half our reason for needing an expensive military over seas.
3. Cleans up the environment because we would be switching from polluting sources.
4. Helps eliminate our trade imbalance.
5. Puts a premium on home cooked solutions.
6. Helps build community.
7. Weakens monopolistic, undemocratic business cartels in favor of smaller more competitive manufacturers.
8. Encourages more efficient transportation and bike/walk alternatives.
9. Focuses us more on cradle to grave product manufacture and recycling which is ultimately cheaper, more efficient and more life affirming.
10. Perhaps get us to revamp our pricing system so we make purchase choices based on real cost pricing, the ultimate integrity based laissez faire economy.
11. Less problem with our jobs being shipped overseas.
12. Removes the principle incentive for terrorists to attack us and insures as a consequence a greater level of individual civil liberties.
13. Feel free to add your own.
Does that seem like the one issue that could pull us all together?
Fantastic! Except for the fact that all of us "alternative" party/philosophy members (Socialists, Greens, Libertarians, Reformists, Independents, etc...) would not even agree on your list of "solutions/benefits" much less a universal and concerted policy proposal to contrast with the RepubliDems.
Don't get me wrong! I too yearn for a world in which "we all just get along", but let's not forget that we all have very different overall agendas and heartfelt philosophies behind them. The desired outcome of issues we do agree on (as far as government involvement is concerned) may sometimes coincide but the underlying principles that lead to such conclusions may differ greatly!
I think this strategy could be successful to a degree, but only as far as changing single issue outcomes one at a time. Nothing wrong with that! But....
For instance: Greens and Libertarians could get together and promote the LEGALIZATION of Marijuana (yeah, I said it! Not
"decriminalization", but LEGALIZATION!).
But even if we were successful, We are then faced with a core difference in our beliefs. We Libertarians would celebrate that human beings are once again free
to choose one more method to "recreate" or "medicate" or alter our own consciousness without interference from government so long as we do not violate anyone's "rights".
The Greens/Socialists on the other hand, would rejoice for a minute or two, and then propose taxing the ever lovin' (expletive deleted) out of Marijuana production in order to create a plethora of amazing new government programs to help all of those poor souls whose lives have been (through no choice of their own) destroyed by the avarice of the Evil Pot Corporations whose deceptive advertising portrays pot smokers as happy, mellow, non-violent folk who snack alot. Not to mention any other "program" or cause that they believe to be "underfunded".