QUOTE(hayleyanne @ May 23 2005, 05:06 PM)
It would make me happy because the Democratic Party is not left at all. Therefore, it does not represent me and those like me. So long as there are two parties to feign opposition (despite their core actions being almost identical), it is likely that Independents will remain shut out. If the left refuses to endorse "better than the Republicans" candidates, the Democratic Party will either fall, or will adhere more closely to our wishes, therefore diverging from the right and center right policies the Party follows. If no amount of money spent on advertising could sway formerly Democrat voters, the Democrat's reliance on corporate money would not give them the advantage they currently share with the Republicans.
Ralou, I am curious, where would you have the democratic party go? What issues would you have them move more "left" on? Are there any issues where you would compromise in favor of a more left position on others? Personally, I have always wished there would be a third party that represented me more. I can't say either party does. So-- if you had to compromise some issues-- which ones would they be? Which issues are deal breakers?
Any candidate I would want representing me would campaign on the issues below:
Respect for human rights and civil rights (civil rights to include privacy and free speech and assembly) and full and transparant investigations into credible allegations of violations. And end to attacks on civil liberties (including an end to 'free speech zone' cages, such as those used during the DNC convention), and a full investigation into the false imprisonment of activists at the GOP convention.
An end to corporate welfare.
An end to disproportionate corporate power in Washington via campaign contributions and lobbying that involves perks, giveaways, promises of donations, a peach position through the revolving door, and other influence peddling. Also, the reversal of such giveaways as the airwaves, no-bid contracts, and public land 'leases' that allow mining companies and ranchers to access public land for ridiculously low fees.
A full investigation into the Iraq war, including the Blair memos.
An end to the reversal of access to higher education for low income students.
A real welfare to work program that would provide those capable of holding more than a $6.00 an hour McJob opportunities for education and job training, plus assistance with healthcare and other basic needs during the time of transition, rather than leaving families worse off by removing the mother from the home to work a dead end job, and ending or greatly reducing healthcare services, putting the family at serious risk of homelessness.
Trade tariffs on goods made in sweatshops. Rewards for companies, no matter where they are based, that are shown by an independent, reputable organization to pay a living wage, respect human and civil rights, and maintain safe working conditions.
An end to the attacks on FOIA (Clinton didn't do much right, but he did make it easier to access FOIA documents, but Bush has worked to reverse his progress since his first weeks in office).
And end to the shifting of taxes, retirement costs, and healthcare costs onto workers.
An end to the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Become signatory to the ICC.
Defend the Second Amendment. Ensure that no more restrictions on firearms is put on the books. We have no problem with our gun laws, the problem is that criminals don't follow them, and the current rights of citizens to keep and bear arms is a "no touch, no compromise" issue for me. (Surprised?)
An end to the use of voting machines without proven paper trails. Independent and partisan observers to have access to all aspects of the election process. Independent pollsters also to have access, and to be able to publish results as the election day progresses. An investigation into the 2002 and 2004 election and into the CEO of Diebold's claim that he would deliver Ohio to the President, as well as investigations into various other allegations against voting machine companies.
Here are the ones I would compromise on:
An end to corporate welfare: Assistance for small businesses-under a definition of 'small' that excludes multi-million dollar corporations-could continue.
An end to the reversal of access to higher education for low income students: Work studies that could not in any way include military service or overseas participation in combat operations or combat spheres could replace many loans, so long as participating in these work studies provided the participant enough money to actually attend college, even if the workstudy plus grants are the person's only source of income.
Become signatory to the ICC: Or the US could begin to so vigorously and ethically prosecute human rights violators that there is no need to become an ICC signatory.
There are many more issues that I want to see candidates campaign on. The Green Party hits most of mine, as does Nader, but the Libertarians hit some of mine, too. Far more than either Democrats or Republicans do, as I am a big privacy rights advocate, and Libertarians don't care for the government snooping in their bookstore purchases!