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Saturday, August 25, 2012

What's Left to Do Mr. Machiavella?

Some of this may sound like a Hail Mary but what more is there to lose? Here’s what’s left to do:

1.) Ron Paul delegates walk out of Republican convention and join Paul supporters in a peaceful human blockade of Tampa convention center when Ron Paul’s name is not placed in nomination.

2.) Get Anderson, Nader, Kucinich and Alexander to endorse Stein, and Goode, Paul and Roemer to endorse Johnson.

3.) Get Gary Johnson and Jill Stein in the debates.

4.) Focus on New Mexico, Nevada and Vermont and leaning states: Johnson on those leaning Romney; Stein on those leaning Obama.

5.) Secure two states: New Mexico for Johnson and Vermont for Stein. Stein endorses Johnson in NM and Johnson endorses Stein in Vermont with prominent progressives and libertarians joining in.

6.) Leave toss up states alone and back off leaning states if money pours into Stein’s campaign from Romney sources. If not, Stein endorses Johnson in toss up states and backs off Obama leaning states.

7.) Get Bernie Sanders to negotiate in the Senate if there is a 50/50 split.

8.) If GOP retains the House, Romney is in. Put Biden in as VP unless Defense, Treasury, State and 3 other cabinet posts are secured.

9.) If Democrats take the House, Obama is back in. Bernie Sanders threatens to put Ryan in VP slot if same cabinet spots are not secured.

10.) A coalition of libertarian Republicans, progressive Democrats and opportunists from both parties who realize which way the wind is blowing take over congress and together with our people in the cabinet end the imperial presidency and replace empire building and maintenance, the military industrial catastrophe and all its crony corporate cousins with debt reduction and block grants to the states for building the peaceful green economy.

Friday, August 3, 2012

I Beg You...

Barring some unforeseen miracle, the purpose of this blog will not be successful. Ron Paul will not be president. He will not be the Republican nominee. He will not run as an independent or a third party candidate. There will not be a coalition candidacy of any kind.

On the other hand, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will be the two major candidates for president. We will here much ado about nothing in the debates. Cultural issues will be stressed when we face a catastrophic economic crisis. The media will do nothing to hold the candidates accountable. We will have a president in 2013 who cuts spending on the most vulnerable and continues to increase defense spending. That same president will lower the top marginal rates and do so while supposedly closing loopholes. This "reform" will be backed by a bipartisan super majority.

Wars will wind down in Iraq and Afghanistan while drone strikes will increase in several countries. Brinksmanship with Iran and North Korea will continue to justify a glutenous military and security budget with greater personal and social intrusiveness. Unemployment will gradually fall until it settles a tad south of 7% late in 2015. We will all then be reminded that we cannot have full employment without bubbles unless, of course, we want to do away with the minimum wage.

Neither progressives nor libertarians can feel much satisfaction in a war stimulus but that is essentially what we will get over the next four years with either Obama or Romney. If you want America to have a choice, it's too late for a viable one but it is not too late to get truly progressive and truly libertarian views a fair hearing. Eli Beckerman has started a very well  constructed petition that needs 250K signatures. This petition seeks to get the only other candidates who have qualified to be on enough state ballots to have a mathematical chance of winning this election: Gary Johnson and Jill Stein.

I ask all who read this to please sign this petition because we need to hear something different. We need America to know that we do not have to continue down this road of corporatism and militarism. At his point I am not ready to endorse either of these candidates. I wish I could endorse the two of them on the same ticket but it's too late for that to happen.

Please sign this petition and urge your friends to do the same!

Update: Marnie Glickman and Adam Gibson have both signed Eli Beckerman's petition.