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Tuesday, November 04, 2008


It's Freedom Day!

Freedom from all those inane sound-bite ads for politicians and ballot measures, freedom from the endless broadcasting of the same exact Obama/McCain/Biden/Palin speech day after day after day on CNN/FOX/MSNBC/C-SPAN, all the while ignoring the very existence of other candidates. As the "fake third-party candidates" put it in the "Mock the Vote" show I went to this weekend put it (in song, of course):
It's tough to get elected
When we're always disrespected,
When the media united
Thinks we are not there.
The experience is rotten
To be on the whole forgotten
It's a wrong that must be righted
'Cause it is not fair!
Well, it isn't going to be righted without a lot of effort and money and some major changes. Today is the perfect day to donate money, or to decide to dedicate more of your time, to a cause that will really bring change to this world, be it the Green Party, ANSWER, FAIR, the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Democracy Now!, or whatever other movement or organization arouses your passion. Don't just vote.

Although do that too. Because even if you know, as I do, that you won't be voting for the "winning" candidate for President or Senator or Representative, there are almost certainly important ballot issues (like voting No on 4, 6, 8, and 9 and Yes on 2 and 5 in California) on which your vote might, just might, make a difference.

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