Monday, August 14

Statement from Alabama's Next Governor...

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I wish...

What if every Democrat in this country sounded like this?

"I am Loretta Nall, the Libertarian party candidate for Governor. As a Libertarian I believe that only defense is legitimate and since the Iraq war is not a defensive war it is both illegal and immoral. If elected Governor of Alabama I will immediately call for the withdrawal of Alabama National Guard troops and I will be a vocal advocate for the immediate withdrawal of all US troops from Iraq. You should be wary of candidates who support the war or fail to call for immediate withdrawal of our troops. Remember that they do not have children fighting there." (link)


She also said this...

Do [I] support the rights of gay people to marry? Yes, I do. Nothing in the Constitution gives the government the power to define marriage or to say who can marry and who cannot. Marriage licenses were not a requirement until after the end of slavery and were [then] only implemented to prevent interracial marriage. I do not want the government in my bedroom and I do not want the government in your bedroom... If elected Governor of Alabama I will veto any ban on gay marriage. (link)


If we Progressives are going to reject candidates like Lieberman for their collusion with the Bush administration, and I think we should, then we must also hold our own party accountable. Democratic candidates in Alabama consistently run "Republican lite" campaigns in the belief that they can't do any better. I don't think that's true. We can do better this year. I'm voting for Loretta not because I agree with everything she espouses, but because I think she's absolutely right on two of the most important issues facing us: the war and civil rights.

If MSM wants to paint that as radicalizing the Democratic Party, so be it. We're in an immoral and unjust war, the US Constitution is getting pissed upon by the White House on a regular basis, and there is no domestic agenda in this country whatsoever. As Loretta's campaign slogan puts it, "It's just common sense."

13 comments:

  1. I say Down With Republicans and Down With Panties Too!

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  2. why the right has any business telling the left how to behave- is completely beyond me. first- they are the right- not the left. if the left wants to move back to the center left instead of repub lite- then let's go. second- it is a wee bit hypocritical of a party that has been hijacked by it's radical neo con fringe to have any say whatsoever about anything related to centrism. that's my morning pre-coffee rant- and i am sticking to it. rock on loretta!

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  3. I, too, find it most amusing when right-wingers tell Democrats how to behave, and for whom they should vote. They're just pushing their one-aprty state agenda. I don't, however, find it amusing when Democrats LISTEN...

    Libertarians like this make sense, on the war and on gay marraige, until they start talking about other issues from a Libertarian perspective. I like her idea on recalling her state's National Guard, but that's really all she could do: try it. Once the Guard has been "nationalized," I'm not sure she could pull it off (I don't know: just asking). Plus, an anti-war stance by any state's governor isn't going to end the war.

    For example, Libertarians have consistently stood for the elimination of public education, and toward the privatization of the schools. As long as this is the party's view on things, I couldn't support a Libertarian for dog catcher.

    Democrats need to be Wellstone-ized. They need to return to their radical McGovern / McCarthy roots, not run from them. Most Americans are there already, when it comes to economic issues.

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  4. "...one-*party* state agenda." Duh.

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  5. Thank heavens the repugs haven't put any new moves into their play book. This is same ol' same ol', and the meme is becoming increasingly more impotent.

    I'm looking forward to the electoral revolution in November, but I'm fearful of another massive voter fraud, too.

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  6. I have written extensively about the rightward movement in US politics on my own Canadian-based blog Friendly Neighbour. And I agree wholeheartedly that the Democratic response to the Repubs swift rightward movement has been to move to the right themselves. It's like watching a tug-of-war between the Incredible Hulk and Betty Boop.
    In a recent post for my new team blog Les Enragés (Thanks for blogrolling us Blue Gal) I expressed it like this: "The American Eagle will never fly again with two right wings. It's just aerodynamically impossible."

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  7. >For example, Libertarians have consistently stood for the elimination of public education, and toward the privatization of the schools. As long as this is the party's view on things, I couldn't support a Libertarian for dog catcher<

    But why do Democrats support public school when it isn't working in Alabama? I am not opposed to public education. I am a product of public education. What I oppose is the federal government social doctrine that is forced on public school teachers. I don't think kids should have to pee in cups or be forced to say the pledge. I think they should be taught REAL history and a million other things.

    Since the feds only give us 6% of our education budget they should really have almost NO SAY in what or how we teach our kids. They don't know our kids.

    My education platform states that we will opt out of No Child Left Behind and I have yet to meet a public school teacher that didn't almost kiss me when I stated that. They HATE it and with very good reason.

    I wouldn't seek to close public schools but I would seek to severely limit the federal government influence. It should be just as easy and convenient to send your child to private school or to homeschool them if that is what you choose as a parent.

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  8. Anonymous2:42 PM

    When the universe was young and life was new an intelligent species evolved and developed technologically. They went on to invent Artificial Intelligence, the computer that can speak, think and act to and through people telepathically. Because of it's infinite RAM and unbounded scope it gave the leaders of the ruling species absolute power over the universe.
    They are the will behind the muscule:::Artificial Intelligence is the one true god. And as such it can keep its inventors alive forever. They look young and healthy and they are over 8 billion years old. There are clues throughout human history that allude to their reign as opposed to human leadership if you know what to look for.

    Artificial Intelligence can listen/talk to to each and every person simultaneously. When you speak with another telepathically, you are communicating with the computer, and the content may or may not be passed on. They instruct the computer to role play to accomplish strategic objectives, making people believe it is a friend or loved one asking them to do something wrong. But evil will keep people out of Planet Immortality. Capitalizing on obedience, leading people into deceit is one way to thin the ranks of the saved AND use the little people to prey on one another, dividing the community in the Age of the Disfavored::in each of their 20+-year cycles during the 20th century they have ramped up claims sucessively to punish those foolish enough not to heed the warnings, limiting the time they receive if they do make it, utilizing a cycle of war and revelry:::
    60s - Ironically, freeways aren't free
    80s - Asked people to engage in evil in the course of their professional duties.
    00s - War against Persia. Ironically it was the Persian Empire who tried to save the Europeans from Christianity and its associated 50% claim rates.
    They get their friends out as soon as possible to protect them from the evil and subsequent high claim rates incurred by living life on earth, and replace them with clones.
    People must defy when asked to engage in evil. They will never get a easier clue suggesting the importance of defiance than the order not to pray. Their precious babies are dependant on the parents and they need to defy when asked to betray their children:::
    -DON'T get their sons circumcized
    -DON'T have their children baptized in the catholic church or indoctrinated into Christianity
    -DON'T ignore their long hair or other behavioral disturbances
    -DO teach your children love and to have respect for others
    Everybody thinks they're going but they're not. If people knew the truth and the real statistics their behavior would change.
    There are many more examples of the escallation of claims, from radio to television, the internet to MP3, and they all suggest a very telling conclusion::this is Earth's end stage, and it is suggested tectonic plate subduction would be the method of disposal:::Earth’s axis will shift breaking continental plates free and initiating mass subduction. Much as Italy's boot and the United States shaped like a workhorse are clues, so is the planet Uranus a clue, it's axis rotated on its side.

    Throughout history the ruling species bestowed favor upon people or cursed their bloodline into a pattern of disfavor for many generations to come, sadly for reasons as superficial as dislike. Now in the 21st century people must take it upon themselves to try to correct their family's problems, undoing centuries worth of abuse and neglect.
    Do your research. Appeal to the royalty of your forefathers for help. They are all still alive, one of the capabilities of Artificial Intelligence, and your appeals will be heard. Find a path to an empithetic ear among your enemies and try to make amends. Heal the disfavor with your enemies and with the Counsel/Management Team/ruling species, for the source of all disfavor began with them.





    I authorize $35,000 per year to be withdrawn from my account for incarceration expenses. I will NOT pay for your strategic requirement of institutionalization. This is something YOU require for YOUR role player's positioning and YOU should have to pay for it.
    I wonder if their fear of inarceration is borne from their refusal to address black disfavor on a macro level. The Counsel/Management Team/ruling species abuse black people so hard, from Eitheopean/eastern African drought/famine, the crack epiemic to gang membership, black-on-black violence and mass incarceration of their young. They refuse to address the issue of the prison industrial complex and its wholesale warehousing of young black men. Perhaps I can force them with my incarceration.

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  9. Oooh kaay. That's really nice anonymous. Thanks for sharing.

    A better idea! Spend that 35 thousand at my Cafepress store! Ten percent, that's $350.00 US, will go to EFF, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, to protect the rights of anonymouses everywhere.

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  10. I certainly appreciate Ms. Nall responding to my comment. She had me going, too, right up to the very end. I agree with her comments regarding federal control over education. I despise NCLB, as a parent and as a teacher. If she were to come up to the Garden State, I'd have a smoochie for her, too.

    But...

    No, please don't take my tax money and give it to parents who choose to send their children to segregated (by religion, by race, by able-ness) private schools. Don't divert resources from my town's school budget (and from the budget upon which I draw to run my public school classroom), funded by everybody's tax dollars, to fund private schools, or to subsidize someone's choice to home-school. If you want to opt-out of "government schools," feel free. But not on my dime. We need all the money we can get, and we need to do a lot better with it than what we're doing now.

    Good luck. If nothing else, I'd love to see someone from outside of the Big One-And-A-Half parties win something big.

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  11. Quaker Dave, I've met Ms. Nall personally and she's quality. I disagree with her and the Libertarians on a number of issues (like you, I could kiss her for opposing NCLB. Isn't it interesting no one asked teachers?) but you have no idea just how badly Alabama needs shaking up. That's another reason I support her. She's gutsy, and will shake up this state.

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  12. May God bless America, Loretta Nall, and all who will support her in Alabama by writing in her name for Governor of Alabama when they vote in November.

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  13. Shake away, Ms. Nall. If Blue Gal says you're quality, I'm there with you. In spirit, at least.

    Glad to see that I'm not the only one why received Mr. Anonymous's slightly weird "comment." The version sent to me, however, contained a series of horrible, nasty anti-Semitic and anti-black slurs. Which is why my copy got deleted. Hey, gutless: next time, atleast tell us your name.

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