Sept. 25, 2014 By Jack Jodell.
With the next crucial election only about six weeks away, and with radio and television already starting to fill up with noxious lying political ads, it is vitally important that voters NOT be tricked into voting for government-hating Tea Party candidates, cynical, obstructionist conservative and/or reactionary Republicans, or wimpy “blue dog” or conservative Wall Street Democrats. Instead, in order to restore more economic fairness, help prevent industrial pollution and further senseless military expenditures, and to also try to restore social justice and basic common sense to our government, our ONLY choice is to elect PROGRESSIVES to Congress and to governorships throughout the entire country. Unfortunately, true Progressives are rare in today’s field of candidates. Often, we must instead choose between the lesser of evils when in the voting booth.
Before mentioning how to spot a true Progressive, I will first reveal how to avoid voting for a regressive, backward-looking type of candidate.
Should any candidate say they are fighting to “get government off your back” or to “restore liberty” or to end or repeal government regulation, or to arrogantly assert that we must “restore American or Christian values“, that person is NOT your candidate! He or she is either an extremist, government-hating Tea Party member, a conservative Republican, or a bought=out, corporate shill Wall Street Democrat. Likewise, any candidate openly advocating military action against another country, or who supports “lower taxes” or wants to “repeal Obamacare” or end the minimum wage is also NOT your candidate, nor are those favored by far-right religious groups like Focus on the Family, Faith and Freedom Coalition, Alliance Defending Freedom, American Family Association, Council for National Policy, American Center for Law and Justice/ Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism, Concerned Women for America, Jerry Falwell Ministries/Liberty Counsel.Liberty University, American Family Association, or ANY group or candidate supported by narrow minded bigots like the the Christian Broadcasting Network’s Pat Robertson. These are all politically active, fundamentalist groups claiming to be Christian, yet, in reality, are preaching intolerance or hatred against others. Yet another type of candidate to avoid or vote against is one who is supported by anti-worker groups like the Chamber of Commerce or Americans for Prosperity, which is a front-group actually supported financially by the billionaire Koch brothers. The Koch brothers, incidentally, are closet Libertarians who are actively trying to abolish taxes (especially against themselves and their business interests). They also wish to put an end to not only Obamacare, but Medicare and Medicaid, Welfare, and even the minimum wage! They oppose conservation efforts and all attempts to limit offshore oil drilling. They ridicule and attempt to silence or marginalize any and all efforts at gun control or preventing climate change. Those whom they support are definitely NOT YOUR candidates, either! So, if you ever hear a candidate endorsing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, or is in favor of more “free trade” agreements like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), that candidate, too, is also NOT one to vote for! Nor are fearmongers who try to scare you with horror stories about the National Debt, or who advocate privatizing Social Security or want to further cut Food Stamps ot aid to the poor…
So how does one pot or support a PROGRESSIVE candidate? The first thing one can do is to mute all political ads running on mainstream TV. Instead, try watching FREE SPEECH TV and see the intelligent documentaries and relevant programs they offer like Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now!, or the Thom Hartmann Program, or the Bill Press Show, or Mike Papantonio’s Ring of Fire, or the David Pakman Show, or the Stephanie Miller Show, among many other mind-expanding offerings. By plugging each of these into your search emhomes, you can easily access each show’s or host’s website amd view past shows featuring such noted progressive public servants as Sem. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Al Franken, Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Alan Grayson, and visionary progressive authors like Naomi Klein, Robert Reich, Dan Sissen, and many others you will NEVER see on corporate-owned mainstream network channels! ANY candidate who speaks like these progressive figures is YOUR candidate, and one you can feel comfortable with supporting! Incidentally, Free Speech TV is in the midst of its semi-annual fundraising drive, and, since it is completely commercial-free, viewer supported and is NOT beholden to any corporation whatsoever, this blogger strongly urges you to contribute your tax-deductible donation to them before October 5! You may do so by phoning toll free 1-877-378-8669 or by going to their website at https://t.freespeech.org. Other great sourxes for viewing include LINK TV, Acronym TV, and RT TV.
Basically, you can be reasonably certain that a candidate is trustworthy and deserving of your vote if he or she favors:
1). Keeping Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid intact and even strengthening them.
2). Believes that Wall Street bankers who caused the Great Recession of 2008 should spend time in prison,
3). Wants to shrink our ever-growing wealth disparity.
4). Wants to shrink our vastly overbloated and far too powerful military / industrial complex
5). Is opposed to Tax Inversion schemes by big business.
6). Wants to tax the wealthy more heavily and wishes to lower taxes significantly on the working poor and middle class.
7). Supports gender equality and especially women’s rights.
8). Wants to end the outsourcing of American jobs and factories.
9). Strongly supports NET NEUTRALITY!
10). Is opposed to fracking and the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and also opposes the use of nuclear energy.
11). Believes in climate change and is willing to devote federal funds to the development of solar energy and wind energy, 12). Believes the federal government has the duty and the power to act in the common good of all citizens, and is NOT “the problem” or “a burden on the people”
Candidates espousing those types of principles are most likely PROGRESSIVES, and definitely deserve your support!
So, remember to BOYCOTT BURGER KING, and VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!!!