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Monday, December 06, 2004

Hmmm...new party?

Howard Dean will "lay out a vision for the future of the Democratic Party" in a live webcast this Wednesday at noon (Eastern time) from Washington, D.C.

More interestingly: "He will outline not just a direction for our party, but a concrete destination: a party built from the ground up," wrote Democracy for America Executive Director Tom McMahon in an email to DFA supporters this morning.

"That means a party powered by millions of small donors, not millionaires. It means a party that speaks plainly and commits to concrete outcomes that affect real people. And it means a party that competes in every single race, for every single vote, in all fifty states," wrote McMahon.

I think I'll tune in at www.DemocracyForAmerica.com on Wednesday to see what's up. I'd still have preferred that the Green Party would have been an actual presence in this year's election, but I'm all for having more kids in the pool -- especially if it means a challenge to America's retarded two-party stronghold -- and a new party with Dean at the forefront could be an interesting species indeed.

Now if I can just convince congress to switch to a parliamentary system...

2 Comments

Blogger velma said...

How was it?
Why's a parliamentary system better?

12/09/2004 09:16:00 AM

 
Blogger espd said...

I missed the webcast but I skimmed the transcript. He didn't really call for a new party, which would have been a bold move. He just stuck to the now-familiar criticisms of the Democratic Party and what it's become (GOP-Lite, in case anyone's wondering). He's right on all of them, but it's all hot air to me. I don't see any action from anyone in the Democratic Party.

A parliamentary system's not perfect either, but at least there is more equal representation in a parliament. Representatives are sent to parliament based on the percentages of votes for their parties. In our system, the vote can go 49% to 51%, and the winner takes all -- the "winner" gets to appoint all the Supremes and his entire administration is made up of cronies from his side of the ideological spectrum...Pentagon, Secretary of State, Interior, Agriculture, Homeland Security, FBI, CIA, NSA, blah blah blah, the list is endless.

So the other 51% is left with pretty much zero representation in government. Wait, you say, what about congress?

Ha! You think Dems in congress represent you? Ask yourself: Do I really feel like they represent me?

12/09/2004 11:50:00 AM

 

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