Monday, March 18, 2002

Thoughs on "Crashing the Party" I finished Nader's Crashing the Party last week and Michael Moore's Stupid White Men the week before. I must say I was really surprised how these two books effected me on an emotional level. It's been a while since I've read something that actually made me want to go out and act. These two books really hit a nerve, or more accurately, awakened something that was asleep for a long time. I'm not sure if many can connect with what I'm saying but I can hardly think I'm unique. Crashing the Party really opened my eyes to the fact that we don't have to live with a political system that continues to offer the least of two evils. It's time for a change. I don't know if the Green Party is the way but there has to be a clear message sent to elected officials at all levels that the people demand more for their vote. Our votes count when they are cast in good conscience they are wasted when we vote to be with the winner or for the guy who has a chance at being elected. My vote was wasted on Al Gore when I should have been standing with Ralph Nader in 2000. The two party system died when the two parties started acting like each other. No one could tell the difference between Al Gore and George W. Bush during the election. That's why the results came out the way they did. It's time for a change. Now I'm not naive enough to think that one single vote is going to herald a new age of American politics with a viable third party choice available to all. No, I think I'm going to start smaller by getting in touch with what's going on in my town. That's the best place to start. Where better to connect with the process but in your own back yard. Maybe I'll make a difference. Maybe not. But at least I'll have a sense of what's going on and where my money is being spent.

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