Sunday, July 30, 2006

Last Thoughts on Aug. 3 Election

Last Thoughts on Aug. 3 Election

Well it's down to the last few days before the BIG election Aug. 3. I'm grateful for everyone who has endorsed or supported my write-in campaign against Harold Ford Jr. for the U.S. Senate, and I thank everyone for your votes.

I also urge everyone to vote, if you haven't already, for Steve Cohen for Congress (U.S. House Dist. 9) and Steve Mulroy for Shelby County Commission (Dist. 5). Both are being viciously attacked by opponents who do not seem to care about facts or integrity in politics. Both are progressive candidates who deserve to win their races.

Back to HFjr. All the national attention has been on the political downfall of Joseph Lieberman in Conn. Lieberman has lost support of liberal and progressive Democrats and is now BEHIND in the the polls to his Democratic challenger, Ned Lamont. Even the NYT has now endorsed Lamont! Why? Because Lieberman has been a major supporter of the Bush Administration and has provided the necessary votes to allow the GOP domestic and foreign policy agenda to proceed.
Why hasn't there been a similar backlash against Tennessee Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr.? His record supporting Bush and the GOP is almost identical to Lieberman's! Why are TN Democrats still supporting Harold Ford Jr., while Democrats in other states are standing up to the DLC and the Democratic "leadership" in DC and turning against conservative DINOS (Democrats in Name Only) and supporting progressive Democrats??? When will the TN Democratic Party wake up? Why are TN Democarts supporting a CONSERVATIVE republican governor, Phil Bredesen, who doesn't have a progressive/liberal bone in his corporate body? The former Republican governor was more progressive/liberal than Bredesen?

Well, after this election folks, I may be jumping ship. As I said in the Memphis Flyer interview, I am embarassed to be part of the TN Democratic Party, and I"m weighing the options: Socialist Party or Green Party? I'd rather join the Socialist Party, but the Green's are more organized and have a larger political presence nationally and even in TN. But I am a SOCIALIST, becuase I support ECONOMIC and political EQUALITY, and I oppose the concentration of "private" wealth and power. We can have no true Political Democracy without economic democracy.. MARX WAS RIGHT!

So I am a Democratic Socialist who is giving up on the hope that the Democratic Party could be the party in our two-party political machine to use to fight for social and economic justice.

But the next immediate battle will be in November. We must try to stop the anti-gay Amendment 1 in Tennessee, and hope the Democratic Party will do something useful and fight this unjust Amendment, which most Democrats in our state legislature VOTED FOR! The Democratic Party in TN is making a big mistake by pandering to anti-gay Christo-fascists. Gay people are leaving the Democratic Party! Some are supporting the Republicans ("why not? they are no worse?") and some are joining the Green Party or other "third parties" which support equality for gays and lesbians.
Jim Maynard


Blogger autoegocrat said...

Why hasn't there been a similar backlash against Tennessee Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr.? His record supporting Bush and the GOP is almost identical to Lieberman's?

The answer is very simple: Ford has no primary opponent. If I want to go to Kos and make this a national issue, I have to be able to hand them someone to support. I'm not trying to diminish your candidacy, but remember that you didn't run until Kurita dropped out, and you yourself already have plans to vote for Lugo in the general.

Part of it is our fault, too. We weren't organized well enough early enough. We never tried to raise money for Kurita. We never went door-to-door. We ranted on the blogs and left it at that.

I'm reasonably sure that Ros is going to make a run at "Lamar!" and when she does, we need to be poised and ready to hit the ground running. That goes double for Tyson Pratcher, Lee Harris, and after what I saw yesterday, John DeBerry.

By ths time four years from now, I want Memphians to have so many qualified candidates to choose from that we can't help but elect good representation. The only way we're going to accomplish that is if we get these great candidates elected to the city, county, and state legislatures in 2008, or whichever year applies.

Not only should we support their candidacies, but once they are in office, we need to make sure they take carefully considered positions, we need to help them out with research on issues, we need to develop effictive talking points, and we need to get them on TV.

In short, we need to realize that democracy is what happens between elections.

Monday, July 31, 2006 9:57:00 AM  
Blogger Evil said...

Why do you folks think that a candidate that wins in CT could win in TN or vice versa? Your right that Ned gets support in CT, because they are more liberal. Ed Bryant and Bob Corker wouldn't have a chance in hell in CT amd Ned wouldn't win in TN. If you want to run off to another party, good luck to you, I hope whoever you choose can get 2% of the vote in '08!!!

Monday, July 31, 2006 11:44:00 AM  
Blogger Jim Maynard said...

Well I might change my mind about staying in the Democratic Party...I'm still looking at the options. I"m just tired of supporting the "lesser of two evils" like most people..

Monday, July 31, 2006 5:30:00 PM  
Blogger Jim Maynard said...

Evil.. it doesn't matter to me if the party or candidate I support only gets 2%.. if they are right on the issues, they should get the support of those who agree with them. Are you saying people should only vote for parties and candidates who are popular or will win?
Seems like a recipe for more of the same B.S.

Monday, July 31, 2006 8:46:00 PM  
Blogger Evil said...

I'm saying that no party is every giong to agree with everything you support. Why? Because you are a human. If you want to vote for 2% candidates that's fine. That is also a recipe for more of the same (see election 2000). Remember that Al Gore wasn't liberal enough back then? Now look at him. Wouldn't you like to have him as President.

Monday, August 07, 2006 3:03:00 PM  

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