Friday, August 04, 2006

Election Thoughts & My Politicial Identity Crisis

Thanks to everyone who took the extra step of writing my name in for U.S. Senate Aug. 3. Assuming most of the write In votes were for me in this race, I think I got about 200 votes in Shelby County, not sure about the rest of the state. Have to wait until the final election results are published. (200 votes ain't bad for a write-in campaign with no money spent on advertising...last time I ran against Jr. in 2004 I got about 160 votes..) (Can someone help me get the final results??)

As much as I would love to see the Democrats take back the Senate (it ain't gonna happen), I am supporting the REAL 'democratic' candidate for Senate in November, Green Party candidate Chris Lugo Look at his platform and ask why doesn't Harold Ford Jr. support these democratic principles?

Congrats to Steve Cohen and Steve Mulroy for their victories! There are still some progressive democrats in this state, and they can win elections!

Question, if Cohen wins the Senate in November, what happens to his TN Senate seat?

Who will be filling his shoes in Nashville?

Let's get Cohen elected to the Senate and Stop Amendment 1 in November!

I'm having a political identity crisis!
I'm going to be doing some serious thinking about whether to keep trying to work in the Democratic Party, or join the Socialist Party and support a party that shares my goals--Democratic Socialism.


Blogger Mike said...

For many years I always registered and claimed to be an independent (but typically voted Democratic). I voted for the best (or least-worst) candidate - the person, not the party.

In 2000 I forgot my policy and started claiming to be a Democrat. Now I realize that was probably the "equal and opposite reaction" that Newton spoke of. That reaction also help me crystalize my personal beliefs and I've found that I am, at the core, a pretty leftward guy.

A few months ago, when I found myself becoming vehemently against certain Democrats (same ones as you, evidently), I came to remember that before Bush I was an independent.

Political parties should exist to support their members, not the other way around.

Instead of seeking out a new party alignment, consider being an independent, and focus your energies through PACs and activist groups.

Friday, August 04, 2006 9:22:00 PM  
Blogger Jim Maynard said...

Thanks Mike, that's kind of the same conclusion I'm getting to. I considered the Socialist Party, but it is practically nonexistent and probably not the best way to achieve "democratic socialism" right now. That's one thing I like at Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), it is not a political party, and I can be a DSA activist and work independently of any political party.. sometimes I may support progressive Democrats like Steve Cohen, sometimes I may support a Green Party candidate like Chris Lugo.. but we don't have to limit ourselves to a particular political party.

Friday, August 04, 2006 9:35:00 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Me again.

The reasons that website gives for voting against Amendement 1 are all well and good, but I think the framing and message can be simpler.

I suggest the following. Imagine a full poage ad that simply says:

The government shouldn't tell you whom to love.

The government shouldn't tell you whom to marry.

It's that simple.

Vote NO on Amendment 1.

Friday, August 04, 2006 9:45:00 PM  

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