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Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Another election already?

It seems like only yesterday the United States was going through the turmoil surrounding the voting in Florida, and here it is already time to turn George W. Bush out of office.
Unfortunately, the so-called "news" media are telling us our only other choice is John Kerry, and perhaps Ralph Nader.
In fact, there are at least six national parties.
Perhaps seven if the Reform Party still counts, and it doesn't with me. (It imploded in 2000, with a strange attempt by John Hagelin, who was already and perennially the candidate of the Natural Law Party, to become its standard bearer. Hagelin used the bizarre charge that Pat Buchanan was attempting to "hijack" the RP, even though Buchanan had entered the primaries -- and won. At the moment, the RP seems to have only about seven state organizations. Even more strange, it offered its ballot status, limited as it is, to Ralph Nader.)
Nader gets some mileage from the "news" media -- after all, he is pretty much their creation, and ideologically he's their boy -- that he is an Independent candidate.
And something called the Committee for a United Independent Party and its wholly owned subsidiary, Choosing an Independent President, or ChIP, have taken to touting Nader.
Apparently they don't know, or don't care, that Nader has formed some kind of party with name Populist Party.
His reason is that many if not most states make it nearly impossible for an independent candidate to get on the ballot, and only slightly less so for a party candidate.
So are our choices only statist candidates, advocates of a fascist welfare state?
Please return often and we'll talk about a real choice.


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