Declaring Independence From The Corporate Parties

The 2 party duopoly have created a system of making it practically impossible for 3rd parties to gain ballot access in most states. Just in the past week, the Republicans in Pennsylvania, challenged Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party and Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party.

In order to qualify for the ballot in Pennsylvania, the major parties have to submit only 2,000 signatures, but third party candidates had to collect more than 20,000 this year.

The Constitution Party withdrew its presidential candidate, Virgil Goode, from the state ballot on Tuesday. The party submitted 35,000 signatures, but state law would have required them to cover the cost of legal fees if the Republicans had been able to successfully challenge enough of the signatures to bring them under the state threshold.

Libertarian Party, presidential nominee Gary Johnson, campaign submitted more than 49,000 signatures — more than twice the amount required to gain access to the ballot in Pennsylvania.

Not only Pennsylvania but there are numerous other states that present these types of road blocks for 3rd party candidates. Calif-172,859, No.Carolina- 85,379, Oklahoma- 43,890 http://www.ballot-access.org/

In 1987, we saw more of a grab for control by the two major parties. The campaigns of George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis met without the knowledge of the League of Women Voters (LWV) and drafted a memorandum of understanding. This secret document specified who would be allowed to sit in the audience during the ’88 debates and who would serve as panelists, as well as abolished follow-up questions…

http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2012/09/03/declare-independence-corporate-parties-179051/

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On Labor Day, it’s worth reflecting on how bad the 2 mainstream candidates are for workers.

Mr. Self-Sufficient Job Creator Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital destroyed jobs left and right.

Romney launched Bain Capital with money from the leaders of El Salvador’s death squads.

And a federal bailout saved Bain from ruin.

But surely Mr. Liberal Help-the-Little-Guy Barack Obama is fighting for the worker?

Unfortunately not … Obama thinks that unemployment is a good thing, because it shows that the economy is productive…

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/09/obama-and-romney-are-both-terrible-for-jobs.html

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