Friday, September 12, 2008

Political Breakthrough: Third Party Joint Statement Supports Republic against Empire

The New Paradigm Platform

In a significant breakthrough for the American political system, what Dr. Ron Paul has called the "principled third parties" have challenged the US "two party" oligopoly, calling for a restoration of the Constitutional Republic and rejecting the US empire.

The statement was jointly written by Dr. Paul and the four third party campaigns for President (the Libertarian Party participated in drafting the document but failed to sign-on*). The Statement challenges the "two" tax-supported party system which has dominated US politics in recent decades and rejects the joint policies of the Democrats and Republicans that, in this blogger's opinion, have contributed so centrally to the crisis facing the nation.

The people who participated in writing the statement were from Ralph Nader's Independent Campaign; former Congressperson Cynthia McKinney, Green Party; Rev. Chuck Baldwin, Constitutional Party; and former Congressperson Bob Barr, Libertarian Party.

Since neither of the "two" oligarchy party candidates offers any meaningful change to those policies**, the only rational vote is a protest vote for a third party candidate. If enough voters did this simple act, American politics would experience a profound change for the better.

Any other vote is a wasted vote.

Here is the Four Party Four Point Statement:

The New Paradigm Platform

The Republican/Democrat duopoly has, for far too long, ignored the most important issues facing our nation. However, alternate candidates Chuck Baldwin, Cynthia McKinney, and Ralph Nader agree with Ron Paul on four key principles central to the health of our nation. These principles should be key in the considerations of every voter this November and in every election.

We Agree

Foreign Policy:
The Iraq War must end as quickly as possible with removal of all our soldiers from the region. We must initiate the return of our soldiers from around the world, including Korea, Japan, Europe and the entire Middle East. We must cease the war propaganda, threats of a blockade and plans for attacks on Iran, nor should we re-ignite the cold war with Russia over Georgia. We must be willing to talk to all countries and offer friendship and trade and travel to all who are willing. We must take off the table the threat of a nuclear first strike against all nations.

Privacy: We must protect the privacy and civil liberties of all persons under US jurisdiction. We must repeal or radically change the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, and the FISA legislation. We must reject the notion and practice of torture, eliminations of habeas corpus, secret tribunals, and secret prisons. We must deny immunity for corporations that spy willingly on the people for the benefit of the government. We must reject the unitary presidency, the illegal use of signing statements and excessive use of executive orders.

The National Debt:
We believe that there should be no increase in the national debt. The burden of debt placed on the next generation is unjust and already threatening our economy and the value of our dollar. We must pay our bills as we go along and not unfairly place this burden on a future generation.

The Federal Reserve:
We seek a thorough investigation, evaluation and audit of the Federal Reserve System and its cozy relationships with the banking, corporate, and other financial institutions. The arbitrary power to create money and credit out of thin air behind closed doors for the benefit of commercial interests must be ended. There should be no taxpayer bailouts of corporations and no corporate subsidies. Corporations should be aggressively prosecuted for their crimes and frauds.

* As a libertarian since 1968, I am disappointed in the failure of the Libertarian Party to fully commit to this historic political Statement. [Later, the party announced its support for the four points.] The same problem has occurred with the Health Freedom issue. Despite our efforts over several months, including emails, faxes and several phone conversations directly with the campaign, the LP candidate has also failed to respond to Natural Solutions Foundation's Candidate's Health Freedom Score Card, unlike Denis Kuchinich's generally positive response and Dr. Paul (who carefully answered all our questions and had a nearly "perfect" Health Freedom score).

** In his statement at the National Press Club on September 10, 2008 where the Statement was issued, Dr. Paul quoted ruling caste theorist Prof. Carroll Quigley justifying the "two" party sham:

"The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy."

This time, without such profound and extensive shifts in policy, the US is destined to experience the full results of the fascistic policies of the ruling parties: economic and political chaos; monetary collapse; hyperinflation, tyranny...

Led by Dr. Paul's brilliant move to unite the principled parties, there is yet hope for the Constitutional Republic.

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