Obama and McCain - are your a slave or do you really have a choice?
In a country where the majority of the people do not vote, the so called Slackers can actually make the real difference. It's a pity if that goes wasted, no doubt about it. But it's a real pity if they only live the illusion of choice, without making any.
In a two party system like the USA there is no space for other candidates. I wonder if there really is a debate over the major issues. Think about it: people always complain about third party candidates, saying that they steal votes from Democrats, others say the steal form Republicans, therefore to vote for a third party means you are dispersing your vote and hurting the system.
OK, what if the system is broken? To this point, I don't see very many differences between Obama and McCain. To be fair McCain disastrous strategy of lies and deception is almost embarrassing, while Obama is playing a fair campaign.
Last week 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.
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.
Is either Obama or McCain addressing any of these vital issues? As far as I could see, no. Yet the media decide to cover irrelevant stories about jokes, pigs and lipstick, and who's more patriotic. Do the American people really want to hear about this nonsense? They are starting to understand only now what Ron Paul predicted a couple of years ago, the collapse of the economy. The CNN recently interviewed Ron Paul about the bailouts. Why? Because they are starting to get scared, nobody understands what's going on and they try to get reassured that everything will be OK. It won't. The banking system is the cause of the collapse, and unless we address this issue we won't ever solve our problems.