Daily Archives: December 22, 2009

Socialist Action: ‘U.S. Occupation of Iraq has Achieved Chaos and Ruin’

According to Politics1.com, SOCIALIST ACTION – Socialist Action is a Trotskyist political party of “revolutionary socialists” originally founded by expelled members of the Socialist Workers Party. While the SA shares the SWP’s pro-Castro views, the SA still tries to retain its Trotskyist ideological roots (versus the SWP, which has drifted away from Trotskyism towards a more Soviet communist ideology).Read more ...

Bill Redpath: ‘Don’t Waste Your Vote: Vote Democratic!’

LP blog:

by William Redpath

(originally published in the December 2009 issue of LP News)

I can’t know what each of you thought when you read the headline above, but probably the most charitable thought was “Poor Bill Redpath. He almost made it to the end of his second term as Chair before he cracked up.”

Please be assured that I don’t really mean it.… Read more ...

Chuck Baldwin: ‘The Birth Of Christ And The Birth Of America Are Linked’

By Chuck Baldwin

As we approach the celebration of Christ’s birth, I am reminded of the words of John Quincy Adams. On July 4, 1837, he spoke these words:

“Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day?… Read more ...

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders denied single payer, promotes clinics

Even though Vermont’s independent Senator Bernie Sanders was forced to withdraw his amendment for a national single payer system recently, he has managed to put language into the health care bill that would allocate somewhere between $10 billion and $14 billion for thousands of primary care clinics around the country.  He is also working to change the bill so that individual states are allowed to adopt their own single payer systems. … Read more ...

Reform Party USA issues survey

Posted at rpusa.info:

Take Survey here

For each of the following issues from the Reform Party Principles or Platform, indicate whether you agree, disagree, or can not rate the issue (because you have no opinion or for some other reason).

America should: Eliminate NAFTA and similar free trade agreements.

Negotiate trade agreements that promote US jobs, consumer safety, environmental protection, and fair trade.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader: latest articles

By Ralph Nader at Nader.org:

Agent of Change

The ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus (535-475 BC) said that “character is destiny.” He might have added that “personality is decisive.” Where is Barack Obama in this framework?

The venerable historian, James MacGregor Burns, in his book “Transforming Leadership,” drew an important distinction between “transforming and transactional leadership,” and calling Franklin Delano Roosevelt a reflection of the former genre.… Read more ...

Green Party member’s civil action against Electoral College Mal-Apportionment goes to court 1/14/10

On The Wilder Side, also at GP.org and contact.ipr@gmail.com:

Asa Gordon

Asa Gordon

Green Party calls Asa Gordon’s action a demand for fair elections, voters’ rights, and racial justice

A major voting rights civil action filed by Green Party leader Asa Gordon is scheduled for oral argument in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (No.… Read more ...

Michael Badnarik reportedly conscious following heart attack

Lew Rockwell reports:

UPDATE from David Kramer: Michael is reportedly conscious, and has had a pacemaker installed. His family requests no visitors or calls for now.

H/T Steve LaBianca on the original article posted earlier today to IPR by Tom Knapp.… Read more ...

Massachusetts: Health Care, Afghanistan Top First Senate Debate

WBUR reports:

Republican Scott Brown, Democrat Martha Coakley and Independent candidate Joseph Kennedy take questions during a live radio talk show on WBZ-AM on Monday. (Steven Senne/AP)

BOSTON — The three candidates running to fill the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s Senate seat sparred on everything from Afghanistan to health care during their first debate Monday night on WBZ Radio.… Read more ...

Breaking: Badnarik reported hospitalized after heart attack

From an email apparently written by Gary Franchi, national director of Restore the Republic, and forwarded by a Campaign For Liberty activist:

I just received word that the President of the 2009 Continental Congress and 2004 Presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party, Michael Badnarik had a Heart Attack this morning and [is] in an unconscious state.

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LNC leak: ‘Mary Ruwart: Minority Report of the Donor Confidentiality Committee’

Sent to IPR by an anonymous source who is not currently on the LNC.

Minority Report of the Donor Confidentiality Committee
By Mary J. Ruwart, Ph.D.
Executive Summary

The Donor Confidentiality Committee was formed to propose policy to protect the confidentiality of donor information and to prevent further instances of the negligence which resulted in Mr.Wrights’ donor information being posted on public blogs.… Read more ...

Joe Kennedy Picks Up Endorsements and Momentum

Kennedy Seat reports that Joe Kennedy, independent US Senate candidate in MA, has picked up two endorsements, one from a group called Bring Home the Politicians and another from the Free Patriot Press.  … Read more ...