Socialist Workers Party on Louisiana ballot

Louisiana’s Baton Rouge Advocate reported Tuesday that the Socialist Workers Party “became the first party Monday to get a presidential candidate on Louisiana’s Nov. 4 ballot. Alyson Kennedy of New Jersey, the running mate to presidential candidate Roger Calero of New York, personally qualified her party and its nine state electors in Baton Rouge, after touring New Orleans for three days.” Kennedy said, “We are the working class alternative in this election.” Calero’s name “will not be on the ballot because he was born in Nicaragua.” SWP activist Amanda Ulman said stand-in candidate James Harris will appear instead.

11 thoughts on “Socialist Workers Party on Louisiana ballot

  1. Spence

    From what I’ve seen, the various socialist parties exist because they have succumbed to their own infighting and splintered platform debates the way the LP is these days. Thus resulting in a multitude of regional parties, but no strong overall presence. Rest assured- the day that one is actually formed, be warned they could actually be the first third party to win…

  2. Trent Hill

    The Socialists will be represented by sometihng like 4 parties here in LA,and 5 in Colorado.

  3. Nexus

    “Rest assured- the day that one is actually formed, be warned they could actually be the first third party to win…”

    So your saying Americans are just dieing to vote for a socialist. We’re just waiting for them to stop bickering with one another?

  4. Nexus

    “The Socialists will be represented by sometihng like 4 parties here in LA,and 5 in Colorado.”

    Hmmm…sounds like Europe.

    Is there any real difference between these socialist parties?

  5. Spence

    I’m saying that the way things are going, coupled with the general ignorance of the public, at current trends, a socialist stands the greatest chance he has of being elected than ever before. I mean, look at Obama. Ok, fair enough- not a socialist- just another corporatist shill like the rest of them, but if the parties don’t get on this energy issue soon, the opportunity to depose them will soon present itself to a Marxist party.

    Now, before you call me a collectivist, I am in no way a socialist. So just letting you know now before you gleefully participate in some ad hominem attacks. But the facts are there are more than enough Americans willing to try a third party. It’ll likely be a new one with a surge of momentum, and it’ll appeal to the people because it will speak to their emotions much the way Obama and the Democrats do.

    More people are looking for the gov’t to take action than sit back and repeal stuff, and until we can convince them of that, the LP/CP/BTP or any like-minded party will simply not win.

  6. G.E.

    No. The people reject the word “socialist” even as they cry for more and more socialism. Just as they say they love “freedom” when they willingly give theirs (and mine) away.

  7. Spence

    Exactly. So no matter how much you deny it, the prospects are all too likely. Of course, like you said, people have an aversion to the word socialist/communist in this country, so it will probably come under another label.

    How many times did it take before?

    -Socialist (x)

    -Liberal (x)

    – Progressive

    Keep trying, and eventually you’ll fool somebody.

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