You are here

Government & Politics

Government Logo

Be a Passionate Voter for Justice

  • We can change the direction of this country, and it's easier than you think, especially with emerging left-right alliances. It begins with keeping an open mind, knowing where you stand, and asking tough questions of those who want your votes.
  • Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 12: Another Voting Guide

Ralph Nader, Huffington Post

%2522%40%2522%20Logo%20with%2010%20yr%20banner.jpgTo stay on top of important articles like these, sign up here to receive the latest updates from all reader supported Evergreene Digest.

Stop%20the%20Machine.jpg10/31/2014 | Millions of Americans displayed passion and fevered interest in the recent exciting World Series championship. Now it's time to move on to a serious matter of national importance that often suffers from a lack of public enthusiasm. Millions of Americans, many of whom are avid sports fans, are suffering due to low wages, income inequality, and a gridlocked Congress that is obsessed with campaign fundraising and incapable of addressing many of country's most pressing needs, from public investments to fair play for working families.

With Election Day just days away, now is the perfect time to transfer some of that passion and energy for sports into the political realm. After all, there is far more on the line than just a championship and bragging rights. And elections are not a spectator sport -- you need to be on the field yourself!

Ralph Nader, Consumer advocate, lawyer and author

Full story … 

Related:

Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 12: Another Voting Guide, Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn

  • If you LOVE the status quo, vote democrat or republican.
  • If you LOVE having the lesser of two evils in office, vote democrat or republican.
  • If you want more war, vote democrat or republican
  • If you love the military/industrial(/congressional) complex, vote democrat or republican.
  • If you want more crony capitalism, vote democrat or republican 
  • If you support the NSA spying on US citizens, vote democrat or republican
  • If you support the war on drugs, vote democrat or republican.

 

Don’t Ask the Pentagon Where Its Money Goes. It won't tell.

  • Former Pentagon boss Robert M. Gates once described the U.S. military as a semi-feudal system — “an amalgam of fiefdoms without centralized mechanisms to allocate resources, track expenditures, and measure results relative to the department’s overall priorities.”
  • The economic roots of the drive to war

Medea Benjamin, In Other Words

Cuppa%20Java-lg%20with%2010%20yr%20banner.jpgJournalism with real independence and integrity is a rare thing. All reader supported Evergreene Digest relies - exclusively!- on reader donations. Click on the donation button above to make a contribution and support our work.

 

550-billion-pentagon-budget-cartoon-600x396.jpgDown the Hole, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

October 22, 2014 | President Barack Obama proudly signed the law that repealed the Pentagon’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, freeing lesbian, gay, and bisexual Americans (although not trans people) to openly serve in the military four years ago.

But when it comes to budgeting, the concept lingers on. “Don’t ask us how we spend money,” the Pentagon basically says. “Because we can’t really tell you.”

Graphic%20%7C%20Arms%20at%20the%20Statue%20of%20Liberty.jpg

Medea Benjamin, the founder of CODEPINK and Global Exchange, is the author of Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control.

Full story … 

Related:

The economic roots of the drive to war, Nick Beams, World Socialist Web Site

The ongoing decline in global economic growth … means that the militarist drive will intensify in the coming period, creating the conditions for the eruption of another world war. 

 

Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 12: Another Voting Guide

Politics%20Banner.jpg

  • If you LOVE the status quo, vote democrat or republican.
  • If you LOVE having the lesser of two evils in office, vote democrat or republican.
  • If you want more war, vote democrat or republican
  • If you love the military/industrial(/congressional) complex, vote democrat or republican.
  • If you want more crony capitalism, vote democrat or republican 
  • If you support the NSA spying on US citizens, vote democrat or republican
  • If you support the war on drugs, vote democrat or republican.

Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn

Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: To help our readers vote responsibly we are re-publishing as a stand-alone series those articles we think will help. These articles will appear frequently between now and the November 4 election. Watch for them in the Government & Politics section <http://evergreenedigest.org/government> (and simultaneously in other sections) under the searchable title "2014 Mid-term Election Guide".

Stop%20the%20Machine.jpgOctober 29, 2014 | In his 1960 farewell address, the moderate Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower tried to warn us naïve and trusting Americans about the nefarious agendas of the amoral, pro-corporate, pro-war, imperialistic military/industrial (i.e., corporate)/national security/congressional complex (especially the weapons industries, the Pentagon, the CIA, and the FBI) that Ike had seen acquiring excessive power during his administration. 

Americans after WWII were feeling increasingly prosperous and optimistic about the future because the nation’s infrastructure, industries, productivity, markets and non-military citizens had not been victimized or blasted to smithereens like their economic competitors in Europe and Asia. Ike’s prescient warnings were essentially ignored or censored out of the public’s consciousness by nefarious anti-democratic entities that were operating behind the scenes.

Gary G. Kohls is a retired physician who writes about issues of war, peace, justice, mental health and nonviolence and feels it is important to mix religion and non-partisan politics. 

Full story … 

Previously in the 2014 Mid-term Election Guide:

 

 

Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 10: Yes, I’m Voting Third Party. No I’m Not Wasting My Vote.

Politics%20Banner.jpg

Voting for Obama or Romney and knowing that both of them don’t care about average Americans will only continue pushing the pendulum that is American politics, to either the Republicans or the Democrats, with there being no substantial change in how the system itself works and who is benefits and oppresses.

  • 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils"
  • The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction
  • The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can?
  • Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 3: Third Parties Are Not Spoilers

Devon DB, Global Research

Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: To help our readers vote responsibly we are re-publishing as a stand-alone series those articles we think will help. These articles will appear frequently between now and the November 4 election. Watch for them in the Government & Politics section <http://evergreenedigest.org/government> (and simultaneously in other sections) under the searchable title "2014 Mid-term Election Guide".

vote1.jpegSeptember 22, 2012 | Yes, I would like to admit that this November, I will be voting third party. However, contrary to what many do or would like to believe, I am notwasting my vote.

When stating that you are going to vote third party, one is usually met with the typical dismissals that “you’re wasting your vote” and “there’s no chance in hell that they will win.” While my party of choice may not win, I realize that there is little difference between either candidate and that both will only make this country worse.Obama has made a number of policy decisions during his first term that have strengthened the police state, expanded US militarism abroad, and aided the very bankers that have pillaged the country.Concerning the police state, during his presidency, Obama has created a legal precedent that allows him (and future presidents) to assassinate US citizens as can be seen in the case of Anwar al-Awlaki.

Devon DB is a 20 year old independent researcher and writer. He is studying political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Full story… 

Related:

Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 3: Third Parties Are Not Spoilers, Ralph Nader, Wall Street Journal / Eurasia Review

  • Why is a third-party candidate called a "spoiler" when the nominees of the Republican and Democratic parties, that have given us a spoiled political system (corrupted by the highest bidder) are never referred to in such a pejorative way?
  • Lesser-Evil Math Doesn't Compute
  • The left has lost its nerve and its direction

###

Previously in the 2014 Mid-term Election Guide:

 

The dirty secret behind attack ads

Politics%20Banner.jpg

  • "Anyone who believes anything a candidate or campaign says about their opponent or themselves in a purchased ad is an idiot." --Jim Meffert, a former Minnesota congressional candidate
  • Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 9: 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils"

Eric Black, MinnPost

Starbuck%27s%20Cafe%20Latte%20with%2010%20yr%20banner.jpgIf you like reading this article, consider joining the crew of all reader-supported Evergreene Digest by contributing the equivalent of a cafe latte a month--using the donation button above—so we can bring you more just like it.

ElectoralDysfunction300.pngThis the eighth story in a series comparing the U.S. system of politics and elections with other democracies around the world.

10/22/14 I mentioned a couple of installments back that Curtis Gans of the Center for the Study of American Electorate is convinced that negative campaign ads contribute to lower voter participation by causing many Americans to believe that their only choice is between bad and worse.

One former Minnesota congressional candidate says that is exactly the purpose.

Eric Black writes Eric Black Ink for MinnPost, analyzing politics and government of Minnesota and the United States, the historical background of topics and other issues. 

Full story … 

Related:

Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 9: 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils" Debra Sweet, OpEdNews

  • If somebody you love is addicted to the "lesser" of two evils, please refer them to the following 12 step program.
  • Step 12: As a result of these steps, you can now carry the message to those who still suffer from an addiction to the Democratic Party. Nothing is as liberating as resisting an evil when you know it's wrong.
  • The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction
  • The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can?

 

Pages