Ron Paul/Dennis Kucinich
Ticket, or election boycott?
It seems that the American media has the race
for the 2008 US presidency tied up between Clinton/Obama or Rudolph
Giuliani and whoever may be his running mate. By spinning stories and
being the gate-keepers of access to TV, radio and newspapers, they
basically dictate who the public will vote for. Of course there's
always the chance that Michael Bloomberg could throw his hat into the
race and upset the apple cart as it is currently constituted. However,
there is the
potential that the two backrunners of the Dems and the Republicans
could form a third party or run as independents on a single ticket.
Whether Paul or Kucinich would take the top spot is open to question.
But the impact of having an alternative for the voters of both
parties who are deeply disappointed with the direction that the major
parties have been taking would be appreciable. If it even approximated
33 percent, there is a general chance of such a ticket being the
victorious one. The question is whether each of the two candidates will
tolerate the other's stance on contentious issues like abortion and gay
rights. But the power of the ticket is that it will unite two very
diverse points of view, and possibly bring on supporters of both
viewpoints. This could be the winning ticket!
Paul has been very outspoken in the televised presidential debates,
standing up to
Guiliani in insisting that America has provoked terrorism through a
foreign policy that interferes with other countries. Kucinich showed
his strength of character in stating that he would not try to
assasinate Osama Bin Laden even
if he had a clear shot, and
that he was against a policy of political assasination, unlike the
candidates who were falling over each other to take out the poster boy
for international terrorism.
If the Right and the Left still hate each other to the
extent that they cannot unite behind the Paul/Kucinich ticket, there is
always the possibility that the disenfranchised voters will choose to
participate in an organized boycott of the election. This may end up as
the only viable alternative to an electoral process totally controlled
from the top.
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