A new view of the machine

I’ve just finished up reading “Crashing The Party” (get yours here) by the person I voted for as President in 2000, Ralph Nader, and it has to be one of the best investments of time and money that I have made in a long time.

While I have always been fascinated with the political process and do my best to be an informed voter, I never realized (or that is, allowed myself to realize) just how bad the two party system had gotten, and what kind of democratic funk we’ve fallen into.

But this book has helped to open my eyes that much more to the world I live in, and one of those realizations is that if you want to see the system change for the better, you have to be willing to roll up your sleeves and get into the mix. Good advice for anything you choose to do in life, but critical advice for the realm of politics. Consider this to be my decree to be more politically active with my life.

I had never though of myself as being affiliated with one party or another, but I have to admit that after reading through the book and reviewing their platform, the Green Party is making me rethink that stance. I’ll still always vote my conscience, but I would not be ashamed to call myself a Green. I certainly couldn’t say that if I called myself a Republican or a Democrat (nothing personal to those of you who do claim those affiliations).

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