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of Kindness, Love & Grace
(Oregon At The Crossroads . . .)
I remember the sixties, vividly, never having touched anything stronger than milk and cookies at that timeI was nine when the decade ended. Yet I remember the excitement of change, the aura of possibilities. I remember young people rebelling against the frightening powers of the military, the national guard, and the police, sometimes by sticking flowers into the end of rifle barrels. It probably wasn't until years later that I learned of Abbie Hoffman's attempt to levitate the Pentagon, but that decade left me with the impression that anything was possible.
For years, my political life was motivated by Republican presidents. Nixon's downfall at the hands of Woodward and Bernstein led me to study journalism in college. Reagan's dismantling of this country's environmental protections led me to Oregon and law school at Lewis & Clark. Bush bombed Baghdad and I worked with others to start the Pacific Party.
that John Kitzhaber unofficially announced his campaign for re-election
when he signed a bill to recriminalize the possession of small amounts
of marijuana. In an effort to look "tough on crime," the Governor
is willing to scapegoat and lock up hundreds of thousands of peaceful,
otherwise law-abiding citizens. Its bad public policy because
it invades peoples privacy. It criminalizes an activity in which
there is absolutely no victim rather than punishing specific behaviors
that threaten or harm innocent people. The state of Oregon estimates
the cost of this measure at an additional $1.2 million dollars. That
doesnt begin to tally the human suffering and social fracturing
caused by such laws.
Some people feel that voting for a "third" party candidate is a wasted vote. Nothing could be further from the truth. The truly wasted vote is one cast for a candidate you don't believe in. The problem with voting for the "lesser of two evils" is that it leads inevitably to voting for the evil of two lessers. If a Democrat or Republican knows that, because of party affiliation, you'll vote for them no matter what, they have no reason to listen to your concerns. What difference does it make? You'll vote for them again anyway. And again. And again. And things will never change.
Voting is not just a privilege, it's a responsibility. People struggle, even die for the right elsewhere in the world. Make your vote count by contributing to a spiritual and political evolution. Walk a refreshing green path with the Pacific Party and me. The future begins right here in the present.
Blair Bobier is the Pacific Partys candidate for Governor of Oregon. He also serves as Executive Director of the Northwest Democracy Insitute, a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to all citizens having a voice in government. To learn more, visit the Pacific Party website at www.pacificparty.org, or call 503.238.1856.
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