Yes, there is a very strong reason why we should NOT support this candidate!
To do so would be a disgraceful act of sectarianism and ruin any chance of a
left-wing alternative to the two party system ever developing.
In Australia this doesn't matter, because we have a preferential voting
system. If there are 50 left-wing parties in Australia it doesn't matter
because all their votes are added together to see whether they beat the
right-wing. We should still try and avoid sectarianism for other reasons (it
turns joiners away) but the electoral system won't punish us for it.
In the United States sectarianism is death. Left-wing parties are counted
individually, and if they don't individually beat both Bush and Kerry that
party's votes are just thrown away. If the left is not united around a
single candidate then they lose.
There is no excuse for socialists in the United States running their own
separate election campaigns from the Greens and Nader. Even worse is the
idea of individual socialist groups running their own candidates against
other socialist groups. This is madness.
In terms of political consciousness, the United States is so far behind
Australia it isn't funny. Crazy ultra-left socialists won't get anywhere.
After the September 11 attacks 90% of the population supported Bush and no
dissent was tolerated. The left was completely demoralised. Nobody except
Michael Moore thought that George Bush could even be defeated. Americans are
not ready to think about defeating both George Bush AND the Democrats. So
they are DEFINITELY NOT READY to think about defeating George Bush and the
Democrats and the Greens/Nader.
Defeating George Bush will be a great victory for the left in the United
States and the world. Not defeating George Bush and getting a few percent
for the Greens/Nader will not be much of a victory at all.
What needs to be done in the United States is this:
If the Republicans look like they might win in your electorate, Vote Kerry
but JOIN the Greens and whatever other peace organisations there are, and
let everyone know you hate the Democrats.
If the Democrats are going to win in your electorate, Vote Nader/Green.
Of course if you just can't live with yourself voting for Kerry then vote
Immediately after the election, once the Democrats have won, campaign
heavily to organise the Greens into some sort of united democratic
grassroots party open to everyone and expose the Democrats for what they
are. Then spend the next four years building an alternative to the
Sent: Thursday, 28 February 1929 7:11 PM
Subject: [GreenLeft_discussion] Suggestion from Les Evenchick
Les Evenchick visited World Socialist Web Site
and suggests you go to the following URL:
Les Evenchick says:
This is a link to the only candidate for president that I have found that
calls for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal from Iraq. Is there
any reason why we should not support this candidate? Les
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