Wednesday, June 28, 2006


I found Unity08 over at Pocket Farm. Their intent is to fix what's wrong with both the Republican and Democratic parties:

Goal One is the election of a Unity Ticket for President and Vice-President of the United States in 2008 – headed by a woman and/or man from each major party or by an independent who presents a Unity Team from both parties.
Goal Two is for the people themselves to pick that Unity Ticket in the first half of 2008 – via a virtual and secure online convention in which all American voters will be qualified to vote.
Goal Three, our minimum goal, is to effect major change and reform in the 2008 national elections by influencing the major parties to adopt the core features of our national agenda. With a group of voters who comprise at least 20% of the national electorate, we feel confident that our voters will decide the 2008 election.

The intention is to not waste time with the "blame game" but to just cut to the chase and right what has gone so wrong in both parties. They are differentiating between crucial and important issues, which I agree must be differentiated. Crucial Issues include anything that our future welfare and security are based upon: Global terrorism, our national debt, our dependence on foreign oil, the emergence of India and China as strategic competitors and/or allies, nuclear proliferation, global climate change, the corruption of Washington’s lobbying system, the education of our young, the health care of all.

Important issues are vital to some people, but will not determine the fate of the nation. These include gun control, abortion, gay rights, immigration. These are important issues. No question about it. But they are currently used as red herrings to deflect away from serious abuses of power which must be addressed if we are to continue as a free society.

Unity08 is worth looking at seriously.


robin andrea said...

I like this idea very much, and I appreciate the distinction between crucial and important issues. We certainly need a new direction in our country, and I think this year's midterms are the most important we've faced in a long time. If we can't elect a Democratic congress in 2006, I don't know how we'll even start a Unity party for 2008.

DivaJood said...

Robin Andrea, the 2006 elections are crucial. They absolutely affect the direction of the nation, and I am fearful Rove has already begun the process to steal them. Here in California, the Republican party has started with negative advertising against Phil Angelides who is running against the Governator. The ads quote Steve Westley, who ran a negative campaign in the primary. Ugly.

But the Unity Party is doing something, rather than name calling and finger pointing. We've all identified the problem to the point of nausea; now it's time for action. That's what they're about. Action. And that's what I believe in as well.

The time for polarized thinking, and single-issue voting, is over. We have to find people who are willing to work for change on a global, universal level, about the things that affect everyone. If we don't correct global warming, there won't be a planet to live on; that's just one example.

Action, action, and more action.

Yoga Korunta said...

Diva Jood, thank you for bringing Unity08 to the fore. We have long lost perspective on what's important in this country.

DivaJood said...

Yoga, if nothing else, Unity08 might help us really focus on what's important. We need to win the 2006 midterms though.