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A Reply to “An Appeal to Third Party Voters, Make the Difference for Obama” by Tom Hayden

This was written by dylanfreak on Green means “Impeach”.  I thought about replying to hayden’s post and didn’t have the patience.  Glad dylanfreak did.  Saw Hayden speak a year or so ago about the Port Huron Statement, and he didn’t recognize the inconsistency between his pride in the timelessness of Port Huron Statement and his support of the Democratic Party.  It was particularly incongruent because he introduced a college kid who was a re-founder of SDS.  I didn’t have the heart to challenge Hayden then either.

Tom,

For a very long time, I have admired your work for civil rights and for peace. Therefore, I feel that you have the right to know why I cannot and will not vote for Barack Obama.
It is simply not true that George W. Bush won the 2000 election, or that all but a few “thousand” people believe this. The evidence proves that, if all the votes cast in Florida that year had been counted, Gore would have won. The Greens were scapegoated by a Democratic Party that supported most of the Bush agenda.
Though Obama allegedly opposes the Iraq War, he will leave troops to defend our “national interest” — oil — and will *expand* the war in Afghanistan. To vote for Obama, a war candidate masquerading as a peace candidate, would betray my most cherished beliefs.
In the very near future, if political trends continue, the human race will either become extinct, or will exist in such wretchedness that extinction would be preferable. The Green Party advocates new ways of dealing with these crises. Both the Democratic and Republican parties are ideologically exhausted.
If Cynthia McKinney of the Green Party gets just five percent of the vote on November 4th, the Greens will gain ballot access and funding and become a powerful force for progressive values. Therefore, I challenge you, Tom Hayden, to be true to the convictions of your youth, and pull the lever for Cynthia McKinney on Election Day for *real* change.
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