Tuesday, August 01, 2006

186: “The End of the Road?”

186: “The End of the Road?”

Russ Diamond has withdrawn from the Governor’s race. In a statement recorded in the Harrisburg Patriot News, Russ said, “I’m calling it a day.”

Needless to say, we are greatly disappointed in the news. We thought better of our readers that they would support Russ and help him overcome the artificial handicap of not running as a Democrat or Republican.

Sadly, Russ Diamond fell about 35,000 signatures short of the required 67,000 signatures to get on the ballot in November.

Even more sad is the fact that this impossibly high requirement is set against third party candidates by the Republicans and Democrats for two reasons: first, it keeps third party candidates to a minimum, and second, it protects one or both parties from vote-total inroads against them by those third party candidates.

There is no legitimate reason why third party candidates should be required to amass more than the Republican or Democratic candidates 2,000 signatures. In that sense, Russ out polled both Rendell and Swann by 14-1.

The effect of this stupidly arrogant election law is that Pennsylvania voters are now stuck with three choices for governor: Rendell, the tax and spend Democrat; Swann, the empty suit Republican; and
Marakay Rogers, the Green Party candidate.

Ms. Rogers met her goal of 100,000 signatures with the help of the Republicans in western Pennsylvania who called for contributors to help her and US Senatorial Candidate Carl Romanelli. $40,000 later, they had their signatures. Of course, the goal of the Republicans here is to cut into the Casey and Rendell votes as the Green Party is, in many cases, farther to the left than the Democrats, and both Rendell and Casey work out as somewhat moderate Liberals.

But legitimate candidates should not come only from the two parties. And the playing field should be level. It is reprehensible that the two major parties have stacked the deck so high, and thus cheated the Pennsylvania electorate of alternatives to their big-money driven party platforms.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the death of Democracy and the advent of a Plutocracy (government by the wealthy).

You major parties have maneuvered themselves into the position that only wealth counts, only wealth can make the decisions for the party, and only wealth will get you elected. In return, you will pass legislation and make decisions based on what the wealthy desire.

You no longer have any influence with your elected officials. How can you when you do not really have any choice of who those elected official are?

And all of us are responsible because we allowed it to happen. We did not demand our representatives act appropriately, and legally, and turned a blind eye when they unconstitutionally passed legislation. We turned a blind eye when our Governor raised our taxes his first year, installed gambling his second year, sign a clearly illegal pay raise into law his third year, and then tried to defend it, and gave us an insult of a tax increase his fourth year. And most of all, we have ceded control of our state Republican and Democratic parties to the wealthy.

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The only hope left is to turn out the incumbents in November. And you can, like I will do, take your pen into the voting booth and write in Russ Diamond’s name for Governor. At least your conscience will be clear on that one.

I hold little hope for Reform now, because we have no voice in the Governor’s race. We have the Reformers, and we have the candidates from the soon to be defunct Clean Sweep. Right now, that is all we have.

What a pity. What a crime it will become in the legislature, where crime is already the order of the day.

We have no candidate for Governor, or Lieutenant Governor.

Montana is starting to look attractive.

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2 comments:

Randy said...

The tragedy remains that people follow either of the two parties as if the group they champion offers a solution to the problem or issue of the day. No candidate wins an election without enormous financial backing. Since only members of the two parties receive the requisite levels of funding, often from the same wealthy businesses, organizations, or individuals, the two party system ensures that only those receiving this money can hope to win at the polls. Since the candidates cannot win their races without this funding, they must remain loyal to the interests of their financial backers and not the people they pretend to represent. Therefore, this system allows the wealthy, and not either of the parties, to remain in power regardless of who claims victory in November. Like any sport, while spectators rabidly declare support for one team or the other, the owners grow wealthier at our expense.

Dianne Berlin said...

Russ Diamond collected FIFTEEN TIMES more signatures than the other two candidates for Governor needed to collect! KUDOS, Russ.

Russ and PA Clean Sweep gave all of us a great gift. The shake up in Harrisburg began with their instigation and is still alive.

The war against the corruption in Harrisburg is not over but because the citizens got involved, people ran for office and upset the status quo. The pay raise was repealed and the same can happen with the slots law.

Our forefathers did not give up although the battles were many and obstacles large. We just need the tenacity to hang in there. The battle goes on and people are needed to get into uniform.

RELENTLESS persistence and insistence on lobbying reform, high standards of behavior and following the Constitution is what will help defeat the corruption.

WE, THE PEOPLE, are the only ones who can make this happen and only if we see a tough battle as a challenge not as a reason to quit.