Book Review: We Who Dared to Say No to War

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We Who Dared to Say No to War:  American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now  Murray Polner and Thomas E. Woods, Jr. Basic Books, 2007, PB; 352 pages; $16.95 What do Abraham Lincoln, Pat Buchanan, Helen Keller, John Quincy Adams, George McGovern, and Daniel Webster have in common? All were anti-war advocates (at least Lincoln was …

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On the way to the bank, political consultants walk by 35 million voters

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On Election Day, there is one key constituency that decides who wins and who loses – nonvoters. Sadly, the U.S. ranks 31st among 35 democracies in voter turnout. We’re behind Belgium (number one), Sweden, South Korea, Israel, Italy, Ireland, and more. According to the Bipartisan Policy Center, “despite a cliff-hanger presidential election, major issues at …

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Voters Lose in “Open” Primaries

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There is a growing clamor for “open” primaries which permits voters of all parties, or no affiliation, to vote for a candidate before the general election.  There is a “top two” component to open primaries: candidates for a given office, regardless of party line, appear on the same ballot, but only the two with the …

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Lesson Learned for the New School Year: “Train Up a Child in the Way he Should Go”

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At the end of the 2015 school year, a day after his 89th birthday, author and homeschool movement icon Samuel Blumenfeld passed away. In its obituary, the Boston Globe noted, “His mother was illiterate, and when Mr. Blumenfeld was a child he struggled to help her learn the rudiments of reading and writing.” His first …

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Voters Need the Input and Impact of a Third Party

James Madison wisely observed, “When the variety and number of political parties increases, the chance for oppression, factionalism, and non-skeptical acceptance of ideas decreases.” Marginalized policy initiatives can often bubble up into the mainstream because of independent candidates and third parties. In his book, Declaring Independence: The Beginning of the End of the Two-Party System, …

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Interview with James Hedges, Prohibition Party nominee for President

  The Prohibition Party was founded in 1869 and is the third oldest party behind the Republicans and Democrats. They have fielded presidential candidates in every election every cycle since 1872. The Prohibition Party had its heyday during the years 1882-1916, when candidates were elected to Congress, state legislatures, and changed the outcome of the …

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Interview with Jerry White, Socialist Equality Party Nominee for President

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Michigan resident Jerry White is the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) candidate for President. He was the SEP’s first presidential candidate in 1996, and headed their national ticket in the 2008 and 2012 elections. The SEP holds that, “The Democratic Party, committed to militarism and austerity, is no less the political instrument of Wall Street and …

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Interview with Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik, Socialist Party USA presidential nominee

One in a series of interviews with third party and independent presidential candidates Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik, a graduate of Troy University, was co-chair of the Socialist Party USA from 2013-2015 and served as chair of the Socialist Party of California. In 2014, he ran for California’s 62nd State Assembly district and earned 2.5 percent of …

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Interview with “Rocky” De La Fuente, Independent and Third Party Candidate for President

Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente began his successful business career in California’s automobile industry and has branched out into the national markets of banking and real estate. In 1982, at the age of 28, he was elected Chairman of the National (automotive) Dealer Council. His involvement in politics includes being elected by the California Democratic …

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Interview with Gloria La Riva, Party for Socialism and Liberation Nominee for President

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Gloria Estela La Riva, a labor, community, and anti-war activist based in San Francisco, is running for president under the Party for Socialism and Liberation. She first ran as a third-party candidate for President in 1992 as the Workers World Party nominee, and was that party’s vice-presidential candidate in the elections of 1984, 1988, 1996, …

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