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Friday, July 22, 2005

What do you want?

“If African Americans and labor announced they were open to a third party alternative, the death of the Democratic Party would be in sight and a real party of the people could take their place." (attributed to Kevin Zeese)

Wow. That's something to think about. Marylanders are at least uncomfortable and unhappy with the ever increasing gap between rich and poor, the degradation of our environment and the health of our children, the erosion of our rights, and the the weakening of our international credibility. And we are certainly nervous about the growing strength of multinational corporations in our economies and politics -- politicians of both major parties are taking their money and doing their bidding.

Obviously the independent parties speak to our discontent with how things are. The real question isn't whether they have ideas and energy to make our state and our nation better. The question many of us ask ourselves is whether they can someday win enough power to actually change things. The writer of that phrase asks us to imagine that change could happen.

Would you want it to?