I voted early and I voted “Yes” to:

Health care
Civil Liberties
Fair Trade
Solar Energy
Electoral Reform
Instant Run-off Voting
Impeachment for Bush and Cheney
A Foreign Policy based on Diplomacy
A Wall Street Securities Speculation Tax

I voted “No” to:
Militarism as a way of life
A Foreign Policy based on War
The Bailouts
Nuclear Power
Clean Coal
Free Trade
Corporate Crime
Anti-Union Laws

I voted for issues, not rhetoric. I voted for people, not corporations and their rich CEOs.
I voted to cut the huge, bloated, wasteful military budget to a level needed to protect the country.
I voted to reverse U.S. Policy in the Middle East, including a rapid withdrawal of troops from Iraq and an end to support for the militarists in Israel.
I voted to adopt single payer national health insurance that would save $350 billion and apply those savings to comprehensively cover all Americans for all medically necessary services.
I voted to end Corporate Personhood. See Licensed to Kill.
I voted to stop subsidizing entrenched oil, nuclear, electric, coal mining, and biofuel interests and to invest heavily in solar and wind and in more efficient homes, automobiles, businesses and government facilities.
I voted for a first-class, high-speed passenger rail system that will save more than it costs.
I voted to tax the buying and selling of blocks of derivatives for profit so as to help lower income taxes on the working class, reduce speculation in the markets and increase stability in the oil and mortgage industries.
I voted against NAFTA and the WTO, which make commercial trade supreme over environmental, labor, and consumer standards.
I voted against the winner-take-all election system which often pushes voters to vote their fears and not their beliefs – or to simply not vote at all.

I voted with my heart, with my brain, and with my values. I voted for Ralph Nader and Matt Gonzalez.

Ralph Matt
“There are those that are gonna say that what we’re doing is gonna take votes from other candidates. Let me just emphasize this: There’s nothing that we do that can force anybody to vote for us, but we very much want the opposite not to be true – that anybody that wants to vote for us should not be forced to vote for other candidates.

If there is any candidate that fears what we’re trying to do here, then I invite them to go out and earn the votes that would otherwise be cast for us. We are in a democracy, that’s how it works. Candidates with different opinions put them forward and go compete for votes.” – Matt Gonzalez

By Camille Armantrout

Camille lives with her soul mate Bob in the back woods of central North Carolina where she hikes, gardens, cooks, and writes.

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