I think it’s fair to say that most of us are sick of the political games played by our politicians—at the local, state, and national level. And I think most of us are kind of annoyed that politics has become, in recent years, very polarized to the point where you want to strangle/cut/smash the knee caps of the other side.
Needless to say, when I first read about Unity08, a web-based movement, in The Atlantic, I was pretty excited. Although not a third party per se, Unity08 hopes to run a Unity ticket that will give Americans something more than the usual rhetoric.
What, you were happy voting for the lesser of two evils?
(In case you can’t find this particular issue of The Atlantic, it’s the one with the cover of President Bush and the cover line that reads: Why Presidents Lie?)
Unity08 believes that neither of today’s major parties reflects the aspirations, fears or will of the majority of Americans. Both have polarized and alienated the people. Both are unduly influenced by single-issue groups. Both are excessively dominated by money.
Goal 1 is the election of a Unity Ticket for President and Vice-President of the United States in 2008—headed by a woman and/or man from each major party or by an independent who presents a Unity Team from both parties.
Goal 2 is for the people themselves to pick that Unity Ticket in the first half of 2008—via a virtual and secure online convention in which all American voters will be qualified to vote.
Goal 3, our minimum goal, is to effect major change and reform in the 2008 national elections by influencing the major parties to adopt the core features of our national agenda.
I suspect no C-average students in this bunch.