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Elections: More Hand Counts Necessary

In his campaign for Washington Secretary of State, Mark Greene, chairman of the Party of Commons and now, candidate for U.S. Senator, proposed the idea of counting close votes, within a margin of 2% of winning or qualifying, by hand. Given the likelihood of stolen elections and dubious machinery, and the secrecy of computer source codes linked to election machines, Mark believes he was not far-reaching enough in calling for hand counts of paper ballots. The chairman now says the 2% threshold is too low, and hand counts should be ubiquitous in elections, with at least a 15% threshold being narrow enough to call for one. In elections in which the total electorate is not particularly large, hand counts should be the norm.

Election thievery is common in America. There's no democracy if the vote is not counted correctly. Major steps toward making a fair and impartial count of the vote needs to be taken everywhere in America. For now, we live in an authoritarian country where the rule of…

Iraq Pacts Should Be A Treaty

The Bush rule has gotten so used to flaunting the Constitution, that nobody much pays attention when they do it anymore, let alone an opposing stand by the representatives and senators in Congress. Their latest transgression has been trying to force Strategic Framework and Status of Forces initiatives on the Maliki government in Iraq with no intention of making these initiatives a treaty. Maliki has been somewhat resisting the clearly imperialistic pacts that would concede much control of his nation to a foreign power. The Bush rule has essentially told Congress that the pact is none of their business, a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution as indicated in Article 2, Section 2, which strongly implies that these kinds of international pacts constitute treaties. Treaties must be approved by two thirds of the Senate. Was Patty Murray, senator from Washington, challenging this usurpation of senatorial authority? We doubt it. If the Bush rule, or a possible Obama or McCain administrati…

Election 2008

The Corporate Mainstream News Media (CMNM) has deliberately chosen not to cover third party or independent candidates for president of the United States or for any other office, by and large, in this election year. This long-lived institutional bias has been tremendously instrumental in freezing in the so-called two party system, thereby denying Americans anything other than a bare-bones, nominal democracy. As a third party ourselves, the Party of Commons is committed to broadening the political horizons of our republic by helping to expand popular electoral support beyond the two party system, in spite of the CMNM. With that goal in mind, we are employing a "safe states" strategy in regards to our endorsements and the presidential election of 2008.

We do not have our own candidate for president this election, but we previously gave a qualified endorsement to Barack Obama, a candidate with several political flaws, but far preferable to his main opponent, John McCain, a consis…

Going With Gregoire

The Party of Commons has not been a fan of Washington Governor Christine Gregoire, mainly due to her socially radical views and unquestioning support of the most extreme aspects of biotechnology, but we are going with her in the 2008 election rather than Dino Rossi. Rossi makes us uneasy on economic issues, such as his being agreeable to lowering the minimum wage (now, he's denying it, but we saw a t.v. clip that all but verifies he wouldn't mind lowering the minimum wage); after all, even the state minimum wage, which is higher than the federal minimum, is not a living wage, given the high cost of housing these days. In other ways, Rossi also seems eagerly pro-corporation and that doesn't bode well for common everyday workers in Washington.

A group that supports Rossi is running particularly sleazy ads against Gregoire, and Rossi hasn't repudiated the ads. The P.O.C. is not, in theory, against political advertisements that contrasts a candidate's views with those o…

Senator

The chairman of the Party of Commons, Mark Greene, has an unofficial, title: Senator Mark Greene. A member of the Commons Senate, not the U.S. Senate, he has earned this title as a result of his long years of activism in politics, since 1976; his earnest studies in history, government and political science, his worldwide travels to Canada, Asia and Europe; his electoral victories that led to major-party nominations for Congress; and the signatures of more than the requisite 1652 voters/residents of Washington state that led to Mark filing for U.S. senator in 2006, although many signatures were rescinded for an alleged lack of registration by some signers in a controversial election case; moreover, he has gotten thousands more political ratifications (in the form of signatures or votes) from the public-at-large for Congressional offices across the United States, in Washington, Alaska and Minnesota.

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