Democracy or Oligarchy?

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Tue, Feb 24, 2004, 7:31 pm  //  John Servais

Empty and rigged voting system or citizens choosing their representatives? Which will our state legislators choose? The US Supreme Court on Monday made final the requirement that our state legislature must reform our method of primary elections. For all offices - city, county, state and national.

For democracy, we want the 'Top Two'- or 'Cajun'- or 'Louisiana'-type primary. The Republican and Democratic party bosses are trying to bully our state legislators into a primary that will favor those two parties. Did you know that your tax dollars support the two parties for meetings and expenses? Yes they do. For caucus expenses and more. The party bosses strut through the hallways of Olympia, subsidized by us taxpayers. Now they want an election system that allows them to keep power. We should tell them to stick it.

With the Cajun system we will give a chance to independents and third parties. We will give a chance to anyone who wants to run for office. A slim chance, but still a chance.

Democracy? A great idea. We are still a long ways from it, but we are closer than in the past. Tell your legislators that they had better vote for the Cajun system. The party bosses will threaten lawsuits and the withholding of party funds to those who dare to vote for democracy. Don't kid yourself that those days are behind us. They are still very much with us. Democracy is still a goal, not a reality. The parties still control the system. A Cajun primary is a small step towards democracy.
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Democracy or Oligarchy?

Tue, Feb 24, 2004, 7:31 pm  //  John Servais

Empty and rigged voting system or citizens choosing their representatives? Which will our state legislators choose? The US Supreme Court on Monday made final the requirement that our…

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OK, let’s update things here

Thu, Feb 19, 2004, 7:35 pm  //  John Servais

Dean link is moved down as his website will continue to push for change in this country. Kucinich link is at top as he needs to be heard…

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Paper Dreams in Fairhaven

Next door to Village Books

Benzene in Lake Whatcom water

Fri, Feb 13, 2004, 7:48 pm  //  John Servais

We see 1/100 of one part per billion or less of benzene to water during most of the year 2000 and into the spring of 2001. Then in…

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Not political conservative but real conservative

Thu, Feb 12, 2004, 7:52 pm  //  John Servais

Motor boats off Lake Whatcom? What was that apology from City Senior Planner Chris Spens at the city council on Monday? El-bull-in-china-shop Chris got the word from el…

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Mercury, anyone?

Mon, Feb 09, 2004, 7:57 pm  //  John Servais

We have mercury contamination all over our county. That we know. Lake Whatcom and Bellingham Bay. Georgia Pacific's chlorine plant leaked mercury for about 35 years and neither…

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Well, good luck to Kerry

Sun, Feb 08, 2004, 8:01 pm  //  John Servais

He will certainly have my support if he gets the nomination. And it looks like the Democratic party machine will give him that at the convention in Boston…

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Is Kerry a Dukakis2?

Fri, Feb 06, 2004, 8:04 pm  //  John Servais

Let's hope the Democrats select Howard Dean at their caucuses tomorrow in Washington State. Let's select the guy with the best potential to beat Bush. And let's hope…

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Why does Howard Dean have

Thu, Feb 05, 2004, 8:06 pm  //  John Servais

a much better chance of beating Bush than John Kerry? Because Kerry will be tarred and feathered by the Republicans if he is the nominee. Kerry is a…

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George Bush AWOL?

Wed, Feb 04, 2004, 8:12 pm  //  John Servais

Hell, he was a deserter. Now, now. It is quite true. I've been through this several times over three years now with conservative friends. They end up changing…

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Western needs common sense

Tue, Feb 03, 2004, 8:17 pm  //  John Servais

Know how to stop Western Washington University from repeatedly trying to destroy the neighborhoods around it? By limiting its potential size and by starting a new university in…

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No MoveOn.org ad on CBS Super Bowl

Mon, Feb 02, 2004, 8:24 pm  //  John Servais

CBS said ad too controversial for Americans
Super Bowl is nice family occasion
FCC refused to speak out or monitor CBS
Ad with horse farting in woman's face is OK
Ad with…

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