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Democracy or Oligarchy?

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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.

Democracy or Oligarchy?

By John ServaisOn Feb 24, 2004

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 [...]

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By John ServaisOn Feb 19, 2004

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By John ServaisOn Feb 13, 2004

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By John ServaisOn Feb 12, 2004

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By John ServaisOn Feb 09, 2004

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Well, good luck to Kerry

By John ServaisOn Feb 08, 2004

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 next July.[...]

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By John ServaisOn Feb 06, 2004

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 [...]

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By John ServaisOn Feb 05, 2004

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 guy who [...]

George Bush AWOL?

By John ServaisOn Feb 04, 2004

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 the [...]

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By John ServaisOn Feb 03, 2004

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 Everett or [...]

No MoveOn.org ad on CBS Super Bowl

By John ServaisOn Feb 02, 2004

CBS said ad too controversial for AmericansSuper Bowl is nice family occasionFCC refused to speak out or monitor CBSAd with horse farting in woman’s face is OKAd with dog [...]

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By John ServaisOn Jan 29, 2004

Am adding a link to the Evergreen Freedom Foundation down in the Reference section. They post fiscal information on government agencies, state and local. They are the folks who uncovered [...]

Super Bowl ad ‘too controversial’

By John ServaisOn Jan 27, 2004

Moveon.org has a TV ad about the huge national deficit that George W is giving us. They have raised the million or more dollars to run it during the [...]

A new local conservative website

By John ServaisOn Jan 24, 2004

The Town Crier has a nicely improved home page which lists all articles with dates of publication. This Bellingham-based website is worth your checking for a more conservative viewpoint. You [...]

Don’t spy on us is a new link

By John ServaisOn Jan 23, 2004

added to the Reference section in the right side column. It deals with our 4th Amendment rights to privacy - just what the government is busy dismantling in the name [...]

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By John ServaisOn Jan 22, 2004

The future of our war in Iraq is analyzed and predictions are made in a new post on the website World In Conflict, a sub-site of NwCitizen. Credit for the [...]

Watching Dean on TV celebrating 3rd place

By John ServaisOn Jan 20, 2004

in Iowa embarrassed me. Watching John Edwards speak after his surprise 2nd-place finish was refreshing and hopeful. Edwards spoke to America during his 7 minutes of coverage by all the networks. [...]

Martin Luther King was a true American hero

By John ServaisOn Jan 19, 2004

and champion of our basic rights. Without him we would be a more backward country today - and perhaps have more internal violence. He showed the way for whites as [...]

Screwed up city bureaucracy is exposed

By John ServaisOn Jan 16, 2004

by Tim Paxton. He posted this to the Lake Whatcom discussion group and has given permission for posting here. I phoned the city attorney’s office and asked the name [...]

Northwest Citizen is firmly for Howard Dean

By John ServaisOn Jan 15, 2004

for President. The most important single reason is that I think he can beat George Bush. I’m independent, never having belonged to either party. Some of my best liberal [...]