: : I think that things in the US will have to become much worse before any popular movement is born.
: SDF: This is a fallacy. As I've pointed out before, bad conditions do not, in themselves, impel people to create popular movements.
: Nevertheless, if one wants to create a popular movement, certain political moves will have to be made. Dumping the Democratic Party is one of these moves. The Democrat elite is a bunch of Republicans who think they can blackmail anyone with the least inkling of his or her working-class political self-interest. "You have to vote for us, there is no alternative," the rallying cry of the Democratic Party.
: If Gore or Bradley is elected, either will be FAR WORSE than anything imaginable under Shrub (aka Bush Jr.) And it will do NOTHING to create a mass movement.
: I will never vote for a Demopublican from here to the grave.
I understand where you're coming from, and don't totally disagree, but there is a definite difference between the Democrats and Republicans, and my main concern is the makeup of the Supreme Court under the next President. Rehnquist, O'Connor, Ginsburg, and Stevens all stand a good chance of leaving the Court, and there is a hell of a difference between the moderates like Souter, and lunatics like Scalia, and I guarantee you that Bush (or McCain or Forbes) will appoint Scalias, while Bush or Bradley would appoint Souters. For that reason alone, even if they're all globalizing capitalists, I'm voting for Gore or Bradley; for the Senate and Congress, I'll vote for the best person, even if it's a third party. The fact is, a Democrat or Republican will be our next President, and the Supreme Court is far too important to sacrifice to uncompromising principles.