In an email they sent out to their base, they state that they endorsed my opponent, which I fully expected, as he is an incumbent.
However, by going on to say that the House race, all the candidates support marriage equality and therefore they didn't endorse-- they imply that I do not support marriage equality-- because I'm the only opposition in the race, and I too support marriage equality!
This is clearly partisanship at play here. Based on their track record of endorsing Democrats over Greens, I fully expected them to endorse my opponent, and was fine with that.
But the fact that they chose to go beyond that and imply that I oppose marriage equality
when I not only do I support it, I volunteered countless hours canvassing and phone banking for them for the No On One campaign in 2009!
This is just too much to take sitting down.
I urge you to take this to the court of public opinion
It's an honor to be mentioned alongside Presidential Candidates Jill Stein (Green) and Rocky Anderson (justice party).
Why Candidate Endorsement of the Unified Progressive Platform is So Important
To fully understand why candidate endorsement of the Unified Progressive Platform
is so important, one must go back over the past 40 years. Since the 1970s the middle class has been shrinking, the poor expanding, and the flow of money to the very rich has accelerated. (see http://newprogs.org/blog/2012/03/02/economic-graphs
) In the meantime our infrastructure, safety net, and education – the basis for long term economic prosperity - have also been declining. Throughout it all words and political parties have made no difference. The decline is a result of consistent policies by both parties, words and promises to the contrary notwithstanding.
The NPA will support only those who make a formal promise to support the Unified Progressive Platform of peace, people, and the planet. The NPA was founded largely out of frustration with the tendency among dissenters toward splitting hairs when broad agreement on clearly Progressive ideals is what's needed to unify the populace. (The Unified Progressive Platform is a fascinating amalgam of the platforms of two legacy and four current Progressive organizations. It has ten points of Peace First, full employment at a living wage, Saving the Environment, Real Social Safety Net, Medicare for All, Fair Trade, Human Rights/Civil Liberties, Election Reform, Corporate Accountability/Reform, and Infrastructure Investment/Ownership. Full details are here) Should a candidate not keep their promise to support our platform then we will loudly disavow them. To progress we need to avoid empty promises followed by “I am the lesser of two evils based upon my rhetoric.”
If we are to reverse the almost half century of decline of our country we must start by abandoning the democratic-republican Uniparty and support or oppose based on votes and public positions rather than rhetoric, hope, or fear. We hope the below endorsements are the start of that process. The following candidates have endorsed the Unified Progressive Platform. I will keep this list up to date.
To see the full list click the following link:
Check out these videos I've made so far, and see if you've got what it takes (the ability to fill out paperwork and go door to door and talk with your neighbors).
"I saw a great sign on my way here, it said,
'Occupy The Ballot.' That exactly what we should be doing. Occupy the
Streets, and Occupy the Ballot!" - Rep Barney Frank, Maine People's Alliance Dinner, June 9th, 2012
I asked people to write on the backs of my signs. I had to take them down one week after the election, but they are now going up in people's lawns. If you want one for your lawn, please don't hesitate to contact me! Asher.D.Platts@gmail.com!