Saturday, 8 November 2008

Unity in 2012

Ralph Nader didn't become the 44th President of the United States, but he did get 677,285 votes - third place. Not as much as the triumphant 2.8 million he got in 2000 but then the Greens had backed him. They didn't back him this time, preferring to see the GPUS candidate, ex-Democrat Cynthia McKinney get 146,281. Mckinney only managed to get on the ballot in 32 states, whereas Nader reached the dizzying heights of 46.

The Nader camp raised 4M dollars and overall ran a much more professional campaign. We must have unity in four years time between the Nader coalition, the Greens and (if they don't scare off the average American too much) the flotsam and jetsam of the far-left - the SPUSA, SWP and the Party of Socialism & Liberation all ran their own presidential candidates - they should all have got behind Nader in my book. I'm not suggesting they should all kiss Ralph's feet, but the radical movement in the states would benefit from one single figurehead.

Bob Barr for the Libertarian Party took nearly half a million votes across 45 out of 51 states. Now, it might be a tall order for the Libertarian Party to seek common cause with America's strongish paleo-conservative milieu, although I can't see why the newly formed, Ayn Rand worshipping, Objectivist Party can't come to some agreement with the LPUS in 2012.

What I'd really like to see in four years time is a united campaign from the Constitution Party (who's Chuck Baldwin picked up 180,000 votes this time) and the Reform Party, thereby uniting America's Old Right. Maybe Sarah Palin, could be persuaded to stand if she falls from grace in Republican circles...or Ron Paul...why not? They'd get more than Pat Buchanan did in 2000. A strong protectionist candidate in 2012 could once again show average Americans that self-sufficiency in the economy is no bad thing.

As a little footnote to my thoughts on America here - I don't get over on Stormfront much at all, you'll be relieved to know, but I bet the place is going mental at the moment, no, not so much because of Barak's skin pigmentation, but who he's just picked as his Chief of Staff - no not because of Rahm Emanuel's Jewish ethnicity (shock horror) but because his dad was a member of the Irgun, a militant zionist militia in Palestine...I can hear the aryan warriors spitting feathers as I write.

The Greens are now the third largest party in New Zealand with 8 seats (up 2 from 2005)with 6.43% of the popular vote. Although it was a bad night for the other anti-globalist forces - New Zealand First was wiped out. The far-left did badly: The SWP front Residents Action Movement got 405 and the less sectarian/born out-of-a-unity-project Workers Party got 824. For a party which claims 770 members, this isn't good.

Up in Glenrothes the fortunes of the once mighty Scottish left were just as derisory as their kiwi comrades. Solidarity picked up 87 votes, which is awful and the Scottish Socialist Party managed 212, although their apparent attempts to appeal to the Green vote are encouraging. For UKIP, who have never really bothered north of the border to beat a woman representing Tommy Sheridan's party (still a very popular man up there)speaks volumes about the poverty of the old left.