January 29, 2010

I read with interest the article by Katrina Vanden Heuvel & Robert L. Borosage in the latest (Feb 1) issue of The Nation, with their description of how all is not well in Obama-land.

In 2008, Americans rejected the failed policies of the Bush administration and gave our first Black President a clear mandate for change, with bullet-proof Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress. The change we hoped for has not happened. Instead, the Obama administration and Democrats have used their mandate to gut nearly everything that progressives hold dear. In almost every arena, from the war in the Middle East to the issues of health care, global warming, and state torture, the Democrats are following Bush-like policies.

Not since 1964, and their refusal to seat the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, has the political bankruptcy of the Democratic Party been so starkly exposed.

The Nation is of course entitled to its political perspective and push more and continued support for Democrats. However, your readers are entitled to know that there are left alternatives. As the only working class, socialist party on the California ballot, the Peace & Freedom Party will be giving voters a clear alternative by running a full slate of candidates statewide as well as many congressional and local races.

The 2010 midterm elections offer Americans one chance to hold the Democrats accountable. It is important that there be a left electoral alternative, so people dont have to turn to the Republicans and the self-styled Tea Party Patriots to express their disgust for politics as usual.

Eugene E Ruyle
Peace & Freedom Party Candidate for Congress
Californias Sixth Congressional District (Marin & Sonoma Counties)
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