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August 22, 2006

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I would like to know how you feel about these principles that you endorsed a while back:

1.Encourage voters to register Green,

2.Encourage voters in safe seat races -- those that are so overwhelmingly Republican or Democratic that we can be confident today of who will win there on election day -- to vote for Green Party candidates,

3.Encourage voters in swing seat races, where every progressive vote is needed to defeat the rightwing candidates, to vote for the Democratic candidates, and

4.Actively and forcefully push for the use of instant runoff voting (IRV) wherever suitable, alongside ballot access reform and full public financing of campaigns.

(cached page showing your endorsement of these ideals can be found at http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:am14WubifpEJ:www.greensforimpact.com/+dave+chandler+jefferson&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=18&client=firefox-a if you have forgotte this. Sorry for the long link, but html doesn't work in the comments.)

This is undeniably a swing seat, so what exactly are you doing running here? You said yourself it's a bad idea.

I went along with the concept behind 'Greens for Impact' in 2004. Democrats promised us a tough fight to defeat Bush ... but alas, despite evidence on the very morning after the election that there were problems with the vote in Ohio, Kerry quickly capitulated.

Since then we have witnessed case after case of the Democrats in Washington trimming and hedging and letting the radical Republicans get what they want without a fight.

After having given the Democrats the benefit of the doubt one more time, I have concluded that going along with the plea to support the Democrats because we have no other choice is .. in truth ... a prescription for more disappointment and failure.

The often quoted tongue-in-cheek definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again yet expecting a different results. Since 1994 the Democrat Party establishment has been asking Americans to vote for them and things will get better -- the results have been the same every time. "This time for sure, we promise."

I, for one, just don't believe them anymore.

Nothing substantive is going to change unless we take some risks, stand by our principles, put up a good fight and vote our consciences as Americans.

That's why I running ... and that is why I might just win this race.

Let me agree with you on something:
"The often quoted tongue-in-cheek definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again yet expecting a different results."

In 2002 the insanely close CD-7 race was decided by 121 votes. You collected 3200 votes in that election. Had you not been in the race, we most likely would not have been stuck with Bob Beauprez for 4 years.
In 2006 we have a new open seat race that will draw national attention. Let's face it...with the millions of dollars pouring in to this district (like it or not) the chances of you winning are slim to none. There is a much HIGHER likelihood that you could end up playing a spoiler role again.
So which is the insanity? Democrats trying to gain a foothold in Congress, or a third party candidate who played the spoiler once in 2002, pledged not to do it again in 2004, and then decides to run again in 2006? What different result are you expecting this time around?

First, here are a couple of quotations that 'liberals' love to use ... except when it might apply to them:

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. "
--Margaret Mead

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
--Mahatma Gandhi

Greens and Green candidates are all about advocating for a new, fresh way of doing politics in this country. We start from a completely different place than the elitist, establishment Democrats and Republicans that, for instance, see no big problem in raising and spending $10 to $12 million just to elect one person to Congress.

From our advocacy for public finance of elections, to supporting Instant Runoff Voting, to ending all gifts and junkets from lobbyists to elected and appointed officals -- we want to restore our government to its rightful sovereigns -- THE PEOPLE.

Which is why it is arrogant and condecsending to assume that citizens who vote Green are "spoiling" some Democrat's election. Democrats do not own Green votes. People in this republic have a right to vote their consciences when given that opportunity. It is indicative of the moral failings of the two big, insider parties to assert anything else.

The hope for our future freedom in the United States depends upon Americans having the courage to break with the current system that is only offering us two versions of the same corporate political party. If you want to see the beginnings of REAL change -- be brave -- Vote Green and vote to elect Dave Chandler to Congress.

Why are you running against President Bush? He isn't running again.

"Why are you running against President Bush? He isn't running again."

Without demanding accountability from our leaders, there is tyranny. I believe that Bush/Cheney/Rove must be held accountable for the violations of U.S. law - the FISA law; for deceiving the American people about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq - see the Downing Street memos; and violating the U.S. Constitution - kidnapping and torture and secret prisons in contravention of treaties and U.S. law.

It is the responsibility of the U.S. House to exercise oversight of the executive branch -- the radical Republicans have failed miserably in this duty and the Democrats have been wimpish and hesitant to speak the truth to power that helps preserve our Republic.

If I am elected to the U.S. House, I will support an impeachment inquiry into the actions of Bush and Cheney. There is ample evidence to support such an investigation. The future of our representative democracy and the preservation of our liberties demands such a measure.

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