Petitioning strengthens democracy


To the editor:

During the month of June, representatives from both major political parties — Democratic and Republican — have been collecting signatures on “designating petitions” for candidates who wish to be on the ballot in their party’s state primary, to be held on September 9, 2014. 

Signing a designating petition for a candidate is true “grassroots” democracy because, without a minimum number of signatures from enrolled party voters, the candidate cannot be listed on the primary ballot. 

So, if you signed a designating petition, congratulations — you took part in the political process! The next step is to vote in your party’s primary in September and, most importantly, to vote in the General Election in November. Your vote counts!

Paul Birnbaum


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Nice words, and in a perfect world you'd be correct, but "democracy" in the USA (which is not a democracy but a constitutional republic) has been dead for a minimum of 100 years and possibly more. The two major parties have been hijacked by corporate interests, and are both drowning in corruption. There are only rules for the plebes, while Wall Street and their paid whores in office (Andrew Cuomo, Barack Obama, Ted Cruz, Boener etc) all break laws with impunity.

Unfortunately Mr. Birnbaum, the way i see it is that by signing any petitions, you are only giving legitimacy to a system that has long since forgotten about you. Those who still believe or participate in this "electoral" system are suffering from battered wife syndrome.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Or to put it more succinctly, the only thing strengthened by signing a petition is the stranglehold the two parties have on the forward progress of this nation.

Saturday, July 12, 2014