I imagine I should say that I am sorry for being away for so long but the rigors of a major trial, better yet the reality of being tugged back to the profession for which I was educated, has taken up far more of my time than I expected. But now the purpose of the Digital Press Club to be a forum of many diverse beings from both sides of the corporeal divide can be better realized. In five days time the United States of America will have a first of its kind national primary that in my opinion will select the candidates from the two major parties. I feel that the Democrats will select Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Republicans will select John McCain. There will be bitterness on both sides at the conventions in Denver and Minneapolis but the animosity will be far greater in the Twin Cities as the wedge issues among moderates in the GOP and their far right brethren become decidedly sharp.
In the mean time as we wait for summer to bring around both disputes and coronations, the Digital Press Club will keep its eye out for Third Party candidates, Fourth and even Fifth Party candidates that might make a difference in the national race in November. Ralph Nader and his Greens have made no announcement at this time, no rumblings have been heard from Jeb Bush in Florida or any of the thousands of evangelicals who find in him a touchstone nor has there been any official word from New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. Pat Buchanan's America First Party, which treads along a thin boundary between overt white supremacy and unapologetic xenophobic patriotism has aspirations of running its own national candidate in the fall. In an age where political polarization literally offends some voters so much they become apathetic the Centrist Party offers a healing of the rifts based upon bringing the majority of the moderates to power.
The Libertarian Party with its listing on 26 state ballots for the 2008 Presidential election is by far the largest of the second tier political parties in the United States. Some buzz about Ron Paul leaving the GOP for the Libertarians is being generated on the blogosphere and could make for an interesting election night were he to be the only name recognized conservative third party candidate. The Libertarians are one of the few political p[arties that actively debate the issue of abortion with a nearly 50 50 split between pro choice and pro life Libertarians.
As pointed out to me some time ago by Ser Daryl Cobranchi, the theocrats in America already have a political party most of the fundies just don't know it exists. It is the Constitution Party which has as its stated aim, "The mission of the Constitution Party is to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity through the election, at all levels of government, of Constitution Party candidates who will uphold the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. It is our goal to limit the federal government to its delegated, enumerated, Constitutional functions and to restore American jurisprudence to its original Biblical common-law foundations."
Later, a bit on how harsh the campaigning could become this weekend with an analysis of the advertisments being employed on both sides.
Qu'ul cuda praedex nihil!
Cavalor Epþiþ, Esquire, D.S.V.J.
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
216 1 Leviathan 2 AS
24 Sh'vat 5768
21 Rajab 1431 AH
31 January 2008 C.E.