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Purple Party People Are Popping Up Everywhere
Increasingly, people are sick of government as usual; all the out-of-touch sleazebags left and right, and what they're leaving us with. From a comment on a ThinkProgress entry about Hastert claiming a family of four with earnings of $40,000 pays no taxes:

I’m sure glad Bush took care of that whole social security poblem he promised. I make slightly under 40k a year, I am 24, and I am paying into a program that I will never use. I have a very big problem with this. Most intelligent people will not rely on social security, but those that are in fine physical and mental health that think that social security is going to pay for the rest of their elderly lives are stupid. I agree that social security programs are needed for mentally and physically handicapped, but the program can’t continue to pay for every elderly person. It’s mathematically impossible. Furthermore, with corporations not raising pay slashing pensions and healthcare for their retiring, we are going to continue sliding down this slippery slope.

My Solution:

Get every politician in Washington, and around the country, round em up. Make them work for $5.15 an hour at a shitty fast food place for the rest of their lives. Replace congress, etc.. with people who have a grasp on what a life in the real world is like. Not all Ivy League D-Bags, who got everything handed to them.. No Kennedy’s, Bush’s, Rockafellar’s, Roosevelt’s or any of those elitist families that could give two shits about this country. It’s time for a goverment overhaul in my opinion.

We are way overdue for a viable Purple Party, what Kurt Anderson calls people like me (and him) who are neither Democrats nor Republicans. While I don't agree with everything he proposes, I'm all for electing what I call "common-sense" moderates to run this country, for a change.

Posted by aalkon at May 20, 2006 11:31 AM

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If there was ever a Democrat or Republican who actually tried hard to reduce the size of government, I would vote for him. But we are stuck in this two-party gridlock, and neither blues nor reds have any incentive to give us anything other than what we have. They have no competition, and both are equally committed to increasing the scope of government intrusion into our lives. The only difference is which aspects of our lives they want to intrude upon.

I wish everyone would start voting for third parties. I vote for libertarians because they are the closest to my views, but ANY third party would be better than what we have now. It would shake up the current system and get those fat bureaucrats to start listening to people.

Posted by: Pirate Jo at May 20, 2006 6:46 AM

"Not all Ivy League D-Bags, who got everything handed to them.. No Kennedy’s, Bush’s, Rockafellar’s, Roosevelt’s or any of those elitist families"

At least the Ivy League elitists know how to spell (it's "Rockefeller") and when to use the possessive apostrophe. Also, an ellipsis has three, not two, dots. It's in the friggin' dictionary.

Poor attention to detail, not elitism, is destroying this country.

Posted by: Lena Cuisina, Elitist Bitch at May 20, 2006 10:09 AM

At this point it probably doesn't matter anymore (gee, I hope I'm wrong, and it's business as usual) the new Bush Regime is here. The "Decider" can decide to cancel the next Presidental Election because it's his supreme power to do so. If anyone protests, it will be assumed you are a terroritst, picked up and marched off to one of the Halliburton (Brown, Root, Kelly detention camps in the USA) As near as I can tell there are two or three current members of Congress that trying to stop the crook and his cronies. I'm also a "wasted" vote, voting for a third party system, when I still believed it mattered.

Posted by: mary at May 20, 2006 12:12 PM

Mary- relax and have a margarita. Enjoy the sunshine.

Bush is massively incompetent, and Congress really sucks right now, but it doesn't help to run around forecasting the end of democratic freedom. If anything, this administration has proved that America will thrive IN SPITE OF a strong centralized government.

Posted by: eric at May 20, 2006 3:01 PM

Hey! Eric! That kid is aging you into a mellow condition...

Posted by: Crid at May 20, 2006 4:48 PM

I've been giving it some thought Crid, and I would like you, Lena and Amy to be the godparents.

Posted by: Eric at May 20, 2006 9:24 PM

Thank you, Lena, for your commonsense correction. I also noticed that they have a "poblem," whatever the hell a "poblem" is.

Posted by: Patrick at May 21, 2006 4:00 PM

Children? Me? First of all, the LA Civic Code §221-4b77A specifically forbids "assholes" from positions of spiritual responsibility. I'm exempt. Secondly, every human on the surface of this planet who knows my name is licensed to drive. It's been that way since Reagan's second term.

Youth is something to be survived!

Amy, Lena... Buy the kid some Zappa albums, OK?

Posted by: Crid at May 21, 2006 8:39 PM

Purple people unite at

Posted by: Purple Party at May 26, 2006 1:27 AM

Purple people unite at

Posted by: Purple Party at May 26, 2006 1:28 AM

Purple people unite

peace, love n purple

Posted by: Purple Party at May 26, 2006 1:29 AM

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