Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Why I'm Joining the Green Party

I've been a life-long Democrat, but it's time to call it quits.

Nancy Pelosi, who I once admired, is backing Tim Roemer as chairman of the DNC. Apparantly she believes that the Democrats will be more successful as Republican clones than as progressives. I found the following facts about Roemer on DailyKOS.

Voted YES on banning human cloning, including medical research. (Jul 2001)

Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)

Voted YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)

Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)

Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)

Voted YES on Constitutional amendment prohibiting Flag Desecration. (Jul 2001)

Voted NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)

Voted YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)

Voted NO on maintaining right of habeus corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)

Voted YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)

Voted NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)

Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)

Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)

Voted NO on Prescription Drug Coverage under Medicare. (Jun 2000)

Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)

Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)

Member of Democratic Leadership Council. (Nov 2000)

In addition, the Democrats have chosen Harry Reid, a Mormon, as minority leader in the Senate. Reid is also opposed to abortion rights.

The party has left me, so I'm returning the favor.