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Who Represents Me: President: Barack Obama (D) Governor: Terry Branstad (R) U.S. Senator (Senior): Chuck Grassley (R) U.S. Senator (Junior): Tom Harkin (D) U.S. Representative: Bruce Braley (D) State Senator: Joe Seng (D) State Representative: Jim Lykam (D) Mayor: Bill Gluba (D) Aldermen (At-Large): Gene Meeker (R) and Jason Gordon (R) Alderman (4th Ward): Ray Ambrose (R) Who I Voted For/Would Have Voted For in Past Presidential Elections (Primary Candidates in Parentheses): 2012: Jill Stein 2008: Ralph Nader (Chris Dodd, then John Edwards) 2004: Ralph Nader (Howard Dean) 2000: Ralph Nader (Bill Bradley) 1996: Ralph Nader 1992: Ross Perot (Jerry Brown) 1988: Michael Dukakis (Paul Simon) 1984: Walter Mondale (George McGovern) 1980: Barry Commoner (Ted Kennedy) 1976: Eugene McCarthy (Fred Harris, then Frank Church) 1972: George McGovern 1968: Dick Gregory (Eugene McCarthy) 1964: Lyndon Baines Johnson 1960: John F. Kennedy (Wayne Morse) 1956: T. Coleman Andrews (Estes Kefauver) 1952: Vincent Hallinan (Estes Kefauver) 1948: Henry A. Wallace 1944: Norman Thomas 1940: Norman Thomas (Burton K. Wheeler) 1936: William Lemke (William E. Borah) 1932: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (George W. Norris) 1928: Norman Thomas (George W. Norris) 1924: Robert M. La Follette (Hiram W. Johnson) 1920: Eugene Debs (Hiram W. Johnson) 1916: Allan Louis Benson (Robert M. La Follette) 1912: Woodrow Wilson (Robert M. La Follette) 1908: William Jennings Bryan 1904: Eugene Debs (William Randolph Hearst) 1900: William Jennings Bryan 1896: William Jennings Bryan 1892: James B. Weaver 1888: Alson J. Streeter (John Sherman) Politicians I Have Met: Vice President Joe Biden (D-DE) Congressman Bruce Braley (D-IA) Mayor Charlie Brooke (R-IA) Governor Chet Culver (D-IA) U.S. Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-NC) State Representative Ed Fallon (D-IA) State Representative Elesha Gayman (D-IA) Mayor Bill Gluba (D-IA) Alderman Wayne Hean (D-IA) Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower (D-TX) Alderwoman Jamie Howard (R-IA) Congressman John Larson (D-CT) County Auditor Roxana Moritz (D-IA) Congressman Rick Nolan (D-MN) Alderman Karl Rhomberg (D-IA) State Senator Joe Seng (D-IA) County Recorder Rita Vargas (D-IA) Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (D-IA) County Attorney Mike Walton (D-IA) State Representative Cindy Winckler (D-IA) State Senator Frank Wood (D-IA) Parties I Would Belong To If I Lived There: Argentina: Front for Victory Armenia: Armenian Revolutionary Federation Australia: Australian Democrats Austria: Social Democratic Party of Austria Belarus: Belarusian Party "The Greens" Belgium: Socialist Party Bolivia: Movement for Socialism Brazil: Democratic Labour Party Canada: New Democratic Party Chile: Socialist Party of Chile Costa Rica: Citizens' Action Party Denmark: Socialist People's Party Dominican Republic: Dominican Revolutionary Party Ecuador: PAIS Alliance Egypt: Tomorrow Party El Salvador: Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front Finland: Left Alliance France: Citizen and Republican Movement Germany:: The Left Great Britain: Liberal Democrats Greece: Panhellenic Socialist Movement Guatemala: Encuentro por Guatemala Haiti: Fanmi Lavalas Honduras: Democratic Unification Party Iceland: Left-Green Movement India: Nationalist Congress Party Ireland: Sinn Féin Israel: Meretz-Yachad Italy: Democratic Party Maine: Green Independent Party Mexico: Party of the Democratic Revolution Netherlands: GreenLeft New Zealand: Progressive Party Norway: Norwegian Labour Party Pakistan: Pakistan Peoples Party Palestinian National Authority: Palestinian National Initiative Peru: Alianza Popular Revolucionaria Americana Poland: Self-Defense of the Republic of Poland Portugal: Left Bloc Russia: Russian Ecological Party "The Greens" Scotland: Scottish National Party Spain: Spanish Socialist Workers' Party Sweden: Left Party Switzerland: Green Party Ukraine: Ukrainian Social Democratic Party Uruguay: Broad Front Venezuela: Fifth Republic Movement Vermont: Progressive Party Zimbabwe: Movement for Democratic Change "We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run down." -Aneurin Bevan, M.P. "Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul." -Thomas Paine "No matter how cynical you get, it's almost impossible to keep up." -Lily Tomlin "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man." -George Bernard Shaw "Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost." -President John Quincy Adams "Every four years, the naive half who vote are encouraged to believe that if we can elect a really nice man or woman President, everything will be all right. But it won't be. Any individual who is able to raise $25 million to be considered presidential is not going to be much use to the people at large. He will represent oil, or aerospace, or banking, or whatever moneyed entities are paying for him. Certainly he will never represent the people of the country, and they know it. Hence, the sense of despair throughout the land as incomes fall, businesses fail, and there is no redress." -Gore Vidal "Unfortunately, you can't vote the rascals out, because you never voted them in, in the first place." -Noam Chomsky "In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." -George Orwell "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." -Martin Luther King, Jr. "My favorite sex fantasy is becoming president, so I can do it to two hundred million people at once." -Gore Vidal "A criminal is a person with predatory instincts without sufficient capital to form a corporation." -Clarence Darrow "It is only in folk tales, children's stories, and the journals of intellectual opinion that power is used wisely and well to destroy evil. The real world teaches very different lessons, and it takes willful and dedicated ignorance to fail to perceive them." -Noam Chomsky "If one meets a powerful person, ask them five questions: 'What power have you got? Where did you get it from? In whose interests do you exercise it? To whom are you accountable? And how can we get rid of you?' If you cannot get rid of the people who govern you, you do not live in a democratic system." -Tony Benn, M.P. "I'll tell you what 'anti-American' is. It's what governments and their vested interested call those who honor America by objecting to war and the theft of resources and believing in all of humanity. There are millions of these anti-Americans in the United States. They are ordinary people who belong to no elite and who judge their government in moral terms, though they would call it common decency. They are not vain. They are the people with a wakeful conscience, the best of America's citizens." -Martha Gellhorn "The police state that politicians are building isn't some cartoony reproduction of Nazi Germany; it's an America of the future that looks much like the United States of today, but works as if the whole country has been turned into an airport security checkpoint. It'll be like Mexico, with everybody averting their eyes as the cops stroll by, but with better plumbing. It's a country that has a familiar flag, regular elections, and outraged civil liberties columnists, but where it's easier than ever to get yourself arrested for things that our parents wouldn't have considered crimes -- or just for annoying the wrong people. Yes, America is becoming a police state. But unless you pay attention, you might not notice until it's too late." -J.D. Tuccile


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