NLG.org: Resolutions and candidate statements for the 2005 NLG National Convention (PDF file)

One particular resolution under consideration by the National Lawyers Guild this weekend in Portland really excites me, particularly as Green Party member see the nation’s leading radical/progressive law association consider a move like this (particularly with the language that says “WHEREAS this two-party political system has worked contrary to Democracy by ensuring that the American People are exposed only to politically moderate and centrist campaign platforms, thereby marginalizing the very ideas brought to the fore by the 3rd party candidates that stand outside of the Political Establishment; and…”

RESOLUTION for Electoral Reform Within the National Lawyers Guild

WHEREAS, Over the course of numerous elections for the office of President of the United States of America, it has become clear that the only candidates able to win are those nominated by the Democratic and Republican parties; and

WHERAS this has created in the United States a two-party political system in which the Democratic and Republican candidates adopt moderate and centrist political platforms in the hope of garnering the votes of the undecided few; and

WHEREAS this two-party political system has worked contrary to Democracy by ensuring that only two politically moderate and centrist candidates for President are taken seriously by the American People, thereby marginalizing any 3rd Party candidates that stand outside
of the Political Establishment; and

WHEREAS this two-party political system has worked contrary to Democracy by ensuring that the American People are exposed only to politically moderate and centrist campaign platforms, thereby marginalizing the very ideas brought to the fore by the 3rd party candidates
that stand outside of the Political Establishment; and

WHEREAS this practice has led to many casting their votes contrary to their conscience in an effort to elect the “Lesser of Two Evils,” a practice which subverts the very spirit of Democracy for which the National Lawyers Guild has fought for decades to preserve; and

WHEREAS the implementation of the Instant Run-Off voting system is a necessary step in destroying the two-party system and bringing about a Democratic Revolution in the United States in which the People will be able to vote their consciences for the first time in History
without the fear of “wasting” their vote; and

WHEREAS the National Lawyers Guild is an organization that seeks to become that which it wishes to see in the world;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED:

That from this day forward, the National Lawyers Guild will employ the system of instant run-off voting in all of its elections