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Lefty Parties Celebrate Victory in Germany

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Posted on May 9, 2010
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Angela Merkel has reason to make the Bush-back-rub face: Her ruling coalition just suffered a major loss in a regional election with national implications. The Green Party, the Left Party and, by extension, the Social Democrats were all big winners.

Guardian:

Crucially for Merkel, the poll setback means that her coalition will now lose its majority in the Bundesrat, or upper house of parliament, which will make it far more difficult for her government to push through legislation.

The opposition Social Democrats (SPD), which had run on a par with the CDU in the polls for some weeks, also appear to have won 34.5% of the vote (a loss of 2.6%), while the Greens increased their standing by 6.3% to 12.5% – not enough for the two to form a majority.

The Linke – or Left – party, a relatively new political formation with its roots in the former communist East, increased its influence by securing 6%, enabling it to enter the regional state parliament for the first time.

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By lichen, May 9, 2010 at 6:57 pm Link to this comment

Obama is not “constrained by militarism,” he is war criminal who should be prosecuted at the Hague.  He is also a corporatist.

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By SteveL, May 9, 2010 at 6:41 pm Link to this comment

The sooner the U.S. finds that it is alone in policing the world the sooner it will
stop.

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By marcus medler, May 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm Link to this comment

One is seeing anti war and anti american policy
votes. It is tragic that Obama is constrained by
militarism. Militarism is America’s fatal flaw.


I am gaining hope again at least.

No hope from my countries policy and
elections but hope from what is happening
elsewhere in other parts of the world.

I followed the mother earth conference in
Bolivia and have found a movement that may be
able to counter U.S. arrogance and extortion.

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By HowToWinDotCom, May 9, 2010 at 5:48 pm Link to this comment
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How to have electoral victories on the left?

No one in America seems to know how, so maybe we can learn something?

First, it appears that you need actual lefty parties and candidates?  Real ones that actually try to win instead of just running to make some personal point.

Secondly, people have to actually vote for the lefty parties and candidates?

That’s a shock.  In America the left believes that you win elections by not forming serious lefty parties, not running serious lefty candidates, and then voting for the candidates who take millions of Wall Street money and oppose every idea the left believes in.

Who’d have thought that voting for a candidate that said he’d continue the wars, bailout Wall Street, pass a corporate friendly health insurance bill and expand the military would result in a government that continues the wars, bails out Wall Street, passed a corporate friendly health insurance bill and expanded the military.

But, all that Wall Street money made the candidate look so cool while he told everyone that this is what he would do.

Who’d have thought that you’d have to actually work for, vote for and elect a lefty candidate or party in order for the left to have an electoral victory?  Never would have guessed that!

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