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Fossil Fuels Have No Future

By Randy Auxier

Anheuser-Busch recently put in a serious order for a fleet of hydrogen powered tractor-trailers.

Their very expensive deal includes the cost of constructing hydrogen fueling stations along their standard truck routes. I’ll bet they will let others use those fueling stations, for a price, and that in the future we may well see stations popping up under a brand such as  “A-BHydrogen” or “AugieHydro” (even granting that the company is now owned by a Belgian conglomerate).

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Take Congress from the GOP

A Statement of Randy Auxier and the Committee to Elect Auxier

The Democrats have been using the phrase that we must “flip Congress,” as if you had only two choices –that Congress is either Democrat or Republican. Apart from being self-serving (something Democrats are bad about doing), the presentation is simply false. In many Congressional districts you have more than two choices. That includes the 12th district of Illinois.

We agree that taking control of Congress from the GOP is prudent, desirable, and important. Clearly the GOP has proven that it will do all in its power to reward the rich and corporate powers and to screw the rest of the country. One need not look past the rollbacks of Obama-care and their obscene new tax plan to understand what they will try to do is Congress is not wrested from their control. We agree that something must be done.

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Motion to Inhale

No More Wall

Statement of Randall E. Auxier and the Committee to Elect Auxier

Standing on the US side of the Rio Grande, that small figure is none other than I. I am contemplating my nation's immigration policy and wondering whether Mexico will mind if I visit. — at Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend.

I have been thinking about Trump's Wall. It reminded me of this wonderful song written by Anais Mitchell, performed here by Greg Brown. The message of the song, in its irony, is that a people can become so obsessed with keeping what it has that it no longer realizes that its "work" is only building its wall. There is certainly something of the Pink Floyd influence, but it's more like Pink Floyd and Dr. Seuss meet Donald Trump.

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No More War

Statement of Randall E. Auxier and the Committee to Elect Auxier

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On April 13, 2018, the United States, United Kingdom and France launched a joint military assault on Syrian government targets in the cities of Damascus and Homs. The stated reason for the assault was an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma, a suburb of Damascus, on April 7th. The corporate-owned press echoed this justification and excluded dissenting voices. This attack was only the latest in a series of ongoing violations of international law and the US Constitution does not excuse, let alone justify, it.

These three governments acted as judge, jury and executioner, attacking Syria the day before a fact-finding mission by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was even set to begin. They attacked alleged chemical weapons research and storage facilities located near Damascus and Homs. One of the buildings destroyed was reportedly a research center for pharmaceutical products. Had these facilities actually contained chemical weapons, their destruction by missile attack would have put civilians at terrible risk of harm, perhaps killing more than those who died in Douma.

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The History of Third Party Elections

by Joshua Hellmann, Committee to Elect Auxier 

Congress is a deeply unpopular institution. This is not opinion, but fact, as revealed by numerous polls measuring Congressional approval. Yet somehow, the two political parties which have essentially monopolized Congress for nearly seven decades continue to be re-elected. This disconnect reveals a deeply broken system. But paradoxically, it wasn't always this broken. And it doesn't have to continue to be broken. Despite the massive racial and gender disenfranchisement of the past, our country was more democratic in one measure: we had a multi-party system.

The most dramatic product of our country's past multi-party system is the Republican Party itself. Born of the abolitionist movement in the 1850's, the Republican Party was able to supplant the Whig Party, electing their first members of Congress in 1856, and their first President in 1860, Illinois' own Abraham Lincoln. The emergence of the Republican Party, however, did not immediately result in the flawed two-party system of our age. Other political parties were also able to elect their own to Congress during the latter half of the 19th century; the House of Representatives historical archives has a chart of the partisan composition of Congress during that time, and another archival source may be found here. Among the various third parties which gained representation, the most notable was the Populist Party, which managed to elect nearly three dozen people to the House and Senate in the 1890's.

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Another NewsRadio WJPF Interview with Randy Auxier

NewsRadio WJPF's Tom Miller interviewing Illinois 12th District congressional candidate Randy Auxier again. The discussion mentions problems with NAFTA and jobs.

Listen to the interview by clicking here.

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WJPF News Radio Interview with Randy Auxier

Randy Auxier, Green Party candidate for the 12th congressional district, joins Tom Miller in the WJPF News Radio studio during The Morning Newswatch.

Listen to the radio interview.

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From Seed to Table

The topic of eating animals is never a wholly comfortable one for those who embrace the principles of the Green Party. Many Greens are vegetarians and vegans, and all oppose inhumane, cruel, and environmentally unsound methods of factory farming. All Greens want a better and more sensible food system, from seed to table. But there are so many humans to feed, and we also want everyone fed and cared for, cradle to grave.

We sometimes have to draw difficult lines between what we favor in principle and how we are limited by circumstances to live our current lives. Perhaps you know it already, but there are not many wealthy Greens. Most live (by their own choice, often) on very modest means and they are, in my experience, generous beyond belief with what little they do have. But they often (indeed usually) have difficulty affording environmentally sustainable agricultural products. Our twisted economic habits, driven by mass-scale corporate farming, have made the food that is best for us and for our environment more expensive than food that is damaging to our health and the earth. But many people of conscience simply rearrange their budgets, go without other things, and buy the more expensive, healthier food.

You should be curious about your food when, in real terms, the stuff that costs more to produce also costs less to buy at the grocery store. Someone somewhere is paying the difference. And that is the rub. Some of the cost is paid through your taxes in widespread subsidies to corporate farming—essentially corporate welfare. If this were only a matter of incentives for the right levels of production to keep prices reasonable for all concerned, that would be one thing. But that situation has not existed for decades (if it ever really did). Corporate interests use subsidies to keep prices low enough that they can make money by volume and by export while keeping the prices too low for small-scale farmers (the family farm) to stay in business. But farmers are a tenacious breed of human being and many have hung on, in one way or another –many farming at a loss while working other jobs to pay the bills. So, you’ve been paying taxes that are used to put family farms out of business, and you’ve been doing it for decades.

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Taxes, Death, and Greed

You know the two certainties in life. In truth, there are at least three. The third is: the greedy are always among us, and usually above us. There's a relation to the first two. To be greedy commits a person to an eternal war with taxes. The more a fellow hates taxes, the deeper into greed he has likely fallen.

Those who say “freedom isn’t free,” and who mean it sincerely, don’t allow themselves to become greedy. They won’t get mixed up sharing the cost of what makes this nation great, in what the Framers used to call “blood and treasure.” They know that freedom involves sacrifice in the household. But often we do allow our resentment to descend into selfishness. That attitude fails to honor the sacrifices of those who gave the last full measure of devotion, those whose faces we are shown when the TV says "freedom isn't free." Death, taxes. They are too close for comfort. It’s funny how rich folks almost never say that freedom isn’t free.

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