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Thursday, February 18, 2010


Dan La Botz, Cincinnati School Teacher, Socialist Party Candidate for U.S. Senate

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Dan La Botz, a 64-year old Cincinnati school teacher, has filed petitions with the Ohio Secretary of State to become the candidate of the Socialist Party for the U.S. Senate. La Botz, who needed 500 signatures to get on the Socialist Party primary ballot, filed petitions with approximately 1,200 signatures on Thursday, Feb. 18. La Botz, a long time labor and social movement activist, is the candidate of the Socialist Party of Ohio which is the state organization of the Socialist Party USA.

Speaking in Columbus after turning in his petitions, La Botz said, “I believe we need an alternative to the Republican and Democratic Parties. We have to stop the banks and corporations from controlling our political system. We must stop the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. We must bring our citizens single-payer health care. We must confront the environmental crisis, rejecting coal, petroleum and nuclear energy and prioritizing solar and other green solutions. We must create jobs for all at living wages. When private enterprise fails the government must step in to become the employer of last resort.”

La Botz said he sees a growing, though still embryonic movement for social change, a movement to which his Socialist candidacy will speak. “We can see the growing frustration, alienation and discontent with our political system. We see it in the Tea-Baggers. We see it in the demonstrations for immigrant rights. We see it in workers voting against contract concessions that give away wages and health plans. We see it in the LGBTQ movement for gay and lesbian marriage rights. People want an alternative, and that alternative is the idea of a democratic socialist society with health care, education, housing, and jobs and justice for all.”

Rejecting arguments that a third party cannot win and cannot have an impact, La Botz pointed out that given the political deadlock in Washington, one Senator in the U.S. Congress from a third party could exert enormous leverage on the political process. “But,” he said, “my job will be to inspire people to fight back not only politically, but by fighting for secure jobs, higher wages and health care, resisting attempts to foreclose on and seize their homes, and demanding free public higher education such as many states had in the 1960s. We need a political movement that is the expression of a social movement.“

“Working people make the country run,” said La Botz. “And working people—not the banks, corporations, and politicians—should run the country.”

Ohio once had a history as a Socialist Party stronghold, with Socialists elected by their labor union and working class constituencies to lead city government in Dayton, Hamilton, and other Ohio cities and towns. During the twentieth century railroad union leader Eugene V. Debs in the 1910s and 20s and former Presbyterian minister Norman Thomas in the 1930s and 1940s served as the presidential candidates of the Socialist Party.


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  1. start16 says:

    A socialist who is involved in education???? shocking

  2. ParatrooperJJ says:

    No biggie, we already have one as president.

  3. BetterRedThanDead says:

    With McCarthyism back in style in the U.S., we could use another voice for sanity. All these anti-government hotheads haven’t a clue that they’re playing right into the strategy, uh, strategery, of the political machinery run by corporations that don’t give a damn about people, whether they’re customers, employees or even their own shareholders.

  4. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    No biggie, we already have one as president.

    No. Obama supports the wars, the bloated military budget, Nuclear, Coal and off-shore drilling. He hasn’t proposed a living wage and isn’t pushing the same policies as Dan and the Socialist Party.

  5. White Male says:

    Justin Jeffre….....No. Obama supports the wars, the bloated military budget, Nuclear, Coal and off-shore drilling. He hasn’t proposed a living wage and isn’t pushing the same policies as Dan and the Socialist Party


    This past week the Presidnet spoke in favor of construction of two nuclear power plants in the south.  Perhaps the Presidnet has learned the benefits of clean and cheap energy as well as the many jobs created by the construction of these facilities.

    Now, please, Mr. President get on board with the Piketon nuclear plant.

    RE supporting wars.  I think Presient-Elect Obama came out of his first birefing with President Bush quite shocked in late November, 2008. 

    Is this socialist candidate a veteran?

  6. seem15 says:

    Someone should tell china that JJ says they can’t be a socialist country and have nuclear power plants.  If JJ says it is true it has to be

  7. White Male says:

    start16 says:
    18 Feb 2010 at 11:25 pm | # A socialist who is involved in education???? shocking


    Where does/did the the guy teach?  Heaven forbid, did he teach American History?

    I can imagine him taking a class on a one week field trip to Cuba as have some college professors.

  8. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    Nuclear is raising its radio active head thanks to Obama. Nuclear isn’t clean and its an investment Wall Street wouldn’t touch without 100% guaranteed loans. Obama supported dirty coal, offshore drilling and Nuclear in his campaign.

    I think Presient-Elect Obama came out of his first birefing with President Bush quite shocked in late November, 2008.

    Obama said in his campaign he would escalate in Afghanistan and keep troops in Iraq.

  9. drive79 says:

    Nuclear is being built all over socialist China.  If one supports nuclear power it does not preclude them from being socialist. 

    You seem to trip over your talking points sometimes.  Just get all excited saying what ralph nader would want you to say and forget to have any basis in fact.

  10. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    seem15, obviously the Socialist Party isn’t the same thing as the Communist Party of China.

  11. belwo82 says:

    In 1999, “the People’s Republic of China exercises the rule of law, building a socialist country governed according to law” was added to the Constitution, ushering in a new chapter in China’s efforts to promote the rule of law.

    http://www.china.org.cn/government/news/2008-02/28/content_11025486_3.htm

    It seems that China feels they are a socialist country.  It is you with the mistake.  Don’t worry we all know you wont admit to it.

  12. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:
  13. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    Obviously he isn’t running as a candidate for the People’s Republic of China, he’s running as a candidate for the Socialist Party USA which is totally different. You are the one making a mistake again and Ralph Nader has nothing to do with the article. Don’t try to clog up our blog with your BS.

  14. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    The People’s Republic of China calls itself “socialist,” yes.  It also calls itself a “republic.”  Obviously neither one of these is true.  In a socialist society, the people control the government and the economy and have a great level of political freedom.  In China, the wealthy and gov’t control the economy and there is absolutely no democracy there.  Oh, and plus China has the death penalty.  No country with the death penalty is socialist (or a democracy).  There has never been a socialist country. 

    Oh and by the way, Obama is just as right-wing as Bush.  Supports the war, doesn’t agree with Constitutional liberties, has ordered the murder of American citizens, and has taken the largest amount of corporate money in history (so obviously, he is the most Capitalist president in U.S. history, not socialist).

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