By Jack Jodell, Dec. 18, 2011
“We create the world that is killing us, and if we create it, then we can stop creating it and do something else instead.” (John Holloway 2010)
We as a nation have grown very tired of continual special interest politics. We have ALL had our fill of politicians saying one thing to voters and then shifting after they’ve been elected to tow the corporate or special interest line. Big business and corporations, through the malignant use of unethical lobbyists and corrupt and shadowy groups like ALEC (see my Sept. 12, 2011 post “Know Thy TRUE Enemies-5”), are now even writing bills for lazy and bought-out congressional corporate shills to pass. Long-practiceded and beneficial business regulations have been gutted, which has led to dangerous speculation on Wall Street causing to our current disastrous Great Recession. The Republicans have been devoured by the racist and ultra-conservative Tea Party, and now hate government involvement in virtually everything. They serve only the wealthy and despise workers. The once proud Democratic Party, formerly the strong bastion of liberalism and the party of the poor, disenfranchised, workers, and the middle class, has all but deserted those groups and in recent times has offered a weak and timid face, bowing to pressure from corporate America. They have stunningly colluded with and surrendered to Republican demands so much and so often, the two parties have almost melded together as one. They are now locked in bitter struggle simply for self-preservation and control, and in the process, absolutely nothing is getting done. As they filibuster, argue, and dig their heels in, millions of Americans are slipping into poverty, our infrastructure is rapidly crumbling, and our food, air, rivers, and oceans are becoming dangerously polluted. Together, the parties have basically earned the derisive monicker of the “Republicrats”, as they have all but abandoned the overwhelming majority of hard-working taxpayers who elected them and are paying their salaries. People have taken to the streets by the millions in protest. Change is loooonnnngggg overdue!
Earlier this year, based on a suggestion from the brilliant former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, I advocated that every progressive-minded individual attend next year’s local Democratic Party caucus to nominate only progressive-minded candidates for office as part of a new liberal People’s Party wing. But I have just found out about a NEW political party that has just come into being called the Justice Party. Their symbol is shown at top left above, and I now believe they, rather than the Democrats, will be the answer to what this country needs so desperately going forward. Therefore, I now recommend rhat we progressives still flood our local Democratic caucuses to press for progressive candidates and legislation, but do so, TEMPORARILY at least, as Justice Party members. Just as the horrid Tea Party has overtaken and completely transformed the Republicans, so too should this new Justice Party swoop down on the Democrats and eventually, over the next few elections, replace ALL of its conservative and weak-kneed wishy-washy types with true progressives who will legislate for the common good rather than for the benefit of special interests. The reasons I am saying this should start from within Democratic Party ranks is three-fold:
1). The Democratic Party is flush with money and has an already-established large network of workers and vol;unteers.
2). The Democratic Party has NAME RECOGNITION.
3). The success rate of third parties becoming established as a viable majority party is NIL. It has not happened since the Republicans came into prominence near the start of the Civil War nearly 150 years ago!
I urge you to go to http://thejusticeparty.org/ and take a look at what the Justice Party stands for.I can guarantee their stated aims and goals will most likely agree with your own.
As you have probably seen, the Justice Party is planning on running former Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson as its candidate for President un 2012. The man, a former Democratic Party member, has impeccable progressive credentials. He was the ONLY big city major to publicly call for George W. Bush’s impeachment, and he has steadfastly opposed the Iraq War all along. He has been a staunch supporter of LGBT rights and climate control measures. He proclaims his and his party’s aim to be “ro take power away from government and corporations and give it back to the people.” He has justifiably criticized his former party by saying of them, “The Constitution has been eviscerated while Democrats have stood by with nary a whimper. It’s a gutless, unprincipled party, bought and paid for by the same interests which buy and pay for the Republican Party.” Now who in their right mind could argue with THAT?
While I wholeheartedly applaud and support the aims of the Justice Party, I am not so naive as to believe it has even the remotest shot at winning the White House or amassing a huge congressional majority by next year’s election. Consequently, Rocky Anderson will not be getting my 2012 vote. 2016? A much better chance. Still, I believe this new party is a healthy development, and that is why I am urging it to begin a long, dedicated campaign to eventually purge the current corrupted Democratic Party, and, once that process is complete, to proudly proclaim itself by its new name, and as a true party of, by, and for the PEOPLE, NOT corporations! For to split the Democratic Party by taking votes away from it with a third party at this time would guarantee far-right Republican control of all branches of government and would surely lead to an even more reactionary and blatantly business-friendly Supreme Court, and that is something this country CANNOT HAVE!
So, readers, my Christmas gift to you this year will be to seriously consider the Justice Party, first as a progressive new wing of the Democratic Party, and then eventually, FINALLY, a true majority party in its own right!