Enough waiting. Let’s rebuild the Progressive Party of the United States.

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At what point do progressives stop being Democrats’ whipped dogs and start acting like a movement capable of putting the Dems in their proper place as the party of the people?  David Sirota wrote today about Obama’s latest call to increase war spending beyond its already ludicrous proportions.

How many of the extreme right-wing and criminal policies of Bush-Cheney has Obama adopted?  How many of those extreme right-wing policies has he exceeded?  Last month, knowledge that Obama has gone a step further than Bush, authorizing the executive branch to murder American citizens on the flimsiest of rationales.  This sh__ has GOT to end.

My political activities now are focusing on the building of a viable third party as a tool of a reinvigorated and independent progressive movement.  No efforts to reform the Democratic Party from within can succeed so long as the upper-level of the party establishment is able to crush dissent from within, as is explained here.

[T]the Democratic primaries will be where the action is … Maybe someone like Kucinich, Feingold … It will be a “good liberal,” not a radical, advocating positions that are reasonable but declared “unrealistic.” (“You’ll throw the race to the Republicans, we can’t have that!”) The basis of the campaign will not be a sudden embrace of Bolshevism, but rather Obama’s embrace of Wall Street. It will be a mix of angry rank-and-file and disgruntled party machine.

The insurgent candidate will lose. The candidate will not call for a 3rd party, will support Obama after the primaries — will make a concession speech that would shame the Moscow Show Trials. Many of her or his followers will follow suit. The candidate will not personally work to create an independent infrastructure within the Democratic Party. Obama will probably win, not because of his impressive performance but because the foaming-at-the-mouth Republicans will be splitting. After the election, the Democratic challenger will not lead a 3rd party.

This has been the pattern for decades.  There is no one within the Democratic Party willing to lead a progressive breakoff.  The day Dennis Kucinich kisses all party support for his re-election to Congress goodbye is the day I will rejoice, but it’s not going to happen.  So it’s on lay progressives to take charge, organize from the ground up, and lead the way to building both the movement and the political organization that will bring it to power within the halls of our nation’s capital.

This won’t happen overnight; it will take decades for a fully functional progressive political organization to be built, and we will be opposed every step of the way by Democrats, Republicans, and corporations now empowered to spend as much money as their executives want to sway public opinion against us.  But we have got to start sometime, and now is as good a time as any.

Those who claim this isn’t the right time will not tell us that the “right time” is never going to come — there will always be the enxt election cycle to worry about, too much at stake to “risk throwing it to the GOP.”  Never mind that all Democrats ever do is throw elections to Republicans simply by behaving like they’re members of their counterpart political party.  We must ignore such admonitions and press on.  There is no such thing as perfection in politics, to be the enemy of good things that will never come to fruition so long as the existing political structure continues.  And there is nothing more to be lost by doing what is right and necessary to take back our country.

The good news is that a Progressive Party already exists in some states.  In Missouri, Vermont, and Washington, progressives began rebuilding the political party that bears their name from the ground up, and they used smart strategies and tactics to gain power first at the local level and then at the state level.  They are now starting to branch out into national-level politics by running candidates for the House of Representatives, with a Vermont Progressive having run for the House of Representatives in 2008 on a platform that included calling for Bush’s impeachment.  And David Sirota has written previously about New York’s Working Families Party, which has gotten results at the local and state levels.

So the foundation exists for progressives to rebuild our movement.  The will is there.  What’s lacking is leadership.  If no one in the ‘netroots is willing to assume vital leadership roles, then it is up to each and every one of us to take charge and lead.  Enough is enough.  Progressives must stand up to the far right, which dominates both major political parties, and end its rule.  No more excuses, no more capitulations, no more waiting.  Let’s get it done.

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  1. impossible.  And voting generally is now an anachronism.  If corporations can spend an unlimited amount, then the last vestige of parties/voting as an instrument of change is gone. There wasn’t anything there before really either.

    So, there have to be other ways.  Raising fucking hell being one.

  2. for a Homeland Anal Inspection Security department but not a cent to remove the tumor on my left leg.

    http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/relea

    • banger on February 1, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    that a progressive party of some kind can come to the fore. It is worth doing just because building bridges and building something worthwhile rather than wasting time with the usual Democratic Party sell-out would make us all much happier. The Democratic Party doesn’t care for progressives anyway and is not even remotely a progressive party. Doesn’t mean we don’t support Democrats it just means that we become a voting bloc. Electoral politics are not going to make it easy to get on the ballot so a progressive party may never be a truly national party but it can begin to build structure we need rather than have us all flailing away on the internet and complaining.

    The point is that if we actually stand for something we’ll get a lot of attention.

    • Big Tex on February 1, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    for a new progressive/populist movement are already in place, but we need to agitate for ballot access reform, fusion balloting and voting system reform. This can be done at the state level in many cases making use of initiatives & referendums and thus bypassing the legislature.

    • Arctor on February 2, 2010 at 2:14 am

    need to restrict our support to only proven progressives and independents in the Democratic Party. Then there could be a third-party by default, two-wings of the Democratic Party and the G.O.P. Each would have a third of the seats, progressives would have far more power if they ceased supporting the current ruling clique in the Congress. AND, we need to start finding a viable, Democratic challenger to Obama, in or out of the primaries.

    • RUKind on February 2, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Each state will have petition rules. Does any one site have a start on this? There’s no point in creating a hundred wheels when one is what’s needed.

    Personally, I think there’s an intersection of progressive-populist-libertarian ideals that could, if properly espoused, catch on like a prairie fire. We’re all for effective, honest government that benefits and stays out of the way of the common man and woman.

    So Question #1: Is there a site that has already begun this effort? Can anybody point the way to it?

  3. since they are already here.

  4. 3rd party musings

  5. Can you imagine the global support which may come for a candidate having the balls to openly put such a thing as part of the platform?  It is “obvious” political suicide, or is it.

    It is central to the issue of destroying our Constitution, the media induced obsession with false security at mindbogglingly obscene costs.  It would not only light up the Alex Jones site but all of the other alternative places globally.

    Much like the Massachusetts Miracle of Scott Brown you would have the global underground network behind such an effort.  Get real answers to the festering boil that forever changed this country for the worse.

    What exactly outside of planes caused the collapse of three trade center buildings.  Where are the tapes of the security cameras all over the Pentagon area.  Admit once and for all that Freedom Tower would be too profane a name for the newly locked down building complex.  Was it nano-thermite or micro-nukes.

    Getting past this at least people would once again have a common ground.  Something to go forward with and if we don’t everything since 911 will always be a lie.

  6. After they flamed me in my own thread, my posting privileges were stripped from me.  Jason Rosenbaum, marcos, and RBG are ones to watch out for, and Rosenbaum is a site moderator.  Watch it if you plan to post on that DLC gatekeeper blog.

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