Tag: Party Politics

The insider/outsider Response to the Debt Ceiling Cave-In

Burning the Midnight Oil for Progressive Populism

The Story So Far (imagine a Star Wars Scroll):

Under normal conditions, the primary political parties are representatives of distinct interest groups within the status quo. Democracy, after all, is allowing the citizens of the country to choose winners and losers among the elite, rather than having that choice performed by military might, accident of birth, or etc.

For most of its political history to the late 1800’s, the US was either dominated by one or two political parties. The (extra-constitutional) winner take all electoral college system and the winner take all nature of a state legislature selecting the state’s Senator strongly pushed in that direction.

And with business interests always falling on distinct sides of important issues of the day, that meant that political interests have long been distributed among the rival claimants for power or the natural party of government and natural party of (regional) opposition.

But alongside this was a political institution that allowed third parties to emerge and compete for influence ~ and indeed, the Great Re-Alignment from the Democrats and the Whigs to the Republicans and the Democrats occured in part thanks to the existence of third parties that were available to merge with the Anti-Slavery Whigs once they had been purged from the Whig Party. So in the late 1800’s …

Wild Wild Left Radio #80 To Vote or Not to Vote…

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The Mid-Terms are bearing down our throats like Cholula Sauce and there just isn’t enough Mescal to put out the fire. It BUUUUUUUUUUURNS!

So, here we are on the Left of the Left fringes of Liberal/Progressive Land wondering just what we are supposed to be doing. The Obama administration has done more to crush the Left than a thousand Palin Presidencies ever could, and exposed the Bipartisan Kabuki as bad Uniparty Political theater more than a tsunami of heinously acted fake Beck tears.

Less than 50% of the People normally vote in a POTUS year, far less in the midterms. So with the Left thrown fully under the bus by the Democrats, do we bother to vote? Do we sink to the lesser of the two evils again, vote third party and write ins, register Republican to force people to see the horrors of their ways, or start burning our Ballots outside of every Polling Place in the US in protest?

What are the viable alternative outcomes as the Empire collapses? Will unions be the structure, or utter chaos, or a Police State?

Is there any ground level structure that can be formed to make We The People wrest our Power back from its Corporate Sponsors?

Is it all over but the hoarding heirloom ganga seeds, toilet paper and porn?

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So You Want To Take Over The Democratic Party? Okay! Come With Me.

Last week the Dog wrote a post about laying out the difficulties of starting a new political party to the Left of the Democratic Party. If you want to read it you can find it here. The challenges are extensive to say the least. Since the Dog thinks that is a bad idea he urged those who might be thinking of this path to stay and work within the Democratic Party. While not everyone agreed (we are all Liberals after all) there were a couple who pointed out while the Dog was showing a problem, he did not really offer the means to a solution. This is a fair observation and so the follow is some practical advice for those who want to take over the Democratic Party and move it more to the Left.

Originally posted at Squarestate.net