Who am I talking about? The people of the United States of America, that’s who. But that might be about to change, as you will see below.
“What do you mean?,” you may be asking. “We have lots of parties,” you might tell me. “The Republicans, the Democrats, a bunch of small parties (foremost, the Greens and Libertarians), and even political movements like the progressives trying to instill worker representation in the Democratic party or the ‘Tea Party’ which has been trying (at least officially) to make the Republican Party more responsive to certain ‘conservative’ voters.”
Well, yes, but do any of them represent us in Congress, the White House, or our state and local governments? Realistically speaking, the Depublicans and the Remocrats are two self-serving political gangs who, for over thirty years, have been serving their plutocrat paymasters (banksters, corporate CEOs, and the robber billionaires who lord it over everybody). They take corporate bribes and don’t represent the people. Additionally, these two gangs allow no other political parties at the table of power (excluding them from political debates, the mass media, and – often – even the ballots). Thus, so far, third parties can’t represent the people — at least, not in higher places of government, although as mayors and such, some have been succeeding in recent years.
That’s why the famous Princeton study confirmed beyond a shred of doubt what many of us already knew in our guts: Congress doesn’t give a rat’s tail for what we – the people – want. What more evidence do we need that we have no party to represent us, at least none which fills substantial seats in our federal and state governments?
A man named Gore Vidal (who is much better known than I am) described our two major parties this way: one single corporate party with two right wings. He called it the Property Party. I think that “Corporate Party” might be a better name for it, since the word “property” could give people who own a car or a house (or an underwater mortgage) the wrong idea that this bundle of crooks represents them.
Some of us have developed the habit of calling the Remocrats the Party Duopolyor the Twin Party Tyranny.
So, while the vast majority of us Americans are actually unanimous in our opposition to money in politics and our rigged and crippled economy (just look at last year’s primaries and general election!), we currently have no functioning representation. The war cry of our founders of “no taxation without representation” rings hollow in our ears.
So, what are we to do? Could we possibly get the Republican Party to serve the people through pressure from the “Tea Party”? It sure hasn’t worked, so far (unsurprisingly, since the Tea Party was a false flag operation from the get-go, if you ask me – geared to keep disaffected “conservative” voters voting for the GOP). Can we possibly wrestle the Democratic Party, which once did represent working families, back to our side, as entryism efforts like the the Justice Democrats, about whom I wrote recently, are currently setting out to try and Bernie Sanders still seems to be trying to do? Some political analysts think this won’t work, either. They believe the twin party tyranny is too well prepared to fight off and co-opt such attempts. Because of their consistent marginalization, third parties also seem hopeless to many of us.
But are they? Are third parties a moot hope?
It turns out, there are two approaches to creating third parties: one which hasn’tworked well and one which has!
The first one is to grow a party from scratch. This hasn’t worked since the early days of our nation. Once the first big parties had grown, they successfully prevented the growth of new ones.
But there is a second way, one which has worked before, namely splitting an already-existing powerful party, which has abandoned its base so badly that former members are ready to leave in droves. And this is exactly the situation we have right now, with both corporate fake parties having abandoned us – the people – completely, and at least one of them, the “Democrats,” experiencing a mass exodus already! (It’s why Trump, and many GOP candidates for Congress, won last November.)
A painful awakening has already taken place in the “Democratic” Party and led to the much downplayed grand “DemExit.” According to Nick Brana (see below), Gallop shows a whopping 14 million Dems have left the party since our November election. If true, that’s almost 20% of the “Democratic” Party membership! These people don’t need to be talked into leaving this corporate party out of disgust. They already have! So, now the only missing step is to invite them into a new party which will represent them. An existing small party like the Greens may not have enough street cred for these political refugees to join it (from low confidence that it can grow substantially). An indication of this is that this didn’t happen in truly large numbers during our recent election. However, a new party, led by a prominent rebel politician (one who grew to celebrity status inside the “Democratic” Party which betrayed him along with his supporters), might succeed — for this is exactly what has worked in our country’s past before. It is precisely the way the Republican Party formed from Whig Party refugees around their man, Abraham Lincoln. Since this has worked before, it could work again.
And it’s more than just a casual speculation that I am putting on the table for us to mull over. A new effort has actually arisen to recruit Bernie Sanders, whom so many democrats and independents wanted for their nominee last year. People are now working to recruit Bernie Sanders into their effort to form a new party representing all the disenchanted former “Democratic” Party members who have already left or are keen to leave for better pastures, and all the many long-time independent voters who chose to join neither corporate party, because they didn’t feel represented by them. Bernie got a whopping 13 million counted voters onto his side in last year’s primaries, which means there must actually have been many millions more among blocked-out independents, suppressed “Democratic” voters, and those voters whose votes were never counted thanks to black box voting, provisional ballot heists, and such. And if all those millions of voters who are currently up for grabs decided to form the proposed new party, election theft (which could spoil any attempt for us to get representation) would become more difficult to make credible. Election riggers would have to explain how so many registered and highly-motivated new party members chose not to vote for their new party.
After the founding of the Republican Party, it took only six years to take over the federal legislature and install Abraham Lincoln as president. Another such historic moment could be upon us. If so, this would be great news, indeed!
The embedded interview of Nick Brana (the man who started the “Draft Bernie for a People’s Party” effort) by Lee Camp on Redacted Tonight is worth watching: Is Bernie Thinking Of Creating A NEW Political Party? Bernie Staffer Explains
There are obvious questions and doubts, of course:
2.Bernie lost much credibility by endorsing HRC. Can he recover?
3.The insidious debate-access-blocking by the twin party tyranny would at least require that progressives launch a successful alternative debate stage. We saw some efforts in this direction in 2016. Will this get better?
4.Will alternative media successfully overwhelm corporate media blackout?
5.Will Bernie Sanders’ famous email list, and the many social media fan sites, all by themselves, overcome media blackout?
Time will answer these questions. I, for one, see in the founding of a third party, which replaces the by now utterly-corrupt “Democratic” Party and provides a true alternative to the long-time corrupt Republican Party, not only a great hope for us, the people, but also Bernie Sanders’ best chance for going down in history and concluding his life-long fight for political and economic justice. He should seriously consider this route. According to Gallop, about 60% of Americans have desired a third party over the last three years. Maybe the time has come, at last. If Sanders could bring himself to do this and succeed, it would be sweet.