It is working to some extent, for progressives and socialists like Bernie to infiltrate the Democratic Party and push it to the left where it ought to be, but change takes time. It could work faster if more people would help us. I have seen big changes take place this year. The dislike for Trump and the naked greed, the corruption, lies and bigotry and the massive assault on the environment by Trump and the republicans in Congress has woken many more people up. Bush woke me up already years ago and many of us are hopping mad! I will probably always be very angry until the day I die, but “anger can be power if you know how to use it” as the Clash once said. There are hundreds of new progressive candidates running. There have been battles against the corporate democrats and progressives have won some of them, and more battles are coming. Taking over the Democratic Party from the inside and from the outside and making it the People’s Progressive Green Party is the only way that I can see working. This is happening right now for the first time and we are not going to quit or stop no matter what anyone says. Do you really think that third parties have the number of members to get enough candidates on the ballot in every race? No they don’t. Do third parties have the political power to beat the republicans and win elections? No they don’t! The Green Party is great, but they cannot even get elected. They get one percent of the vote in every election. That will get them nowhere fast. They have great candidates and a great platform, but if they can’t get elected it does no good at all.
The easiest and quickest way to get reform is by reforming the Democratic Party the same way that the Tea Party turned the Republican Party to the far right wacko party for evil, we progressive, socialist and green democrats can unite and transform the Democratic Party into becoming the ordinary American citizen’s party for good, by first, stopping the evil republicans, which is very hard to do. And second, by getting better candidates to run in the Democratic Party primaries and by voting in the primaries to vote out the bad democrats, who are the corporate DINOs, and by voting in the better progressive democrats and getting them on the ballot. We can make the Democratic Party be the party that we want, but it takes time and a lot of hard work.
The same thing has to happen in any party anyway. If the Greens or another third party got to the point that it could replace the democrats and challenge the republicans then it would still have the same problems as the Democratic Party has now after awhile. Bad phony Green Party candidates who would be bought off by corporations would get in, because that is what happens to ANY and EVERY party that gets to the point of being able to have the power to upset the status quo. Do you think that just because a candidate runs for the Green Party as opposed to the Democratic Party that they would always be the best candidate? They may be good now because they haven’t got a prayer in hell of getting elected, but once they start really challenging the corporate agenda then bad guys will get bad phony Greens to run, or pay them off or bribe or corrupt the Green candidates just as has happened to the democrats. It will take fifty or more years before the Green Party can get the strength of membership and the political power to really challenge the major parties and once they do there will be fake Green Party candidates owned by corporations who will lie their way into office and betray the Greens who elected them, just as has happened to the democrats and the republicans. The republicans are completely hopeless, they are one hundred percent evil to the core.
Just because a candidate runs for a third party doesn’t make them a plaster saint immune to corruption. This is why we the people have to watch carefully and hold our elected officials accountable and vote them out in the primaries when they vote and act against our needs and wishes. This will happen no matter what party one is in. A rose by any other name will still smell just as sweet. We could have Green Dog democrats instead of Blue Dog democrats. The point is to take over and infiltrate the Democratic Party because it is a strong and powerful party that can win and we can force it to work for us and to do what is needed. I believe that this can be done quicker and easier than starting over from scratch.
Many many more people must vote in the primaries and vote out the bad or corporate democrats. We need to find out about newer and better candidates and get the message out to the voters before the primaries so that they can vote better ones in and we can make progress. We will make no progress until many more Americans care enough to get much more personally involved. We can’t wait for others to do it, so we all must do it ourselves. Democracy is self government. For far too long the American people have not voted better candidates onto the ballot in the primaries. Most Americans don’t bother to vote in the primaries at all, or don’t even know about the primaries and how this works, or doesn’t work for that matter, and then they only have a choice between the lesser of two evils in the general elections, a generic democrat or a generic republican or a third party candidate that no one has ever heard about and who has no chance of winning, because those were the only choices on the ballot. Voting in the primaries is the only way that better candidates can get onto the ballot and we must get better people to run or run ourselves. If dummy Michele Bachman can get elected to Congress anyone can! Not enough of us voting in the primaries to get Bernie to win the primary and get on the ballot instead of Clinton, and the corruption of the process by corporate dems and not getting better candidates, is at least partly why ninety million Americans didn’t vote in the general election in 2016 and this is what got us Trump and all the republicans in Congress and state governorships. The result is that now we have Gorsuch, and probably Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, massive toxic pollution, uranium mining in the Grand Canyon and drilling, fracking and mining in our National Parks, National Monuments, and public lands and oceans, and the destruction of the EPA, $2 trillion tax giveaways to the one percent and hundreds of other bad things that the evil republicans are now doing that are very bad for America and bad for all Americans.
Republicans are enemy #1 and the bad democrats are enemy #2 but we can win because there are many more of us than any other group, but we can only win if we vote and get involved, much more involved, vote in every primary and every general election for the BEST candidate, even if it is the lesser of two evils because at least Mrs. Clinton would not have appointed Kavanaugh or Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, or gutted the EPA or tried to take health care away, or given $2 trillion to the one percent and tried to pay for it on the backs of the poor and ordinary Americans, or taken children from their parents at the border, or kissed up to dictators and our enemies and attacked NATO and our allies or any other of the terrible things that Trump and the republicans have done and are continuing to do. Then, whenever democrats finally do get the power, we have to spend most of our time just fixing the mess that republicans have made, before we can make ANY progress and the longer republicans are in power the more of a mess they make. Therefore, if we want positive change, first we must get republicans out and KEEP them out. Everything republicans do these days is very bad, no exceptions, and they must be stopped! It’s a matter of life and death for all life on this planet!
Do you really think that any third party really has the strength and power to do battle with republicans and win? I know that they cannot. Therefore, why not get the Greens and Democratic Socialists to infiltrate and takeover the Democratic Party from within and change the leadership and make the Democratic Party work for us. No candidate is perfect, but we can get much better candidates and elect them in to replace the bad ones, it takes time, but it is the only way, except for armed revolution and that is too bloody and won’t work in the end anyway. What I suggest is the ONLY practical way forward and Bernie knows this. If we want Bernie for President in 2020, and I do, then we must all come out and vote for him in the democratic primary, so go and get yourself registered as a democrat so that you can vote Bernie in and get everyone that you know to go with you and vote him in in the primary in 2019 so he gets on the ballot. I’ll do the same. I want Bernie for President and Liz Warren for Vice President just in case Bernie gets too old or too sick. That’s one way to get a woman President, and I love Liz Warren!
If there is a better or quicker way, then please tell me what it is. It’s easy to criticize if you have no better solutions. We need solutions and we must get together and work for our common good. I want all the progressives on the left to unite and stop fighting amongst ourselves and work together for the best candidates we can get and not get hung up on it if they are not perfect all the time. In this case the perfect is the enemy of the good. Sure, I’d love to vote for the Green Party candidates, but it is a wasted vote because the Green candidates cannot get elected, but if the exact same candidate had run as a democrat and had won the democratic primary and got on the ballot as a democrat they COULD get elected into office and do just as much good as if they had run as a Green, and that way I could vote for them! A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet. Staying home and not voting or not participating won’t do anything except ensure that the worst democrats and the evil republicans will always win. We have got to fight and we fight with our votes and getting better candidates to run in a party that has the strength to win. This is happening right now, and some better, further left, progressive candidates are running. They have won their primaries and now all we have to do is come out in November and vote them into office.
If we don’t like the leadership of the Democratic Party then we can change it and vote them out. I say we can, but it won’t happen overnight. We have neglected it for too long and too many Americans do not even vote or get involved at all. Apathy, cynicism, discouragement and giving up is our greatest enemy. It’s time to get really angry and fired up and work to make positive change happen. Votes are our bullets in this political war and we must fight to win and do whatever it takes to win as our opponents are much more well funded with almost unlimited Koch brothers money, a massive right wing media machine, and they are willing to cheat and lie and use any tactic whatsoever in order to get elected and we are being out gunned. We have the numbers though, if we can just wield them. They have about 35 percent of the population on their side no matter what happens. We need voters who are just as dedicated to the cause to always come out and vote for the furthest left candidates we can get on the ballot that appear to really care, are right on the issues, and who are willing to fight for us little guys and who can’t be bought.
I can’t be bought for any price myself, but I am too sick and unwell and in chronic pain to run for any office or else I would run myself. No one would ever corrupt me! I don’t care about money. I only care about ordinary Americans like myself, and things like having universal non profit health care for all and fighting climate change and cleaning up our environment, and stopping war and greed and corruption . We humans, and especially the evil republicans, and other evil greedy men around the world, like Putin and his oligarchs, are destroying the priceless things of this earth for mere money, it is insane, and it must stop or we will bring ourselves to causing a catastrophic disaster of biblical proportions and perhaps even kill off the entire human race and most, if not all life on this planet in the bargain, and turn our precious beautiful planet, our only home, into a hideous ugly toxic waste dump of death. It’s already happening, every day it gets worse, especially because of Trump and the republicans. It pains and grieves me terribly! Every day I want to scream like the person in Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream, but it won’t help anything to scream and no one will hear me or care anyway. I haven’t heard my favorite song bird, the white throated sparrow sing for over six years now. I may never hear it sing again, except on a recording. It may seem small and unimportant to some people, but one by one the pieces of the natural web of life are going missing, because we inhuman humans have killed them off and we are not immune from this extinction either. The Monarch butterflys and Luna moths are gone too. The orcas, the whales, and the polar bears are starving to death and being killed in wanton ways, and all of nature is under every kind of unprecedented assault and the cruel, greedy, evil, mean men who are doing this will never be satisfied until there is nothing left to live for and no place left unspoiled or unpoisoned. It hurts me every day as if they are plunging a dull sword through my heart over and over again!
So vote, vote in the primaries and vote for the best candidate that has a chance of beating the evil republicans, as only candidates that can win can do us any good in Congress or the White House. And don’t forget that there are some good, not perfect, but good democrats like Liz Warren, Kamala Harris, Rho Hanna, Mark Pocan, and many others. We just need to help inform other voters who the good ones are and why and who the not so good ones are and why and then run better candidates against them in the primaries and then get out and vote them in and vote the bad ones out. This is the only way it is done no matter what party one votes for. If we want better candidates, then getting better candidates to run, running oneself, and voting in the primaries is the only way to get them. Now write back and tell me what you think.
Chris Hayes had a good meeting with Michael Moore in Flint, Michigan on TV last night where people spoke about how the system isn’t working well and they discussed why voters don’t vote. The voters who don’t vote want to be inspired by a candidate before they will vote for them, but this won’t always be possible. We must all participate as much as we can, even when the candidates are not inspiring us, it matters just to keep the very evil republicans out of office. It ought to be the patriotic duty of every American citizen to vote in every election and every primary election and do all that they can to donate and participate in our democratic process. I hate what the republicans are doing to our country and the planet and I want to stop them any way I can and that motivates me enough, but I do want better candidates if I can get them. I’ll come out and vote no matter what, because people have died to secure my right to vote and it’s my patriotic duty to vote and because voting and participating is the only way we can win and make things better and keep them from getting worse. It is our only hope. I say democracy, use it or lose it! I’d rather die than live in a right wing dictatorship! And I will fight and vote to stop the polluters and the greedy, selfish, bigoted liars who don’t care any way I can.