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"Tom Perez's Worst Nightmare": Newly Elected DNC Member RL Miller to Push Dems on Climate

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/21/tom-perezs-worst-nightmare-newly-elected-dnc-member-rl-miller-push-dems-climate

She’ll last about month.
Then she’ll either get booted out or quit in disgust.

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I appreciate her intentions and wish her well. But, lets be honest, that party will not change unless you totally clean house and change everyone running the sinking ship, cut off the large donor network, drastically downsize the loser consultant network and democratize the party. I also hope that humans can one day live on Mars. I have many great goals in mind. But, I think we should work on forming a new party, especially at first at the local level. Socialist Alternative maybe, having the DSA break off in instances where the unDemocratic Party doesn’t allow a fair primary fight (most of the time), among other things. Start at the local level, build an alternative infrastructure, let the economically privileged liberals whine and continue to ruin everything with their shitty candidates, eventually remove them from power. Not certain to work, not easy, but more possible than making the Democratic Party anything other than an increasingly corrupt and right wing shell of its former self.

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I was thinking the same, she has no idea the hornets nest she’s walking into. Good luck to her, she’s going to need it.

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Better to enter the hornets nest now, than to wade through a destroyed Eco system. Perez you have met your match, and she will light you up every chance she gets! Peace

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…or, She’ll get on-board and shill

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I only see my limited window into the third party landscape, but it seems like there is more energy behind a party that is capable of pulling in more conservative but populist voters. Ones that might even be for Medicare for All now or be persuadable, ones that are already sick of sending their young to die in useless foreign wars (whether or not they care about the people over there which I’m sure some do and some do not), ones that want at least the obvious ecxesses of corporate destruction of family farms and the environment overall to be curbed, ones that want an end to the trade deals that pushed so many US jobs overseas and created such large trade imbalances. But ones that don’t have the same take on many social issues as your average socialist minded voter. Do you see any potential for such a party? Nick Brana says in his interview with Kim Iversen (~https://youtu.be/w9f1izqMtnI) that he sees this potential, but when Kim tries to pin him down on what the party would have to say or what platform it would have to have in order to pull in any of these voters, Nick doesn’t seem too convincing that he is really interested in making the hard choices to accomplish that difficult task.

I never read Nader’s book on this topic, but I liked his idea in theory of forming left right alliances on every single issue that works and pushing them through. But an actual left right alliance party - I’m skeptical it can work. But I’m even more skeptical that a new left party (on top of the Green party) could go anywhere. And I’m skeptical that we can move the Green party to go anywhere as well. I’d be willing to try a left right party (the ~peoplesparty.org movement has not picked a name - I’m not that crazy about staying with People’s party, for one because it is a mess when trying to search on the web - the term has too much past use and current use in other countries) and even give on some of my issues if that is what it takes to prevail over the horrendous two major parties we have now.

Oh, and RL Miller sounds great - yes someone, many people should be telling Tom Perez to fuck off. Even though I lean more third party these days, I will always respect and hope for more good people to pursue the inside strategy - you never know for sure which path will succeed.

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I see a lot of hope that this woman will succeed eventually. I just hope she watches her back because oil money is dirty in more ways than one. Look at all the indigenous activists who have been murdered in Central and South America fighting big oil and other extractive industries.

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She’s tenacious, and far more dedicated to climate work than Perez.

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Known some of her work for some years. That ain’t gonna happen.

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A couple of months ago Tom Perez’s worst nightmare was Bernie Sanders.
It would be a surprise if the DNC treats her any different. They will find a way to show her the door.

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Good to hear !

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At this point any provocation and disruption of the status quo has value, even if you can’t directly tie it to the ultimate prize.

Stable systems don’t, by definition, change. So, the name of the game is “destabilize, destabilize, destabilize.”

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That they will.

I’d submit that she does know. And, she’d be far more effective at the job that Perez has.

I doubt anyone here doubts her ability, and no question she could out preform Perez, but she will be greatly out numbered, so I wouldn’t expect much coming of this, this committee, like most the dnc set up, are where progressive ideas go to die. I do hope I’m wrong.

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Odds are that is so, and I also share your hope.
The DNC doesn’t like progressives, although the party used to stand for most if not all of their values.
Saw the ludicrously wide appeal of Reagan, and started moving in that direction.

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“Give em Hell, RL.” They’re all headin’ in that direction anyway.

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So’s Bernie. Except now he’s also a run-of-the-mill Democrat.

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She is so serious that the major change in action is to have a presidential debate on climate change in 2024?

That’s it? You’re joking right? Why not submit to Congress an energy transition plan referencing scientific data and policy as a means to transition the USA effectively to net zero emissions. This should be the bar…

These people are such a joke… You know why the fossil fuel industry doesn’t take you seriously? Because your actions aren’t serious about moving away from fossil fuels.