We argue a lot (I mean we all Berniecrats) about Demexit or Dementer, whether to go out on a limb, leave the nest, admit that the Democratic party has no intention of releasing their death grip on the levers of power and try to form a 3rd party, or do we try to take over the Democratic party from within. After all, we are the political descendants of FDR. They are the corrupters, the usurpers.
While I understand more and more the logic of going 3rd party, it does seem an impossible task, and may take years.
What would it take to form a 3rd party? It’s not about having the right, catchy name, although I suppose that never hurts. What it would take is a few million dedicated souls, a bit of paperwork, and a platform.
We’ve got the millions of dedicated souls. We may not be a political party yet, but we’re a hell of a voting bloc, and we are interconnected.
We’ve actually got the platform, too. I’ve been inserting it into lots of my posts, and I’ve seen a lot of other people do it, too. It’s become a litany. Health Care, Money out of politics, living wage, free tuition, end private prisons, etc… It isn’t always exactly the same. We don’t have exactly the same priorities.
What I have noticed is what an incredible range of issues we have agreement on. Here’s what our new party’s (if we were to form a new party) platform would look like.
- Health Care. Damn right it’s a litmus test. If you don’t support universal health care, you’re not really a Berniecrat.
- Living wage. Right now, we’re talking $15 an hour
- Get money out of politics
- End Private Prisons
- Legalize Pot
- Transition to a Green Economy – create jobs in the process
- Make the Police Accountable for their actions
- Make the rich pay their fair share of taxes
- Stop bombing everybody for no good reason
- Free college tuition
If you agree with all 10, congratulations, you are a member of the party. If you agree with fewer than 5 or 6, go ahead and vote for somebody else, or don’t vote. Seriously, not voting is an option.
Anywhere between those numbers, let’s talk about it.