As an Independent, I’m far more interested in policy than party. Whoever presents the most Progressive candidate will get my vote. Simple stuff.
By Kathy Copeland Padden
The Ghion Journal (9/23/19)
l don’t think I know a single Progressive and/or Independent who isn’t accused on a daily basis of “splitting the party” or “being divisive” by centrist Democrats. The self-centered assumption that anyone who’s not a member of the GOP owes the other half of the oligarchy allegiance is beyond mind-boggling.
I’ve been an Independent since 1983. I’m not dividing any party, as I don’t belong to any party. That’s the whole point of being an Independent.
Attempting to bully or guilt voters into supporting you as the lesser of two evils is a fool’s errand. Show the average American you care about their woes, and provide solutions.
But am I calling out your party on its corruption? You bet. Naming and shaming government corruption is a responsibility handed to the American People by our country’s founders. They intended for us to ruthlessly root out all tyrants infiltrating the People’s government, not support and celebrate them.
This nation is now every bit the aristocracy we rejected during the American Revolution. An aristocracy of dead-eyed, obscenely wealthy elites.
And the Democratic Party not only condones this ironic travesty, they also exemplify it. Then they wonder why the working class is abandoning them in droves.
In case any establishment Dems are reading, I’ll spoon-feed it to you. Voters are abandoning you because you abandoned the voters decades ago. You’re no longer the party of the working class. You’re the party of the elitist class. …
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‘Jacobin’ Magazine Writer Meagan Day: On The Future Of The Progressive Left & Why Bernie CANNOT Drop Out
The Rising (3/24/20)
Staff writer at Jacobin magazine, and member of the Democratic Socialists of America Meagan Day talks about the future of the left, and the importance of continuing to push progressive ideals in congress. Day also recently co-authored, Bigger Than Bernie:
Win Or lose, Bernie Has Reshaped The Landscape Of American Politics. So Where Does The Political Revolution Go Next?
The political ambitions of the movement behind Bernie Sanders have never been limited to winning the White House. Since Bernie first entered the presidential primaries in 2016, his supporters have worked to organize a revolution intended to encourage the active participation of millions of ordinary people in political life. That revolution is already underway, as evidenced by the massive growth of the Democratic Socialists of America, the teachers Bernie motivated to lead strikes across red and blue states, and the rising new generation of radicals in Congress—led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar—inspired by his example.
In Bigger than Bernie, activist writers Meagan Day and Micah Uetricht give us an intimate map of this emerging movement to remake American politics top to bottom, profiling the grassroots organizers who are building something bigger, and more ambitious, than the career of any one candidate. As participants themselves, Day and Uetricht provide a serious analysis of the prospects for long-term change, offering a strategy for making “political revolution” more than just a campaign slogan. They provide a road map for how to entrench democratic socialism in the halls of power and in our own lives.
Bigger than Bernie offers unmatched insights into the people behind the most unique campaign in modern American history and a clear-eyed sense of how the movement can sustain itself for the long haul.