We want change. We badly need change. Tea Partiers tried to make change happen from within the Republican Party, and right now people try to make it happen from within the “Democratic” Party and consider other approaches (like forming a new party or building up existing third parties) as a competition that weakens their own inside strategy.
What this stance overlooks is that, as long as the Democratic Party can rest assured that progressive/working class/leftist/Black/etc. voters have nowhere else to go, its party bosses will continue as before, unimpressed by any inside takeover attempts which they can squelch as long as they can count on sufficient votes. In the end, they don’t even need to win elections, since their deep pocket Big Money donors will gladly continue to dowse them with money for enabling their Republican buddies.
Only if there is also outside pressure (the threat that voters could vote for someone else), will the party bosses have to take us seriously and may give in to inside pressure from the bottom. So far, the only times progress happened in our history were when there was big outside pressure (for example, FDR was pushed into the New Deal by outside pressure). Hence, I like pressure coming from both sides, inside and outside.
A people’s platform (a.k.a. agenda) is also necessary for people to know what standards to hold their candidates and strategic movements to and remind them of, lest high-ranking types impose a platform from the top that doesn’t really meet our needs and wishes. The pressure from this direction can be put on both major parties. There are also other kinds of outside pressure, things like ballot initiatives and direct action to, for example, overcome things like the CPD’s control over public debate.
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