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Progressives Can’t Divide a Party We Don’t Belong To

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.

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 ass.

As an Independent, I’m far more interested in policy than party. Whoever presents the most Progressive candidate will get my vote. Simple stuff.

If the Dems want my vote, they will have to earn it by virtue of worthy candidates. If they keep rolling out endless corporate-backed neo-liberals, the DNC will have no one to blame but themselves. Except for Russia of course. Centrist Dems blame Russia for everything—or voters.

Blaming their epic unpopularity on the electorate is lazy and self-indulgent. Until the Democratic Party accepts that they exist to carry out the will of the People and not the other way around, their slow but steady slide into complete irrelevance will continue unabated.

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. Trotting out corporatists spouting Progressive values they do not hold and have no intention of pursuing isn’t working anymore. Not after 2016. Never again.

Call it party-splitting all you want, establishment Dems. It’s actually party-leaving for the Dem-Exit crowd, and a big, fat nothing from those who have never stood among your ranks in the first place.


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