It won’t happen overnight, and it certainly would get us to a viable third-party candidate for this Presidential election, but if you truly desire more and better choices than the corporate media channeled and created bi-polar(meant in every sense of the word) choice, the dream is within reach. It just requires a bit of patience and what our brilliant former president called “strategery.”
The key is structure. Look, the dems and republicans are truly two peas in the same stagnate pod. Those of us on the Progressive Left have almost nothing in common with the elitist Left and the democratic leadership, except that we are simply their marketing base. Ideologically, economically the Left Elite, while not in lock-step with the Right, closely shadow their policies. One only has to look Democrats support for the Iraq Invasion and support for the Patriot Act-which has never been repealed or even softened, but instead has been reaffirmed and strengthened, often by Democrats.
Lefties, of which I am proudly aligned are fundamentally animated by true realizations of freedom, such as a woman’s right to choose, Gay marriage, minority rights, and pointing out that so-called illegal immigrants are rather economic refugees victimized by a lethally corrupt and abusive tacit conspiracy between industry, government and the media. We champion a free and uncensored internet, de-criminalization of marijuana, rail against the corporatization of prisons, fight for the entire bill of rights, and a repeal of Citizen’s United.
By contrast, The Right is about hierarchy and dogma. They openly demand for harsher police tactics, especially against dissenters and would prefer that religious doctrine become an inextricable component in our secular society. Lately we have seen their willingness to invade a woman’s body to make a pseudo-religious point by codifying virtual rape by the state into law, as well as a penchant for harassing and shaming a woman contemplating her right to choose the future of her life and body through a spectrum of state enforced brutalities. The constituents of the Right are in lock step with their elitist leadership, fully accepting and championing dictated and carefully crafted policies pushed by that elite which are fully at odds with that constituency’s own best interest.
On the Right, it is all about structure. They control the media. Their messaging is integrated and pervasive. They are active, because they have to be. they must exert a great deal of pressure, and drive home their message by encapsulating in fear and hate and mockery and consumerist gluttony, shouting loudly to prevent people from thinking deeply about a given issue. The Left, instead, is passive, because freedom is passive, asserting itself only when the pressure of oppression and ignorance become intolerable.
Which brings me to creating a viable third-party, and then a fourth, a fifth… Only then will the impact of the media to choose and channel a candidate be eroded and undermined. The more parties and the more candidates, the less power the media holds to make the choices of whom we will vote for, the less power corporations will have to advance their own interests to the detriment of the rest of us and the greater power the individual will hold in determining the future course of the nation.
That comes with structure, and we can begin that process now without imperiling the Presidential election this year to a naked corporatist like Romney over one like Obama that we still have some nominal influence over as individual freedom loving Americans. This year in Chicago the Green party has introduced a new candidate for Congress in the 5th District in Chicago. Nancy Wade (http://www.wadeincongress.org/) is truly the sort of candidate this nation needs to begin that restructuring.
Where ever you are, begin to build that structure. Begin to change the nation. Find a Green candidate and support them. guide friends and family to resources that show them how the two-party system has sold us out, and that, with a little effort we can drag it back under the control of the individual Americans, both Left and Right. The goal is a third, a fourth, a fifth party candidate, but that can’t happen until we build a solid structure and a viable alternative party with enough support to compel the media to pay attention.