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Revolt at the Base: The Justice Democrats

Out of last year’s awakening of millions of Americans to the fact that both sides of our party duopoly have sunk to the level of utmost corruption came the sprouting up of organizations intended to give us – the people – a way to elect true representatives into office — representatives who won’t represent only the robber billionaires and their crooked banks and multinational corporations, at the same time providing the rest of us with the dog-and-pony show of a fake democracy, a fake democracy in which they work hard to split us up over issues of race, religion, all sorts of relatively minor political issues, and the ever popular gimmick of party loyalty. I have previously mentioned BrandNewCongress, OurRevolution, and the Berniecrats Network, all of which arose from the Sanders campaign with the goal of promoting and supporting fresh blood in politics. I also just learned of Swing Left, which seems to be a similar approach with a focus on swing districts. And now, last week, the fray was joined by a promising new organization which challenges our current “Democratic” Party with infiltration and reform. This latest hot thing is called The Justice Democrats and it is off to a great start.

This new organization hopes (as Bernie Sanders apparently did and still does) to wind back the corruption which has taken over the “Democratic” Party and make it the party of working people again — the party for the vast majority of the American people, in other words. It hopes to do so by replacing the party’s old guard with brand new candidates nominated by people like you and me. To some degree, this approach resembles that of BrandNewCongress and OurRevolution, but it seems more aggressive and has a promising alternative media presence, especially in the form of the Young Turks and progressive youtuber Kyle Kulinski; which means that, while most antiestablishment efforts have great trouble making themselves known – what with the corporate media blacking them out – the Justice Democrats have at least one or two large players in the new alternative media as their bullhorns.

Thanks to this exposure and outreach, the first 48 hours saw over 50,000 people signing up at JusticeDemocrats.com, the donation of $200,000 in grassroots funding, and the nomination of 950 candidates to run for office. The organization’s operatives are likewise impressive. They include important members of Bernie Sanders’ groundbreaking campaign, specifically people who worked on his campaign’s organizing of young voters via smartphone apps.

I haven’t recently heard much about the current state of BrandNewCongress and OurRevolution, so I am unsure how far they are getting, but The Justice Democrats organization, with its alternative media presence, is an exciting new development on the scene, lending new hope to those wishing to reform the “Democratic” Party.

 

This is their platform (please don’t let yourself be turned off by one or two issues you might disagree with – in this world of packaged platforms we must look for the overall best package, and this looks pretty good, I think):

  1. Run a unified campaign to replace every corporate-backed member of Congress and rebuild the party from scratch.
  2. Pass a constitutional amendment to put an end to Washington corruption and bring about election reform.
  3. Re-regulate Wall Street and hold white-collar criminals accountable.
  4. End billionaire and corporate tax dodging, fix the system to benefit middle-class and poor people.
  5. Defend free speech and expression.
  6. Oppose bigotry.
  7. Make the minimum wage a living wage and tie it to inflation.
  8. Ensure universal healthcare as a right.
  9. Ensure universal education as a right.
  10. End unnecessary wars and nation building.
  11. End the failed war on drugs.
  12. Create the new new deal.
  13. Create the renewable energy revolution.
  14. Block the TPP and all outsourcing deals that will further damage the middle-class.
  15. End Constitutional overreaches.
  16. Ban arming human rights violators.
  17. Enact common-sense gun regulation.
  18. Ensure paid vacation time, sick time, maternity leave, childcare.
  19. Abolish the death penalty.
  20. Defend and protect women’s rights.
  21. Enact police reform.

 

I think, this may make for a great new tool for those of us fed up with our rigged system. We should, however, not overlook some caveats.

Here are some pro and con considerations:

  1. One argument against running with The Justice Democrats is that this attempt will fail because non-establishment candidates have too many obstacles to overcome, but even if we only get one true representative in, someone who shakes up the halls of power like Bernie Sanders did or, better yet, a lot harder, then it’s been worth the effort.
  2. If The Justice Democrats candidates fall short of their goals, but have measurable success, then the establishment “Democrats” may be pushed in a more progressive direction out of fear that they will keep losing elections and congressional power.
  3. On the Republican side, the Tea Party “movement” had a lot of success in shaking up the GOP and pushing it into even greater corrupt right wing extremism (since the Tea Party was a corporate-funded false flag effort all along). If it could do this, the Justice Democrats candidates may likewise take a pretty big axe to the “Democratic” Party.
  4. A large part of the traditionally “Democratic” base are pissed. They are pissed about how bad things are and that they have no party to represent them. They are looking hard for representation. They are also pissed at the “Democratic” Party establishment for having abandoned and betrayed them and being anything but democratic. This double outrage is a strong motivating force.
  5. To many of us, the “Democratic” Party is so pervasively corrupt (no less than the Republican Party) that any attempt to reform it looks hopeless. That’s why so many of us wished for Bernie Sanders to run independent or in the Green Party when it became obvious the corporate establishment “Democrats” were screwing him out of the race. Therefore, some voices say, a third party is the only way. Proponents of the attempt to reform the “Democratic” Party say that third parties have too small a chance of success. Personally, I believe that both approaches are valid, that they can go hand in hand, and that they both will do good even if they are only partially successful.

And here are two more thoughts of importance:

  • With all our election rigging, attempts like this may be an almost-wasted effort. On the other hand, I keep urging everybody that we must fight on many fronts simultaneously, election integrity being the most important one. And if we fight on many fronts, some of the establishment’s front lines may eventually break. It may be the only way to overcome the oligarchs’ power.
  • The last of the three videos I link to below hints at an effort being underway to create an alternative to traditional leadership, not pre-packaged deals from above but public discussion, organizing, and action at the grassroots level to unite all or most “regular” Americans, perhaps along the lines of what I have been suggesting for a long time.

 

You can learn more in news and commentary videos such as these:

1. The Democratic Party Takeover HAS BEGUN (a ~15 minute announcement by The Young Turks) — This one is also embedded as feature video of this article.

2. JUSTICE DEMOCRATS: Taking Back The Broken & Corrupt Democratic Party (over an hour long and very informative, by Kyle Kulinski)

3. You Can’t Vote Them Out if You Can’t Vote Them In; Follow Up Justice Democrats Critique Video (This is the video which argues that, without election integrity, all efforts of this kind are moot. It gives interesting background information from the time of the Sanders campaign and hints at a forming new alternative to our traditional leadership)

If you wish to participate, you can visit the The Justice Democrats website, where you can join, donate, or nominate a candidate from your own circles (even yourself).

If you wish to keep tabs on this development, you can regularly watch the Young Turks or it’s associated Jimmy Dore Show, which are likely to report on it in the future; or you might follow Kyle Kulinski on his Secular Talk show, as he wrote much of the platform and may also report more on it. Likewise, if Twitter is your thing, you can follow @JusticeDems or search for the hashtag #JustUs.

 

Let’s see if perhaps a Tea Party for the Dems arises from this.

 

About the author

Dirk Droll

Dirk Droll, defender of reality-based truth, loves to write. The treadmill of life, ruled so sadly by money, has driven him through many cultures, careers, and... tribulations. From these experiences come a desire to fight for a better world and little pieces of advice such as: “Wisdom is what you get when you don't get what you want.” and “After leaving the sinking ship there is still the ocean to contend with.” Increasingly, Droll finds himself forced to educate the public on the evils of the “robber billionaires” as he calls them. If you are one of them, but don't wish to fit the mold, contact him for ideas. ;-)

3 Comments

  • Oh, boy, where to start:
    -A platform that can mean anything, everything, or nothing- “oppose bigotry…defend free speech….create the new New Deal…”. Take “bigot”,for example. A “bigot seems to be anyone who opposes the left these days.
    -Free health care, child care, paid vacations, sick pay, maternity leave, free this, free that, Free Huey! (oops, sorry): The usual from the left- Free Stuff! Vote for Santa! The increasingly small percentage of us who actually produce something understand that this means we will be expropriated. We are probably going to resist that.
    -“Common sense gun regulation”: Will you quit with that already? Just say “take the guns”, because that’s what you mean, and that’s what WE know YOU mean.

    I’m guessing your strategy will work as well as anything for the left, and is worth a try. The polarization of this country is nearly complete. I don’t see you finding common ground with the rest of us.

    • I agree this list of goals is far too long and broad to be all-inclusive for this country’s 90%. It’s not surprising. It’s custom made for an intended left shift of the “Democratic” party, after all. So, all those “liberal” issues can be expected. (Note: in case we don’t use these words the same way, to me “liberal” is anything but left.)
       
       
      > free this and that
       
      People who haven’t internalized the constant corporatist propaganda drizzle of the last several decades are actually able to realize that these things are neither an impractical fantasy nor a naughty luxury. All other rich nations sport them, and as a result have a healthier and wealthier workforce which can work more efficiently and spend more in the market of merchandise and services therefore lifting up the economy. What hamstrings us is that we divert all the funds which could go into these things into the pockets of the robber billionaires (incl. banksters) and their CEO minions. For example, the huge amounts of money which go into the private accounts of our health insurance and pharma bosses go into actual healthcare in our peer countries. The money that goes into million dollar toilet seats on fighter jets in the U.S. goes into college education in all the other rich countries which simply do without foreign military adventures all over the world to enrich a small handful of war profiteers, some of whom have sat in our White House.
       
       
      > “Common sense gun regulation”: Will you quit with that already?
       
      Are you addressing me? This platform isn’t my list. You already convinced me that the 2nd Amendment needs to be taken seriously. Still, since you bring it up, somewhere a line needs to be drawn, say between a rifle and a howitzer, don’t you think? (I mean, I couldn’t afford a howitzer. Such loose availability of any and all military equipment to private individuals would simply foster private armies owned by warlords who wouldn’t have the interests of regular Americans in mind.) — Registration and background checks make sense in crime prevention and investigations. Still, I agree with you, that there shouldn’t be steep hurdles for gun ownership at least as long as we can’t trust our government (which could be forever).
       
       
      > I’m guessing your strategy will work as well as anything for the left, and is worth a try. The polarization of this country is nearly complete. I don’t see you finding common ground with the rest of us.
       
      Again, if you’re talking to me RGATH, this platform doesn’t come from me. It’s meant for the “Democratic” Party and written by people who probably all come from a “Democratic” Party background but are fed up with how “their” party has betrayed them and the country for the past three or more decades. I myself think that there are also many independents and even traditional Republican cohorts who are fed up with our politics and the failures of our economy. To make the most urgent changes, we ought to be able to come together, perhaps not within a single political party, but in our intentions and actions.

  • Run a unified campaign to replace every corporate-backed member of Congress and rebuild the party from scratch . — Recruiting voters from La La Land?
    Pass a constitutional amendment to put an end to Washington corruption — More La La Land – and bring about election reform — And voter ID’s are the first order of business.
    Re-regulate Wall Street and hold white-collar criminals accountable. — Renew Glass-Steagall which Trump may just do
    End billionaire and corporate tax dodging, fix the system to benefit middle-class and poor people. So they will just take their money and investments and jobs somewhere else
    Defend free speech and expression. The radical left is famous for blocking speeches by their opponents. Cleanup starts at home.
    Oppose bigotry. You need a party for this? This is personal. Are you going to oppose the Democrat’s bigotry against and slaughter of the unborn?
    Make the minimum wage a living wage and tie it to inflation. Great! Entry level jobs disappear as replaced by machines. Stupid idea.
    Ensure universal healthcare as a right. Never work. Healthcare is too fungible a word.
    Ensure universal education as a right. Never work. Education is too fungible a word.
    End unnecessary wars and nation building. Trump is the answer here
    End the failed war on drugs. Just what we need. A nation of druggies to run with the alcoholics.
    Create the new new deal. We already have the New Deal on steroids – you want more?
    Create the renewable energy revolution. Already failed. Will take a couple of generations to perfect. Meantime we need and have fossil fuels.
    Block the TPP and all outsourcing deals that will further damage the middle-class. Trump is doing a great job of this.
    End Constitutional overreaches. Trump again.
    Ban arming human rights violators. You mean like in Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria? You likes the results there? In some places it takes a beast to keep the lid on which is why we are failing!
    Enact common-sense gun regulation. Whose idea of common sense?
    Ensure paid vacation time, sick time, maternity leave, childcare. Great. Chase the rest of our companies to the third world.
    Abolish the death penalty. Agree IF – Lifetime no parole, no corrupt presidential pardons, make prisons a cheap to run hell – run the food in on a conveyor belt, weld the doors shut, no guards needed.
    Defend and protect women’s rights. Hogwash! No more special classes of citizens. Defend everybody’s rights.
    Enact police reform. Support the police, you couldn’t pay me enough to be a cop.

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