Saturday, October 30, 2010

Quote Of The Day

This one is surprising, given Jerome Armstrong's stolid support of the Democratic Party until this election cycle:
I've ended my hyper-partisan allegiance to the Democratic Party. In moving beyond the past decade's partisan affair with Democrats, I am ready for a real revolution to happen in this country.

It has got to happen over the next two years, and its going to take progressives, libertarians, tea partiers, coffee partiers, conservatives... everyone that is not part of the problem (the financial/political/military elite). Get radical, first by moving beyond attachment to a single party or a political identity. Radicalize them both, go independent; whatever, and if that's not you too, then get out of the way.
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It's quite liberating, actually. We'll see where it goes next.

99% There
Of the two authors who wrote Crashing The Gate, I always thought that Jerome was the smart one. I think he's proving it by being the first to drop his allegiance to the Democratic Party. As he explains in a comment at that article, this didn't come out of nowhere, he lists Ron Paul, Howard Dean, and Ralph Nader as being politicians he's supported in the past. All were, if not third party candidates, at least insurgents within their own.

Still, it's quite a turnabout he's been through this year. In contrast to the never-ending parade of people who have simply ignored all the failures of the DC Democrats these last few years, Jerome Armstrong has been honest about pointing them out, and he's now reached the obvious conclusion: politics aren't working as they should be. Right now, there's no party that even pretends to speak on behalf of ordinary Americans. We are left to choose which spokesmodels we find more attractive. That's hardly a sustainable model for government.

I don't know what the solution is, but as Jerome notes, it needs to happen soon.

(h/t Ian Welsh)


2 comments:

Dusty,Hells most vocal Bitch said...

I registered as "Decline to State" decades ago when I became disillusioned with the Dem Party. I hold no allegiance to any party..none, nada, zip. It's the individual and frankly I don't care what party they belong to, as long as they espouse my beliefs.

Cujo359 said...

I haven't been big on party loyalty, for what I think are now obvious reasons. When it's about the party, the issues don't matter. The last couple of years have demonstrated that pretty well.