9.29.2005

A way forward

Being convinced that both the Republican and Democratic parties are fully under the control of decidedly counter-democratic forces, I have concluded that the only "within the system" alternative for true progressive populists is involvement in The Populist Party of America.



 

I strongly encourage sitting progressive Congresspeople and Senators who are presently strong and secure in their seats to renounce their current party affiliations and align with this emerging party.

I especially encourage disaffected members of the Congressional Black Caucus to step up and raise their voices high against the malignant meandering of the Democratic Party. Note excerpts from "Who is serving who? Congressional Black Caucus Chief rejects need to account" at The Black Commentator:
There is something very wrong going on in the Congressional Black Caucus. However, the malady has a long history. A class of Black politicians think that we exist to support them, rather than that they are elected to support us.

The sickness became acute at the CBC Weekend, in Washington, DC – as much a social occasion as a political one. The newly formed CBC Monitor had circulated hundreds of Report Cards, that showed seven members had earned the distinction of “Derelicts of the Black Caucus.” The “derelicts” had voted against the interests of their constituents – the people who voted them into office – in favor of the corporate agenda pushed by the Republican Party. At the top of the list were Rep. Harold Ford, Jr, of Memphis, and David Scott, of suburban Atlanta. Riding right behind them on the corporate money train were Representatives Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Albert Wynn (D-MD), Artur Davis (D-AL), Gregory Meeks (D-NY), and William Jefferson (D-LA). All had crossed over to the Republican side of the aisle on a number of key economic issues, including the bankruptcy bill that threatens to further impoverish Black communities that are already encircled by predatory lending agencies . . .

The fact is, the CBC is broken, and cannot make a decision that represents the Consensus of the Black community, because it is infested by corporate money. Watt denies that economic issues, which were the basis of the CBC Report Card, are key Black issues. Watt told the CBC Monitor’s Leutisha Stills that “the bankruptcy bill or CAFTA wasn’t going to have the effect on the Black community as been perceived.”

What Mel Watt and an apparent consensus of the CBC’s leadership (not its members) have seemed to decide, is that no position can be taken if there is no unanimity. That means that any corporate whore who gets bought can stop the machinery. If this remains the norm, there is no reason for a Congressional Black Caucus. In fact, there is a need for split that would allow the truly progressive Members to act.