It's easy to see that nothing gets done in Washington unless a special interest has a horse in the race. The Democrats and Republicans really know only how to do two things: create drama and political theatre on social issues and vote the way their campaign contributors want them to. This creates an environment in our government that is less than useless for the people who really elected them there.

That is the value of a third party, or a fourth, or any number of party who stand on the principle "by the people for the people". A progressive party, never wavering on the position of taking money from special interests and/or voting contrary to the platform voters assumed that were voting in, is a party that people can believe in.

When a person votes they only have a small idea about what their candidate is about. It's only because their memories remind them why they aren't voting for the "other party" this year that they vote for their new lesser of two evils. When a voter finds themselves switching allegiances every year they don't really believe in either one. They just try to pick the one that might screw them less. The choice between Democrat and Republican is no choice at all.

A party to give people something to believe in that's a Progressive party. A party with integrity and principles; that's a Progressive party. A party that gives you a real choice to not get screwed because you don't personally bankroll campaigns; that's a Progressive party.

The body politic, the worker, the disenfranchised, the disenchanted, the whole of the Lumpen Proletariat need not recede into some dark hole to wait for the day when their end comes. The need not fear that the world is a hopeless place where you are only as valuable as your vote, the one they can snake charm out of you. The next election don't vote corporate/anti-worker, vote Progressive, a real choice.

Russ Brewer
Portland, OR

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