I wrote a response to David Esrati’s article, “Perot Was Right.” My point is that for a movement to have any power, it must be seen as winnable. The idea of starting a third party sounds, to me, well meaning, but a loser — tilting at windmills — idea. Who wants to get on a train to nowhere? Starting a third party sounds like something that would be awfully hard to accomplish. I’m thinking there is a big group of citizens who could be inspired to dedicate some time and energy to activism — but they are looking for something doable.
My point is that the problem is not that there are only two parties, the problem is that the parties are corrupt and anti-democratic in their operation. Transforming the political parties we already have, I feel, is key to vitalizing our democracy: And, unlike the goal of starting a third part, the goal of transforming the current parties, I feel, could inspire an authentic grassroots movement. I wrote at Esrati’s:
There are only 360 precincts in Montgomery County and each precinct may choose one delegate. We simply need to raise up a vision of how an authentic democratic community — a transformed Montgomery County Democratic Party — would operate, sell that vision to the Democrats in Montgomery County, and get a delegate to run in each precinct to support a plan for transformation. We have four years to get all of this accomplished. Doable.
I’m looking for several long term projects to develop on this web-site, and Step One, for this project, asks that someone accomplish a giant step: Develope a vision of a transformed Montgomery County Democratic Party, one that would operate as an authentic democratic community. Such a giant step seems a worthy goal and maybe it can be my second book — after this one is completed: Kettering Public Education In The Year 2022: How Do We Get To A Great Future?