The election is over. About seventy-five percent of the people sending me petitions and requests for donations have either ceased operations, or I unsubscribed from them. The remaining twenty-five percent, meanwhile, have reorganized their priorities now that the election is over in an effort that… I hate to say, seems like an exercise in futility now that the republicans have everything. Stranger things have happened, and as divided as the democrats are right now between Clintonite shills and Bernie backers, The Republican Party is actually just as divided. That being said, I’m still bracing myself for anywhere between two to eight years of Christian tallaban rule despite these petitioners and their best efforts.
I bring this up, though, because one petitioner actually has a concept that left me scratching my head. A petition is circling the net, and if it gets enough signatures, we might be seeing the beginning of The American Labor Party.
First of all, I’m pretty sure the labor party is a British political party. Furthermore, I’m pretty sure the British Labor Party is basically the British equivalent of the democrats over here. I could be wrong about that, though. By all means, correct me on this.
As a third party man myself (Go Justice Party! Rock the teal!), I can tell you right now that this is going to be an uphill battle. The last time a third party had ANY success in America was Ross Perot. Say what you want about Perot’s politics, personality, and the fact the dude could probably fly by simply flapping his ears, but looking back in 1992, you have to admit, he was a pretty influential figure. It’s too bad The Reform Party fell to pieces like it did (thanks a lot, Buchanan), because if I were old enough in the 90s, I’d have probably registered as a Reformer.
All and all, you’re more than welcome to try, but I have a hard time seeing this new third party working out for anybody. The Libertarian Party was at its most popular this election, but even THEY couldn’t win a single state. And don’t even get me started on Garry Johnson again, or we’ll be here all day, and frankly, I have work in an hour.
But I suppose all of this has little to do with anything, because the most defining feature of any party is their agenda. The democrats are… Or WERE a home for lefties. The republicans are home for the psychotic Christians and corporate tycoons who don’t want to pay taxes. The libertarians are for those who want small government. The Justice Party is home to people like me who are sick of corporate greed, government bureaucracy, and cronyism. The Constitution Party (assuming they’re still a thing) want to preserve the United States constitution, and rule according to it and it alone. The Freedom and Peace Party are communists. And I suppose The Green Party is in there somewhere as well, but good luck figuring out what THEY want now that Nader isn’t there anymore.
So what will The Labor Party stand for? At the time I’m writing this, your guess is as good as mine. Although it was mentioned in the email that Bernie Sanders’ general philosophies are part of the foundation, so that probably speaks volumes all by itself.
Thing is, though, a lot of those philosophies are already part of The Justice Party. Hell, The Justice Party themselves opted out of the 2016 election on the grounds Bernie Sanders basically wanted everything we wanted. A decision that ultimately proved to be an exercise in futility, but I suppose in failing to get our guy past the primaries, this year was the opportunity we needed to build the foundation of our party a little more, and get the funding and support to get senate and house rep campaigns going.
So yeah, if you’re asking me personally, I can’t help but think this Labor Party might be a waste of time. Maybe if The Justice Party collapses in on itself and kurplodes between now and 2020, I’ll think about it. Assuming the effort for The Labor Party didn’t kurplode as well, at which point, I’m loudly and proudly independent again.
Still, it might be interesting to see what they come up with.