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Brilliant Rebirth: Phoenix Faction Democrats

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Many Americans are fed up with the bi-party tyranny of the Republicans and the Democrats. The democrats are suffering from a plague of idiotic leaders, and wimpy politicians unwilling to provide any substantive resistance to the right wing assault on what little is left of the good in our government institutions. The Republicans aren’t even worth considering other than their sheer contempt for the average American. Many of those not bound by apathy and despair have attempted to mobilize third parties, which have proven to be doomed to fail against the giants.
Its time for Socialists to band together and retake political power we once had long ago. We cannot achieve our goals by acting as radicals, for radicals are by definition a minority. We must strive to become the majority, and to do so we cannot shun the system, we must remake it from the inside. I suggest that we take a page from the Trotskyists in Britain, and revive the strategy of “entryism”. They had attempted to take over one of the major political parties to bring about a democratic socialist state.
Although, the Marxists in Britain failed to take over the Labour party, we must not let that stop us from trying to do the same here. As the famous German socialist Rosa Luxemburg said as she was thrown in prison for resisting the First World War, our choice is between socialism and barbarism. Our parties have opted for the later, one in striving to uphold it as the other refuses to stop them. This choice is now left to us, shall we coincide defeat or fight for our future?
In taking over the Democratic party we will stand both within it, as we stand outside of it. We must not be afraid to declare our socialist and humanitarian values, and our opposition to conservative tendencies in the party. The Democratic party will provide us resources, and the ability to cast our votes within the closed primaries of many states. While our voters card may carry the ‘D’ for Democrat, we will also stand as a united force of socialists and communists. We will have our own meetings, codes, tactics, and strategies. We will not be consumed by the do-nothing alliance that has for too long denied meaningful social change.
At the same time that we are independent of the party, we are also loyal Democrats. Many democrats already have our values, the only thing keeping them from announcing themselves as fellow socialists is the extremely negative connotation the word has in the United States. We reject the cancer of the so-called “real existing socialisms” of the 20th century. Our movement is that of a new era, times have changed, and we must adapt as well.
The first goal of the Phoenix faction after taking power in the democratic party is to push for European-style social programs. As Europe has opted for domestic improvement and peace, America has sacrificed its people for military hegemony that benefits the military and financial elite. Europe may not be the perfectly enlightened socialist state many of us seek, but it is certainly light years ahead of the US. As we catch up to Europe we must also be aware of, and work to end, the divide between the global north and south, and the role of our society in such context.
Its time for Americans to demand peace, universal prosperity, and social programs that lends a helping hand from those who have what they need. We must counter the selfish dogma of the Reaganite 80’s with a message of tolerance, responsibility to your fellow man, and a respect for the international community. Only through socialism can we truly achieve an American democracy that cares for its citizens, and only the great mass of Americans can make that possible.
We should also look to Venezuela and the Bolivarian revolution, although not necessarily to Hugo Chavez. While Chavez has brought about some very necessary reforms to Venezuela, he has also become too much of the movement, and has brought about other problems as well. In addition to his bombastic presence, his attempts at questionable reforms to Venezuela’s democratic process are troubling. No socialist movement should rely on one person, no matter how charismatic, for socialism by sheer definition is the movement of the people.
Let us take the good from the Bolivarian revolution, and place community groups at the fore of the movement. For local government should be a participatory democracy, like the Jeffersonian town halls popular in the northeast at the beginning of the American republic. We don’t need to look farther than our own city of Orlando to see the problems caused by officials that are too out of touch with the general public. I say we start our own Jeffersonian revolution and put these incompetent fools out of their jobs as our overlords!
To win the hearts and minds of the American people we must maintain many difficult balancing acts. We must firmly denounce the system of American domestic and foreign oppression, while working within it as well. We must elevate the political discourse, encourage tolerance and unity , while lashing out viciously at the reactionary conservative movement and its elitist overlords. We must encourage peace while being ready to defend our ideals with any means necessary.
I must stress that we use violence as an absolute last resort, and only to defend ourselves from tyranny most foul. Even in these dark times for our republic, there is still hope for peaceful resolution. We must always remember the failure of those that came before us. We must remember the oppression and unjust violence that was used in the name of socialist ideals. May we never replay those heinous deeds, and may we constantly seek to uphold the good that generations of socialists have managed to establish.
Even as the United States slides into decline, there is still a tremendous potential for change. Unlike the “real existing socialisms”, we are blessed with the general prosperity gained from the economic miracle, even if its being taken away from us day by day. We have the foundations for the most just society of all time, all we have to do is lay the masonry. May the phoenix faction lead the way!

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Written by jackofspades83

April 22, 2008 at 6:52 pm

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  1. In the immortal words of Lewis Black…

    “The Democratic party, which is a party of no ideas. And the Republican party, which is a party of bad ideas…

    …Every once in a while, a Republican stands up and goes ‘I’ve got a really bad idea!’. And a Democrat stands up and goes ‘and I can make it s#@%ier!!’.”

    You’re right, the charisma of one idividual may carry a people up a few steps on the mountain toward the promised land, however ‘one’ individual introduces the same problem we’ve had to struggle against in every aspect of life. It’s a ‘single’ point of failure and, as we’ve seen, can lead to spectacular debacles never seen in these lands since prior to the 20th century. Government is a group effort.

    I will say here what I’ve said to many of my friends.
    Americans are ill prepared for strife on the mainland. Not only are we unwilling, but hoplessly unable to mount any significant opposition verbally or otherwise.

    Violence is not a last resort. It is not even an option available. After all, what resistance will a handful of Americans with small-arms have against just one Apache gun ship?
    None!
    The Iraq war is proof of this. Are we really fighting “insurgents”? Or are they merely Iraqi citizens who don’t want an occupying force on their land? Oh, I’m sure some of them are the “terrorists”, but how many of them arrived in Iraq in response to the invasion?

    Your last few posts have taken a darker and darker tone, and it isn’t you. Your sentiments are, in fact, a reflection of the citizendium. I must say, there is one thing more dangerous than outright oppression of a group of people… That is the stealthy, wholesale, undermining of the trust placed by citizens of this country upon its government.

    As we approach the end of Pax Americana, the seeds of descent will begin to sprout in the very institutions that make it oh-so-obvious that history is repeating itself; The American educational institutions.

    I fear this will not end well.

    eksith

    July 22, 2008 at 8:06 pm


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