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Yes, I Hate the Idea, But You Can't Fix a Box From the Inside

Updated on July 30, 2016
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Jess McFarland is a lifetime Connecticut resident, musician and political science student, with a different perspective on the world.

We've been duped again.

It's 2016. Things are starting to look good for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. He's expected to win the Democratic Party nomination. Then, suddenly, votes go missing, voters are harangued by Bill Clinton at several voting places (without any charges being filed, even though it's illegal), and Hillary is leading by a slim margin, just enough to make her the "presumptive" nominee . They've done it again; given us the "lesser of two evils" choice rather than the one we made. The Kochs and Wall Street have won again, the minimum wage won't go up to a livable number and Social Security will continue to be raided.

Or will it? We have what is most likely to be 8 years of time to build and strengthen the third party we need to break free. There are two parties poised to take down the system, the Democratic Socialists of America and the Green Party US, both of whom are just the kind of progressives we need in Congress and the White House. We already have Bernie and Elizabeth Warren there. We just need to elect more to work with them.

The DSA is poised to address every issue that Bernie fought for this election cycle
The DSA is poised to address every issue that Bernie fought for this election cycle
The Green Party has already shown that they want to work with progressives. If we can get the two parties together, we'll be unstoppable.
The Green Party has already shown that they want to work with progressives. If we can get the two parties together, we'll be unstoppable.

The First Steps

OK, so how do we go about actually making this happen? It's not as hard as you imagine. First, become a member of one of these parties. It's not important, yet, which one. Volunteer (in your free time) to work with your state government to register your party as fully recognized. If you live in a state where you can only vote in your party's primaries, this is a crucial step. If the party is not registered, no one will be able to conduct primary elections for their parties. Again, it's not difficult to do this. The hardest part will be collecting enough signatures (based on state regulations) to support the party. In the past, this might have been a Herculean task. But in today's social networking world, all you have to do is find the people that supported Bernie in this election. They will sign, believe me!

Next step is to find, or become one of, the candidates that support the party ideals. You'll need the same signatures that you got to register the party, but that shouldn't be hard to do again. They WILL support your candidates, too, because they stand for the same principles. The links to each of the parties' pages will be listed at the bottom of this hub, so you can get ALL the details of starting this political revolution together. Personally, I am giving great consideration to running for a state senate seat in the next election, as a DSA candidate. You don't have to aim even that high. There still need to be local offices held as well, so, think about where in your city/town you would fit in.

Our first Socialist president, FDR. The republicans instituted presidential term limits because people loved him so much that they didn't want that kind of control over them again.
Our first Socialist president, FDR. The republicans instituted presidential term limits because people loved him so much that they didn't want that kind of control over them again.

FDR Was the First

People think that a Socialist could never be elected, mainly because the corporate controlled media have told them that. In 1932, Franklyn Delano Roosevelt was elected president for his first term. He was elected because of his socialist views. You see, a socialist is NOT a communist. There is a huge difference. In communism, the government is run by the elite (hmmmm, sound a little familiar?). In Socialism, the people run the government, democratically. The French Revolution resulted in a democratic society, eventually. FDR fought for the Social Security program, job growth by repairing the country's infrastructure and so many other programs that we benefit from even today. That is, until the Congress figures out they can rob from them. Well, if you take the time to learn about FDR's programs, and then compare them to what the DSA and Green Party stand for, you'll begin to get the true picture. Aren't you tired of bowing to the demands of the overlords. the greed feeders? It really IS time the American people get involved in their government again.

Our biggest advocate in government
Our biggest advocate in government
and his biggest supporter, regardless of what others want you to believe
and his biggest supporter, regardless of what others want you to believe

But, I Digress

The original premise of this article was to address those who say they will NOT vote for Hillary in this election, no matter what her positions are. People, you have no other choice at this juncture, and it will afford you the freedom and time to organize for your newly chosen party. Like the title says, you can't fix the box from the inside, but you CAN shore up the walls until you can get outside. Get to the polls this November, and make the right choice, the choice to stay alive to fight another day.

Don't sit on your ass this November. Get out and VOTE!
Don't sit on your ass this November. Get out and VOTE!

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