A diarist on Daily Kos, tmax, dared to suggest that Obama should start his own party, a Progressive Party, no less, one that would be free of party insiders and actually Get Stuff Done.
He was of course forced to meekly apologize for his heresy in advocating for a third party. And here I thought rigid enforcement of a doctrinaire party line only happens in little Marxist grouplets.
It is no coincidence that two of the most popular websites devoted to supporting the Democratic and Republican parties have explicit rules and regulations prohibiting the discussion of third party and independent alternatives to the Democrats and Republicans. The surest way to be booted from the Daily Kos and Red State is to advocate for rational alternatives to the major parties.
I’ll let you in on a little secret. The powers-that-be at Daily Kos and Red State do not want substantive reform and they sure as hell don’t want systemic change. Goodness no, craziness like that could complicate things, preventing them from reaching their true goal, which is to be major players in their respective parties. They don’t want to upset or break up their parties, instead they want to control them. Regardless of their intent, that means little or no change can occur.
One of the primary functions of both parties is to take genuine dissent, channel it into the party, co-opt it, then render it meaningless. The Democrats did it with the Iraq antiwar movement and Republicans are doing it with the Tea Party now. Both are beyond the possibility of reform.
And, ahem, what planet is tmax on, thinking Obama is a progressive?