@JimNichols @MichelleNunnGA Okay, name another Dem who can win.Everyone wants a name. But what we need is action if we are going to save this Political party from its own failure to act.
— Dudette (@Dudette9t9) October 10, 2013
In a Letter from a Birmingham Jail Martin Luther King Jr wrote,
"But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today's church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. Every day I meet young people whose disappointment with the church has turned into outright disgust."In terms of Political Parties thats the Democratic Party in a nutshell. The judgement of God is upon us. People are turning away from us in droves because we keep throwing up candidates like Michelle Nunn who are going to cut Social Security; when what we need are bold Progressives. Progressives like Wendy Davis in Texas. If Texas can do it this election cycle so can we! Lets join them in the fight. We can't keep waiting.
I noted in my essay over at The Nation magazine something I want to respond to @Dudette9t9 with:
If Democrats don't act--this election cycle--we will be passing up an opportunity. Everyone keeps nodding their head in agreement to my critiques of Nunn but keeps asking for a name and the name that keeps coming to mind is Jason Carter. He has the name recognition. He has the charisma and energy. And it just so happens that his Grandfather's era was just about the time the Democratic party went off the rails on a detour of Neoliberalism that I spoke of in the Nation Magazine. It all lines up. Yet its going to require us to ask him to serve.The past three decades of market liberalism’s predominance has had a devastating impact on civil society. The transition and return to a more feudal arrangement that Hayek and others of a libertarian ilk have aspired to over the past seventy years is nearing completion. The strains of market liberalism—a utopian project from its very origins, as was noted long ago by Karl Polanyi—have eroded the fabric of civil society. We face a moment in history that calls for us to reflect and revisit fundamental social questions unaddressed by adherents of this ideology, an ideology which commodifies everything into market arrangements to be priced.From the dramatic rise of food insecurity to the rapid decline of well-paid jobs, from the massive incarceration rate to the student debt crisis, economic and cultural tensions of our times are reaching a point of fracture. The passionate pursuit of deregulation, liberalization and privatization from both sides of the aisles of government and across the boardrooms of corporate America did not just create a cadre of Occupy activists but a much deeper malaise and discontent across our nation that transcends age, race, class and political affiliation.Not only have we as a society lost many of the principles of popular participation in decision-making that are fundamental to democracy; many of our citizens are completely unaware even of what has been lost. Over the past five years as I worked to finish my degree I would get up every day at 2 am to join many of the working poor in my area to load up big brown UPS trucks. For a large portion of my co-workers, civil society and the social bonds that keep society functioning have completely disappeared—as have the hopes, dreams and aspirations of better days. Far worse, their own capacities to recognize this state of affairs and do anything about it are in disrepair. When a person lacks knowledge of the basic functioning of the political process, when one lacks the economic stability required to engage and take part in building a vibrant political movement, then not only are political questions passed over, but questions of political solutions are totally eradicated from one’s vocabulary.
I'm headed to work, as the trucks won't load themselves. But when I get home today I'm going to be creating a new Democracy for America petition calling on Jason Carter to run for US Senate. Michelle Nunn may campaign on austerity--but I can guarantee you Jason Carter won't. Michelle Nunn may sell out to the 1% but I can guarantee you Jason Carter won't. Michelle Nunn may try and cut our Social Security but Jason Carter won't.
I asked Where have all the Yes We Can Democrats gone? I got a cynical response of "oh yeah, and who would lead us to victory? Jason Carter would, and he would run if we called him to the task. He was born for this fight. The philosopher Soren Kierkegaard said once that "to dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself."
Democrats have to act, this year, right now. Its time for us to call Jason Carter to serve. If you agree with me join me in calling for his leadership.
A few ways to reach Senator Carter:
Send a note through his Senate campaign website:
Make a post on his Facebook page:
Leave a note asking him to run. Tell him you will support him. Its time for the Democratic wing of the Georgia Democratic Party to act. Its time for Jason Carter to run for US Senate.