I did not write this article. It was written by Nikki Alexander who resides in California and writes for OpEd News. Nikki has expressed the desire to spread the word about Rocky Anderson and is working tirelessly with a group of Californians to achieve this goal. Nikki asked me to post this here and I said I would do so with great pride. I believe you will see why after reading it.
Justice for the 99%: A new political party for the rest of us
Nikki Alexander /January 2012
A new political party that serves the public interest is now in the process of qualifying for ballot access in time for the 2012 election ~ the Justice Party. One of their candidates for the Presidential nomination is none other than Rocky Anderson, the beloved ex-mayor of Salt Lake City whose pristine record of fighting for human rights, social ethics and political accountability leaves no doubt about his sincerity when he declares that the Justice Party will serve the public interest.
The public interest has completely disappeared not only from Supreme Court rulings, White House policies, Congressional and State legislation but from national political discourse, as if there is no longer any such thing as the public interest. As the Constitution and social programs are being systematically dismantled, everything that belongs to the public is being sold to private individuals and corporations ~ education, health care, postal service, national parks, infrastructure, even military functions, intelligence and surveillance.
Today 400 people in the US own more than the combined assets of 150 million Americans. A tiny percentage of extremely wealthy individuals control the government, media and every critical institution to perpetuate their own self- interest to the detriment of society. This antisocial minority has secured for itself ridiculously low taxes and taxpayer-financed subsidies and bailouts by controlling politicians with bribes (campaign contributions) and an army of lobbyists. With a few notable exceptions, lawmakers suffer from a pathological ETHICS deficit far more serious than the budget deficit. In fact, the two deficits are directly related to each other. Massive tax cuts for the wealthy, multi-trillion dollar wars of aggression and Wall Street bailouts created the budget deficit.
What is most insidious about this exaggerated concentration of wealth, (facilitated by Congress), is that this wealth is used to deprive the vast majority of Americans of their Constitutional right to political representation. Only the ultra-wealthy have had representation ~ until now.
Preliminary discussions about the Justice Party platform included such luminaries as Rocky Anderson, Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers, Nancy Marcus Newman, Linda Yahr, Jerry Peloquin, Cletus Zeitz, and Paul Zeitz. They agreed on 8 core principles:
1. Tax the rich and corporations;
2. End the wars; bring the troops home; cut military spending;
3. Protect the social safety net, strengthen Social Security and improved
Medicare for all;
4. End corporate welfare for oil companies and other big business interests;
5. Transition to a clean energy economy, reverse environmental degradation;
6. Protect worker rights including collective bargaining, create jobs and raise
7. Get money out of politics;
8. Improved health access and quality for all.
The Justice Party platform is still evolving and YOU can shape the agenda by joining the discussion at: http://americanidea.justicepartyusa.net. One thing is certain: this Party is not selling out to corporate interests. Campaign donations are limited to $100 per election cycle.
On economic and fiscal policy: Rocky Anderson supports increased tax on investment income; immediately ending the Bush tax cuts; cutting defense spending significantly; offering tax incentives to firms who hire US workers and disincentives to those that don’t; splitting up too big to fail banks; and he opposes hiring ex-financial executives as advisors to the president on economic policy.
What a glorious difference Rocky Anderson would make in the White House in contrast to the current array of antisocial contenders including the Wall Street lackey masquerading as a Democrat. As Glen Greenwald so succinctly put it:
“Obama has embraced the vast bulk of George Bush's terrorism policies; waged a war against government whistleblowers as part of a campaign of obsessive secrecy; led efforts to overturn a global ban on cluster bombs; extinguished the lives not only of accused terrorists but of huge numbers of innocent civilians with cluster bombs and drones in Muslim countries; engineered a covert war against Iran; tried to extend the Iraq war; ignored Congress and the Constitution to prosecute an unauthorized war in Libya; adopted the defining Bush/Cheney policy of indefinite detention without trial for accused terrorists; and even claimed and exercised the power to assassinate US citizens far from any battlefield and without due process.”
Anderson has been a leading and unflinching opponent of the wars of the Bush-Obama Presidency and came to national attention with his passionate calls for the impeachment of Bush for war crimes. As the founder of High Road for Human Rights, it is inconceivable that Anderson would ever condone unlawful rendition, CIA black sites, torture, indefinite detention without trial for ANYONE, let alone US citizens. Unlike Obama, he WOULD have vetoed the human rights violations in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.
So it looks like police raids didn’t get rid of the Occupy Movement after all. An idea whose time has come cannot be annihilated with pepper spray, mass arrests and police tactics. Ideas are invincible. The compelling aspiration for ethical government BY, FOR and OF the People is sweeping the world ~ not as an idealistic luxury but as a profoundly critical necessity. That aspiration has found expression in a new American political party that serves the PUBLIC interest – with an ETHICAL candidate for President. The consciousness of Occupy Wall Street has found a permanent home.
Picture a mass exodus out of the corporate party paradigm and a stampede into the Justice Party ~ in time to completely change the outcome of the 2012 election (and every election thereafter). Impossible? No one anticipated the Occupy Wall Street movement that went global within one month. There is no political force greater than our solidarity.
Our time has come.
Qualifying for ballot access is contingent on voters changing their registration to the Justice Party in sufficient numbers by specific state deadlines. California’s deadline is January so spreading the word quickly is very important. To join the Justice Party simply change your voter registration and specify Justice Party in the “other” category. If you want to have an ethical choice in the next election do it today! Please note that by registering with The Justice Party does not obligate you to vote for Rocky or a Justice Party candidate.
Justice Party: justicepartyusa.org
Justice (internet) radio: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/justicepartyusa
Campaign website: https://www.voterocky.org/home
Videos ~ Rocky Anderson
Rocky Anderson for President 2012 (5:25) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUOoYzNh1yQ&feature=email
Democracy Now (12-13-11)
Audio ~ Rocky Anderson (Justice Radio): http://www.blogtalkradio.com/justicepartyusa/2011/12/30/guest-appearance-by-rocky-anderson