Nov 12

Democrats Steer to the Right and into Defeat

PictureIf progressives can learn one thing from the 2014 election cycle, it is that they no longer have a place in the Democratic Party.

With Republicans on the offensive, Democratic incumbents and hopefuls spent the entire election running away from anything perceived to be associated with President Obama. In effect, this created numerous Democratic campaigns that ran to the right of a president that was already on a long-standing drift to the right of his own. This is in contrast to the normal state of affairs, which is where Democrats campaign on ideas that appeal to the progressive base and then do not deliver when elected.

This set of events left progressives and even many liberals without the party that they would normally identify with and vote for. The result was a sweeping defeat for Democrats in the congressional and gubernatorial elections, losing their Senate majority in the process.

At the same time that voters gave a resounding defeat to the Democrats, they also voted heavily in favor of raising the minimum wage in several states. Voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota all approved minimum wage initiatives by double-digit margins, while at the same voting down statewide Democratic candidates by double-digit margins in three of the four states. By doing this, working class voters have proven that they are prepared and willing to embrace the issues and cast off the party and politicians that fail to deliver on them.

Outside of the twin parties of capitalism, Tuesday’s election saw candidates running to the left of the Democrats collectively receive over a quarter of a million votes. The parties and specific beliefs of these candidates may be different, but the fact that so many people threw their support behind at least one left-wing candidate cannot be ignored. Our own Adam Adrianson can take credit for 33,000 of these votes from his Socialist Party campaign for the Michigan State University Board of Trustees.

Moving forward, progressives in the United States have to realize that they no longer have a party that represents them. The Democratic Party is on a one-way charge to the right, and progressive-minded people have no place on that trip.

Politicians like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are the limit of what the Democrats have to offer. They serve as icons to entice progressives and liberals with populist messaging and hopes of building a radical element within the Democratic Party. In reality, they are puppets meant to distract voters and activists with hopes that will never be realized in the current political alignment.

Aside from staying in place and becoming increasingly marginalized and powerless, the only alternative for progressives in the United States is to break from the Democratic Party and move to the Left. By this, we mean the real Left, rather than the left that the Democratic Party has pretended to be.

Socialism, specifically democratic socialism, offers the social justice and economic democracy that progressives yearn for but will never see in a Democrat majority or the capitalist system. By moving towards democratic socialism, working class people who currently identify as progressive or liberal will find radical ideas they could have never dreamed of with the Democrats, along with a rapidly growing movement that is dedicated to building a new society of radical democracy from below.

We hope you will join us in this struggle.

Socialist Party USA National Action Committee 11/8/2014

Oct 11

Socialist Party Billboard on I-75

billboardphoto2Throughout the month of October drivers heading along northbound I-75 into Detroit will see the the Socialist Party of Michigan billboard pictured to the left. The billboard is located on the east side of the freeway between the Outer Dr. and M-39/Southfield Rd. exit points (42°15’38.1″N 83°10’41.2″W) . Many thanks to all those who contributed to putting this billboard on display!

Oct 07

Socialist Sunday in Lansing

DowntownLansingLibraryThe next state membership meeting of the Socialist Party of Michigan will be held in Lansing at the Capital Area District Library (Downtown Branch) at 2:00pm on Sunday, November 9th, 2014

The library is located at at 401 South Capital Avenue.  We will be meeting downstairs in the galleries.

SPMI members have full voting, motioning, and proposal-making rights at all SPMI state membership meetings. The meeting is open to interested public observers, and members are encouraged to bring along guests.

Join us at Midtown Brewing Company after the meeting.  Meet other socialists and radical leftists over a drink and a bite to eat

Midtown Brewing Company is located at 402 South Washington, just one block over from the library.

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Sep 29

Vote Adam Adrianson for Michigan State University Trustee!

The adamheadshotSocialist Party of Michigan has nominated SPMI State Chairperson Adam Adrianson for Michigan State University Board of Trustees in the November 6, 2014 General Election.

Due to the Michigan Secretary of State’s continuing exclusion of the Socialist Party from being listed on the Michigan ballot, Adam will be listed on the November ballot with the Green Party of Michigan ballot label, while running and campaigning on behalf of both dually nominating parties.

Sep 08

Socialist Sunday in Lansing

DowntownLansingLibraryThe next state membership meeting of the Socialist Party of Michigan will be held in Lansing at the Capital Area District Library (Downtown Branch) at 2:00pm on Sunday, September 21st, 2014

The library is located at at 401 South Capital Avenue.  We will be meeting in the auditorium.

SPMI members have full voting, motioning, and proposal-making rights at all SPMI state membership meetings. The meeting is open to interested public observers, and members are encouraged to bring along guests.

Join us at Art’s Bar & Grill after the meeting.  Meet other socialists and radical leftists over a drink and a bite to eat

Art’s Bar & Grill is located at 809 East Kalamazoo Street, about a mile from the library.  The menu is reasonably priced and has a variety of choices.

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!