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Ask Yourself If There Needs to Be a Change

In this country, we have two major political parties: the Republican and Democratic Parties. The two Parties are meant to represent opposing ideologies and yet do not. Both parties are two sides of the same coin and the 2020 Elections are going to show that. Right now, we are all suffering from the ramifications of COVID-19. Evictions, vehicle repossessions, debates between eating and keeping the lights on, and whether or not to go to the doctor are occurring because of the devastating contagion that has shut down the economy globally. This terrifying virus with a 2-3% mortality rate has put an untold amount of people on furlough or laid off status, unpaid and possibly losing their health benefits. And neither Party has addressed this.

This Op-Ed piece is going to ask some questions. My goal is for you, my dear reader, is to critically think about our next steps because neither party is addressing the legitimate concerns of the American people. For example, instead of prioritizing average Americans, an article by Trish Turner of ABC News stated, “The hope among Senate leaders and the administration was to craft a bill — the same bill — to pass in both chambers by Monday, an attempt to send a strong, calming signal to the markets.” This will be argued as protecting the average American because it is said that if the DOW, NASDAQ, or SP 500 drop, Americans suffer when in reality, the results show the contrary. When we are watching the stock market, you are not watching your money make money, you are watching the wealthy get even more wealthy.

Ask yourself this, does either party want to protect you, to enhance your economic security not only during this crisis but in good times as well?

We have had a Democratic primary that has pitted FDR Democrats or Democratic Socialism against Third Way or centrist, neoliberal economics ideologies. Through the first four races, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and finally South Carolina, Bernie Sanders, the Independent Senator from the state of Vermont, was leading in the delegate count and looked to be running the table with so many centrist candidates running. Everything changed after South Carolina after all the other centrists dropped out and consolidated behind former Vice President and conservative Democrat Joe Biden. This election cycle has shown that the Establishment, both of the major parties, are only interested in protecting the wealthy, not you or I.

Ask yourself, were Centrist, Establishment Democrats more interested in beating Sen. Bernie Sanders or helping us through an increasingly unequal economic, social, and judicial point in our history?

One of the major, and under these circumstances, prolific issues is Medicare For All. According to Real Clear Politics, feelings on Medicare For All goes as follows, “Americans continue to express broad backing for “Medicare for All,” a term of art embraced by liberal activists and leaders, including most of the Democratic candidates in the large field of 2020 presidential hopefuls. This support, documented in a new survey from RealClear Opinion Research, is especially pronounced among Democrats (82%), but is also strong among Independents, who favor it by a 2-to-1 margin. Even Republicans are evenly split.” There is a real clamoring for this policy and we can all agree that the Republican Party would never back this, so that must mean, if Democrats are the opposition party that they will certainly be for this basic human right? Right? Not so fast. 

Joe Biden has almost word for word parroted the healthcare industry’s positions against Medicare For All. His pathetic stance has been to support the Affordable Care Act, a Republican think tank concoction that was originally known as “Romney-care” which, according to Vox.com means that there would still be 28 million Americans without health insurance. Think about that, a nominee for President of the United States from the Democratic Party is fine with 28 million Americans, in these times, to be without health insurance. His opposition to Medicare For All is not the only aspect that shows that both parties are out of touch with the electorate. 

Ask yourself this, if neither [arty wants to guarantee healthcare as a human right, are they a party to support? 

The “Gig Economy”, the one that saps the life out of people because they are “independent contractors” with no benefits and have to work multiple jobs like Uber and Lyft at the same time to try to keep their heads above the water, was born after the 2008 Great Recession. This trend grew during the Democratic Obama’s Presidency and has been exasperated under Republican President Trump. Instead of pensions, we have 401k’s that are tied to a lawless Wall Street that neither Former President Obama nor Republican President Donald Trump have tried to reign in. President Obama, after the 2008 recession and millions of 401k’s were wiped out, could have prosecuted the whole of Wall Street for their crimes. Guess how many major executives went to prison? One. Kareem Serageldin, a senior trader for Credit Suisse. One. 

Ask yourself this, between working multiple “Gig” jobs with no benefits and flat pay, the loss of our savings because of the excesses of Wall Street, and neither party holding any of these criminals liable for their crimes, who exactly can we support? 

We have had an election cycle that has shown the bias of the Mainstream Media, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Washington Post, and the New York Times are but a few of the outlets that have ignored the will of the people and have clearly shown that their interests lie with their corporate overlords over the well being of the American people. Bernie Sanders was winning, he had momentum and magically, MSNBC, the alleged “Progressive” outlet ran twenty-four-hour anti-Sanders coverage. In fact, Jason Johnson is the man who called supporters of Sanders who are Women of Color “misfits” and Chris Matthews is the insidious host who compared Sanders supporters to “brownshirts”. Think about that, a man who had family were murdered in the Holocaust and the first potential Jewish President and his supporters were compared to Nazis. CNN had a massive hair-pulling session until South Carolina, where a bunch of elderly and conservative Democrats saved the Biden campaign. 

Ask yourself this, if you cannot trust the media to be an unbiased and fact-based outlet for information, who can you trust? How can you trust organizations that are owned by mega conglomerates like Comcast, Amazon, AOL-Time Warner, and other corporations? Are they for our best interests or for their bottom lines? 

We are facing two groups of people that are the biggest enemies of every American thriving: the uneducated and wealthy. When I use the term “uneducated” I do not mean that in a slanderous way, most Americans do not hold a Political Science degree or are a policy wonk. The problem is that these people fall under the sway of “this candidate is not Donald Trump” or “Trump will make America great again”. We need to advocate educating the general public on what policies matter, how they will benefit them, and how the opposition will lie to prevent all of us from thriving. The wealthy, corporate America types, will stop at nothing to end workers’ rights, Medicare For All, and social safety nets. 

The questions we must ask ourselves after this election cycle and pandemic are simple. How do we combat the wealth and huge platforms that Corporate America and the wealthy have? How can we get our message of American, every American prosperity to the masses in a way that is tangible when it comes to election time? Is it time to remove ourselves, the millions and millions of us who truly fight for all Americans from the Democrat Party? But the most important question we must face is: Can we, on the Left, get over our small divides to come together and form a real Workers Party that will fight for every American, hold corporate America accountable, and protect the most vulnerable among us?

We can do this if we come together and answer these questions. We need to be open to differences because right now, our division is giving the Center and Right-Wing a far easier time to lie to the masses than should be allowed. This movement is filled with leaders and we need to stand together and coalesce to become the formidable force for good that is our destiny. Anything short makes us as criminal as the two major parties. We can lead this nation out of the death and destruction of our communities, we can invest in our future with the Green New Deal, Medicare For All, and eliminating the cultural and institutional racism/sexism that permeates through our judicial and prison systems. 

Instead of leaving people to live from paycheck to paycheck, one illness away from losing both their insurance and economic security, or to be condemned to poverty because of the asinine 401k system, let’s come together. Let us help people answer these and all of the important issues facing our nation with integrity and compassion. We need to end the division, and this is coming from a Marxist willing to join a bunch of capitalistic Progressives. We can do this, we will win this war, we just need to come together and educate the public of the toxic nature of our two parties, the MSM, and Corporate America. I have extended the olive branch, who will join me?

Written by Jason Carney

Born in Massachusetts in 1981, grew up an Army Brat and travelled the world with my father who served as a member of the Special Forces for 24 years. Mother was a strong and dedicated woman with a work ethic second to none. I decided to enlist in the Army National Guard in October 2009, having heard that they deployed more frequently. I have served honorably since then and was accepted into the Army Officer Candidate School before a workplace injury rendered me temporarily disabled.

Grew up studying politics, political figures, discourse, and ideologies of the world as I found politics to be a contact sport for the most hardened of individuals. Started Vets for the 99% in late 2015 to show that Progressive/Left ideology could not only be embraced by every segment of society, but could further the nation as a whole.

Follow Jason on Twitter @TheJasonCarney.

Jason is a Guest Contributor to Progressive Army.

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