Draft former SLC Mayor Rocky Anderson for President
An idea based on Rocky Anderson's recent jeremiad-linked to below.
What do folks here think?
We write, first, to express our strong support of your recent decision to disassociate yourself from the Democratic Party. We agree entirely with your description of it as "a gutless, unprincipled party, bought and paid for by the same interests that buy and pay for the Republican Party."
We also heartily endorse your call for the development of a new political party based on serving rather than trampling on the public interest. Not only has the necessity for a progressive party based in the labor, environmental and peace movements been apparent for some time, we believe that now offers the best possible conditions for its development-which can occur both coincident with and symbiotic with direct action protests in the offing for the months ahead.
Crucial to the development of the party, in our opinion, is the establishment of a grass roots foundation for the party based in campaigns for local office across the country.
At the same time, what is needed to bootstrap this party into existence, in our opinion, is a presidential run by a nationally known progressive leader who can articulate the party platform and inspire activists to develop local networks which will remain in place in support of independent politics both at the ballot box and on the streets.
We believe that you are the ideal candidate to articulate the broad themes on which this new party will be based. We also believe that you are well positioned to weave together support from existing left third parties, including, but not limited to, Green, Labor, Peace and Freedom, Socialist, and Workers World Parties, none of which, individually, has the capacity to support a major insurgent campaign but which collectively could form a powerful coalition in the 2012 election.
With that in mind, we respectfully request that you seriously consider accepting our draft for President of a newly formed coalition party and that you file papers declaring your candidacy on its ballot line.
Should you do so, we pledge our strong support of your candidacy in whatever capacity we are able to offer it-financial, rhetorical and organizational.
It is, alas, not wild speculation that immediate action by all of us on this matter is necessary to our nation's, and indeed, our planet's continued survival.