Social Security, the opportunity for emergent parties on the left
Howard Dean is not the only one questioning his future with the Democratic Party. If the Democratic party does not stand for Social Security, what, if anything, does it stand for?
Many of us have left the Democratic party already, many more will do so if the Democrats attack the crown jewels of the New Deal and Great Society.
So, can the Green Party, or any other emergent party on the left take advantage of the opening? Only if they are willing to do the things that would make them viable.
Leaders have followers. One reason that emergent party candidates lose is that even though most people agree with their views on the issues, they are put off by the lack of followers. So, somehow we have to convince people to vote for candidates who are not viable because the alternative is to vote for people who actively attack the interests of the 99%. It is a tough sell, but we must try all the same.