Commentary – Lindorff on Leaving Dems Behind

Dave Lindorff, journalist, activist, author of The Case for Impeachment, and one of the hosts of “A Nation Deceived,” which airs on GDPR, is calling for true progressives to leave the Democratic Party, which he says has strayed from the path of principle and integrity. He isn’t the first to do this: A sitting member of Congress reportedly is ditching her Democratic Party affiliation, activist Steve Fornier is doing the same thing, and this writer — sick of seeing Dems kowtow to the GOP and tired of the Dems’ refusal to stand for true equality under law for all Americans — dropped her party membership and became a registered Independent when DINOs started ruling the roost during the Clinton years. But Lindorff is calling this an “I Quit the Party” movement for progressives who feel they have been abandoned by the Democrats.

In every instance, with the exception of the latest Iraq War funding bill (and we know what’s going to happen with that), the Democrats have folded and given the president exactly what he wanted, causing apoplexy among the Democratic and independent voters who put them in charge of Congress last November. After all, Democrats ran for office last year saying they would stand up to the president, defend the Constitution, and end the war. Now each time Bush taunts them and they fold, public support for the Democratic Congress slumps further, to the point that today, they are even less popular that Bush-quite an accomplishment! …

The Democrats, under Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (surely two of the sorriest excuses for leaders that Congress has had in modern history), simply don’t get it. They don’t realize they’re being played for suckers and losers. And they don’t even realize that they are alienating their base.

Which brings us to what needs to be done.

The Democrats in Congress, and at the head of the party, need to receive a serious wake-up call. Since they’re clearly too dumb or too out of touch to realize what’s happening, we need to send them a message they can’t ignore-the political equivalent of a car bomb.

I’m talking about mass resignations from the Democratic Party, with every person who resigns and becomes an independent or who changes their registration to a third party sending a message to the DNC explaining why he or she is quitting.

It starts small with a few people here and a few people there, but as Arlo Guthrie once put it, pretty soon we’re talking about a movement, and you can join it right here!

A couple of months back, I set up an email address for people to register at, and listed it on my website. To date, over 600 people have mailed in saying they are quitting the Democratic Party until Democrats in Congress begin impeachment proceedings against Bush and Cheney, and until they cut of all funding for the Iraq War.

Now it’s time to really kick this campaign into high gear.

A few days ago, Cynthia McKinney, the gutsy and outspoken former congresswoman from Georgia who filed the first and so far only bill of impeachment against George W. Bush in the waning days of the last Congress, called me at home to say she wants to sign on. That’s a nice start to the campaign!

You read it first here: Former Rep. McKinney Quits the Democratic Party!

So how about you? Think about it: If you were to accept the official line, George Bush won the presidency in 2000 by capturing the state of Florida by 537 votes. And this movement has already got more than that number of people who are no longer going to be Democrats! If we could get 537 people in each state of the union to sign on and drop their party affiliation in protest, the Democratic leadership would have to start contemplating how many close states they are going to lose next year because of their abject failure to act on principle and with courage in Congress.

Better still, if we could get 100,000 or 500,000 people to drop their party affiliation nationwide, that would send a really powerful signal.

That’s true. When I chose between politics and integrity and informed the DNC, it did not care. When many thousands do, it will have no choice but to care.

Here’s what Lindorff wants likeminded people to do:

[C]lick here and be a quitter. (Remember to get a voter registration form and follow through by cancelling your Democratic Party affiliation!)

After you quit, then go to Dem.org, where Steve Fornier is trying to help organize people who have left the Democratic Party, but still want to be democrats. To learn more about Fornier’s idea, read his recent CounterPunch article.

Note: You can also help build the movement by sending this article and link to every progressive person and progressive website you can think of. It’s time to take quitting the party viral.

What’s funny is that many people who call themselves progressive called me all kinds of nasty things over the past seven years, among them traitor. The tide truly is turning.

Read the materials, ponder the subject, then do what your principles tell you to do.

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