The comments following this post at Brad DeLong’s weblog are talking about Eric Alterman’s words about Ralph Nader, which I wrote about earlier. Nader had said he wanted to throw the election to Bush to “force” the Democrats to move to the left. I left a comment:
There IS a way to “force” the Democratic party to the left and that is to show up at meetings and vote. That’s all there is to it. That’s how the Christian Right has taken over the Republican Party, so you can see for yourself how effective it can be.
The Democratic Party is nothing more than who shows up and votes. It is not some “they” who run everything and work with corporations and decide who does what and where. You show up at your county meetings and you VOTE and that’s all there is to it.
Imagine if instead of leaving the party, the Greens had done THAT! Where would we be today? Where would the country be today?
And by the way, people reading this, have YOU been to YOUR local Democratic club, or county central committee meetings? Try it. You’ll be surprised.
Go here, look for “Get Local” and choose your state.