One Voice Bewteen Libertarian and Progressive Groups Could Show the Establishment Their Time is Over

By Brad Bohnarczyk

Something that I’ve seen for a few years now is a growing disgruntled attitude with the establishment on the left and right. Polls show that, after the 2012 election, the American people were not happy with President Obama. However, many would not have changed their vote to Mitt Romney.

Another thing that I’ve also seen is a growing coalition between Libertarians and Progressives. Just a few weeks ago, Ralph Nader spoke of the need for Libertarians and Progressives to band together to overthrow the strangle hold the establishment has on this country. Nader, who in 2008 worked with Libertarian icon Dr. Ron Paul, has attempted to legitimize third parties in the US since the 2000 election.

Last June, one of the most senior Democrats in the House, John Conyers, and junior Republican congressman Justin Amash formed a coalition in the House to attempt to reign in the NSA’s spying power. They took House leadership by surprise and nearly passed the bill. Unfortunately, it fell short by just a few votes. However, it showed the growing potential this coalition could possibly have.

Imagine if Libertarians and Progressives joined together on other issues. A bipartisan alliance could potentially be formed not seen since that of Republicans and conservative Southern Democrats in the 1950s and 60s.

Working together on issues such as marijuana legalization, reigning in our foreign policy, domestic surveillance, social issues, and issues relating to crony capitalism and corporate welfare. There have been instances in which we have seen this take place. Senator Rand Paul has had a dialog with Attorney General Eric Holder on drug sentencing reform. Paul also introduced an amendment with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker to stop the DEA and DOJ from interfering with state medical marijuana laws.

Recently, Glenn Beck spoke on this coalition. Beck points to the current and ongoing situation in Iraq as a possible defining moment. And it can be! We can turn this country around if we work together. We can make this a rallying point, and get things done that we want. Beck has gone under a transformation of sorts over the past year or so, souring on the establishment.

The possibilities could be substantial in changing the direction in which the country is going for the better. Not to mention much more exciting and meaningful elections. Real issues could be debated, and we would not just be left with a storyline of family dynasty vs. family dynasty.

Everyone who is upset with the establishment (Occupy Movement and Tea Party), let’s stand up once and for all. Let the media say that we ae purists and uncompromising. We’ve already proven differently. Let’s prove that we can work together to get what we want done.

We have a voice, and let’s show them what happens when you combine to form an unstoppable rebel force.

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About Armando Diana

A freelance writer for more than 25 years I covered the political scene in New Jersey which can prepare anyone for national politics. I have no fancy political degrees and I'm definitely not a lawyer - I am a common person who is fed up with politics. I want leaders focused on doing what is right for the country, not for them.
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