Utah At Forefront of National, Political Realignment: Run Rocky Run!

I think I’ve just eye-witnessed the spontaneous birth of a new political party and in the most unlikely of places – Utah.

But, hey. Why not Utah? Are we not the home of political mavericks?

Did we Utahns not replace a senior, sitting senator at convention (Bennett R-UT) with an insane, tea-party nobody?  Did we not also deliver the only sane GOP candidate for president (Jon Huntsman)?

That’s right. So no one should be surprised widely popular, 2-term, Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson is running for President. And its about time. Even if this time around is just a warm up, it will be fun.

Here’s why: How many progressive, red-state mayors can say they handed Bill O’Reilly his ass on O’Reilly’s own show …/anderson-spanks-bill-oreilly/, or provoked Sean Hannity into to a live debate televised on Fox News! (…that one turned into a professional wrestling match. Make some popcorn its a 2-hour brawl.)

So the news of Rocky’s intentions leaked far too soon and Rachel Maddow got the scoop and the new party’s name – Justice Party – was chosen on Facebook in the hours before the announcement on Maddow.

That was two Wednesday’s ago. The next day, folks began to gather at Rocky’s house in Salt Lake. Paul Zieitz came out from Washington and a nascent steering committee kicked into high gear. The first state committee was tele-formed and a plan to get on the ballot in all fifty states was hatched around a dining room table and a speaker phone. (If you would like to form a committee in your state, contact Paul (end of press release)

This is not at all how I expected a third party to form. I always thought it would be a well funded, meticulously-planned, institutionally sponsored effort. Instead, it just happened. And like the Occupy Movement, no one owns it and it has no platform…yet.

The founding and interim steering committee are made up of the most unlikely characters: more women than men, all busy and passionate, but otherwise ‘unremarkable.’

The first, monumental task ahead is to get on the ballot in California. That means 103,000 Justice party registrations or approx 200K signatures BY JAN 2…two weeks? If that miracle happens, the other 49 states should be a cinch. Stranger things have happened.

Hey, people are winter camping in public parks in every major city in the world and one of the major American political parties seems about to crash and burn along with its media arm (Murdoch). A political vacuum is forming.

Its crazy. Everything is crazy. The rules are changing. A Dkos recommend can change the world. But it feels right and it feels unstoppable.

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  1. #1 by Jamawani on December 11, 2011 - 10:15 pm

    Cliff – You are crazy to post on Daily Kos. I am so weary of the party hacks there, I haven’t posted for nearly a year. (And I have a fairly low user ID) New progressive ideas should always be welcome – but for the Obamabots that have dominated DKos since 2007, any questioning of the party line is anathma. Even when the current occupant of the White House has abandoned nearly every progressive pledge he has made. Anyone who believes Obama’s recent Kansas speech is anything other than political clap-trap – served up by political expediency – is delusional. Obama may get reelected, but only because the Repubs are so pathetic.

    Don’t let the jerks at DKos get you down.

  2. #2 by Cliff Lyon on December 11, 2011 - 11:51 pm


    You are so right. I had no idea. What a lesson.

    But it only further indicates the need for a realignment, one in which the extreme right is marginalized instead of dictating.

  3. #3 by Frank Stearch on December 12, 2011 - 7:55 am

    That is one funny article Mr. Cliff. I laughed too hard for early morning.

  4. #4 by cav on December 12, 2011 - 8:51 am

    Chuck Todd thinks Mitt Romney is running with ‘The Justice Party’.

    While I empathize with all the disgruntled, This is going to be one tough nut to crack.

  5. #5 by Richard Warnick on December 12, 2011 - 8:58 am

    I doubt the Justice Party can get on the ballot in all 50 states, but if they can do it in Utah I’ll at least have a candidate I can vote for. Ballot access laws are the main obstacle to third parties now that campaign finance is wide open via Super PACs.

  6. #6 by Frank Stearch on December 12, 2011 - 9:35 am

    Anyone concerned with the passing of the Defense Authorization Act and its provisions to allow the US military to arrest and detain indefinitely US citizens in the US on no evidence or no trial? Doesn’t look like Obama is going to veto it.

    Will any voting mean much of anything if this becomes the law of the land? looks a lot like The Enabling Act.

  7. #7 by Richard Warnick on December 12, 2011 - 12:43 pm

    See this post from November 30.

    In addition to the military arrest and detention of Americans, there is another bipartisan provision that extends the October 2001 AUMF into a state of permanent, worldwide war against vaguely defined enemies.

    Our Congress, including leading figures of both major political parties, is committed to enacting unconstitutional and deeply unpopular laws.

  8. #8 by Frank Stearch on December 12, 2011 - 1:04 pm

    The Enabling Acts…I don’t want to invoke Godwin, but anyone with a clue who understands some history knows what this means.

  9. #9 by Richard Warnick on December 12, 2011 - 1:19 pm

    The Bush administration didn’t wait for the law to change, they went ahead and arrested a U.S. citizen in this country and threw him into military detention for three years without charges. He was tortured until he became insane.

    Then the Military Commissions Act of 2006 unconstitutionally suspended habeas corpus. For five years now, the President and the Executive Branch of the federal government have had the power to do almost anything to anyone they choose to declare an “enemy combatant.” There are no rules.

    So if someone wanted to “invoke Godwin,” the previous administration would have been the right time.

  10. #10 by cav on December 12, 2011 - 1:34 pm

    Newt Hitler?

  11. #11 by cav on December 12, 2011 - 2:04 pm

    Reticence in evoking Godwin stems from an understandable confusion of capitalism with democracy (thank you corporate owned media). Why few people conflate capitalism with fascism is really beyond me. It”s way more appropriate.

    I wonder if this isn’t a time to fearlessly call it what it is. I do not want, did not vote for, nor will I tolerate Fascist rule here in the United States.

  12. #12 by Frank Stearch on December 12, 2011 - 2:14 pm

    Invoking Godwin, better late than never, as this president will sign it into “law”.

  13. #13 by Larry Bergan on December 12, 2011 - 3:08 pm

    I sure like the name: The Justice Party.

    This is definitely the time for some justice and Rocky Anderson defined himself as ONE politician in America who went against the winds and said things that needed to be said.

    It’s time to make the wicked fearful.

    I don’t care for Chuck Todd, but that was a nice video!

  14. #14 by Clinton Collard on December 12, 2011 - 5:03 pm

    Having spent the last hour googling and perusing the comments of several reputable sources may I suggest a platform by witch we might stand

  15. #15 by brewski on December 12, 2011 - 5:52 pm

    I like the name Truth, as in Pravda. The “Justice” party sounds equally ironically named.

  16. #16 by Larry Bergan on December 12, 2011 - 6:39 pm


    If there is one thing that defines Americans, it’s the fact that we love to be on the winning side and the Occupy movement is winning.

    The sound cannons will be aimed at Washington until the hypocrites relent.

    Mark my words.

  17. #17 by brewski on December 12, 2011 - 9:33 pm

    I don’t see how the OWS people are winning. They’re not even in the game.

  18. #18 by Larry Bergan on December 12, 2011 - 10:59 pm

    The game?

  19. #19 by brewski on December 13, 2011 - 11:48 am

    Some of us speak metaphorically.

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