The Democratic Party Has A History Of Spurning Truly Progressive Candidates

962 Words Jun 17th, 2015 4 Pages
The Democratic Party has a history of spurning truly progressive candidates. As Gore Vidal asserted in an interview with The Progressive, there is only one major political party in this country. “It’s the party of big corporations, the party of money. It has two right wings; one is Democrat and the other is Republican,” said Vidal. Ralph Nader, an icon of the far left who ran for president with the Green Party in 2000, has literally been banned from entering the Democratic National Convention. A lesser known progressive, Larry Agran, who ran for the Democratic nomination in 1992, had a similar reception. Agran wanted to slash the military’s budget in half and reinvest those funds in America. He even held the polling requirements to enter the Democratic debates, but he wasn’t allowed to debate. Naturally, Agran protested from the crowd during one of the debates and yelled, “I request respectfully to be included in tonight’s debate.” In turn, he was quickly arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and trespassing. This is a recurring theme and in 2012 the Green Party candidate, Jill Stein, was arrested after she tried to enter the presidential debate.
Candidates simply can’t get elected without the tremendous money that corporations can donate to their campaigns. The candidate that has raised the most money wins 93% of the time in the House of Representatives and it’s 94% for Senate races. As a result, the costs for running a campaign have exploded over…

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