Robert Stark:”New Independent Centrist Movement an Establishment Front”

Robert Stark at the LA Nonpartisan Examiner looks at who is behind the “No Labels” faction:

A new political organization called “No Labels” , founded in December, is seeking to appeal to independents who have rejected the existing two parties. No Labels does not take official positions on issues and claims that it does not intend to start a third party.   They state that their mission “seeks to change the dynamics of our political culture and provide support for those politicians who will put their labels aside and work across the aisle to solve problems.” This may sound great but both Republican and Democratic Politicians have worked together to screw the American people on issues such as Free Trade, Amnesty, Bailouts, and the Patriot Act. Most of those involved with the movement support these positions.

The big figures involved in the movement are about as establishment as you can get. The movement was founded by Democratic Fundraiser Nancy Jacobson and together is run by George Bush’s former strategist Mark McKinnon. Bush’s former speech writer David Frum who coined the phrase “Axis of Evil” and referred to patriots opposed to the invasion of Iraq as “Unpatriotic Conservatives” is also a founding leader. Prominent politicians involved include Michael Bloomberg, Joe Lieberman, Evan Bayh, Charlie Crist, and Antonio Villaraigosa. The Organizations top financiers typically donate to pro-corporate democrats. One top donator is James Tisch, who’s billionair family bought CBS in 1986 and pushed it in a more hawkish pro-Israel agenda in regards to mideast affairs.

Full commentary on Examiner.com:  http://www.examiner.com/nonpartisan-in-los-angeles/new-independent-centrist-movement-an-establishment-front#ixzz1BXU2mVVT

Views expressed in the article are those of Mr Stark and do not necessarily reflect the views of Independent Political Report

7 thoughts on “Robert Stark:”New Independent Centrist Movement an Establishment Front”

  1. Censorus Imperius

    You should add Robert Stark: at the beginning of your headline as in

    Robert Stark: ‘New Independent Centrist Movement an Establishment Front’

  2. FYI! [More Don Lake]

    *eyes open*

    From:
    “Jason Olson, Independent Voice”

    To: jcoffey9991911@yahoo.com

    Per: IndependentVoice.Org

    I just wanted to remind you that this Sunday (January 23 th) at 3pm, we’re doing our Wine, Cheese, And Politics Mixer in Downtown San Francisco.

    I’d love for you to join us.

    Come join us as we preview the National Conference, discuss our victories in 2010, and how we build off of those victories at the grassroots level in 2011.

    [wine, cheese, and great conversation with other independents.]

    ————-

    Sent: Wednesday January 12th, 2011

    First, we dealt a body blow to partisan politics by passing open primary Prop 14 (goodbye party control of elections!).

    Then we followed it up by passing Congressional Redistricting Reform Prop 20 (goodbye political gerrymandering!).

    Historic wins that empower voters – particularly the 3.5 million independents in CA – to have a real voice in politics.

    So what’s the plan for 2011? And what am I iniviting you to?

    Now that we have passed the reforms that give us power here in CA, we have to use it! And that takes organizing independents across the state.

    Of course, reforming California is great, but it doesn’t mean much without the fantastic work going on all over the country.

    Nationally, our movement – lead by our national organization IndependentVoting.Org – is involved in fights across the country to pass the same critical reforms and empower independent voters. That’s how we’re working to change politics in America.

    Thing #1 I’m inviting you to: February 12th, 2011 National Conference in New York City.

    Jackie Salit, President of IndependentVoting.Org, is hosting the conference of independents. We’ll have hundreds of folks from across the country there.

    The media will be there. The politicos will be watching. We’ll continue the important conversation about where we’ve come from, what we’ve accomplished, and where we’re going.

    I want you there both to project our strength and to be part of the conversation ………

    *eyes open*

  3. paulie

    and how is it different from CUIP / Independent Vote ?

    Completely different organizations with different people. While CUIP is focused on changing election laws, among other things, to my knowledge No Labels has no such agenda.

    First, we dealt a body blow to partisan politics by passing open primary Prop 14 (goodbye party control of elections!).

    In what universe is a system where Democrats and Republicans are virtually guaranteed to be the only people to appear on the general election ballot, and thus the only people to participate in the political debate when most people are paying attention to it, a victory for those of us who are trying to break up the establishment monopoly control of politics?

    Historic wins that empower voters – particularly the 3.5 million independents in CA – to have a real voice in politics.

    A November ballot devoid of independents empowers independent voters? How illogical.

  4. longtime reader x-time alias

    It is highly illogical to get worked up over whether independents appear on the ballot in October or November or both. Are you observing Ramadan or something in October? Who cares.

    If this site is about independent politics, its editors should be very happy with the body-blow dealt to big-partisan politics as outlined by Mr. Olsen.

    However, if the editors are fetishizing micro-party partisanship over true political independence…. well that’s another story obviously.

  5. paulie

    It is highly illogical to get worked up over whether independents appear on the ballot in October or November or both.

    More like sometime between January and June, when far fewer people are paying attention to politics of any sort.

    Who cares.

    Obviously you do, since you have spoken up in favor of the top two (virtually top one) system, which is a death knell in effect for dissent in American politics.

    If this site is about independent politics, its editors should be very happy with the body-blow dealt to big-partisan politics as outlined by Mr. Olsen.

    Far from being a body blow to big party politics, in ensures that in almost all cases big party politicians are the only ones who will make it past the preliminary round.

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