The Alliance Party held its first presidential nomination convention yesterday with participants on Zoom and livestreamed on YouTube. The party nominated the ticket of businessman Rocky De La Fuente for president and historian Darcy Richardson for vice president.
Chairman Jim Rex, the former South Carolina Superintendent of Education, opened the convention. There was a Christian invocation and then Rex spoke again, detailing the founding of party in 2018 from the remnants of other minor parties and individuals who grew disillusioned with the major parties. He alluded to the federal government’s “science-based” approach to the coronavirus pandemic and wondered why the same approach has been not taken toward climate change. Rex introduced the keynote speaker, Greg Orman, an independent candidate for US Senate in Kansas in 2014 and for governor of the state in 2018.
In Orman’s speech, he evoked the spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt’s address to the 1940 Democratic National Convention delivered during the Second World War, which, like today with the coronavirus pandemic, was “no ordinary time.”
“Those of you here today are sending a strong signal. You are saying that you will not sit idly by and watch the greatness of our nation slip away,” declared Orman. “You will not be bystanders to the death of the American Dream. If you are here today you believe as I do that our system of government is failing the American people and that we deserve better!”
He provided his vision for what the party could be:
The Alliance Party has to stand for something different than our two parties, who merely seek to divide us and believe that no one or nothing could be better for American than a perpetuation of their rule. It has to act worthy of itself. The Alliance Party should be a party of ideas. A party that seeks to elevate the political discourse in America. A party that rejects the false choices of the two major parties. A party based on the belief that new leadership and new ideas are the only way to invigorate America and make the American dream real again for everyone who’s willing to work to achieve it. A party that won’t divide us with lies or bribe the American people with false promises but will strive each and every day to approach them honestly, humbly, and authentically. Your party needs to work to push Americans outside the comfortable but destructive confines of the blue-red narrative that pits neighbor against neighbor.
In closing, Orman concluded:
When historians look back on America in 100 years, they’re going to write about the people here today and others around the country who stood up to fix our broken and corrupt political system. It is because of American patriots that like who fulfill their sacred obligation to deliver a better country to the next generation that the American Dream will be renewed. It is up to us and to Patriots around this great country to stand and fight for what is good, what is just, and what is right. It is our solemn duty to end the corruption in Washington, to end the fear, to end the hyperpartisanship, and to bring about a new era of government that puts the American people first.
Afterwards, Brian Moore, the 2008 presidential nominee of Socialist Party USA, introduced Richardson for Vice President. Richardson was the campaign manager for Moore’s 2006 US Senate campaign in Florida and a close adviser on Moore’s 2008 presidential campaign. Richardson was unable to participate in the convention due to technical difficulties and so Moore read his prepared address. Richardson’s statement focused heavily on the coronavirus pandemic, explaining how both Republicans and Democrats share responsibility for the harm it has caused.
The Alliance Party, in my view, is the party this country has been waiting for. A party determined to end, once and for all, the hyperpartisanship and extreme polarization of American politics. And most importantly, a party capable of returning the United States to its historic, independent, and positive role, as a force for good around the globe. We should once again be a beacon to the rest of the world, especially at a time when most nations are gripped with fear and uncertainty. We’re Americans after all. This is our moment. Let the bloodless revolution of the year 2020 begin, ushering in a new and creative approach to the myriad issues facing our country which will once again make the United States of America a gold medalist nation in education, the environment, and a world-class health care system, while creating an innovative economy for the 21st century that works for everyone, not just the investor class, the so-called one percent.
Next, a biographical video for De La Fuente played. Attorney Michael Steinberg, De La Fuente’s 2016 running mate on the Reform Party ticket, delivered a personal introduction to De La Fuente and discussed some of the hurdles alternative candidates face such as ballot access. He then compared the 2020 presidential election to the 1992 presidential election when Ross Perot earned almost 19 percent of the popular vote. Like in 1992, an unpopular Republican incumbent faces a flawed Democratic nominee. Steinberg called this a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” and billed De La Fuente as the Perot of this election.
De La Fuente then delivered a short speech, thanking all those who came before him and crediting his Roman Catholic upbringing for instilling values.
“It is late,” De La Fuente proclaimed, “but not too late, to rebuild our political process on the principles of decency, honesty, integrity, fairness, trust, cooperation, responsibility, and of course, trust.”
A Minnesota delegate named Phil Fuerher officially nominated De La Fuente for President and Richardson for Vice President. Fuerher spoke about his 25 years with the Minnesota Independence Party, of which he is now the chairman. Before it joined with the Alliance Party, the Independence Party of Minnesota affiliated with the Reform Party and elected Jesse Ventura as Governor in 1998.
After a second of the nomination from delegate Jonathan Etheridge of Tennessee, delegates took an up or down roll call vote. De La Fuente received 24 yes votes and two nos. The first no came from delegate Ben Thome of Minnesota. The second no came from delegate Keisha Long of South Carolina.
De La Fuente accepted the nomination, addressed and thanked the delegation. He seemed somewhat surprised the vote was not unanimous, but said he hoped to earn the respect of those who voted against him. He then thanked everyone who participated. Somewhat surprisingly, De La Fuente next demonstrated how one stick can easily be broken, but several sticks bundled together (a fasces) cannot be easily broken. He called for an alliance with all parties in hopes of achieving ballot access in all fifty states.
Rex closed the convention.
As Ballot Access News reports, the party has ballot access in South Carolina and possibly Connecticut. De La Fuente’s Delta Party has ballot access in Delaware.