An Open Letter to Andrew Yang
Mr. Yang, at a time of unprecedented political danger to the American republic, comes the need for unprecedented solutions. We have reached a near point of no return. Yes, that means Trump and his suppliant cadre of GOP have taken the country to ever lower depths of moral deprivation. However, even if Trump had no bludgeoned his way into the Oval Office, there were bigger, more long-term issues at play – issues that you have had the foresight to call them out for what they are.
As you know, the American economy is fundamentally and irrecoverably changing. Its increasing automation means that millions of Americans have already been displaced, with tens of millions more to come. This is something beyond a recession or depression as it is permanent change. And no modern economy can afford to lose tens of millions of working people and the economic purchasing power that that entails. Again, as you know, if tens of millions aren’t spending, then the economy goes yet further into tail-spin. Consequently, so it is then that we here at TIP political party have been shoulder to shoulder with you in support of Universal Basic Income (UBI).
Mr. Yang, the common ground doesn’t just stop at UBI either. We know, as you know, that the federal legalization of marijuana is a matter of when, not if. We are fervent advocates of the immediate legalization of marijuana, just as you are. The US has languished for way too long under the archaic and ludicrous stand-point that marijuana is somehow dangerous or a “gateway drug.”
There is still more that unites us in common. That is that your followers and our followers are repelled by the fact that millions of predominantly young, black, male Americans are presently languishing in prison because of non-violent drug “crimes.” Of course, we know that the prison system is in the pocket of corporate America. Put
simply, right now, more prisoners mean more profits. This is an affront to not only the American concept of “justice for all” but is also an affront to basic human decency and dignity.
We here at TIP political party also support, 100%, your other stand- out policy principles of complete support for LGBTQ and trans rights, universal health care for all and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
These leads us ta a convergence, a point in time, where our paths have crossed. We saw how the DNC had scant regard for you at the recent convention. Sorry Mr. Yang, as much as this is not the case with us (far from it), but the DNC had you down as a slightly embarrassing after-thought. Their hide is as thick as their arrogance. Given that they have, surprise-surprise, opted for the mediocre Republican-lite Joe Biden as potential President, does their recent disdain for you actually surprise you?
In light of that, here is our open-armed, open-minded request of you. Not only join us here at TIP political party, but take up the mantle of custodian / focus-point of this up and coming movement for the Blazin’ 20s set to come.
Join us, please.
We share your foresight and you share ours. We are an up and coming grass-roots political movement that, like you, only sees one way – and that is up. You are undoubtedly a valuable voice in the clarion call of the DNC, but only up to a point. Once the party grandees and corporate donors had yet again chosen the most bland, placid and compliant of Presidential candidates, you became expendable. Although not to us. If anything, this enhanced your both your foresight and your electoral appeal.
In years and centuries to come, the early twenty-first century will, like all epoch-defining pages of history, be seen as a defining moment in human politics, development and history. Friends and allies need to be seeking out like-minded friends and allies. While
we would benefit from your vision and razor-sharp intellect, you could benefit from our grass-roots upsurge of support. And both of those entities, merged as one, mean a win-win for genuine America; for real America; for a Travel in Peace America.
Mr. Yang, we are ready, open-armed for you. We very much hope you feel the same, see the same, as we do in terms of forward unity.
Our country needs this. Power is taken never given.
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