“A Declaration of Independence …

“A Declaration of Independence …


… from Politics Without Purpose” is the new Web-based centrist juggernaut Unity08’s ringing challenge to polarizers of both parties. Read it. Sign it. And tell your friends and family.

It’s short and punchy, as befits an age short of both time and attention span.

It’s short and testy, as befits the frustration of the massive majority of this country with nyah-nyah politics. A terrier snap and snarl of self-defense, along with a friendly tail-wag: here we stand, we’re not being shoved mindlessly right or left anymore.

Here it is (click to enlarge):


Sign it now. It’s the most patriotic act you could perform for this 4th of July — if you care passionately about taking back our economy’s health, our national security, and our kids’ future from being merely the football in the red and blue teams’ power game.

Partisans sneeringly dismiss centrists as not having conviction, unity, or muscle. Here’s your chance to prove them wrong. One thing talks in this media-driven mass society, and that’s NUMBERS. Numbers mean money — the possibility of raising many millions democratically, in small contributions — and numbers mean votes. Mustering numbers NOW is crucial to attracting world-class candidates to the bipartisan/nonpartisan presidential ticket Unity08 plans to run two years from now. Mustering numbers also holds out the last chance of scaring the existing parties back to their senses and the center so that a third ticket won’t even be necessary.

Unity08 is barely a month old, so they’ve set a ridiculously modest goal: to present the Declaration with just 10,000 signatures to the four leaders of Congress by July 7. We ought to overwhelm that number. This is a crucial tipping point — this is where we prove or disprove that uniters can rival the mobilizing passion of the dividers; that saving the country is a goal even more rousing and motivating than destroying the other team.

So after you sign the Declaration, pass it on to as many people as you can, and tell them to pass it on. This is a demonstration — and it could be the most important demonstration you’ll ever attend.

  • http://twoheadedmonster.wordpress.com/ Bradley

    Hey, bravo to the sentiment, but this is meaningless. Everyone is sick of partisan politics (unless it is in favor of their betrothed party). And for those centrists that genuinely do dislike ALL partisanship, simply saying: “we don’t like partisan politics…hey quit it” isn’t going to change anything.

    There will be no change until there are consequences. Consequences to partisan acts that are greater than the consequences of compromising.

  • Meredith

    I am gradually warming up to this idea. When Justin first posted about it, I poo-pooed it. However, if we all take a reactionary attitude that this won’t work, then it won’t work. I am an ex-republican, who turned into a super liberal liberal during law school. I’ve been on both sides of the fence, and I do believe the grass is greener on my current side. However, there are people and issues in my party that I don’t support. I am not below compromising, and I have always felt that if “they” would just calm down a little, I would promise to calm down too. I suppose that signing this petition could be a demonstration that there are some of us who will put our names where our mouths are. Maybe it won’t “work,” but I doubt it could possible produce any situation that is worse than what we have now. I’m signing because if I do nothing, and if we all do nothing, then nothing will happen.

  • http://americanmoderateparty.blogspot.com Peter

    it really is amazing that in only about 9 hours, 1800+ people have signed their Declaration of Independence. I agree with your sentiments and have of course, signed the document. I think that this will begin to show Washington and critics in the MSM that Unity08 is truly an organization of the people, by the people, and for the people.

  • DosPeros

    It should be supported by some type of grading criteria for each member of Congress for partisanship, special interest $, bickering, polarization — it will do nothing without being a political threat. I suggest some type of non-partisan (meaning equal number of partisans) committee that grade the politicians. Maybe something like this already exists.

  • http://beats40.blogspot.com/ Kevin

    I’d like to second DosPeros’ suggestion. If we’re going to put the carrot out there (grass roots money raising), lets get the stick working as well. I’d really like to see this grading backed up with an online database of each congressman’s record, voting and otherwise. So that for any congressman you could see his grade and career “highlights” and then look deeper for more complete “statistics”. If we can do this for baseball players, we should do it for politicians.

  • ford4x4

    I signed it, but…

    This is basically an “Internet Petition”- which is not worth the paper it’s (not) printed on.

    Things won’t change because those of us who vote our conscience are still severely outnumbered by those who vote strictly on name recognition, party affiliation, or because of a single issue (abortion, enviroment). I’m not saying it’s hopless, but… it’s hopeless.

  • DosPeros

    I vote solely based on who is going to take the least amount of my money, i.e. taxes. I’m a Grover Norquist kind of guy — drown it in a bathtub I say.

    I never said that I supported this Petition, but only that in order for it to have any political effect, there would have to be a cost for non-adherence. I haven’t signed it, because I personally like deadlock, a paralyzed federal government, because as long as there is deadlock, polarization, bickering, exc. it is much more difficult for them to screw things up. Sorry, but I’m afraid of a cooperative, pro-active federal government — look at Katrina Relief — that is what you get when everyone starts getting along.

    I say this somewhat tongue-in-cheek, as welfare reform was passed when Clinton was acting as a Republican. There are some benefits given the right dynamic.

  • Meredith

    Dos said,

    “Sorry, but I’m afraid of a cooperative, pro-active federal government â€â€? look at Katrina Relief â€â€? that is what you get when everyone starts getting along.”

    I do think that’s humorous, but I would not describe Katrina Relief as an example of what happend when everyone is getting along. Katrina Relief is what happend when everyone (local, state and fed) had their heads up their @#%!*.

  • http://www.stubbornfacts.us Simon

    Things won’t change because those of us who vote our conscience are still severely outnumbered by those who vote strictly on name recognition, party affiliation, or because of a single issue (abortion, enviroment)

    What an intriguing juxtaposition. You, of course, vote you conscience, unlike those people who vote based on “single issues”. Are you suggesting that people who are, for example, single issue voters on the abortion issue are doing somethingother than voting their conscience?

  • ford4x4

    Are you suggesting that people who are, for example, single issue voters on the abortion issue are doing somethingother than voting their conscience?

    That is exactly what I am suggesting. Those people are voting with tunnel vision. You don’t see a difference between an “informed” voter
    and a single issue voter?

  • http://www.stubbornfacts.us Simon

    I’m suggesting that it is incompatible to say that you’re voting your conscience while excorating others who vote on issues of conscience.

  • John Shelton

    I’m a college student in aerospace engineering.

    I’m also a 27-year-old with no money.

    I am going into my senior year of my undergraduate study, and it’s been hell to get here.

    I have no parents, and no support. All I have is me. I was homeless for half a year, working as a high-rise window washer, in order to save enough money to go to school my freshman year. After that, I worked my way, living off of whatever loans or scholarships I could scrounge, working as a tutor, working as a taxi driver, working, and getting those good grades in one of the toughest academic pursuits there is.

    So surely you understand how important my future is to me.

    And surely this gives you some idea of the rationale behind my thinking when I tell you that I was a single-issue voter during the last presidential election… and my issue was support for NASA and the space program.

    This is not the sort of thing you think of when you think of “single-issue voters”, is it…? Yet there I was, a single issue voter, alone in the universe because it seemed nobody else in the entire country cared about the one thing that I live for.

    I didn’t care about abortion. I still don’t. It’s a stupid issue, because I realized long ago that there are two different baselines at work there, and nary the two shall meet.

    I cared about Iraq, and I cared about morals, and I cared about security… but all of these things frankly take a back seat when it comes to ME, and MY future. I voted for the thing that most mattered. ME. And there was only one issue that affected me more than any other ever could. I voted based upon it.

    Dare you try to tell me to vote for anyone but me?

  • Meredith

    From your description of your situation, I can understand why you feel and vote the way you do. Unfortunately, voting for “me” won’t work out that well because your well-being is linked to mine, which is linked to some other person I don’t know, etc. You should absolutely vote in the manner you think best because that is your right, and I’m not suggesting that you adopt issues you don’t care about, but I would suggest that you add a few more issues to your checklist, which would at least relate to your concern for self-preservation.

    Also, it’s sometimes helpful to stop worrying so much about what you need and what you don’t have. When you trust in yourself, and you do what you need to do, you will have what you need. Consider that there are others who will never have what they need, no matter how hard they try. Take care of you, and take care of others.