Response to Working Families Party Letter

Posted By on March 5, 2010

I read a letter to the Editor (Charleston, SC Post and Courier) by Ms. Erin McKee on March 4th with great interest. There are truly calls for the establishment of a viable 3rd political party, but I firmly believe Ms. McKee has missed the entire message. The calls for a 3rd party are coming from Independents and disillusioned Republicans, i.e. the Conservative Right. These calls are coming from people who see there is little difference between the Democrats and the Republicans in the Federal Government. Those calling for the 3rd party see that no matter who holds the majority in the US House or Senate, or who occupies the White House, there is a continual chain of abuses of the Constitution, public finances and a continual effort to expand the government and the public sector even further.

Now, to the contrary, the Working Families Party (WFP) – even from a cursory investigation – does not meet the demands of the disillusioned masses of American conservatives. The WFP began in New York, and is now spreading across the nation. So, what does the WFP of New York’s website state as its reason for existence? Under a headline, “Spine up the Dems: Join WFP” they state, “It’s been an awful week in politics. Democrats are running away from national healthcare reform. Many learned the exact wrong thing from the MA election, and are now pushing for even more watered-down, big-business-approved legislation — or no reform bill at all. This problem — Democratic weakness and bowing to corporate interests — is why the Working Families Party exists.” WFP exists to strengthen the Democratic Party, and help inspire them to have a backbone. Is this then a true 3rd party, or just a radical, liberal, progressive arm of the Democratic Party seeking to drive that party further to the left?

What are the WFP’s stated goals, or vision? This time I’ll quote from the South Carolina branch’s website on the “Our Vision” page, “The Working Families Party is fighting for a more just world. One where the economy works for everyone. One where politicians are held accountable to working people, instead of big-money backers. One where all of us, no matter where we come from, can find a good job, get healthcare when we need it, afford a home, send our kids to good schools, and have a secure retirement.” None of these are supported by the people mentioned above who are calling for a third party alternative to the Republicans and Democrats. Besides, NONE of these are even within the purview of the Federal Government’s authority within the Constitution.

Additionally, the list several key initiatives they support; Quality Education, Healthcare Reform, Good Jobs and Living Wages, Veterans and Military Families and Paid Family Leave. By following the links where these are described we find them to be further extensions of the Democratic Party’s platform. The page describing “Veterans and Military Families” sounds good, but once again pushes for additional big government mandates not provided for within the framework of the Constitution.

Further investigation of the WFP reveals this to be nothing but a front group for the radical left in American politics. In an article dated March 31, 2009 the New York Post writes, “But far from being a fringe also-ran, the WFP — a decade-old joint venture of Big Labor and the radical “community organizers” of ACORN — has leveraged a multi-tentacled, financially opaque structure to become a key power player…” The NY Post further states, “The Working Families Party, in short, is not a political party in any normal sense of the term. It’s a complex tool for well-funded special interests looking to raid the public treasury.” Big Labor, ACORN, well-funded special interests this is a far cry from the calls of the masses for a viable 3rd party alternative to the Democratic and Republican parties.

 In closing, the WFP is not “a third party in South Carolina whose main concern is to bring back the American Dream” as Ms. McKee states. The American Dream is one where each individual is responsible for their own success or failure.  The American Dream is where each person succeeds based on their own merit, and not through some government mandated redistribution of wealth, or mandated ability to purchase a home, or mandated business breaking inflated wage, healthcare or family leave. Don’t be fooled by their smoke screens, the WFP is NOT the party being called for by the disillusioned Independent, Republican and Conservative voters of South Carolina and America.

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