Bread and Roses?
We’ve reached the point of summer where silly ideas become stories. The latest of these is the idea that Maryland can support another socialist party:
Jerome Segal sought this year to unseat U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., in the Democratic primary.
But the experience so disillusioned him that he decided to form his own state party.
There was just one hurdle — he needed to produce petitions signed by 10,000 voters to the Maryland Board of Elections.
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Earlier this month, he showed up at the board’s Annapolis office with nearly twice that many. And now he’s waiting for the board to certify the “Bread and Roses” party, which espouses what Segal calls “the new socialism.”
He insists the effort differs from what most folks think of when they hear the word “socialism,” and he believes there’s a bloc of voters sympathetic to his ideas.
This is a real thing people, from a candidate who couldn’t even finish above Chelsea Manning in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. But needless to say, that hasn’t stopped him from buying into his own press clippings and buying into his own polling:
But the polling, conducted in March among 600 registered Democrats contacted by John Zogby Strategies, also showed voter interest in many of Segal’s ideas — and perhaps a little restlessness with the status quo.
For example, more than 69 percent of respondents favored free college tuition. And more than 70 percent said it was time to “rethink what we should mean by the American dream.”
In fact, 75 percent agreed with the statement, “My American dream means having enough income to live a relatively modest, but decent and secure life, and then have lots of leisure to pursue the things in life that are most meaningful to you.”
Those respondents “have a different idea of the ‘American dream'” than the generally accepted definition, Segal said.
Of course, none of the polling data is referenced and certainly was probably tailored to be extremely favorable to Segal’s radically socialist ideas.
The real question comes as to why Segal believes that Maryland can support a third socialist party.
One party has been a socialist party for a long time. The Maryland Green Party has been around since 2000, and their platform makes no bones about their socialist leanings. Even their candidate for Governor, Ian Schlakman, references his socialism right there for everybody to see.
Electorally the openly socialist Greens haven’t fared all that well, usually getting about 1.5% in the polls. Margaret Flowers got 3.3% as a US Senate Candidate in 2016. Marylanders have not shown an overwhelming desire to embrace socialism.
But there’s a second socialist party now in Maryland. That’s the Maryland Democratic Party. A party that did indeed nominate a socialist for Governor. A guy who agrees with Bernie Sanders on a whole heck of a lot. A guy who wants to turn Maryland into Cuba on the Chesapeake. And a guy whose campaign is imploding at every turn. Jealous is basically running on the exact same issues a guy like Segal gets excited about; universal health care, free college tuition, a social program everywhere you look, and raising taxes on every man woman and child in Maryland to try to make all Marylanders equally poor.
Ben Jealous and Jerome Segal are cut from the same cloth. But only Segal will admit what he is.
It’s bizarre think like Maryland have enough socialists to sustain three socialist parties. But realistically, it doesn’t. The Maryland Green Party has never won a partisan election anywhere in the state. The Maryland Democratic Party is being ripped apart at the seams by its radical left-wing turn with Ben Jealous as their standard-bearer. And Maryland, as we have been saying for years, has a middle temperament; it has never been open to radicalized left-wing candidates at the statewide level or in competitive districts, and it has only appeared that way due to hyperpartisan gerrymandering by Maryland Democrats.
The average Maryland voter is not going to sign up for any of what Jealous, Schlakman, or Segal are trying to sell them. Nobody in Maryland wants to to bring the political violence of Venezuela, the bread lines of the old USSR or the police state of Cuba here through a socialist government.
To that end, I salute Jerome Segal for his efforts in getting a party that nobody wants and nobody will elect onto the ballot. It is merely another vehicle for socialists to see that real people don’t want their radical nonsense in office.