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Is a People’s Party on the Horizon?

The American two-party political system is on the verge of upheaval. While extensive effort has been exerted to pull the Democrat Party to the left, it heartily resists. The Democrat Party likes a cozy relationship with big corporations and billionaires, whether or not that wins elections. Never-the-less, Bernie Sander’s 2016 presidential campaign clearly demonstrated that grassroots support can free candidates from the stranglehold that Big Money has on our politics.

Nick Brana, former political outreach coordinator of Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, says the time is ripe to launch a third political party in the United States. In fact, he wants to draft Bernie Sanders for a brand new People’s Party.

While the Democrat Party is designed to prevent a progressive takeover, Brana maintains that it is losing members and cannot combat an existing base of millions of Progressives. Brana supports his theory with history. Back in the mid-1800’s, anti-slavery and free-soil factions broke from the Whigs and Democrats in order to form the new Republican Party, which gave us President Abraham Lincoln. Brana thinks we have similar political circumstances today, and that we have the right populous leader in Bernie Sanders.

Watch Lee Camp of Redacted Tonight interview Nick Brana about his vision of the People’s Party, in the video below.

“In this latest Redacted Tonight VIP, Lee Camp talks with Nick Brana, the former national political outreach coordinator for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in 2016. Lee learns why Brana resigned from progressive political action group Our Revolution[*] and his current effort to draft Sanders to lead a new political party, the People’s Party. Lee also asks Brana why Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton instead of joining the Green Party ticket, as well as the rampant election fraud and voter suppression that has resulted in the administration we have today.” ~ Redacted Tonight

* Readers may be interested to understand why some Progressives do not actively support the Our Revolution (OR) organization. For instance, Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats were both formed as alternatives to OR. According to Brana, OR drifted from the principle of purely people-funded campaigns, as it is willing to accept large donations that are Board-approved. (A slippery slope!)


About The Author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. michelinewalker

    JoAnn, the irony is that in a democracy the people are the government.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Also ironic: “Democrat” Party. I guess it needs to be spelled out!

  2. usfman

    This video interests me to change change my political affiliation. How would this party work at the state and local level?

    • JoAnn Chateau

      The People’s Party is not yet established.

      I imagine, in essence, it would be a reflection of Bernie Sanders and his platform. The point is that Bernie Sanders, alone, carries the weight that could tip the scales for a 3rd party to win the presidency in 2020, that could possibly compete successfully in a rigged 2-party system.

      Bernie Sanders came close to winning the 2016 Democrat Primary. He is now a household name. His political influence has increased exponentially.

      Does it matter which 3rd political party breaks into the big league, as long as it represents the will of the people? Nick Brana thinks Bernie has the cred to do it.

  3. paulbern77

    Reblogged this on The 99% Blog and commented:
    I’m in favor of organizing a third political party in America! Senator Bernie Sanders has already proven this to be a viable option with his 2016 presidential bid!

    • JoAnn Chateau

      I think so, too. Thanks for sharing, Paul!

  4. dancingpalmtrees

    Curious? Is this anything like the current Green or Working Families Party? I’m a little bit confused. Thanks for clarification.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      The People’s Party is not exactly established yet. It hopes to run Bernie Sanders in 2020 – because of the huge movement associated with him – they think they can be successful where other worthy 3rd parties have not been able to break into the rigged political game. It would be very progressive, economically and socially, and inclusive like Sander’s 2016 platform. We’d need to pull off something like this “together.”

  5. Animalista Untamed

    I hope the leftist vote won’t be split between rival parties. They need to come together to fight the GOP under Trump.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Yes. Maybe it will help that next time, the DNC can’t scare people into for voting for a lesser-evil candidate. All the people who reluctantly voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 know that strategy is a fail.

  6. stuartbramhall

    If they’re like the first People’s Party (1892-1896) and make their main plank a ban on private banks creating money I’ll definitely join.

  7. Robert A. Vella

    Interesting and encouraging. Hopefully, there will be time enough for this to develop (before the authoritarians consolidate their power).

    • JoAnn Chateau

      I know, between Trump’s fast-track and climate change, is there enough time to to save the day?

      • Robert A. Vella

        It’s problematic at best, I believe.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thanks for the reblog!

      • Grandtrines

        You are welcome!

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