I’ve been a member of the Socialist Party for over 40 years. I am a Socialist Party member because I realize that the two-party monopoly we have in this country are both controlled by the same corporate money bags.
Even while I acknowledge that if voting could change the system it would be illegal, I have always voted socialist when I could, voted progressive as a necessity, and voted against the total assholes when I had too.
So, in the 2018 Texas Governor’s race, I will again be voting for a socialist. I will be voting for Tom Wakely in the Democratic Party primary. Tom is the only socialist in the Governor’s race.
I will not be voting in the Democratic Primary because I am a member of the Democratic Party, but I will be voting in the Democratic Party primary because I will be voting for a socialist—I will be voting for something I want, for my own world view of politics. I will be voting for my beliefs and my friend.
Tom Wakely is not a fair-weather socialist. I’ve known Tom for over 40 years and I have known him to be a socialist for that length of time. He is a socialist that puts his belief into action—everything from running an alternative leftist newspaper to running for Congress; from being a labor organizer to an organizer for community-based non-profit banking. He has built low income housing and built community organizations. He advocates issues which are the issues the working people of this state face. He is a card-carrying member of the Democratic Socialists of America.
If we are socialists, let us support our socialist candidates, as few and far between as they are. Let us support Tom Wakely for Governor of Texas in 2018.
“I would rather vote for something I want and not get it, than vote for something I don’t want and get it”—Eugene V. Debs
(The above is a personal endorsement and does not reflect the official position of the Socialist Party of Texas nor of the Socialist Party USA.)