Me and Bernie have a few things in Common. We know some of the same people in Vermont, we where part of Socialist Political Parties. He, The Liberty Union Party, Me The Socialist Party USA. Still with The American Labor Party.
If Bernie ran as a Alternative Party person he would not get on in all 50 States. And many Democrats are seeking Socialists to run for office. Getting my petitions out people have always wanted to vote for me, but they say they have been waiting for me to run as a Democrat. People identify with a political party they want to reflect their values.
When I ran for office with the SP-USA, we knew we where not out to win the elections other than than putting the word out and garnering more membership. It works well.
The Socialist Party of America and American Labor Party has had the most elected Socialist groups up till the 1050’s.
Progressive Federalist Party: Formed in 1930 after the Wall Street crash of 1929, the merger of the old Federalist Party with the growing Progressive Party. The Federalist’s had not been in power since 1900 when Theodore Roosevelt, a young Governor of California and veteran of the Cuban War, won the election. Followed by the presidencies of Elihu Root and Alfred E. Smith the Federalists began to be crushed by the rise of the Progressive Party. The western states of Wisconsin, Illinois and old Federalist stronghold Ohio elected Progressive Governors in the early 1920’s. The Federalists seemed unable to prove themselves better so they proposed a merger. As a result the 1932 election lead to the election of Phillip LaFollete and his running mate Franklin D. Roosevelt. From that point on the Pro Feds became a staple party and a match to the Democratic Party. The SPUSA are true democratic socialists — advocating left-wing electoral change versus militant revolutionary change. Many of the SP members could easily be members of the left-wing faction of the Democratic Party. Unlike most of the other political parties on this page with “Socialist” in their names, the SP has always been staunchly anti-communist. The original Socialist Party USA was founded by labor union leader, ex-Democratic elected official and pacifist Eugene V. Debs in 1900, the SP was once a mighty national third party. Debs himself was the SP nominee for president five times between 1900 and 1920. Debs received over 900,000 votes (6%) in 1912 — the SP’s best showing ever. Former minister and journalist Norman Thomas was the SP Presidential nominee 6 times between 1928 and 1948 — his best showing being 883,000 votes (2.2%) in 1932. The SP also elected congressmen, mayors and other officials throughout the 20th Century (largely during the 1910s through 1950s). The party withered and splintered so much that, by the last 1972, it barely existed. The Democratic Socialists of American and the Social Democrats USA — both linked above — are the other splinter groups from the original Debs/Thomas SP entity. Activists from the old SP reconstituted the party in 1976 and began to again field SP national tickets for the first time in over two decades. Community activist Stewart Alexander was the SPUSA President nominee in 2012 (ballot status in 3 states – 4,430 votes – 14th place). The party’s youth wing — the Young People’s Socialist League — has been in existence since the early 1900s.
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There is no mind for a Alternative Party in this election. Socialists like me will run as a Democrat For Sanders.