Fear & Loathing in the Las Vegas Political Jungle –updated–
a guest post by citizen activist and Nevadan, veteran Johnathan
BEWARE! There’s danger and political duplicity in the desert.
There is a new urban jungle political war being waged in Nevada,
largely in Las Vegas and Clark County and political animals of every type are
actively seeking to build alliances, destroy their old and new enemies, gain
new territories and consolidate their personal power; sadly, regardless of the
real needs of the common citizens.
Recently, the Nevada State Democratic Party got caught by surprise in the national spotlight and the sights of the netroots activists over the
decision to “partner” with the FOX News, the infamous faux Republican
political propaganda media machine. This quickly led to many progressives on
(and other well known websites)
to ask “Is
the Nevada State Democratic Party NUTS?“
While there are, in fact, a few nut cases in the NSDP (Nevada State Democratic
Party), most have been totally marginalized to include the old far left hippie
era loony tunes of yesteryear. But this is not your mom’s or
dad’s Democratic Party. Nevada is very unique. At the core of the population
is a long, strong, very independent, conservative base that has been fully infiltrated
by Republican Lite types and traitor D.I.N.O.’s (Democrats in name only) masquerading as true blue
Democrats. Many of these people have worked their way up through the ranks of the Party
for decades and are now deeply entrenched, broadly supported and well financed. They are nothing short of traitors to the Democratic Party and the greatest
threat to democracy in Nevada and the common people.
After the netroots fire storm, the NSDP
State Chairman Tom Collins announced he will not run for re-election. That’s
good news, and a step in the right direction. But this was after
he was publicly
outed by me for being a bully, sexist and a homophobe that does not believe
in the separation of church & state doctrine.
… Here’s the back story to why I’ve abdicated and become a Non-Partisan/Independent… During the last NSDP Convention, Tom Collins barely won the election to the State Chairmanship. Tom Collins actually walked into the GLBT Caucus and insulted everyone by saying they had victumized themselves by choosing their deviant life-style!
When asked about separation of Church and State, Collins openly admitted “he follows his church!”
Then, he had the audacity to say “that the reason the Democratic Party became divided and destroyed was because of the women and their ERA movement!”
However, the Party also announced that Collins will continue to serve
as chair to the Nevada ’08 Presidential Caucus and they have no
intention of dropping FOX news as their partner. That is really bad news,
as Nevada and the Western
Majority Project deserves a real leader that embraces both contemporary
and progressive Democratic values. It is also just nuts to give FOX
news an exclusive in any forum. This is just another factual example that the corrupt leadership inside the NSDP does not even give a damn about what the average all American Nevada Democrat thinks, let alone the non-partisans, independents or Greens. It’s all
about personal power.
I’m not talking about Senate
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) or our great and favorite Congresswoman
Shelley Berkley, nor our internationally famous Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman.
These three are the biggest gorillas in the political jungle in Nevada and they
don’t need the state Party to win election after election overwhelmingly.
I’m talking about the inner circle of anonymous princes, princesses and
queens and kings that pull the strings and get a lot of wealthy people to write
really big checks and anoint the state Party chairs and the county chairs and
determine who will and will not be granted a coveted seat on the county central
committees and be empowered with a sacred vote on the unholy Nevada state central
As I’ve said before, if you’re not on the NSDP State Central Committee
then you’re just another jack ass that thinks it’s a true blue Democratic
To make matters worse, the NSDP state central committee list has just been scrubbed again of most of the supposedly disloyal dissenters and political progressives by Clark County
chairwoman Liz Foley. Now there are only about 150 registered Nevada Democrats
designated as royalty with the right to vote. It’s a monarchy at best and a dictatorship at worst.
It is not just about getting into the room or getting a chair at the
table of power. No one’s voice really matters if he or she cannot raise their
hand, be duly recognized, allowed to participate in debate and cast a vote.
The sad reality is the Nevada “Democratic” Party is an illusion.
It’s a political sham and a shame to democracy everywhere.
I know what I’m talking about. I was one of their loyal knights for years,
but was cast into political purgatory by Clark County chairwoman Liz Foley for
daring to do the right thing and stand up and fight to unite the north, south
and the rural regions and objecting when Democratic Women’s ERA support
was criticized and, as a person of faith, arguing that we must have a total
separation of church & state within the Party, as well as for relentlessly insisting
that the NSDP take a strong stand in opposition to the unjust war in Iraq, while
sincerely supporting our troops and veterans.
It’s past time for the progressives and moderates in the Nevada State
Democratic Party to rise up, organize and vote these traitors out of every leadership
position and chairmanship. It’s time the registered Democrats of Nevada
say enough is enough and we want change now in Nevada. I say, Viva la Revolution!
and viva Las Vegas, baby.