Former Dem presidential candidate Andrew Yang has announced the formation of a new political party this Tuesday, less than one month after announcing he was leaving the DNC.
Yang has named his new party the Forward Party, displaying the slogan “Not left or right. Forward.” Yang put out a five-minute video describing the party’s priorities via Twitter, as well as creating a website for the party. Yang has not succeeded in achieving elected office, first failing to get the Dem 2020 nomination, and then failing yet again in his drive to be NY City mayor.
“Right now we have a two-sided duopoly that is just clashing, and you might love one side more than the other, but the fact is this system isn’t working,” Yang said in the video announcement, saying that political polarization in the country is dividing families. “We are getting more polarized in large part due to the incentives of our politics, media and social media all pushing us to go against each other.”
— Andrew Yang🧢⬆️🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) October 5, 2021
Yang identifies his new party’s top objectives as creating open primaries and ranked-choice voting; using universal basic income; creating a “human-focused” economy; ensuring a modernized and “fact-based” government, as well as treating Americans with “tolerance and grace.”
“What we are in the middle of right now is among the worst nightmares of our founding fathers,” Yang said. “They hated parties. There is nothing in the Constitution about any party, and the current duopoly we have would have been their worst nightmare, because what they would have seen are factions that clash over and over and are susceptible to terrible leadership.”
The Forward Party webpage also asks for imposing a term limit of 18 years for every member of Congress, in both the House and the Senate, and guaranteeing that a person’s digital information is guarded as a property right to boost privacy and protect from tech giants like Google, Twitter and Facebook.
Yang raised eyebrows during his candidacy back in the 2020 DNC primary with his support for universal basic income and his comments against the two-party system.
Author: Scott Dowdy