Friday, May 25, 2018

FL-26-- Steve Machat Withdraws From The Race To Topple Carlos Curbelo


The DCCC & EMILY's List has their candidate and there is also a progressive running

Steve Machat is a guy I knew from the music business who, in one way or another-- attorney, publisher, manager, etc-- worked with Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Leonard Cohen, Phil Spector, ELO, Snoop Dogg, New Edition, Bobby Brown, etc. He also wrote Gods, Gangsters and Honour, a book that is basically an insider's guide to the music industry. Until a couple of weeks ago he was seeking the Democratic Party nomination too run for the very blue seat occupied by Republican Carlos Curbelo. The DCCC endorsed conservative New Dem Debbie Mucarel-Powell. He wrote to his supporters to explain why he was withdrawing from the race.
Earlier this month I was a guest speaker in Israel, addressing equality, creation and how to perpetuate culture. From there, I went on to Jordan, meeting with King Abdullah’s Ministers.

Both these experiences allowed a lot of soul searching on my part.

I feel that the electoral system in the US is possibly irretrievably broken, with Blue Dog Democrats voting with Trump and Corporate Democrats voting with the special interests that fund them.

Our two party system is owned and controlled by a network of corporate interest, which funds and selects politicians on our behalf, places them in government, and then the government runs us. This is totally contrary to what our Founding Fathers intended. They intended a government of the people, by the people, for the people. They did not intend a government of corporations, by corporate-funded politicians, for the benefit of corporations.

It’s not enough just to elect Democrats, we have to elect truly progressive Democrats.

In the uneven minefield that is American politics today, there is no room for two independent-minded Democrats to oppose each other in District 26. The good news is that my platform and that of Commander Demetries Grimes are very similar. We both believe in campaign finance reform, universal healthcare, banning assault weapons, meaningful gun reform, tuition-free college, and the decriminalization of marijuana-- to name but a few policy areas. We both have the same objective-- to elect an independent public servant as our next Congressperson in District 26. It is for this reason that I have decided to withdraw from the race today to give Commander Grimes a clear run to beat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in the Primary, and Carlos Curbelo in the General Election. My team and I will give Demetries and his team as much support as he wishes to win the battles ahead.

I thank those who have supported me. I also thank everyone who had the courage to engage in making dialogue with me against my views. Debate is heathy. It makes us great. The subjugation of critical thinking is one of the tools used by the corporations and the super-wealthy to take over our political system. We need to revitalize critical thinking and help give back to our youth the belief that they can fulfill their dreams.

In order to do that, I am going to concentrate on my entertainment career. I am now part of the team creating a new independent major network called Gran, dedicated to new creations of music, TV, films and webisodes. In addition, I continue to work with our friend in Cuba on a festival celebrating, arts, music and culture.

I realize that I can help shape our young people’s minds to believe in dreams again; to learn that for a dream to come true you must build; and to build successfully you need to work as a team.

I pledge to do whatever I can to continue to help America build the team for a 21st century life. A life where everyone is equal. A life where it is the duty of the government to provide healthcare for all, education for all, safety for our communities, a guaranteed income with jobs for all, a community that protects Mother Earth and an energy solution based on renewable resources. A life that works to ensure that our future is better than our present. A life that provides a future for our children and a security for our seniors.

Please make sure you are registered to vote here. Information on Commander Demetries Grimes can be found here. Please join us.

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At 9:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Machat is wrong: "It’s not enough just to elect Democrats, we have to elect truly progressive Democrats."

It is also not enough to elect "truly" progressive democraps. The reason is, as it always is, that even 100 progressives in the caucus won't prevent the caucus tyrants from arbitrarily serving the money and continue the 40-year ratfucking of labor, minorities, the elderly, kids and everyone in-between.

If all you want is to feel ok about voting for a less-horrible individual, we'll never end the arbitrary money service and ratfucking. never.

If 2008 didn't teach you this, perhaps you are incapable of learning. Wouldn't surprise me. Most americans demonstrate by their voting practices that they just aren't bright enough to comprehend much of anything.

At 10:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you consider TALKING about change sufficient (remember obamanation's utterly disingenuous slogan in '08), then a better democrap is the end of your road.

If you actually want to see meaningful change AFFECTED, then electing democraps, whether DxCC endorsed or "better", will do nothing at all for you... or me... ever.

Pick your "win" and proceed accordingly.

At 11:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Steve Machat could help to inspire a revival of the political music scene which helped to spread the anti-war sentiments of the 1960s and '70s. The lack of such political artistry is sorely missed. Where is this generation's For What It's Worth, especially in the context of Black Lives Matter and racist cop shootings going unpunished? Where is this generation's Fixin' To Die Rag discussing how American lives are being thrown away for corporate profits?

If Steve Machat uses his resources to inspire and promote such popular protest music, he will have served his nation much more effectively than if he ended up winning a Congressional seat.

Tell him I said so, Howie.


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