REID KANE ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY
FOR US SENATE FROM VERMONT
NOMINATED BY LIBERTY UNION, FORMER PARTY OF HIS OPPONENT BERNIE SANDERS
White River Junction, Vermont—Reid Kane of White River Junction, National Committee member of the Socialist Party USA, declared his candidacy today. Kane received the nomination of the Liberty Union Party of Vermont earlier this month, and will appear on their ballot line. He is also seeking the nomination of the Socialist Party.
"I am happy to announce my candidacy for United States Senate from Vermont as a member of the Socialist Party of the United States of America and nominee of the Liberty Union Party of Vermont.
"This autumn, I will be running against the incumbent, Senator Bernie Sanders. Sanders, for all his merits, remains unwavering in his attachment to the Democratic Party. He is 'independent' in name only. His 'socialism' is only a plan to preserve the power of the Democratic Party.
"I am running for Senate to offer an alternative. True independence of the ruling parties requires building a new party to oppose them. For Sanders, socialism means begging the Democrats to do more. I am a socialist because I want to replace the rule of professional politicians with the rule of the people.
"Socialism should not mean begging for government assistance. It should mean working people taking responsibility for society, taking control of their lives, and overcoming their dependency and subservience. Working people can only be free when they have economic freedom: when they employ themselves.
"We should motivate fellow working people not to beg for help from their superiors, but to organize themselves to address the problems they face and pursue their needs and desires through their own independent efforts.
"I am running for Senate to build the Socialist Party into a political force capable of representing and organizing the immense majority, and thereby capable of transforming society, progressing beyond limitations of capitalism: beyond a society of dependency and subservience.
"This is only a first step down a long and difficult road. This campaign will not end, but only really begin, in November. It is not a campaign to win this particular Senate race, but to organize the masses into a Socialist Party capable of taking political power into their own hands, in order to realize the promises of democracy and liberty. The political liberty of democracy will thereby become a means of realizing the economic liberty of socialism."
For more information on Kane's campaign, please visit www.reidkane.net.