The Bull Moose Movement Platform
The Bull Moose Movement will combat the corporatism and corruption of Washington politicians by working with neighborhoods across America to fight for progressive values. In 1912, Teddy Roosevelt broke off from the Republican Party to form a new party, the Bull Moose Party, which was committed to reducing corporate influence, fighting corruption in both major parties, and making politics more democratic. One hundred years later, those values are needed more than ever.
The Bull Moose Movement will go into neglected communities to focus on civic education and organizing. Rather than focus on the perpetual election cycle, the Bull Moose Movement will work to bring honesty, transparency and democratic principles to government.
The Bull Moose Movement will vigilantly expose the ties between corporations and the candidates they fund. Both major parties are heavily bankrolled by corporate interests, affecting the way Congress treats every issue, including financial regulatory reform and campaign finance reform. Lobbyists are not only power, but they conduct much of their dirty work in darkness. We will educate our communities about which politicians are doing the work of corporations, and which politicians are doing the work of the people.
The Bull Moose Movement will hold politicians of both major parties accountable. We will hold rallies and attend town hall meetings. We will perform street theater and catch the sleeping politicians off-guard. We will work with allies on outreach campaigns and lawsuits. We will remind politicians that they are public servants, who must answer to the people of their communities.
The Bull Moose Movement will be decentralized. Every community in America should and will have a Bull Moose chapter that shares these values, and these chapters will not be run by an executive board based in New York or Washington.
The Bull Moose Movement will collaborate with all willing partners. Many groups out there have overlapping goals and values, and we will gladly stage actions, share research and just hang out together when our interests converge.
These are intense and difficult times in America, and we need people to work together. Anyone with the progressive spirit stirring in her or himself will find a home here. Working against enemies of democracy is joyous, and there will be no dour moments in the Bull Moose Movement. Like the movement led by Teddy Roosevelt 100 years ago, this Bull Moose Movement will provide a frustrated public a voice to fight against an increasingly rigged political system. Like the progressives of yesteryear, “We stand at Armageddon, and we battle for the Lord.”