The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

WCP Vote:
A Downpayment on the Future

Nov 21, 2022

The Spark reproduces here the following statement posted by the Working Class Party on after the 2022 election results came in. The Working Class Party presented 11 candidates in Michigan, where it has been on the ballot since 2016; in Maryland, on the ballot since 2020, it had two candidates; and it had one candidate in Illinois this year, its first time on the ballot.

In Michigan, Mary Anne Hering, the only state-wide Working Class Party candidate, received votes from 135,454 people. In Maryland, David Harding and Cathy White, candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, received 17,032 votes. In Illinois, Ed Hershey, candidate for U.S. Congress, received 4,605 votes. In other words, at least 157,091 people voted for a Working Class Party candidate. (The results of the ten other Michigan candidates appear below.)

This election took place in the midst of crises that grow more dangerous: inflation; the disappearance of decent jobs; public services that don’t serve the public; an education system that does not fully educate most children; the changing climate with its intensified storms, floods and fires; and over one million people dead from Covid, the worst rate of death of any developed country.

Every one of these crises derives from the push by the corporations and their wealthy owners to accumulate more wealth—stolen from the labor of the working class in this country and around the world—to the detriment of all the ordinary people.

Finally, there is the push of U.S. imperialism to engage in more wars around the world, directly and indirectly like the one in Ukraine funded by the U.S., which devastate countries and butcher people. All this raises, quite literally, the possibility of a new world war.

Elections are not going to overcome such crises—and this would be true even if Working Class Party was a much bigger party, and even if it had received a much bigger vote.

To change the situation, the working class will have to mobilize its forces, using its key position in the economy to impose the needs and interests of ordinary people. The capitalist class, committed to accumulating more profit, will not willingly go along. The change we need will mean a fight—that’s what WCP raised in the campaign.

To change the situation means that working people must organize ourselves politically, must build our own party—and WCP focused on this in the campaign, discussing what would be the program of such a party.

To change the situation means that working people must overcome what divides us. We have to oppose every attempt of the capitalist class to drive wedges between us; we have to oppose the racist and jingoist and sexist propaganda, violence and attacks that pervade the country—and WCP made this an issue in its campaign.

Maybe the vote for WCP doesn’t seem all that much, when compared to the vote rolled up by the two big parties who live on billions of dollars doled out to them by the capitalist class.

But the vote for WCP was significant. By saying these things all during the campaign, WCP gave working people a way to express their agreement with a working class perspective. At least 157,000 people grabbed that opportunity, voting for at least one Working Class Party candidate, if not more. In a country where there has not been even the semblance of a working class party for more than a century, this can be a down-payment on the future.

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In Michigan, the seven candidates for U.S. Congress received a total of 48,092 votes, with percentages running between 1.24% and 3.77%; the three candidates for the Michigan state senate received 15,156 votes, with percentages running between 2.57% and 14.33%.