Duval County Democratic Senior Caucus
The Duval County Democratic Senior Caucus is chartered by the Florida Democratic Party and affiliated with the Democratic Senior Caucus of Florida. Its purpose is to advocate for seniors and the values and policies of the Democratic Party.
In the News
General Election, November 4, 2014
Competitive State Races: Governor, Lt. Governor, Chief Financial Officer, Commissioner of Agriculture, State Senate 4, 6 (Duval County)
Competitive County Races: School Board, Soil & Water 1, 3, 5 1
A Lesson from American History:
On August 23rd, 1971 future Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell sent a confidential memo to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce calling for a complete corporate takeover of our political, legal, and educational systems. Later termed the “Powell Memo”, this extraordinarily influential document has served as a blueprint and call-to-arms for corporate America over the last forty years. Powell warned that the incredible gains that We the People had won during the social and environmental movements of the 1960's threatened corporate interests, and he argued that “business must learn the lesson . . . that political power is necessary; that such power must be assiduously cultivated; and that when necessary, it must be used aggressively and with determination.” Corporate officials learned Powell’s lesson. As a plan of action, Powell proposed that elite business leaders wage a coordinated, long-term campaign to dominate the political, judicial, electoral and even educational sectors, declaring that “there should not be the slightest hesitation to press vigorously in all political arenas for support of the enterprise system. Nor should there be reluctance to penalize politically those who oppose it.” Help us build the movement against corporate rule by supporting Liberty Tree today! Powell's Memo proved highly effective - the Chamber adopted his recommendations in 1973 and in short order additional corporate interest groups formed such as the Business Roundtable (1972), the Heritage Foundation (1973), the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC (1973), and many others. Over the intervening decades they put Powell's Memo into practice and today our federal and state governments are indeed controlled by a corporate and financial elite determined to push their self-serving agenda as far as possible. Unless we continue to take action against the emerging corporate state and its devastating attacks on public education, environmental protection and working people, and our electoral process itself, the deterioration of our democracy will continue unabated.