Originally published at: https://articlesofunity.org/2020/09/suspending-unity2020-and-launching-a-movement/
We posted this today in our Slack channel.
Dear Unity Supporters,
If you are receiving this message, it means you are one of tens of thousands of Americans from all walks of life and every corner of the political landscape that see our nation in crisis. What’s more, you see that crisis clearly enough to know that it will not be solved by the election of Donald Trump or Joe Biden.
You have been patriotic, you have set aside your ideology and have been moved to action, joining together to pursue a path forward for the nation. You have offered your time, resources and talents to the cause of Unity, galvanizing a nation torn apart by partisan politics. You have created an organic, self-sustaining movement with more honest collaboration across political divides than our government has seen in decades.
We want to take a moment to recognize the achievement, and to express our gratitude.
Unity2020 was always a longshot. We pursued it to divert the republic from the peril inherent in the 2020 election. But recognition of the danger has grown too slowly—many still see the hazard on one side or the other. Ballots are being printed and some are already in the hands of voters.
When we announced this plan, we promised to avoid playing the role of the spoiler. We said that if the Unity ticket did not have a viable path to the White House, we would suspend Unity2020. Tonight, we are carrying through on that promise. We do this with considerable trepidation, knowing that the danger has not passed but instead has grown as the election nears. Nonetheless, we are confident that this is the wise course.
We want Unity supporters to know what this does and does not mean.
Unity2020 was an initiative of the Unity Movement. The initiative is being suspended so that the movement can focus on its larger purpose – protecting the republic from the politics of division. While we will now refocus our efforts on the longer term, the short term plan remains possible. If catastrophic events were to shock the electorate sufficiently to make Unity 2020 viable, we stand ready to reactivate it. Assuming that does not happen, we urge Unity supporters to vote their conscience.
The danger we are in is the consequence of rampant corruption sanitized by our major parties. For us, the next step is clear. We must support candidates of integrity down the ballot, sound the alarm on the crisis we face, and educate our fellow Americans on the systemic failures that led us here. We must find new ways to free ourselves from the trap of the lesser evil. We must empower those who fight against corruption.
We must do all these things and more because now more than ever, our country needs us.
The United States is not a perfect nation, but it constitutes a quantum human leap in the right direction. The Unity movement is composed of people who understand the value the United States has brought to the world, and the obligation we have to defend it. The movement must grow, and it will.
We look forward to collaborating with you to steer our nation out of these dangerous waters.
In hope, solidarity and service,