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A Project for You to Consider
The following is a letter to Green Party members written by Chris Robinson. He asked me to post it here.
Hello, Green Party Member.
I want to share with you a discussion we had at the end of the last Green Party General Membership Meeting, www.gpop.org. If you were present at that meeting, please forgive my repetition.
At the November meeting of Green Party members, I took a few minutes to speak about my disappointment with the 2012 Presidential Election. I believed that the Green Party candidates, Jill Stein for President and Cheri Honkala for Vice President, www.jillstein.org, deserved a much higher vote than they received. Looking at that election – and all of the Presidential Elections during this century -- I have arrived at the following analysis.
If you look at the political geography, we now have a Democratic Party, which is in the service of the corporate establishment. That Democratic Party has seized the Republican’s high ground. All of the Democratic Party’s current policies are now really Republican Party policies, or what used to be called “moderate Republican” policies.
By seizing the high ground from Republicans, the Democratic Party has forced the new Republican Party to move way to the right into the valley which used to be called “extremism.” There are now very few Republican policies which are acceptable to voters. In fact, very few of the Democratic Party’s policies are acceptable to voters, either, because they are really corporate policies which serve the Top One Percent.
Take for example health care. The Democratic Party moved way to the right, accepting Obamacare (really Romneycare or government welfare for the insurance industry) as their policy, which will bankrupt the U.S. in the near future. This left the Republican Party with no healthcare policy, except anti-Obamacare.
Politically, this means that the Green Party is in a good position because all of the Green Party’s policies are acceptable to the voters. Greens have become what Ralph Nader calls a “majoritarian party” because the majority of voters agree with us. For instance, most voters favor a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq, most voters are in favor of single-payer healthcare, most voters want to legalize marijuana. Also, most voters want to end fracking for gas, home foreclosures and mass incarceration of black men. In addition, most voters would like to see free, quality education for all students from pre-kindergarten through college and a Green New Deal with a living wage for everyone who wants to work. Not to mention that most voters want swift and decisive action to end climate change and a cut in the Pentagon’s budget.
These were the Green Party policies in 2012, and they are all opposed by both of the corporate parties. Running on this majoritarian platform, we must ask again, “Why did Stein/Honkala do so poorly in the 2012 Presidential Election?” The reason for this debacle is that voters have never heard of the Green Party or what policies the Green Party stands for.
The Green Party – nationally and in Philadelphia – needs a new strategy to correct the current problems. We should – as Green Party members – take up a new project: publicizing the Green Party. Since the Green Party has little money, we will have to find ways to publicize our Party and its policies using low cost methods: word of mouth, letters-to-the-editor, flyers in doors around your neighborhood, and tabling at your local market.
We can build the Green Party swiftly if each of us does our share. You and I should speak as Green Party representatives at neighborhood meetings, participate as Green Party members at public activities, and work as Green Party members to build movements around progressive issues.
If we don’t take action as Green Party members, then we will have no one else to blame in 2014 when the evil Tom Corbett runs for reelection against a nearly-as-evil Allyson Schwatrz (tool of the insurance industry) or John Hanger (tool of the oil industry). For a Green candidate to run in that contest will require us to build a bigger and better base of support during 2013.
If you would like to know more about what you can do or if you would like resources for your campaign to build our local Green Party, please let me know.
Thank you for your help,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
Green Party Member from Germantown
PS: Please plan to attend both of these Green Party Membership Meetings:
January 23, 7:00 pm, Northern Liberties Neighbors Association, www.nlna.org, 700 North Third Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123, and
February 27, 7:00 pm, Chestnut Hill Friends Meetinghouse, 100 East Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118.