December 27, 2016

Building Green Party power for 2018 and beyond

The Green Party of the United States is the largest party of the left, and the growing number of independent voters show there's a desire for more than the duopoly. And Bernie Sanders showed that many of these people desire the offerings of social democracy.

But, none of this means squat if Greens don't build on that for 2018 and beyond. As Mark Lause noted recently, per my blog take on him, the national party needs to better relations with various state parties, many of the state parties need to become more than paper parties, and other things, with those other things including better, more professional candidate recruitment, as I noted here.

Some of that is already being addressed, per this initial Green Party Power statement.

The bullet points/subheads are all important.

• Building Green Independence means moving past Jill Stein and David Cobb footsies with Democrats and the Green Party standing for itself.

• Pursue electoral reforms includes, but is by no means limited to, Maine's planned use of Ranked Choice Voting in 2018.

• Accountability? That's those "paper party" issues, independence from Democrats and more.

I have signed the statement, and encourage others to support similar ideas through their signature, their involvement and their action.

At the same time, I fear that the Stein is haz cheezburger claque may be an ongoing issue. And, of course the alt-pseudo-medicine tribe will remain an issue. If it gets worse, I can choose to bail.

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