Green Politics

Democracy has not Prevailed...Yet

There are moments when some people, who having nodded along in agreement with everything you have said, will proceed, once you have stopped speaking, to say something that so utterly misses your meaning that you have to check to see if you have truly said anything at all, or if everything happened in some distant corner of your conscious mind. President Joe Biden's insistence at his inauguration today that “democracy has prevailed” was one such moment.

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The Green Party in the Era of President Joe Biden

Former Vice-President Joe Biden will become President of the United States. President Trump's will continue to make baseless and dangerous claims of voter fraud and numerous, baseless lawsuits against Biden. Disinformation and groundless accusations will no doubt continue to spread on social media. Yet, Biden won, and he won legitimately.

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The Democrats Abandoned Rural America. That's an Opportunity for the Green Party

One of the takeaways of the 2020 Presidential election, regardless of who ultimately wins, is the abysmal performance of Democrats in rural areas.1 While Democrats continue to perform well in urban cores and increasingly suburban areas, they have continued to flail in appealing to rural voters. It is common wisdom to expect that large swathes of rural area within individual states and around the country will be reliably ruby red each election. This is not an inevitable outcome, however, and as usual the Democrats' failure is the Greens' opportunity.

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How the Green Party Can Fight for Our Democracy After Election Day

The Green Party of the United States (GPUS) is no stranger to the struggle for democracy. We have fought for decades for our Pillar of grassroots democracy. The 2020 Presidential election is no exception. Despite the many threats towards democracy it has revealed (whether new or old), there are opportunities for us to continue our fight for democracy in this election and beyond.

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This Election, I am Proudly Voting Green

This election, I will proudly be writing-in Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for president. The Green Party is the only national party which has a serious plan to combat climate change, build a real democracy, restore justice, and work for peace at home and abroad. It is the only national party which takes no corporate or Super PAC money, meaning that it listens to regular people not to the wealthy and powerful. It is a party of the people, of the working-class, and of diversity. No amount of shame from the Democratic establishment changes these facts.

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The NEA endorsed Joe Biden. That’s a mistake.

In the June 2020 edition of the NEAToday, the National Education Association’s (NEA) official magazine, the union announced its endorsement of Joe Biden for president. This comes as no surprise as the NEA tends to endorse Democrats almost exclusively. Yet, as a member of the NEA and as a public school teacher, I feel it is imperative to say that the NEA does not speak for me or the other teachers who are appalled by Joe Biden’s terrible record on education. It is important that educators know that there are real choices beyond the two-party system, that they are not stuck between Biden and President Trump. Indeed, the NEA ought to rescind its endorsement and instead endorse the Green Party nominee, Howie Hawkins, who is running on a platform that is much more in line with the demands of teachers across the country.

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This Election Year, More than Ever, We Need Third Parties

While gathering signatures to put Howie Hawkins, the Green Party presidential candidate, on the ballot in Virginia this November, I often came across Democrats who refuse to sign. 2020, apparently, is the most important presidential election ever, which means that no one other than Democrat Joe Biden should even appear on the ballot. Of course, the idea that this election is the most important one is a tired cliché. 2016 was supposedly the most important election of our lifetime. So was 2012, 2008, 2004, and 2000. Each election is so important – so integral to the success of American democracy – that there is not a single opportunity for any third party to participate ever. Sorry, maybe next time.

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Why We Need the Green Party Now

Our country and our planet are facing existential crises. Climate change, the sixth mass extinction, historic economic inequality, widespread habitat destruction, a global pandemic, poverty, homelessness, mass evictions, countless foreign wars, and widespread voter suppression have all eaten at the roots of American and global democracy. Each of these crises have their roots in the oligarchic ruling class which dominates both major American parties – the Republicans and the Democrats. We cannot rely on either of the two twisted institutions which brought us here to help us escape. Rather, we need to build electoral power independent of the two major parties. This electoral power needs to be national. It needs to have serious solutions. It needs to be truly independent and take no corporate money. Luckily, we do not have to reinvent the wheel. Such a party already exists – The Green Party of the United States.

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