Is Jill Stein About to Shake up the Green Party Presidential Race?

I have heard countless questions about who the Green Party is going to run for President in 2012. As Obama continues to fail on environmental issues, continues overseas wars over oil, and cuts social programs that support the poor and the elderly, voters are clearly looking for an alternative.

At this point, Dr. Kent Mesplay is the only declared candidate for the Green Party nomination that has any support. Kent Mesplay has a Phd in Biomedical Engineering and is an Air Quality Inspector in San Diego, California. He sought the Green Party Presidential nomination in 2004 and 2008, and has declared his intent to run again in 2012. He clearly has supporters within the Green Party, but he has yet to see the overwhelming support that would make his nomination a sure thing.

After the 2011 Annual National Meeting in Alfred, NY 4 weeks ago the talk started up about Jill Stein. Her name had been brought up a number of times (and included in some Green Polls) but apparently at the ANM a number of influential Greens encouraged Dr. Stein to run. Jill Stein is a Physician, Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Green Rainbow Party, and a veteran campaigner. She has run for Governor twice (2002, 2010), Secretary of the Commonwealth (2006, she received over 350,000 votes for 18%), as well as running (and winning) at local office.

Many Greens have been pining for a well-known National candidate such as a Ralph Nader, Cynthia McKinney, Bernie Sanders, Bill McKibben, or David Cobb to name a few, but time is running out.

If Jill Stein formally declares her intention to seek the nomination, Greens are going to have a real interesting choice on their hands. Both have long histories with the Green Party, both have run for office, both are Delegates to the GPUS National Committee, both are “Doctors”, and both have very strong environmental credentials. Although neither have the national name recognition going in, both could present a very appealing alternative for voters who are cringing at Obama’s record in office on environmental issues, social justice issues, anti-war issues, and economic issues.

  1. Dameocrat says:

    The greens are really dropping the ball by not finding a national candidate. I wonder if you have been infiltrated by the Demopublicans like the progressive dems.

    • I like your name. Clever. Maybe you should run.
      While there may be some infiltration, I think what hurt the Green Party the most were the lies and propaganda spread most effectively regarding what happened in Florida in 2000. Nader brought a lot of people in to the polls, many of whom voted for Gore (in the General Elections, one can vote across party lines). The urban myth is that Gore lost due to Nader. In actuality, Gore won and was not supported by the Supreme Court. Many Greens vote out of protest. They want the corrupt U.S.A. political system to change. Nader didn’t “steal” Gore’s votes. It’s not “spoiling” it’s running for office! All alternative parties on the ballot received enough votes that each and every one of these parties could have been unfairly blamed for Gore’s loss, since they each had well over the number of votes by which Gore “lost” in that pivotal state. Gore didn’t stand up for himself when Blacks in Florida brought up their “disenfranchisement.” Just like Kerry didn’t stand up against the voting…irregularities…in Ohio and elsewhere in the next General Election where an investigation was spear-headed by Greens and Libertarians and others. Oh, and let’s please conveniently forget the over 200,000 Democrats who voted for Bush in Florida in 2000. The propaganda machine won. U.S. Citizens lost. I like Nader’s response: “if not for Gore, I would have won.” LOL

  2. Dameocrat says:

    i am skeptical either have the name recongnition to even get on the ballot in my state so I may have no choice but to not vote. This is very disappointing.

    • susan says:

      Name recognition in the US media right now could be a serious problem

      • Susan, name recognition helps. Nader helped build the Green Party. The problem with the media is rarely addressed: namely, the immediate attention by the media is to the question of whether the candidate can win the horse-race. When Nader ran, there was still next to nothing in the news about the Ten Key Values of the Green Party or deeper discussion as to why so many people are fed up with our political system and the deep, systemic corruption that lobbying causes. Our corporate media think they have a vested interest in the status quo. Now, our environmental and economic problems are so large that no politician or business-person can do anything to help us. When this ship sinks it will take with it not just a lot of people but entire ecosystems, as well. It is up to us to join movements such as transition movements that work to help us live sustainably. In terms of Global Climate Change/Disruption it is already too late, but telling this to the usual suits will just grant them further license to trash the planet even more. A lot of people don’t bother to register to vote. Many who do register don’t bother to vote, thinking their non-vote is a vote of dissent. Conscious, concerted action to build an ethical, meaningful movement and party is what is needed to help people survive. This means supporting and voting for Green candidates. If one of us gets celebrity endorsement, that could bring in the name recognition that so many people yearn for.

    • kat says:

      Name recognition won’t get you on the ballot, money and hard-ass work does. Get offline and do something to get the Green Party on the ballot in your state if they aren’t already.

  3. Dameocrat says:

    I absolutely loathe obama and do not view him as a lesser evil.

  4. Brian says:

    Dameocrat –

    I’m sure either candidate would appreciate your help getting their name on the ballot.

    • Yes, they would. I met Jill. I like her. Our party would do well with either of us. If she runs, there is another interesting feature in that she is on the east coast and I am on the west coast.

  5. Dave Schwab says:

    I’m glad to see this, for many reasons. Jill Stein ran a great campaign last year. She crafted a great message and stuck to it, broke into the debates, earned a lot of press coverage, and raised a lot of money. Her focus on the Green New Deal – solving the economic and ecological crises together – is exactly the message the GP needs to focus on next year. Also, her background as a medical doctor and environmental health advocate is good, as I believe single-payer health care should be one of our main campaign issues.

    Moreover, she has the right strategic goals: use the presidential campaign to build the state parties, qualify for matching funds, earn ballot lines, and shoot for 5% of the national vote. Basically, her entire statement shows an excellent grasp of what next year’s Green presidential campaign should be.

    • Hi Dave. I met Jill and I think highly of her. Just to be clear, Single Payer Health Care has long been one of my campaign talking-points. I’ve sat in enough emergency rooms with a friend, over the last two years, who only had MediCal and was not able to see the specialists she needed. Our medical system is beyond farcical: it borders on cruel and inhumane how medical and dental care are commodified. This HAS to change. Even in terms of public health challenges brought by vector responses to climate change, a strong argument can be made for taking the system out of the for-profit modality.
      I constantly speak out about using the presidential campaign to “build the state parties, qualify for matching funds, earn ballot lines,” and support our local candidates. We should be able to get more than 5% of the votes, nationwide. I now have a couple people with fund-raising experience who are volunteering. My first main fund-raiser is in a couple days in LA, CA.
      This campaign is just getting started. I now have a bona fide treasurer, and several other key people helping, including someone filling in as a campaign director until a “real one” comes forward. Our web site is under constant refinement. I will work to make these issues clear on the site, as they are ones of this campaign, as well.
      To anyone reading this, your support is welcome, encouraged and would be very timely. Thanks.

  6. Ron says:

    Greens have approached “National Candidates” and no one is biting. Greens have had so many good candidates over the last 4-6 years, and a lot of Greens would like to see some of them step up to this National level – Rich Whitney, Laura Wells, Howie Hawkins, Jill Stein, Tom Clements. Medea Benjamin and Pat LaMarche were State wide candidates before they stepped up to National issues.

  7. Richard Clark says:

    I voted for Obama in 2008, but in 2012 I’ll definitely be voting for the Green Party presidential candidate, even if I have to write-in that candidate’s name. There’s no way Obama will carry my state (Indiana) again. The Democratic base feels completely betrayed by him.

  8. Joseph says:

    I super love Jill Stein. I’d say the only thing she needs to figure out how to do if she runs is keep her arguments to more palatable sound bites. I know she’s passionate about everything and can go on forever about issues (which is awesome for rallys and stuff), but at the MA debates she tended to go on a little more than the other candidates, and at times it sounded kind of wandering. I’m sure she can figure that out though. The Green Party’s do a lot worse. She’s really charming and easy to listen to.

  9. Michael Cavlan says:

    Repeat of post on both IPR and firedoglake

    If and this is a very big if Jill Stein decides to run for the Greens as president, will she be open and willing to talk to representatives of the legions of Ralph Nader supporters who have left the Greens?

    Of course that is if she can obtain the nomination. If the Greens do continue on with their path of support for small, local races or indeed running only in races that do not seriously threaten the Democrats (Jill ran in a race where the only other challenger to the Governor race was a Democrat, please correct me if I am wrong) then how can they be viewed as credible in making statements about the president’s policies?

    Deadly serious question.

    • VAGreen says:

      “If the Greens do continue on with their path of support for small, local races…”

      As I posted on Firedoglake:

      The Google is not your friend:

      http://www.gp.org/elections/candidates/index.php

      The Green Party had 62 candidates for U.S. House of Representatives and 12 candidates for U.S. Senate on the ballot last year.

      We also had 13 candidates on the ballot for Governor, 9 for Lieutenant Governor, 5 for Attorney General, and 5 for Comptroller. There are other statewide races that we ran in as well.

      “Jill ran in a race where the only other challenger to the Governor race was a Democrat, please correct me if I am wrong”

      She ran against Mitt Romney and Shannon O’Brien (D) and two other candidates for Governor in 2002. In 2010, she was in a four-way race that included the Democratic incumbent, a Republican, and an independent. She ran for Secretary of State in 2006 in a two-way race against a Democrat. Jill has helped get us statewide ballot access twice, served as an elected official, and pulled the Green Rainbow Party of Massachusetts out of infighting, obstruction, and dysfunctionality.

      Would you have us not run in races with only a Democrat or a Republican? Should we recruit Democrats to run against us in heavily Republican districts? Is this what your new party practices?

    • Joseph says:

      “(Jill ran in a race where the only other challenger to the Governor race was a Democrat, please correct me if I am wrong)”

      Nope, she ran in a 4-way race with a Democrat, Republican, “Independent” (basically Republican) and her.

  10. Ron says:

    Michael,

    The 2010 Gubernatorial race in Massachusetts included the Democrat incumbent, a Republican challenger, an Independent challenger, and a Green-Rainbow challenger (Jill Stein).

    If the Green Party truly wants to avoid challenging Democrats then the Green Party ought to NOT run a candidate for President. There *are* Greens who don’t want to “waste resources” running a candidate for President, but I think the vast majority of Greens want to put forward a candidate to challenge Obama and provide an alternative to those who can’t stand the direction he is taking this country.

  11. Michael Cavlan says:

    Ron

    Thanks for the response
    The central question remains. Would Jill be willing to talk to the legions of former Greens (mainly but not only Nader supporters) who have left?

  12. VAGreen says:

    “Would Jill be willing to talk to the legions of former Greens (mainly but not only Nader supporters) who have left?”

    What would you want her to talk to them about?

  13. Michael Cavlan says:

    Audrey

    Don’t worry. Not to rejoin the Green Party. That bird has flown the coop, never to return.

    No, to discuss attempting to build a credible campaign.

    Sad to say, our options are rather limited. No one else except perhaps the Socialist guy Alexander or Kent Mesplay wants to run. I will be deadly honest though, given the amount of bad blood and distrust. If another credible candidate shows up, you can be rest assured that many will join that campaign.

    As an aside and off topic, have the Greens regained ballot status in Ohio or was it only the Libertarians?

  14. VAGreen says:

    “As an aside and off topic, have the Greens regained ballot status in Ohio or was it only the Libertarians?”

    From Ballot Access News:

    “It is not yet known if the Secretary of State will appeal. If there is no appeal, it is likely that the Constitution, Green and Socialist Parties will merit the same relief.”

  15. Michael Cavlan says:

    Goon news from Ohio.

    As an aside, speaking of Ohio there is omeone I recently met at firedoglake. He lives in Ohio. He claims to have been one of the people who helped create the Green Party platform, in the 80′s.

    He agrees 100% with me on the whole Nader issue. He left the Green Party as well.

    Just so that you know. We are meeting everywhere.

  16. Eddie says:

    I spoke to Kent Mesplay personally and told him that we need to reach out to Nader supporters badly! He said that is what they will try to do.

    Nader is not likely to run in 2012 so we need all those voters to join the Greens!

    The Greens are doing it around the world, let’s do it here in the US!

    Maybe Ill make a point to Kent Mesplay about asking Nader to possibly have all his supporters get behind the Green Presidential Nominee.

    The Nader base is there, so let’s not let their energies go to waste.

  17. chicago voter says:

    I never seen why anyone could consider Richard Whitney to be a a good candidate. Yes 2006 he did well, but it very little do with any of his actions. He was running against a Governor that heavy negative and widely dislike, at the time, Republican candidate and his candidacy had zero coat tails. In 2010, he completely dropped the ball and failed to take advantage of a great opportunity that had been given to the Green party to establish themselves as at least something resembling a serious political force in Illinois.

    • Richard Whitney is a great candidate. He speaks well on the issues, attracts voters from a wide swath and is intelligent, polite and personable. The Illinois Green Party would do well to draw more candidates like him. He deserves support.

      • chicago voter says:

        is there really any evidence of him being a great candidate? His 2010 electoral performance was dismal and probably cost the IL Green Party the best chance they had of becoming truly established. All of this in an election were you had a weak Democrat candidate and Republican candidate that should been, and was weak, outside of downstate. He was unable to come anywhere near repeating his 2006 performance, suggesting it had far more to do with the two major party candidates being disliked, in particular the Republican Candidate. In 2006 he had no coat tails to any other green party candidates.

  18. While I intend to vote for whomever the GPUSA nominates for POTUS, any realistic assessment of the chances of victory will determine we might as well nominate Barney the Dinosaur. There is no way the Greens can fund the publicity needed to have all Americans consider our nominee. If we did mount a real challenge, somebody would probably get shot.

    The best hope for significant positive change lies at the local level. We should be concentrating on getting Green Party members into city and county offices across the country. Prosecutors and sheriffs have more impact on our daily lives than the President does anyway.

    When we have rechartered our local governments so that City Councils are chosen by Proportional Representation and County Executives are elected with Ranked Preference Voting, we will have begun to build a functional multiparty democracy from the grassroots. That is a more sensible goal than top down change.

    • Vernon, the more visibility, the better. Social media is one avenue to reach masses of people in a relatively immediate, cost-effective manner. I agree regarding building at the local level for meaningful change in races that we can and do win. I even agreed to run locally in 2014! Many people do not even hear of the Greens until they see a name on the ballot. I know, more than most, what the challenges and risks are of running for this level of office. If the question is, “in which basket do we place all our eggs? (pardon the analogy, vegan friends?),” and we are going to carry only one basket, then the focus should be on local races. There is a common fallacy that, by running presidential candidates, we somehow detract from and disinvest from local candidates. I have to tell you that our presidential candidates do not receive support from the party. Not one dime. Even the PCSC (Presidential Campaign Support Committee) is a gross misnomer for a largely dysfunctional group that attempts to lay down rules to bring some sort of selection process into play so that “unworthy” candidates are culled from the herd (oops, apologies to the herd and to vegan and vegetarian friends?), early on. Our candidates are supposed to bring in resources. Probably the biggest single expenditure in the process of selecting a nominee is the Nominating Convention, which is actually morphed into one of our regular annual meetings, anyway.
      When I campaign, I make it a point to give attention to the Greens running for local office. This is actually one of the unwritten “rules” of running for president as a Green. I support Cheri Honkala, for example. We place links to local candidates on the campaign website. I recall one Green, in Colorado in 2003, who attended the state meeting there, heard David Cobb and I speak and then decided that it was not only okay for her to vote “Green” but that she would run for local office…which she did, and won! There is a sort of cross-pollination that takes place in these races for office at different levels. As to issues, I educate whenever I can about the different types of voting: PR, STV, Ranked Choice or Preference, etc. I don’t expect top-down change. This is just another avenue for building the party and the movement. And, it is fun to consider that one day we may actually seat a senator or a president.

  19. The Sixty Full Cabinet Ministers, Elected by the Three Prime Ministers and Two Secretaries of the 8th USA Parliament, Currently Seek Twelve Directors (Non-Paying) to Use Ranked Choice Consensus Voting
    http://usparliament.org/cab-1.php

    The USA Parliament Cabinet Updated on 8/31/2011

    The Sixty Full Cabinet Ministers

    Federal Elections Commission Minister Cheryl Martin-Buescher [Free Thinker]
    Love Minister Loris Scagliarini [Independent]
    Interior Minister David Gwaltney [Green Tea]
    Industry Minister Tasvir Singh Bhardwaj [Green]
    Vote Counting Minister James Ogle [Free Parliamentary]
    Programming Minister Robert S. [Pot]
    Farming Minister Ambra [Info. Not Avil.]
    Foreign Minister Jane Violet [Roseannearchist]
    Economics Minister Jim Burns [Libertarian]
    Defense Minister Tina Drugg [Goddess]
    Peace and Love Minister Lisa Davis [Bong]
    Capitalist Minister Coty Scott [Capitalist]
    Special Events Minister Lolo Rose [Artarchist]
    Equipment Minister Roger Mead [Green Tea]
    Customer Service Minister Brittany Hinkemeyer [Bong]
    SEC Minister Paul Wetterau [Anarchist]
    Musical Director Minister Byron Anonymous [Independent Green Tea]
    Marketing Minister Joshua-Paul Angell [Socialist, CPUSA]
    Environmental Minister Marla Ingels [Independent]
    Civil Rights Minister Kalera Stratton [Discordian]
    Commerce Minister Harriet Bookstein [Info. Not Avail.]
    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Mounir Hilmi [The People's Party]
    Independent Expenditure Minister Shannon Cox [RoseanneArchist]
    IRS Minister Michele Marie Bachmann [Republican]
    Propaganda Minister Savva Vassiliev [Progressive Libertarian]
    Peace Minister Sallie Elkordy [Peace]
    BATF Minister Jeannette O’Neal [Non-partisan]
    Crown Minister Colleen Camp Goldwyn [Info. Not Avail.]
    Federal Communications Commissioner Minister Hal Ginsberg [Info. Not Avail.]
    Soil and Water Conservation Minister Anita Stewart [Green]
    Health and Human Services Minister Randy Hicks [Green]
    NASA Minister Joe Paul Manship [Libertarian]
    Chaos CHON Minister Seth Wetmore [Green Chaos]
    Platform Minister J.R. Myers [Constitution]
    Veterans Affairs Minister Gail Lightfoot [Libertarian]
    FBI Minister April Flint [Democratic]
    Chief of Staff Minister Helen Caldicott [Info. Not Avail.]
    National Security Minister Jodell Bumatay [Republican]
    CIA Minister Tippy Canoe [Roseannarchist]
    Families, Housing, Community and Indigenous People Minister Vicky Holte Takamine [Info. Not Avail.]
    Communications Minister Cynthia McKinney [Green]
    Truth Minister Grace Lee Boggs [Info. Not Avail.]
    Inspiration Minister Diane Wilson [Info. Not Avail.]
    Treasury Secretary Catherine Austin Fitts [Info. Not Avail.]
    Government Accountability Office Minister Annie Leonard [Info. Not Avail.]
    Government Reduction Minister Greg Cipes [Info. Not Avail.]
    Press Secretary Minister Christine Blosdale [Info. Not Avail.]
    FEMA Minister JZ Knight [Info. Not Avail.]
    Arts and Culture Minister Sandra Bernard [Info. Not Avail.]
    Attorney General Minister Link K. Scwartz [Info. Not Avail.]
    Higher Education Minister Daniel David Gentry [Catholic Trotskyist]
    Education Minister Lisa Clampitt [Green Tea]
    Energy Minister Carey Campbell [Green]
    Speaker Minister John Argent [Roseannearchist]
    Secretary of State Minister PJ [Roseannearchist]
    PLAS Minister Dashus Christ [Roseannearchist]
    Senate Minister Lady Jane Green [Roseannearchist]
    Labor Minister Angela Keaton [Ordinary Anarchist]
    Transportation Minister Nathan Johnson [American Independent]
    States Rights Minister Rene Jean [Free Parliamentary]

  20. Michael Cavlan says:

    May I be honest here to Kent Mesplay?

    If not, I have no real problem in being quiet and going away.

    Well quiet here anyway. As an aside, I met some of the Green candidates in St Paul today. They all seem very decent. Also as another aside, I will be sharing a platform with Farheen Hakeem at a big rally tomorrow.

  21. Michael Cavlan says:

    To Jill and Kent Mesplay.

    Never mind. Just got contacted. Something else is looking good on the near horizon.

    //:-D>——-

    Oh I am a happy happy man

  22. james? says:

    id been told that cynthia mckinney is going to run for president with cindy sheehan as running mate and that they had allready started raising money. was my sources wrong? i do realise that they might not neccesarily run as greens. i think that when the time comes the democrat party activists will be fully behind obama this is not pessimism its just realism get younger people and new people thats the key.

    • Michael Cavlan says:

      James?

      No. Cynthia McKinney and Cindy Sheehan are not running. I have asked both personally. Cynthia McKinnney may be going to run for her old Congress seat in Georgia, as an Independent.

      Cindy Sheehan is not running.

  23. Jack Wagner says:

    I’m really happy Kent is running, Jill would only add to the debate/discussion.

    I’d really like to see our strongest Greens running for Congress though. We need a Presidential Candidate that can speak for the party Nationally, but we also need to have strong candidates running for Congress so we can gain a victory at the National Level. Until we prove that we “can win” at the National Level, no Presidential candidate will be able to get more than what we have in the past. In addition, as a Progressive, I’m putting my support behind Ron Paul for President, he can win, and will work with Progressives on a lot of issues. We need to make a push for Congress in 2012:

    Check out my Ron Paul for President/Green Party for Congress article: rp12gp.us

    With that said, Kent and Jill, rock the national platform, keep up the good work, follow whatever path feels right to you. To other Greens considering running for President however, please consider running for Congress instead. I’m in Denver now, trying to make my money last (and make some money off my websites) so that I can be around and mobile for any Green Congressional Candidates. Focusing on the Ron Paul campaign (heading to Iowa next) until the Primary election start, if I am successful in helping the initial boost (if RP wins Iowa or NH for instance) then I’ll be able to put the majority of my effort into helping the Greens win a seat in Congress. 2012 can be a big year for Peace and Prosperity, in addition to all the non-political subjects I write about, these two political goals of mine are what I think we need, and what we can achieve.

    Check out my recent addition to my “2012 Enlightenment Theory”: http://freeindependentsun.com/zen/2012-enlightenment-theory-part-2-2020-vision-and-focus/

    Thanks all, and if anyone is in Denver please email me so we can grab a cup of coffee or lunch and chat about all things good and productive. If anyone is in Iowa (Des Moines and Ames will be my bases) I’ll be there on the 23rd and hanging out as long as possible. So email me as well.

    Peace!

    Jack

  24. Michael McGEE says:

    THE FORMER MAYOR OF SALT LAKE CITY, ROCKY ANDERSON, SERIOUSLY CONSIDERS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT ON A 3rd PARTY TICKET

    Several supporters of Ralph Nader discussed recently with former Salt Lake City Mayor, Rocky Anderson, on the perspective of organizing a BROAD RANGING COALITION to form an Independent 3rd Party Alternative to the 2 Corporate War Parties.

    Just as the NDP – New Democratic Party in Canada has been successful in organizing a coalition of Labor, Environmentalists, Progressives and Churches, to become THE MAJOR OPPOSITION FORCE in Canadian politics, Americans have a very real possibility of creating a new dynamic capable of mobilizing MILLIONS OF AMERICANS in the coming election cycle.

    If Labor activists, Greens and Progressives are capable of working together as a coalition in a New Independent 3rd Party, then we might see some very interesting surprises in 2012…

    Michael McGEE
    Former parliamentary assistant to ex French Green Euro-Deputy, Marie-Françoise DUTHU
    E-mail : wind-energy@evc.net

    • Jack Wagner says:

      Please, have him run for Congress if you can, as a Green of course. The 3rd Party needs to start at the beginning, not at the end. Ron Paul is having a hard enough time as a member of the two-party system (look what happened to Kucinich in 2008), Nader never got more than 5% and he’s been in the public eye since the 60s. We need to start winning Congressional Elections before we can even think about forming a 3rd party campaign for the Presidency.

      In fact, we need to start winning some of the Special state elections before that. Mark Miller in MA, Baber in West V. Those are good starts.

  25. Michael Cavlan says:

    Michael McGee

    Yup. THAT was the good news I was talking about.

    Oh look. This campaign is talking to NADER SUPPORTERS like they are allies, not enemies. Instead of attacking them, allowing the deliberate disenfranchisement of them and then yes either cheering when they leave in mass or being deadly silent when they were being attacked, smeared, silenced. In the process loosing countless dedicated volunteers. People who would do the needed grunt work to build a movement.

    Right on.

    Carry on. Building, organizing an opposition to the pro-war, corporate corrupted two party system. Like we really mean it.

  26. VAGreen says:

    There are plenty of Greens who backed Nader in 2004 who I’m happy to work with, like Howie Hawkins and Tim McKee.

  27. AnarchyMM says:

    Our only viable candidate shall be a porn star. Everything else is a waste of time and effort.

  28. Portlander says:

    Greens seem to have a tendency to just make suggestions and then do nothing. It is only what we do that matters. All of this time commenting online is not helpful and probably detrimental to our movement. Go organize workers, register voters, knock on doors for candidates or push referenda on issues that are important. Get in the struggle.

    “If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” Frederick Douglass, August 1857

  29. Jane says:

    I think people are underestimating the level of “waking up” that seems to be going on with the american people. Though we’ll always have the staggeringly ignorant with us, lol, a lot of people are gaining insight and reaching out and looking for unity and an alternative to corporatocracy. Greens, in my gut-level opinion, should find their best candidate, stick to their principles, put their heads down and go for it. Emphasis in a Presidential run should be less on the Green party itself but the fact that their platform is Single Payer and that they take NO CORPORATE CAMPAIGN $$$. People know there is truth and value to these things. Good luck to whoever the candidate turns out to be and yes, commenters (including me :) – start organizing!

  30. Tom says:

    Why not contact Elizabeth Warren? While she’s running on the Democratic ticket in W. Massachusetts she would be a terrific national candidate..

    • Tom,

      Hon Elizabeth Warren is the 8th USA Parliament’s Deputy Treasury Secretary, one of 75 Deputy Ministers, and 60 full Ministers.

      http://usparliament.org/cab-1.php

      We would welcome her as one of the 33 active Senate candidates the USA Parliament is to elect under our rule # 32, but realistically, we need people who want to coordinate better who are in communication.

      The All Party System (and independents) is ready to coordinate with anyone based on ranked choice ballots cast as proof in majority and consensus vote counts.

      Please contact us if that’s something you’re interested in, we’re easily reached by phone or email.

  1. [...] Ronald Hardy writes for Green Party Watch: After the 2011 Annual National Meeting in Alfred, NY 4 weeks ago the talk started up about Jill Stein. Her name had been brought up a number of times (and included in some Green Polls) but apparently at the ANM a number of influential Greens encouraged Dr. Stein to run. Jill Stein is a Physician, Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Green Rainbow Party, and a veteran campaigner. She has run for Governor twice (2002, 2010), Secretary of the Commonwealth (2006, she received over 350,000 votes for 18%), as well as running (and winning) at local office. [...]

  2. [...] Ronald Hardy writes for Green Party Watch: After the 2011 Annual National Meeting in Alfred, NY 4 weeks ago the talk started up about Jill Stein. Her name had been brought up a number of times (and included in some Green Polls) but apparently at the ANM a number of influential Greens encouraged Dr. Stein to run. Jill Stein is a Physician, Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Green Rainbow Party, and a veteran campaigner. She has run for Governor twice (2002, 2010), Secretary of the Commonwealth (2006, she received over 350,000 votes for 18%), as well as running (and winning) at local office. [...]

  3. [...] Ronald Hardy writes for Green Party Watch: After the 2011 Annual National Meeting in Alfred, NY 4 weeks ago the talk started up about Jill Stein. Her name had been brought up a number of times (and included in some Green Polls) but apparently at the ANM a number of influential Greens encouraged Dr. Stein to run. Jill Stein is a Physician, Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Green Rainbow Party, and a veteran campaigner. She has run for Governor twice (2002, 2010), Secretary of the Commonwealth (2006, she received over 350,000 votes for 18%), as well as running (and winning) at local office. [...]

  4. [...] I have heard countless questions about who the Green Party is going to run for President in 2012. As Obama continues to fail on environmental issues, continues overseas wars over oil, and cuts social programs that support the poor and the elderly, voters are clearly looking for an alternative. At this point, Dr. Kent Mesplay [...] Green Party Watch [...]