Again we need to have the argument about strategy. I find it unconscionable to help elect Romney and his climate change deniers at this time. I certainly share the frustration but also want to note that the backlash against the left for Ralph Nader’s miniscule showing in 2000 was significant. I’d argue that creating backlash against the left is the worst mistake that can be made at this time. Also, an appropriate strategy for building a third party is to build it from the bottom, not from the top. The Greens need to win many city council elections and state elections that build credibility and base. You run a presidential candidate when that person can be drafted by a wider pool of people. The better strategy at this time would be for Jill Stein to be featured in that fine video and then explain the strategic sense of asking Green supporters to throw our votes behind Obama as the one who at least recognizes the reality of climate change. After the election is the time to build a powerful opposition in the form of a Green Party that took seriously the damage that another right-wing Supreme Court appointee could do, that took seriously the damage to women and families of a concerted and successful assault on Roe v. Wade that a Republican presidential victory will make possible, that took seriously the even more drastic defunding of public education that a Republican victory would make possible. The argument that there’s no difference between the candidates/parties is nonsense. And note that this argument is almost never made by people who have children and who recognize that the quality of mean-ness in the air matters a great deal in the emergence (or lack of emergence) of people willing and able to successfully organize for change! Sincerely, Barbara
Comment by Barbara Regenspan — November 2, 2012 @ 6:51 pm
The better strategy at this time would be for Jill Stein to be featured in that fine video and then explain the strategic sense of asking Green supporters to throw our votes behind Obama as the one who at least recognizes the reality of climate change.
What good is it if he “recognizes” climate change when he does nothing to oppose the corporations who are producing it?
Comment by louisproyect — November 2, 2012 @ 6:56 pm
How many times did Obama raise climate change in the three debates, let alone do anything about it in four years. Forgetting the scaremongering and hysterics about what Romney would do as President, in the cold light of day, what has Obama actually done to suggest four more years of him would benefit the US working classes in any significant way? Not to mention the fact that Guantanamo is still open and business is booming for funeral directors in Pakistan. When is lesser evilism going to stop?
Comment by Doug — November 3, 2012 @ 4:36 pm
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