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The end of the GOP and the rise of the Greens!

PR and VP
Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka

By Gordon Davis

The Green Party seems to be the only viable electoral party in the center-left.

The Green Party US is moving to the left. At its 2016 Convention it adopted an anti-capitalism platform. A surprising and bold move for the Greens in the USA.

This anti-capitalist platform is likely to mean a furious fight for the hearts of the Greens. Although the Greens have always rejected any corporate contributions, unlike the Republicans and the Democrats, there are many in the Greens who do not have a clear anti-capitalist agenda.

Does the anti-capitalism platform mean that the Greens will want the so called social democracies of Western Europe? Perhaps another alternative will come about. We will have to see what develops.

In many ways this future struggle within the Greens has the same feel as that which occurred in the late 1960s in SDS. The split in SDS was over how to defeat capitalism.

For President, the Greens nominated favorite and native daughter to Massachusetts, Jill Stein. For Vice President, the Greens nominated Ajamu Baraka, human rights activist. Mr. Baraka is somewhat like Tim Kaine; neither overshadows their respective Presidential candidate.

Cornell West
Cornel West and delegates

At the Greens Convention was a good number of former supporters of candidate Bernie Sanders. For the most part, they were younger and more enthusiastic than the longtime Greens. Former Sanders supporters have made their presence known to the Green-Rainbows in Massachusetts!

It was not clear whether the former Sanders supporters at the Greens Convention were actual delegates or just unofficial attendees. This seems to bode well for the Greens who will likely pick up many younger former Sanders supporters and increase the Green draw as a political party.

The labor vote has not come easily to the Greens. This might have been due to the ties of labor bosses to the Democratic Party. I suppose at some point the Wall Street bosses’ friendship with the Democratic Party could lead to Labor’s defection to the Greens. The Democrats under President Bill Clinton helped destroy labor and the social safety net – and signed bills that led to mass incarceration. Hillary Clinton has paid only lip service to the Black Lives Matter civil rights movement.

During the 1930s the Black vote went from the Republicans to the Democrats when we Black people saw that Wall Street had no plans to end the Great Depression and racism. It is likely something similar will take place in the future.

The Democratic Party was a coalition created by FDR to nullify the Wall Street bosses. Those bosses caused the Great Depression of the 20th Century and the Great Recession of the 21th Century. Today the Democrats are in bed with Wall Street while pretending to be pro-labor.

The Republican Party has split into three parts: fascist, libertarian and the Charlie Baker moderates. It is no longer a coherent entity. Only the fascists have the potential for growing, blaming immigrants and using racism. The Libertarians are just in the wrong century. The moderate Republicans are moving into the Democratic Party where they are being openly courted.

Like the Know Nothing Party of the 1800s, the GOP is disappearing! It seems that the Greens are becoming the new FDR coalition…

ICT endorsement: Deval Patrick for Governor! AND: We love Jill Stein, but …

By Rosalie Tirella

… Stein should drop out of the Mass governor’s race. Incumbent Deval Patrck and his main opponent, businessness whiz kid Charlie Baker, are running pretty much neck and neck (as of Oct. 24 – pre-last night’s debate). It was reported in the Boston Globe that Patrick is beginning to break away from Baker (43% to Baker’s 39% of likely voters surveyed), but his lead is so slight that is within the margin of error. So Patrick could still lose to Baker! Even though the Globe poll showed Patrick was considered way more likeable than Baker (I agree), the two candidates were TIED re: leadership ability. Which is killer important here, which is what the people are craving.

For the first time in months, the poll shows, voters really like our Deval! Easy to see during these debates, visits to towns/cities. Patrick shows a lot of compassion and goodness. He reminds us that during this global economic shitstorm, he and his team have been steady as she blows. Massachusetts still has an AA bond rating, and as Patrick told viewers of the debate yesterday: he’s delivered a state budget that was balanced, responsible and in on time. AND: During this shitstorm, Patrick (calmly, it seems) has invested in jobs/job growth (green jobs, stem cell banks at UMass/Worcester, etc) and burnished our ed creds (which on some level means more charter schools but still … .)

Our teachers, cops, fire fighters still have their jobs. Mass cities and towns did not go belly up during this tsunami because Patrick wisely used Mass rainy day funds and fed stimulus money to fill the budget gap. Things will be just as brutal next year! I would prefer to have Patrick sailing the Mass ship (with compassion and intelligence) than Baker who seems wicked smart but too hard and cool for my tastes. I don’t want to see people who care for the mentally disabled lose their jobs! I don’t want poor mothers Continue reading ICT endorsement: Deval Patrick for Governor! AND: We love Jill Stein, but …

Lift off for the Jill Stein campaign!‏

editor’s note: a message from Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for governor of Massachusetts:

Dear friends,

Welcome to our campaign’s weekly e-mail update. We’re off to a fantastic start, and I wanted to welcome new supporters and old friends with a quick message about the incredible opportunity that we face, even in the midst of great crises.

On Capitol Hill and Beacon Hill the sellouts continue apace – to health insurance giants, Wall Street banksters, war hawks and climate spoilers. Business as usual is still taking a heavy toll on our jobs, health, communities and environment, pushing us towards the brink. More than ever, there is cause to rise up for justice, survival and the future we deserve. We have an unprecedented opportunity to tip the balance in 2010 towards a healthy, just, sustainable future –in Massachusetts and beyond.

This campaign will be a vehicle for our shared vision that grows more essential with every passing year: vibrant, secure local economies, community-based green jobs, alternative clean energy and local agriculture (two of the fastest growing sectors around), an end to needless, cruel home foreclosures, and Medicare for all. Continue reading Lift off for the Jill Stein campaign!‏