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Start Seeing Other Parties: Green Party National Meeting, July 23-26 2009

When you believe in accountability for torture but your party doesn’t pursue it, what do you do?
When you oppose warrantless search and surveillance but your party doesn’t, what do you do?
When you believe in universal health care but your party doesn’t enact it, what do you do?
When you believe in enforcing the Endangered Species Act but your party doesn’t, what do you do?
When you oppose using government to establish religion but your party doesn’t, what do you do?
When you believe in ending marriage discrimination but your party doesn’t, what do you do?
When you believe in ending wars but your party doesn’t, what do you do?

A) Believe it when your party says it’ll start work on these matters, really soon, just after the next election
B) Leave the party
C) Find another party

The Democratic Party has been asking its followers to go for Option A for many years now. Just wait until the Democrats get back control of Congress, we were asked. Just wait until the Democrats get the Presidency, the request was amended. Those party tasks have been accomplished… but all the policy priorities listed above are still on the Democratic Party back burner, and in many cases rejected outright.

The Democratic Party is asking you to be patient, to put your policy priorities away, for the sake of the party, again, to just wait for…

… to wait for what? The Democratic Party has control over two houses of Congress and the presidency. If not now, when? On all of the above issues, the Democratic Party insists “not now” or “not ever.” Option A, just sticking around and waiting and hoping, looks to me like a non-starter if you’re a liberal Democrat.

I’ve never been enamored enough of the Democratic Party to be a member of it, and I’ve never joined another party either. My choice has been Option B, to remain a perpetual independent.

If there’s another political party that better represents your ideals than the Democratic Party, then Option C (joining that other party) might make sense, too. The Green Party stands in favor of pushing forward on all the points which the Democratic Party has neglected. It’s a small, underfunded party with all the issues and drama surrounding small, underfunded parties, the kind of issues that fade away with success.

The Green Party USA is holding its annual national meeting soon, from July 23-26 in Durham, North Carolina, with meetings on party issues and also seminars on policy topics and organizing for issue-centered political activism. If you’ve found yourself perennially disappointed with the Democrats, would you consider a trip down to Durham to check out an alternative?

2 comments to Start Seeing Other Parties: Green Party National Meeting, July 23-26 2009

  • I would consider such a trip, and I’m considering joining the New York State Green Party for the reasons you’ve discussed. With Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand and David Paterson the faces of the New York State Democrats, I’ve never been more happy to be apart from that party. As a former member of the New York State Democratic Committee, I saw too much of the power-for-the-sake-of-power mentality to remain.

  • Dave S

    The current state of our political establishment makes a compelling case for more voices and choices – and the Greens make a pretty compelling case for themselves, too. The Green platform is forward-thinking and rational; enough for me to join.

    Check out the Green Party of New York State website, especially if you’re interested in getting active at the local level:
    Green Party of New York State

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