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Map of Major Green Party Campaigns

It may seem like an early time to start thinking about major political elections again, with Election Day 2008 just a little more than half a year behind us. However, successful campaigns for 2010 will begin their planning now, even if that planning often takes place for the most part behind the scenes.

The map you see below is a bit sparse, but think of it as a baseline for things to come over the next year. It’s just next year, after all, that mid-term congressional elections are coming.

The following is a map of states where there are Green Party candidates for Congress or for a statewide elected office.

greenparty candidates map may 2009

California currently has the only congressional Green Party candidate, with Political Science instructor Jeremy Cloward in the running to succeed Ellen Tauscher once Tauscher joins the Department of U.S. State.

The other states have Green Party candidates for Governor, with rival Green candidates in Maine and in Minnesota, and one candidate in Illinois. We’ll come back to this map over the next year or so, to see which states have the opportunity to vote Green instead of voting Republican or Democrat.

28 comments to Map of Major Green Party Campaigns

  • Tom

    Voting isn’t changing anything, why bother? i voted for Nader twice and got Bush, i voted for Obama and got the same power people behind the scenes that made the financial mess to begin with, the same corporate owned Congress and the same Supreme Court, that is still far right even with Sotomayer. What’s a few (if any) greens going to do to change anything? We don’t have years to effect climate change and health care – it’s this four year term or it’s too late (and with climate change it’s probably already too late).

    The democratic system, designed by the Constitution, is now “quaint” and ignored, misused, abused or circumvented to meet the needs of the people in power – NOT US – and we can’t do anything about it (as we found out with Bush). Yeah, sure write your Congresspeople, protest in the streets, get arrested even, NOTHING CHANGES unless the corporate power brokers with their armies of lobbyists want it to change (and it won’t be a change for the betterment of most citizens). Who’s going to bat for us? Nobody of any importance (ie. with lots of cash to grease the palms of our bogus representatives). Money runs the show.

    • The answer to your question Tom, is that a FEW Greens won’t accomplish much of anything, but many Greens could. Will you help keep a few Greens just a few Greens, by sitting on the sidelines and pouting that you voted in two whole elections and didn’t get your way?

    • qs

      You have to protect yourself form the government as your primary concern.

      You can’t control the mob. It’s fun to be politically active and vote for who you want but without much expectation of course.

      • I wonder, qs, how far you expect to get with your agenda when you keep on telling the American people that they’re a “mob”.

        • qs

          Democracy is rule by mob.

          You have to get a 51% mob together in order to seize power and “enact your agenda.”

          • No, democracy is not rule by mob. You say it is, but that doesn’t make it true.

            Dictionary definition of “democracy”: Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives. 2. A political or social unit that has such a government. 3. The common people, considered as the primary source of political power. 4. Majority rule. 5. The principles of social equality and respect for the individual within a community.

            Where’s the word “mob”? It isn’t there. When you say that democracy is rule by mob, you’re equating the people with a mob. “Mob” is an insulting term that is not at all native to the concepts of “social equality and respect for the individual”.

            If you keep on saying that the American people are a mob, I’ve got to ask you this: Who do you prefer to rule? Who, other than the American people, would you like to see rule over the American people?

          • qs

            Mob: The mass of common people; the populace.

            You need 51% to win and gain control of the military and its associated mechanisms of enforcement.

          • qs

            Who do I think should rule me? No one of course.

            Destroy the Federal Government first in favor of State rule.

            Destroy the States in favor of local rule.

            Destroy the local rule in favor of individual rule.

            But really as long as we have competition between governments, people can always switch countries. The real danger to freedom are world government agencies like the EU.

    • Anonymous

      so qs. the individual rules and makes his or her own decisions without the control of anything higher? Correct me if Im wrong, is that wat you say should happen?

      • qs

        Yes, decentralization of power is the key. We’ll probably never live in a perfect world though so I expect some government, but it’s not to be trusted.

        • Anonymous

          qs

          So what would be considered moral and legal? Is that up to each person to decide for themselves?

          • Morality and legality are two separate things. Decisions of morality are relative and individual. Decisions of legality are more absolute and societal. Without a government, there is no law.

          • qs

            The ancient Irish model was the best. They had competing governments that were almost like unions. You could join one or form your own. They also had competing police forces and competing judiciary branches. There essentially was no central government or even a local government.

            But I didn’t say it had to be perfect. If we could destroy the U.S. Federal Government and go back to something like the articles of the Confederation then we’d be in pretty good shape.

            Actually all we really need to do is avoid world government. As long as people can flee countries and go to a different one then people will be fine. Language barriers are always there so people just have to deal with that obstacle I guess.

          • qs

            I saw a Rothbard speech on ancient Ireland, but I can’t find it. This one is good.The Myth of the need for a State.

    • qs

      so if I understanf this correctly heres how it would work. If I want to have sex with a five year old it would be ok as long as I started my own government that said it was ok? As far as morality and legality being two seperate things that doesnt seem to be true. Isnt the law usually based on a common moral idea of what is right and wrong?

    • Anonymous

      sorry qf your name autopopulated the name field, that comment about child sex was not from him/her…

  • Jim

    Well, that’s the world for you: you can work hard for things and yet sometimes they won’t come to pass. It’s been that way long before corporations, and it is that way in a democracy. It’s a feature of the universe.

    The trick is that it’s also a feature of the universe that every once in a while, a person’s efforts can and do make a significant difference. And every once in a while the corporate power brokers with their armies of lobbyists do lose. The task of a concerned individual is, if they’re smarter than me, to notice the appropriate moment and act just then. The task of a concerned individual who doesn’t know if it’s the appropriate moment to act is to decide whether it’s more important to take potentially consequential action or to avoid disappointment.

  • Jim

    qs writes:

    “Mob: The mass of common people; the populace.

    You need 51% to win and gain control of the military and its associated mechanisms of enforcement.”

    No, you don’t. In order to “win and gain control of the military and its associated mechanisms of enforcement,” a number of events must come to pass. In order to change these things, a number of other events must come to pass. Are you familiar with them?

  • Tom

    Peregrin: i’m just sayin’, votin’ isn’t makin’ the changes fast enough to do anything to divert the big money players and corporate politics. Call it whatever you want, disappointment, pouting, it’s just frustration with the complete stupidity, short-sightedness and moral bankruptcy that is fast causing the human species its own demise. Politics is NOT going to save us because we can’t even get our congresspeople to act (and i mean ACT) correctly (like doing something to keep us from going down the road to Zimbabwe levels) for the country over the past 8 years of atrocities perpetrated on the citizens of a once mighty nation, now crashing and burning (which has only just begun).

    Financially we’re bankrupt, morally we’re completely depraved by the lure of money and power to the point where we aren’t even here (we’re deluded by distractions), spiritually we’re apathetic, on human rights we’re just pathetic. Locally, we do what we must to remain in denial of our part in it all. Civilization isn’t civil any longer.

    Thanks for playing, return to your distraction of choice.

    • Oh, Tom, you know that isn’t logical at all. Politics is NOT going to save us, because politics only covers the public, socially-accountable parts of our lives. For the rest, individual responsibility has to pick up the slack. We need to pressure the government to do what it can, and what it ought to do, but we remain accountable ourselves, and sitting back and doing nothing just makes the big problems bigger.

  • Joe

    The roles of our government should include these:

    1. Create a unified road system (which they’ve successfully done)
    2. Let people fail so they learn how to succeed (Welfare doesn’t do the trick, sorry)
    We CAN’T REWARD PEOPLE FOR FAILING AND DRAGGING DOWN THOSE WHO EARN THEIR SUCCESS!!!
    When we reward failure, we take away their incentive to succeed. We were leaders in the world for a while because those who had it hard learned to adapt, stuck it out, and did amazing things for this country.
    3. The third role of the GVT: PROTECT THE PEOPLE AND THEIR RIGHTS. That is what our court system is for.
    Back in the 20s when the railroad abused the Asians working in the West, the Government should have stepped in to defend their rights, when the Asians were basically slaves. If an individual is ABUSED by a business OR THE OTHER WAY AROUND, the government should intervene.

    This is also why I hate abortion. The unborn never get the opportunity to defend themselves. They shouldn’t have to pay for their irresponsible parent’s mistakes involving broken condoms or incorrect usage of birth control.

    For the record the gays and lesbos can do whateva the F*&K they want, why does the GVT even care? Really? They would benefit from more tax money if they just allowed it.

  • Tom

    i’ve been “doing” and will keep on “doing”, but i’m not expecting things to turn around or even get appreciably better in my lifetime (let’s say 20 more years) for the simple reason that there doesn’t seem to be any social responsibility. Our “leaders” don’t seem to have any beyond being re-elected, our financiers and business people are only interested in their bottom line (at the expense of everyone else and the environment), and the rest of us are so busy trying to make ends meet and not becoming homeless that we do the same – ignore the necessary for the expedient.

    Logic isn’t the key factor, especially when dealing with humanity (and you know that).

  • Dave Schwab

    Tom – the magnitude of the problems we face, and the current government’s inability to face them, is why the Green Party is needed now more than ever. American history shows that change can come when people come together in a movement and put their blood, sweat and tears into it. Unfortunately, change doesn’t come when you elect a messiah, or even when you vote for a candidate who tells you the truth. It’s a long-term project, and the Greens are making slow but steady progress, maturing as a party, and getting ready to step in when Americans tire of Democrats and Republicans.

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