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Michigan Green Party Running Candidates Up and Down the Ticket

Looking at the candidate slate of the Michigan Green Party, I’m impressed by the depth of the candidate field. The Green Party is not only running candidates for the highest offices — Governor, Secretary of State, 11 U.S. House seats — but has also got candidates running for lower-level offices — 5 candidates for the Michigan State Senate and House, 2 candidates for the State Board of Education, 2 candidates for the University of Michigan Board of Regents, and 10 more candidates for local offices. Barack Obama liked to say during his run for the highest office in the land that change comes from down at the bottom of the political ladder; the Michigan Green Party is actually pursuing change from the bottom up.

5 comments to Michigan Green Party Running Candidates Up and Down the Ticket

  • Thanks for the Green Party news!

  • Tom

    The problem with that bottom up, incrementalist approach, is that the pace of change is so slow as to be ineffective (or non-existant in the corporate era). i’m glad for third party candidates, but they’ll most likely be outspent in the all important advertising war and capture a mere 2 – 5% of the vote (being relative unknowns). Even if one of them manages to make it, we’re back to the “how does he get support” question. Believe me, politics ain’t gonna change anything for the better any time soon. If it didn’t happen with Obama, how’s a Green or two gonna have any impact? The way the system’s been “gamed” there’s no way to correct it without resorting to massive change all at once: like a Constitutional amendment banning lobbyists and corporate money combined with term limits, open publicly funded elections, and a complete re-thinking of the distribution of tax money away from military and homeland security wastefulness and into more citizen uplifting policies. The tax laws would have to be re-thought too (because of the huge disparity in distribution of wealth).
    Just my two cents.

    • There are no quick fixes. Taking over the Democratic Party? Personally, I don’t believe that will ever work, but after at least a few years of progressives working on that, it hasn’t worked so well. Forming any kind of social movement? That doesn’t happen overnight. All of these things take time, even what you’re suggesting.

      And the way I see it, electing Greens WILL get us closer to those major reforms. Not only do they inject important ideas that are currently lacking in political debate, but they will push for those ideas in office. Just look at the examples of Germany, Australia, Colombia (especially Bogota), and dozens of other nations for the HUGE impact a (at least somewhat) successful Green Party can have. Australia is the most current – the country will probably get some form of carbon limit because a Green was elected to their lower house of Parliament.

    • Where do we disagree, then? I completely agree with Chris Hedges there, and I also think – as Hedges has said – that you need to have a “radical break” with the Democrats and the rest of the two party system. And because I’m a political ecologist and the Greens are the only nationally organized (somewhat, at this point) progressive party, it makes a lot of sense to support them.

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