If your ideas tend toward the left-hand side of the political spectrum and you are dissatisfied with your choices in the Governor’s race where you live, consider the Green Party choices that you might not have heard of. Green Party Watch lists the Green Party candidates running for Governor in 13 states. The candidates are delightfully unabashed about their alternative identities and perspectives. My favorite is Howard Switzer, who declares of himself:
I am a hippy, proud because we hippies have been right on every issue for the last 40 years. We were right about Nixon, Racism, Vietnam, consumerism, nuclear power, environmental pollution, organic food, natural birth, green renewable and appropriate technology …and we are right about the corporate control of our national institutions. My goal is not to overthrow the system but to make it irrelevant by reviving democracy, by making sure that every organization, our church, school, or government is run according to its principles….
Our patriotic duty today is to make all major American institutions democratic. While we may have much personal freedom to go where we want, work, eat, live where we want, buy what we think we want, change the channel when we want, etc. we have given up our civic and political roles. We do not have the freedom to participate in decisions about war and foreign policy, domestic health and safety, taxes and monetary policy, transportation or environmental protection or education policy. The media, school system, financial system, labor unions, the arts, religious institutions and our political system, even our high courts are now dominated by this centralized corporate wealth. It is an issue that is not even on the agenda of the “suits,” my corporate funded opponents in this race.