Coming out of the election of 2012, the Green Party needed to do something bold. The campaign of Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, though it was innovative in its participation in civil disobedience linking it with the Occupy Movement and environmental activists, only gained a small number of votes on Election Day. The Obama-Biden re-election campaign was able to activate the anything-but-a-Republican reflex among Democratic voters. Barack Obama went right back to promoting Republican policies immediately after the election was over, of course, offering to cut Social Security, expand offshore drilling and the like.
What can we do now, but watch the right wing slide of the Democrats during the first term of the Obama presidency continue? We can watch the alternative.
In what may just be the kind of bold action the Green Party needs right now, Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala have organized a Green Shadow Cabinet. Professionals and activists who are disturbed with the increasing conservatism of the Obama White House and the Democratic Party have been organized into a simulation of what the federal government of the United States of America would look like if the Green Party was in control.
The Green Shadow Cabinet is not a project of the Green Party. It’s something that Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala put together themselves, with the help of their supporters. This is good news for fans of the Green Party, because it means that two potential Green candidates for President in 2016 intend not to fade into the background as other Green candidates have done, but to remain conspicuously active in politics for the next four years.
I look forward to seeing what the Green Shadow Cabinet has to say in the years to come.