Margaret Flowers Runs For Senate Promoting Progressive Peace
This is the last year that establishment Democrat Barbara Mikulski will be seen in the United States Senate. She’s retiring from office with a mixed record that saw aspects of a 20th century progressive agenda mixed in with support for regressive policies. Senator Mikulski’s support for Big Brother government surveillance was particularly disappointing to her constituents.
In 2016, voters will have the opportunity to elect a more thoroughly liberal candidate. This chance will exist regardless whether progressive U.S. Representative Donna Edwards wins the Democratic Party nomination.
Margaret Flowers is running as a Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland. Flowers is a pediatrician, and so it’s not surprising that her campaign centers around the desire to replace the complexity of Barack Obama’s insurance-dependent health care reforms with a simple, universal single payer health care system.
Dr. Flowers isn’t just running a one-note campaign, though. Flowers is cooperating with Clean Up The Mines on environmental issues, speaking out against the use of police as enforcers of discipline in public schools, opposing the Transpacific Partnership, talking consistently about racism and working against economic injustice. Flowers is co-director of It’s Our Economy, a project of Popular Resistance that’s dedicated to “people and planet before profits”. Flowers refuses to accept any corporate financial contributions to her campaign, and was arrested at a recent protest against the U.S. bombing of a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders.
If you’re looking for a clean, positive, idealistic campaign to support instead of focusing on the crass fearmongering that’s dominating the presidential race, Margaret Flowers is worth a look.