Better Alternatives Can't Be Suppressed Forever
Green Party Rising Due to Mainstream Corruption
Here are some quotes from recent reports on Green Party candidacies in the United States.
from the Coastal Post Online:
One of the major complaints from conservatives and liberals is that the two major parties are so alike, it's difficult to tell them apart. When it comes down to it, does it really matter whether there's a Republican or a Democrat in any office? There has been so much compromise of principles on all sides in the search for the big bucks, that there is little to differentiate them.from the South Brunswick Post:
It's time to start voting for a government less willing to compromise its supporters' principles. Time to start voting for the people's benefit, not big businesses. All change starts at the grassroots level, and that's where each vote can be made to count. Think of all the citizens who don't vote at all, because of their disillusionment with the system. Here is a chance for people of all political stripes to vote their consciences. The Green Party has the potential to bring our country together in a way that seems impossible under the present system.
U.S. Senate hopeful Ted Glick — the Green Party candidate — was arrested last month as he tried to participate in the televised debate between his more prominent opponents, Sen. Robert Torricelli and Republican Douglas Forrester.from the Green Party of the United States:
Although Mr. Glick avoided being arrested when Messrs. Torricelli and Forrester met for a rematch last week, he was again rebuffed by the campaign staffs organizing the debates.
And that's a shame. Given the tenor of this year's senate campaign, in which the two sides have spent a lot of time trashing each other's character and not talking about the things that are important to most New Jerseyans (the future of Social Security, the War on Terror, corporate malfeasance, the environment), a fresh voice seems needed.
That, of course, is why Mr. Glick — and other third-party candidates — generally are not invited to these kinds of affairs. They would upset the delicate balance the two parties need to avoid talking about the issues.
We need to find ways to expand the pool of candidates and to give the public a chance to hear from them, to get to know them and, ultimately, support them.
In the wake of Bob Torricelli's withdrawal from the New Jersey U.S. Senate race, Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Ted Glick today said that the state Democratic party "is in disarray" and urged all disgruntled Democratic voters to vote for him "as a viable alternative" who will truly champion them and their needs.
"The Democratic party is in disarray and faces defeat," he said. "It is time now for responsible Democratic voters to take a second look at the Green party and my candidacy. A vote for me and for other Greens should not be seen as a defeat for Democrats but as a victory for the people.
"No matter who is the Democratic candidate, voters who favor people and not corporate empowerment should vote their consciences and cast their ballots for me and other Green party candidates," he continued.
"The Green Party is a growing and viable alternative. It is established in all 50 states and is running candidates for a number of offices.
"Voters should break with the mindset of the two major parties and realize there is another which truly represents them and their needs - the Green Party."
Glick's goals include: inspections, not war on Iraq, universal health care, quality education, lower taxes for workers and the middle class, protection of worker rights, tougher penalties and laws against corporate crooks, and energy independence.
"The time is now to allow me to join in debates between Senate candidates so that my views can be heard by a large group of voters," he said. Glick also wants to join the other Senate candidates in a Meet the Press appearance currently scheduled for October 20th.
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