U.S. Green Party’s 2016 vice-presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka and presidential candidate Jill Stein (Source: Wikipedia Commons)
I have received a March 20 communication from the European Green Party officially rejecting the U.S. Green Party’s “Republicans are preferable to Democrats” stance.
This was in response to my query to them asking if they share the views expressed by numerous U.S. Green Party leaders and allies that Republicans in American office are preferable to Democrats. I provided them a link to a compilation of statements, each with a link to its original source so validity and context are easily verified. It includes views such as such as this from U.S. Greens’ 2016 presidential candidate Jill Stein in October 2016:
If you watched the debate the other night, you would have heard Trump saying that he’s looking for collaboration with Putin… he’s got business interests all over the place; on that basis, hey wow, maybe he’d be the peace president because he needs peace all over the place… Yeah, climate change is horrific, but it’s not happening tomorrow.
Among the many similar pronouncements by U.S. Green leaders are an article by Stein posted in October titled “What’s scarier than Donald Trump? Hillary Clinton’s plans to gut Social Security;” an article that her running mate Ajamu Baraka tweeted in October titled “Why Hillary Clinton Is More Dangerous Than Donald Trump;” and a statement from the U.S. Greens’ 2016 campaign social media director Jillian Thomas explaining her own preference for Trump over Clinton.
There are many more. Ralph Nader, U.S. Greens’ 2000 presidential candidate, similarly often stated his desire to see Al Gore defeated and George W. Bush win.
The reaction from Eliana Capretti, Head of Communications and Press, European Green Party, was a swift, thorough and unambiguous repudiation:
From “Farewell, America” by Neal Gabler at Bill Moyer & Co., Nov 10, 2016:
After seeing my neighbors emerge like this, I fear Neal Gabler is right when he says ” We know too much about each other to heal.”
We needed you this year, Carl.
Rarely have Sagan-esque musings been more poignant than today. Pale Blue Dotwas Sagan’s 1994 look at humanity from a distant vantage point. Really distant. Precisely where I wish I were just now. But no, I won’t quote THAT passage (“Look again at that dot…“); you can read it here. Those iconic words have overshadowed many other treasures in the glorious book, which once prompted me to pull together Pale Blue Dot‘s most timely excerpts. Some of them seem apropos to Day One of America’s new nightmare.
Above all, here’s Sagan’s seemingly unheard message to America:
Uncommon strength of character is needed to resist the blandishments of those who assure us that we have an obvious, even God-given, superiority over our fellows.
We’re going to have to figure out how to grow that uncommon strength in ourselves and more Americans in the coming days.
Sagan found it useful to imagine viewing Earth from space through the eyes of space-faring alien beings, so let’s begin… <snip>
When you consider the power of this viewpoint, it’s no surprise that Republicans have been been trying to defund NASA programs that study Earth from space. I think we know where that’s headed starting today. The last thing Trump will want, once he’s this Pale Blue Dot’s most powerful man, is for Earthlings to have any more Blue Marble epiphanies.
7/25/2016, Roanoke, VA.
Jill Stein: Swing-State Voters Should Still Vote for Me Even If It Means Donald Trump Gets Elected
[Excerpt. Read the full article at Patheos].
Al Jazeera’s UpFront host Mehdi Hasan confronted Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein last week about continuing her campaign knowing it could produce a Trump victory.
Her responses seemed startlingly detached from reality, by
- pretending she might win, despite polling at only 3-4%
- denying that a progressive should be more alarmed by Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton
- dismissing any personal responsibility to “get out of the way” of those working to stop Trump
- rejecting the advice of prominent fellow Green Noam Chomsky to swing-state Greens to vote against Trump by voting for Clinton
- immaturely insulting the man she asked to be her running mate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, who now passionately urges voters to stand with Clinton, by suggesting he’s not acting on deeply held principles but rather that he’s someone who has “drunk the Kool-Aid.”