"The Green Party is alive and well.
This campaign has established the Greens as a viable political force. We are
now third largest party, supplanting the Reform Party as the major
competition to the Democratic and Republican parties.
We would have liked, of course, to have garnered the five percent that would
have made the party eligible for federal matching funds in the 2004
election. That would have been a bonus. But, across the country we
attracted enthusiastic supporters who intend to remain committed to the
party's progressive agenda. The party will only grow in the coming months
The Gore campaigners pulled out every stop in an attempt to peel off our
voters. They were successful in many states with reducing our total, but
these voters will be back with us in future elections.
There will be a lot of finger pointing about the poor showing of Gore. Gore
had all the advantages of an incumbent Administration, but he never
generated enthusiasm and many voters cast ballots for him out of pragmatism,
In the end, the Democratic party must face the fact that it is has abandoned
its progressive roots. The party has been seized by its
conservative-moderate pro corporate wing. And the leadership of that group
produced a candidate and a platform that simply did not excite the voters.
Progressives in the Democratic party must decide whether they want to remain
a captive of the Democratic Leadership Council and its love affair with the
big corporate money that fills the party's coffers or whether it wants to be
a party that represents people. Democrats now must either find their
progressive roots or watch the party wither away. If Democrats are
disappointed with the returns, they need to take a close look at their
party and the empty campaign waged by Al Gore in this campaign.
The Green Party is up and running. We invite the progressives who are shut
out of the Democratic Party to join us in a crusade to reform the campaign
finance system which leaves control of our government in the hands of the
We urge Democrats and Republicans, alike, to join the Green Party in its
effort to end child poverty, to give workers a true living wage, to wipe out
restrictive labor laws like Taft-Hartley that make it difficult for workers
to organize, and in its efforts to establish an accessible, affordable
health insurance system that reaches everyone. We urge Democrats and
Republicans who are interested in the environment to join the Green Party
that calls for action, not rhetoric to preserve our earth.
Similarly, we urge people to join us who believe in full civil rights and
equality for everyone regardless of race, ethnic background, gender or
sexual orientation. We believe that there are many people in both parties
who agree with us that the drug war is a colossal costly failure that has
filled our jails with non-violent crimes. We also believe that there are
millions who believe as we do that the death penalty should be abolished and
its discriminatory use against minorities be ended now. We urge citizens to
join us in effort to provide affordable housing and in a crash effort --
Marshall Plan -- to revitalize our inner cities
America can do better. The two major parties have abdicated their
responsibility to lead, to advocate solutions and to promote true democracy
from the city halls to Congress and the White House. We can do better."
For more information visit http://votenader.org
"And although this is a
fight I can lose, the accused is an innocent man."
Innocent man by Billy Joel
EXCERPT FROM A
NEED TO RESIST:
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it's been. But for this promise, this grace, this myth, that it's never lived up to it.
But you sense, just beneath the skin it can. It wants to.
America wants to have the strength of its convictions." ..diary of a man called Grendel [under construction]
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