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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Where is @DrJillStein's Green Party now?

an August exchange on a Marxist list-serve:
On 8/19/16 12:17 PM, Clay Claiborne wrote:

Just to be clear. If Trump would win because Clinton was one vote short, would you still refuse to vote for her?

I don't deal in hypotheticals.

More to the point, I am for a left party in the USA. I have been ever since I left the Trotskyist movement in 1979.

Finally, isn't it time to recognize that the Trump campaign is toast? The numbers are devastating.

2016 was a very successful year for the "anti-imperialist" Left. In 2016, more Left energy was focused on denying Hillary Clinton the presidency than any other issue, and they had a big win!

Of course, that didn't work out so well for the Stand Rock Sioux tribe, Muslim refugees, undocumented immigrants, and the world as a whole, because it meant Donald Trump became president.

These Leftists did this by giving vent to their hatred of Hillary.  They eagerly promoted every Russian hacked, Wiki-leak of DNC embarrassment and wrong doing, while deferring any investigation or exposure of Trump's Alt-Right white supremacist ties until after the election.

Many rallied around the Green Party, and the candidacy of Dr. Jill Stein. They argued that Hillary Clinton was as bad, or worse, than Donald Trump. They argued Trump has some good ideas, and compared to Hillary Clinton, was the "Peace Candidate."
The Left campaigned against voting for the lesser of two evils and barely enough people followed their counsel to put Donald Trump over the top.

This data is from Politico [updated 22 Nov. 2016 - PA updated 2 Dec from http://www.electionreturns.pa.gov/ ] :
Candidate Count % Michigan [16] Wisconsin [10] Pennsylvania [20]
Donald Trump 61,201,031 47% 2,279,805 1,409,467 2,955,671
Hillary Clinton 62,523,126 48% 2,268,193 1,382,210 2,906,128
Difference 11,612 27,257 49,543
Jill Stein 802,119 0.7% 50,700 30,980 49,678

cartoon by Pia Guerra
As you can see from the numbers above, if the Jill Stein voters in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania had voted for Hillary Clinton instead, white supremacist Steve Bannon won't be running our country now.

Green Party's 2016 Strategy

Many on the Left argued that what really mattered in 2016 was building the Green Party into a truly progressive party with a mass base that could seriously contend for the presidency in the future. They counseled that we keep our eye on that prize and not fret about who would ultimately be sworn in on 20 January 2017.

The Green Party knew it had absolutely no chance of putting its own candidates, Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka into the White House. It told anyone who would listen that it really didn't matter whether it was Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton that would be closely followed by the nuclear football after January. To make their case, they downplayed the significance of white supremacy in this election, ignored the pleas of minorities to make this election a fight against it, and even went so far as to claim Donald Trump might be the lesser of the two evils.

They were so focused on defeating Hillary Clinton that even Sean Spicer, Trump's Press Secretary, could be found campaigning for Jill Stein:
Check out all the Trump supporters re-tweeting him. Think they didn't know
what they were doing? Think the Jill Stein didn't know what she was doing?

Mirri Maz Duur
They said progressives should be willing to sacrifice this election cycle to build the Green Party into a powerful mass third party that could oneday put a really progressive president, like Jill Stein, in the White House. Well, now the sacrifice has been made, Jill Stein voters could have stopped the white supremacist victory, but they didn't, and the terrible consequences of Trump in power are only beginning to unfold, and I am feeling very much like Daenerys Targaryen, after she discovered that Mirri Maz Duur had tricked her into sacrificing her baby in Blood Magic that was suppose to save Khal Drogo's life. She cried "Where is Khal Drogo? Show him to me, godswife, maegi, bloodmage, whatever you are. Show me Khal Drogo. Show me what I bought with my son's life." So I feel entitled to ask "Where is the Green Party now?"

Now it is clear to most, if not Jill, that not only is Donald Trump the greater of the two evils, he is far and away the most dangerous US president in living memory. His election is undoubtably a great tragedy but what heartens the soul is the way people in the United States and around the world have turned out in massive numbers to oppose his assault on democracy. Starting with the unprecedented numbers at the massive women's marches the day after the inauguration, on to protests against his Muslim ban so massive that they shut down the nations biggest airports, and now in the fight against this new wave of Trump initiated deportations, the progressive mass movement has shown a scope, spirit and vitality not seen since the sixties.

So where is the Green Party in all of this?

Green Party of Atlantic County 
I have no doubt that thousands of Green Party members have been active in this post-inaugural uprising but they didn't need a party to do that. My question is: Where is this renewed, invigorated, Green Party for which so many on the Left waived their right to weigh-in on the choice of the next president.

If Ohio is an indication, they haven't had great success in turning their election "victory" into the massive invigorated Green Party that was promised. Although 44,310 Ohioans voted for Jill Stein on 8 Nov 2016, they only had about 40 Ohio Greens at the first full statewide meeting of 2017 on 21 Jan 2017, where "Another high point was the very few criticisms of Donald Trump..." [???] according to the State Committee.

What I found on US Green Party website is even more depressing. Very little has been updated since before the election. The Election Day and Beyond page still says:
It's GOTV time! Make sure all your friends, family, neighbors, and others who've expressed support for Green candidates get to the polls and vote Green. Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka won't get 5% or more without that last-minute push.
They should be embarrassed by that page enough to have removed it by now. Jill Stein never stood a chance of getting even 5% of the vote. She got less than 1%, all that "last-minute push" did was put Trump in the Oval Office.

I felt like I was revisiting the now empty warehouse in which I had been previously "big store" scammed.

The reason I feel scammed is because the whole lot of "anti-imperialist" Left representatives, the Green Party, Democracy Now, Code Pink, Veterans for Peace, etc., etc, all those who made it their mission in 2016 to defeat neo-liberalism and Hillary Clinton "by any means necessary," even if that meant putting a white supremacist regime in power and moving from neoliberalism to fascism. Now that The Sting has gone down, their mood is "Don't Look Back." They have no criticisms of their pre-election positions. Instead they quickly orphaned them. Pretended not to know them. Act like they had been fighting Trump all along when really they were very sure Clinton would still win no matter how much they railed against her. That is why the Standing Rock movement had no trouble with calling out Hillary Clinton's silence on their cause even if it would cost votes. That is why they said little about Donald Trump's DAPL investments. Now they face a regime that will show no hesitation and no consideration in crushing all opposition and moving forward with dangerous pipeline construction.

Dakota Access pipeline protesters ceremoniously burn structures in their main camp in southern North Dakota near Cannon Ball, N.D., on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, as authorities prepare to shut down the camp. (AP/James MacPherson)
I've heard many say everybody was sure Clinton was going to win and that nobody saw this coming, but I did. This email to the Marxism list-serve a Green Party member ran and banned me from foretold the future we are now facing:

********************  POSTING RULES & NOTES  ********************
#1 YOU MUST clip all extraneous text when replying to a message.
#2 This mail-list, like most, is publicly & permanently archived.
#3 Subscribe and post under an alias if #2 is a concern.
Now Paul Manafort is out and the new leadership of the Trump campaign comes
from the Atl Right white supremacist gang, backed not only by Trump's money
but now also the much richer Robert Mercer. This now represents an attempt
by open fascists and white supremacists to take power in the US.

The main task of all progressive people in the United States has to be
denying the White House to this criminal gang.

What will the Green's do? Will they win votes from Trump? Will they try? If
they win progressive votes for Jill Stein, which is clearly their focus,
they effectively become a part of their racist "Defeat Crooked Hillary"

All the Greens really have to do to support white supremacists taking the
White House in 2016 is to essentially repeat their 2012 campaign and act as
if Donald Trump is really no different than Mitt Romney.

Will the white Left's treachery with regards the people of Libya and Syria,
be repeated with regards to colored peoples in the United States?

I fear it is already happening!


By the time I posted that, I had been fighting to keep Trump out of power for many months. I first warned Bourgeois media resorting to sleight-of-hand to put Trump in the White House in December 2015. I ended that post with this:
If this is an example of the presidential election year that is coming, we have a big problem. As ridiculous as it seems, it looks like a rather large section of the US bourgeois wants Donald Trump to be our next president.

Full disclosure: I have opposed Donald Trump for a long time. I'm from Atlantic City
Now there will be plenty of time to do what the Left failed to do in 2016, namely fight Donald Trump. Of course, it going to be just a little bit harder now that he holds state power.

Vladimir Putin, Michael Flynn and Dr. Jill Stein back in the day
Meanwhile, a congressional enquiry forced Michael Flynn to admit Moscow paid for him to sit at this table with Putin, and thankfully, his Putin connections have now forced him out. So who paid for Jill Stein's trip? So far she has been silent on that score, and she has a lot to answer for.

Syria is the Paris Commune of the 21st Century!

Click here for my posts on the 2016 US Election and Aftermath
Click here for a list of my other blogs on Syria
Click here for a list of my other blogs on Libya

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