Today’s paragraphs come to us from Margaret Flowers, Green Party candidate for the Senate in Maryland.
Ms. Flowers wrote a letter, signed by what appears to be hundreds of fellow Green Party members, giving the “not in our name” heave-ho to Jill Stein, and her Hillary-friendly quest for recounts in states where Donald Trump won by small margins.
Here is the key part:
The Green Party cannot build the political power necessary for the transformative changes we need by allying with two capitalist parties that serve the interests of the wealthy. That is why it is imperative that the Green Party is independent of those parties. We stay independent to give people an alternative to the corruption of two money-based parties. Greens reject donations from corporations and their political action committees to ensure we are accountable to the people and so that the people’s agenda is not superseded by the corporate agenda.
There are significant electoral reforms needed to make elections more democratic and more representative of the people. While we support electoral reforms, including how the vote is counted, we do not support the current recount being undertaken by Jill Stein.
The decision to pursue a recount was not made in a democratic or a strategic way, nor did it respect the established decision making processes and structures of the Green Party of the United States (GPUS). The recount has created confusion about the relationship between the Green and Democratic parties because the states chosen for the recount are only states in which Hillary Clinton lost. There were close races in other states such as New Hampshire and Minnesota where Clinton won, but which were not part of the recount. And this recount does not address the disenfranchisement of voters; it recounts votes that were already counted rather than restoring the suffrage of voters who were prevented from voting.
As a candidate, Dr. Stein has the right to call for a recount. However, we urge the GPUS to distance itself from any appearance of support for either Democrats or Republicans. We are well aware of the undemocratic actions taken during the primaries by the DNC and the Clinton campaign. Greens cannot be perceived to be allied with such a party.
That, readers, is a highly sanitized way of telling Jill Stein to go do something herself…that would make her a fortune in the porn industry.
Margaret Flowers wins Paragraphs Of The Day honors because, although I disagree with the Green Party on many issues, I respect people with sincere positions that differ from mine and I respect people who stick to their positions. Ms. Flowers qualifies on both counts.