Nov 19, 2010

15 Reasons for Liberals and Progressives to Support the Green Party

An article at Corrente chides New York liberals and progressives for supporting Democrat Andrew Cuomo for governor, and provides fifteen reasons for liberals and progressives to support the Green Party, culled from Howie Hawkins' platform as Green candidate for governor in the state:
Here in New York, Cuomo’s election for Democratic Governor was a veritable cakewalk. All Cuomo did was sit back and let racist Paladino repel voters one sound bite at a time. David Koch, massive funder of the Tea Party movement, even donated $50,000 for Dem Cuomo’s campaign. CUOMO’S campaign!! I mean, clearly Republican Paladino was gonna lose. So why don’t the sociopathic fat cats grease the palms of the other war/money party candidates? Those contributions sure go far. Look at Obama’s choices. Cuomo even baldly invited Tea Partiers to vote for him due to his similar austerity platform to Paladino but without the verbal nastiness of his opponent. . . .

Okay, my blogs tend to run very long. So let me just throw out quickly 15 or so reasons I am SOLIDLY COMMITTED TO THE GREEN PARTY AND SUCH CANDIDATES AS NY’s HOWIE HAWKINS. Most of the following stances were cherry-picked from Hawkins’ recent election press releases via email . . .
1) TAX THE RICH!. . .
2) WPA-STYLE JOBS PROGRAM! . . .
3) STATE SINGLE PAYER MEDICARE FOR ALL! . . . 
4) FULLY FUNDED PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES, END OF MAYORAL CONTROL, PREVENTION OF PROPERTY TAX CAP (which Cuomo wants and what will dry up school funding and public services), CALL TO OPPOSE CHARTER SCHOOLS!
5) END DRONE STRIKES! . . .
6) END SPYING, END CRIMINALIZATION OF POLITICAL DISSENT, END ATTACKS ON CIVIL LIBERTIES!  . . .
7) FULLY END THE ROCKEFELLER DRUG LAWS, INVOKE LEGALIZATION AND TAXATION OF DRUGS AND END MASS IMPRISONMENT OF NON-VIOLENT OFFENDERS!. . .
8 ) END TORTURE!
9) END THE SCAPEGOATING OF MUSLIMS!
10) RAISE MINIMUM WAGE TO $12 AN HOUR! Generate public living wage jobs for the unemployed.
11) BAN ON HYDRAULIC FRACTURING!!! End hydrofracking.
12) FOCUS ON CLEAN ENERGY PROGRAMS!
13) BAN ON GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS! Also referred to as “Frankenfoods”.
14) STRONG TENANT RIGHTS AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING!
          15) BRING THE TROOPS HOME! END THE WARS NOW!

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