As a general rule, if it is a small political party in the US and it is not preaching racial hatred, I am not going to say a word against it. I feel that there are (a) better targets and (b) I support efforts to build other political parties.
So I read this garbage by Dan Turner at the Los Angeles Times:
California's Green Party was born in 1991, during a flurry of liberal outrage against Bush's war -- the first Bush, that is, and his shortlived liberation action for Kuwait. California activists, with memories of Vietnam still floating among their THC-dulled synapses, saw the Persian Gulf War as a conflict led by a hated Republican president who was sacrificing American blood for oil -- and a Green movement that had been sputtering before war was declared suddenly took root. More antiwar and pro-environment than the Democratic Party at the time, it was, for a while, a fashionable protest party for the crunchy-granola set.
But the sprout never really blossomed. On Tuesday, the California Green Party's top vote-getter -- notably, it wasn't comedian Roseanne Barr, whose candidacy seems to have been seen even by Greens as a joke, but Massachusetts physician Jill Stein -- received less votes than an American Independent Party candidate named Mad Max Riekse. It's safe to say the Green dream has died.
The national Green Party, which declared Stein its nominee Wednesday, will sputter on. Yet its handful of remaining voters in California might want to seriously think about voting Democrat if they want to have any impact on future elections. The problem is that, in California at least, there is very little separation between Democrats and Greens, which gives people little reason to join the tiny party.
Dan's "been an editorial editor or writer with the Times since 2004." Doesn't that explain a great deal.
It's not easy being Dan. What if we ridiculed his looks? He's not attractive. Not even remotely cute.
His attack on the Green Party isn't about politics.
There was no need for the column. It had no humor and it had no real thought. It was just a bitchy little man raging in his pathetic way.
Jill Stein may end up the only candidate in the race that actually deserves your vote.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):