Message from the NWI Green Party Chair, Joseph Conn
I want to take a quick look back on the Nov. 7 municipal general elections and we’ll move on.
One of the reasons both Rev. Michael Cooper and I, Joseph Conn, ran for Mayor of Portage and Hobart City Council At-Large, respectively, was to a larger purpose than winning local public office.
Our national politics is totally corrupted by corporations and the oligarchs who own them.
That’s BOTH the Republicans and Democrats.
No further evidence need be given than the woeful choice of candidates that are likely to be foisted the two-party system on the voters in next year’s presidential elections.
On the one hand, there’s Republican and former President Donald Trump, the most vulgar president in U.S. history, who’s 77 and 1/2 years old. If elected and he lives through his full term, he will be 81 and six months when he leaves office.
Worse, Biden is 81 now, if elected, will be 82 on Inauguration Day, and if he lives through his second term, will be 86. He’s already evidencing mental decline.
Trump brought his penchant for scandal-plagued business dealings to a White House tenure that was an international embarrassment.
Under Biden’s neo-conservative-influenced foreign policy, the U.S. is embroiled in costly wars with Russia in Ukraine and in Palestine, retains U.S. troops in the oil fields of northeastern Syria and seems itching for fights with Iran and China. Then there’s the Hunter Biden scandals.
And yet, these two yahoos are who the Democratic and Republican parties are most likely to foist upon us in the 2024 elections. See the clip below on how the Dems are corruptly rigging the party primaries and caucuses for Biden, deemed “arrogant and wrong,” by the Florida Sun-Sentinel editorial board.
We can’t change our government’s corrupt policies with these two corrupt parties – the Democrats and the Republicans – providing the only choices of candidates for members of Congress and POTUS.
Neither can be reformed from within. They must be swept away into the dustbin of history, like the Whigs.
But to do that, we have to create new parties, like the Green Party, that can attract capable, honest, uncorrupted local candidates, like Michael and I, who are not dependent on corporate campaign contributions. We need to keep running them for local office until they win. Then they need to govern well once in office, and demonstrate there are viable alternatives to higher office than the “lesser of two evils” choices offered by the Democrats and Republicans today.
We didn’t win this year, but for the first time in history a Green candidate won a precinct in a city-wide election in Hobart. That’s progress. We need to prepare do better next time.
Once we have a bench of incorruptible, local Green and alternative party candidates, we can run them for state and even national office and break the Dems’ and GOPer’s – and the oligarch’s -- stranglehold on our government.
Come join us and help make that possible.