28 10 2012

Pre-election frenzy is reaching its heights here in the U.S., as foaming-at-the-mouth insanity runs neck and neck in the polls with cool, calculated insanity, and the world holds its breath to see whether the current faction  of thugs will retain control, or whether a crew that is even more out of touch with reality will take the reins in America.  Mitt Romney, in contrast to many Republicans, says he recognizes that the climate is changing, but denies human causation.  Obama admits that humans are the cause of the problem, but won’t do anything that will actually stop it.  The subject has been off the political radar in this election.

Meanwhile, on the weather radar, we have a nearly unprecedented, very late-season hurricane bearing down on the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S., and forecasters are saying it’s likely to merge with a nearly unprecedented,very early season winter storm system that’s been making its way across the country, possibly wreaking havoc when the two systems have a party over the next couple of days.  (Gee…the two-party-system meets the two-system party!).  This follows a year of record drought, which shrank crop yields in this country and elsewhere, and has sent global food reserves to their lowest level in 40 years.  This, too, is “off the radar.”  As far as the duopoly  candidates are concerned, reality is, in general, “off the radar.”  This failure to acknowledge reality could destroy the planet.  Our political system is not just insane, it is suicidally, and ecocidally, insane, a danger to itself and others.

In the midst of all this madness, what’s a David to do but battle Goliath?  What’s Lot to do but warn Sodom and try to awaken enough righteous people to save it, especially since, this time around,  there is no place to go to get away from impending destruction?

That’s why we in the Green Party keep making what effort we can to turn the tide. Here in Tennessee, our Senate candidate, Martin Pleasant, has been crisscrossing the state and getting a good reception.  He’s the  only progressive in the race, which thankfully disables the “spoiler” factor that so often taints developing-party candidates in our winner-take-all political setup.  Gotta do something to change that!  Instant runoff voting, anyone?  Our U.S. House and Tennessee House candidates keep on keepin’ on, winning recognition and even endorsement from some media outlets, as the state Democrat party falls into disarray.

And I have the great pleasure of informing you that our Presidential candidate, Jill Stein, will make a campaign swing through the state on November 1st.  Here’s her schedule:

She will start in Pleasant Hill, Tennessee, at  7AM with a Candidate Forum Breakfast sponsored by Pleasant Hill Friends of the Green Party at the Pleasant Hill Community Church.  Dr Stein will speak from 7:30-9:00AM.

Then it’s off to Cookeville and TN Tech University with a talk at Derryberry Auditorium from 11:00AM-12:00PM sponsored by the campus group Student Environmental Action Coalition.  After lunch Jill has a radio interview with WTTU 88.5 FM.

Her next stop is Murfreesboro at MTSU in the Business and Aerospace Building, Room S330.  Sponsored by MTSU Solidarity.  She will speak from 4:30-5:30PM.

The evening culminates with a FUNdraiser in Nashville at the home of Beth & Eric Lewis, 7978 Hwy 100, from 6:30-9:00PM with music, refreshments, a formal talk and Meet & Greet.

Friday morning Jill attends a taping of Inside Politics, a segment of WTVF Channel 5 News, which will air that evening at 7PM.

For more information or ways to volunteer contact or call 931-589-6513

I mentioned earlier that Martin Pleasant is enjoying the position of not being cast as a “spoiler” in his Senate race, and in every practical way that is true for Dr. Stein’s campaign here in Tennessee as well.  There’s a reason neither Obama nor Romney has visited us.  The Democrats hav given up on Tenessee, and the Republicans are taking the state’s electoral votes for granted.  People often say, “don’t waste your vote” when discouraging support of Green and other developing party candidates, but under our winner-take-all electoral college system, a vote for Obama is essentially “wasted” here in Tennessee, because it won’t help him win the election.  One reason this election is so much in the balance is that Obama has failed to deliver on so many of what people perceived as his campaign promises.  If you are a Tennessee voter who feels that way, then a vote for Jill Stein instead of Obama is a way to send a message that you are unhappy with Obama’s performance that will not materially affect the outcome of the election.  I’m not telling anybody how to vote, just suggesting a strategy for those who are pondering their options.  It’s your conscience and your vote.

Dr. Stein says, “We are taking this breaking point and turning it into a tipping point!”  It could be a tipping point for politics in Tennessee, among other things.  We’ll find out on November 6th, and I’ll be back talking to you (or writing for you) on Sunday November 11th, either crowing or eating crow.  Tune in and find out!

music:  Brother Martin and the Intangibles, “Drought Song” and “For Now



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