Green Party Platform

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  1. Dwight Ward

    Dwight Ward Well-Known Member
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    This is just the beginning text of the platform, talking about democracy. I challenge anyone to find any 'crazy talk'.


    Our defense budget has increased out of all proportion to any military threat to the United States, and to our domestic social, economic and environmental needs. The United States government must reduce our defense budget to half of its current size. The 2012 defense budget exceeded $700 billion, and that does not take into account military expenditures not placed under the defense budget.

    Our nation was born as the first great experiment in modern democracy. We seek to rescue that heritage from the erosion of citizen participation. Moreover, we seek to dissolve the grip of the ideology, intoned by big-money interests for more than twenty years, that government is intrinsically undesirable and destructive of liberty and that elected officials should rightly "starve the beast" by slashing all spending on social program, in the name of freedom. We challenge that tactic by calling on all Americans to think deeply about the meaning of government of the people, by the people, and for the people. In a democracy, individuals come together to form structures of governance that protect and advance the common good. We the citizens are the government, and we the citizens can direct it to fulfill its finest goals and purposes. Our citizens must not permit usurpation of their authority by acts of individuals and government agencies that isolate or insulate government from their oversight and control. We, the People, have a responsibility to participate in self-government through all the means that our Constitution provides.

    Citizens of a democracy must have the information and ability to determine the actions of their government. Vast concentrations of wealth and power that have occurred in recent years are inherently undemocratic. The deregulation of corporate activity and the decentralization and underfunding of the regulatory structures that remain—accompanied by the centralizing of big money —has been a disaster for our country. The true owners of the public lands, pension funds, and the public airwaves are the American people, who today have little or no control over their pooled assets or their commonwealth.

    The power of civic action is an antidote to the corporate control of so much of our lawmaking and regulating. The pervasive abuse imposed by corporate power increasingly undermines our democracy, but the Green Party seeks to rekindle the democratic flame. As voting citizens, taxpayers, workers, consumers, and stakeholders, we unite to exercise our rights and, as Thomas Jefferson urged, to counteract the "excesses of the moneyed interests." Toward this end, we consider serious reform of campaign funding to be essential, as well as curbs on the influence of corporations on lawmakers and regulatory agencies.

    The Green Party considers American democracy to be an ongoing, unfolding project that is dynamic and creative in nature. We are committed to the strengthening of our civil society, including the many mediating institutions at the community level that have always characterized our democracy. We seek to heal the alienation and apathy that has been cultivated in the citizenry by the power brokers of the status quo. Righteous anger about the crippling of our democracy is rising in the land, and the Greens offer constructive alternatives. In addition, we seek to repair the plummeting opinion of the United States in the international community resulting from our arrogant, narcissistic foreign policy of recent years. A growing and grave imbalance between the citizens of this country and the interests that extract power from the citizens is an imminent danger to our security and national and global social stability. We strongly feel that our country should view itself as a member of the community of nations... not above it. The United States could well play a leadership role in that community but only if we become committed to an eco-social vision of peace, national self-determination, and international cooperation.

    Our goal is to become an important political force in this country, and to present candidates for election at every level of government.
     
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  2. Ken Anderson

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    What country is this intended for? I am asking because the United States government is a republic, not a democracy.
     
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    Democratic republic, isn't it? Quibling like this is not helpful. I doubt you actually read it through.
     
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    I scanned it and, as I often do, I lost interest when I noticed that it referred to the country as a democracy. They'd love it to be a democracy because, in a democracy, the mob rules, and the mob can be controlled by whoever owns the media. It's not just the Green Party. Whenever someone refers to the the US as a democracy, I know that either they have an agenda that includes coaxing people into accepting that we're a democracy, or they don't know what they're talking about. I have discounted more than one Republican for the same reason.
     
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    If I discover any Green who denies that this is a republic, I'll bail on them and vote for Trump. I'm confident that won't happen. The 'mob' being a term for the people, I understand you want rule by only by those who consider themselves independent of the people after their election. I don't go along with this.
    Please read it through, Ken. It's not long. You'll find things you agree with.
     
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    Key Takeaways: Republic vs. Democracy
    • Republics and democracies both provide a political system in which citizens are represented by elected officials who are sworn to protect their interests.
    • In a pure democracy, laws are made directly by the voting majority leaving the rights of the minority largely unprotected.
    • In a republic, laws are made by representatives chosen the people and must comply with a constitution that specifically protects the rights of the minority from the will of the majority.
    • The United States, while basically a republic, is best described as a “representative democracy.”
     
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    In my view the opinion if us is not plummeting. We do view ourselves as men of the community of nations. However we are not about to become slaves to that community. We are already a leader in the community. The green party just has a different option from a few of us outliers.
     
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  8. Dwight Ward

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    I share their opinion, although I get why you don't
     
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