Ed Griffith

commented on The Big Runaround: My Personal Experience at the 2016 Presidential Debate at Hofstra - September 26, 2016 2016-10-03 12:41:55 -0700 · Flag
Sondra Miller is exactly right on the way forward. We should not underestimate the difficulty of starting or electing a third party, but the easiest way forward where you can get the most bang for your buck (ROI on effort and money) is in a Congressional District for the US House of Representatives.

commented on The August 2016 Green Party Convention 2016-08-22 17:55:05 -0700 · Flag
Ms. Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry, Green Party Eco Socialist
Presidential Candidate – Was asked four questions her responses are below;

1. Why did you criticize the candidate system of the Green Party convention?

Sedinam: Green Party US national political party doesn’t have any short, medium nor long term affirmative action strategy or plan in place after setting up in 1984 nor a national leadership training program in place for its active membership base people of color, poor, working class and females nor a long term outcome based approach to
ensuring “We Greens” that are “non privileged” as the majority of our European DNA current membership is, who have not only expressed but have shown commitment to our four pillars, ten key values and platform.
That the GP will not only support more, train and build a “We Greens” that are “non privileged” to be on our federal ticket, governorships, senators, mayors, city council, boards and appointed seats in any solid measurable way due not having critical missing pieces (short, medium nor long term affirmative action strategy or plan in place – after setting up in 1984 – nor a national leadership training program in place for its active membership base people of color, poor, working class (nor a long term outcome based approach) of change to the status quo.

In 2008 I sought to be the Green Party Vice-Presidential Nominee as a direct method to set up a national leadership training program for People of Color (PoC) to ensure “We Greens” would be equipped to lead the Green Party and our nation long term. By identifying requirements, encouraging PoC GPVP hopefuls, we could ensure they would be equipped to run and lead our national political party. It was also the first time a woman and person of color sought to represent both the party and the nation as POTUS and VPOTUS. To continue this effort, during nationwide campaign tours we have been conducting candidate trainings and recruiting people of color, poor, working class and females.

2. Do you think the lack of people of color in the Green party can be a real problem?

Sedinam: We will not survive as a national nor global political party because by the end of this century, it is projected that the majority ethnicity in our nation will be Brown, on the global level Europeans are the “minority" now. I believe the way forward for “We Greens” to secure and win elections is to adopt a strategy of ending so called “White privilege” and Support Green economic plans for communities, and de-segregate our party by “browning” given by the end of this century our nation won’t be any longer majority European American. Our campaign is focused on ensuring every registered Green Party member is an effective instrument of change. We, as Greens, see the need for
permanent structural changes in and for our nation over the next 60 years before the United States turns 300 years old on July 4th, 2076. “We Greens” are the key individual, local, regional, state, national and international links in the “change network” that will move our nation and our world. I and other long time Greens have brought up this and
other legitimate concerns many of us had about being too closely aligned with democrats, and not giving enough emphasis to our core values.

3. Do you think the Green Party can do something big for the next campaign?

Sedinam : Yes, I was the only presidential candidate that spent time during the PNC “party building.” I actually lead & facilitated 4 Green Party workshops and set up a committee that were not included on the “official program” and “unauthorized” them all.

a. Eco Socialist ( 2x) Ms Moyowasifza-Curry – convener
b. GP Affirmative Action Committee (1x) – Ms Moyowasifza-Curry- convener
c. Accountability (1x) Michael J. Cavlan – convener

I (Ms Moyowasifza Curry) worked with Michael J. Cavlan. One of the more exciting and rewarding moments came when a self described “Bernie or Bust” person explained how happy he was at the workshop and for the simple honesty and transparency if our discussion. He stated “I just went through bullshit with the Democrats and it gives me
hope that you guys are dealing with it here” another person remarked, If I hadn’t attended two of the “unofficial” meetings you held, I would be scratching my head and trying to make sense of it all. We know that, “Our combined efforts did have an impact, these newly formed “caucuses and committees” are set up to be the big drivers over the next 4 years.

4. How was the PNC?

Sedinam: Green party administrators, paid & volunteer, NC, PSCS, Stein Campaign & PNC committee didn’t live up to our principles during the PNC. Furthermore, these same groups seem to want to drown out the voices of ordinary Green Party members:

a. No Green Presidential forum was held //due to the false insider poor judgment//[“false insider” is not clear. Not sure why, since we have no real measures to know why]. Presidential candidate Dr William Kreml canceled and didn’t attend because of the 5 minutes speech time slots set by //anti//[?do know this, incompetent maybe, but we don’t really know motivations] Green party folks that crafted our PNC into Bernie or Bust / Stein for Pre Senate Campaign Rallies… Hello, 44% of American Voters: Independent A group of People of Color running for office walked out of a workshop during the PNC, [which workshop? was it dealing with privilege and race or other workshop? What’s name of the Workshop?]

c. All major group events where geared towards Bernie or Bust allies folks, not our core membership base. This wasn’t a Green Party event but a Stein Campaign.

d. How come? Not official by then to be Vice presidential candidate (Ajamu Baraka) stood in for Dr Jill Stein @ Presidential candidates press
conference. What happened to Dr Kent Mesplay, wasn’t there either.

e. David Cobb pushed Julian Assange into saying Dr Jill Stein name during his interview… she had not yet been coronated, Stein for Pre Senate Campaign Rally, it was a C movie at best and showed a lack of Green Values…Not one was fooled …We are awake!

f. PNC organization of it all was “BAD”. The organizers should not pat themselves on the back. It was a very clear show of a lack of solid professional-level event planning.

g. Never were all of us Green Party presidential candidates acknowledged, no one got even given a scrap of paper with all our names, a photo.

h. For those of the people who were “new” to Green conventions, all they saw was Dr Jill’s machine and a bunch of mostly disorganization. One Green from California told me she felt like she was in “green camp”. Organizers didn’t even bother to put up a single sign telling folks what buildings to go to when we first arrived.

j. No Disabled or Black Caucus was set up nor supported during critical times

k. No daily evaluation forms where given out so there was a tally of how each day went, no summations’, no communiqués issued…

l. Having visible police presence was a insult to many Greens in attendance.

m. Most “non green party” speakers weren’t boxed into 5 minute time slots (viewed & timed). It was clear to too many observers, the push by Dr. Flowers to Ms Moyowasifza-Curry to move, was off base and biased.

n. Credential Committee only got set up on the second day of PNC

o. We clearly observed positions of any power during PNC are held by European (falsely labeled white people) from privileged backgrounds

Ms Moyowasifza-Curry & Elijah Manley contested the PNC…and we meet a young Black male who expressed running for President as a Green that was pushed out and aside by Bruce Dixon a Stein staffer… We called him out.

q. I found it very telling that Cornel West and YanNe’ Ndgo, both not long-term Greens, were co-opted by Stein and her campaign. PNC having only Black folks who are not long time Greens be front and center during our PNC was shameful. Note: Green Party media committee has used Black folks for past 12 months sending out press release signed by non functioning Black Caucus Co-Chairs

r. Asa Gordon Black Long time Green made a powerful statement: PNC being a Stein Pre Senate Campaign rally… Note: The Queen of the GP never followed up publicly.

s. The DRC that was committed during the coronation of Dr Stein to our campaign to date still hasn’t really come on in a real way. Instead of doing the background work of securing all the complaints our campaign filed with the PSCS the past 12 months they are more focused on process not outcome.

commented on Asher Platts Warned Us About Bernie Sanders 2016-07-19 15:11:27 -0700 · Flag
Phyllis Reames, I am not perfect and in fact worked very hard for Obama in 2008. Nonetheless repeated failure to recognize how bad the democrats are leaves us in a very bad situation. Bernie supporters should of course be welcomed into the Green Party unless they still blindly worship him and the Democratic Party. You seem to be begging for a response so I will try to explain where the NPA is coming from.

“My old neighborhood in Minneapolis is represented by Keith Ellison, the only muslim on the hill and a registered democrat. He was a big player along with Bill McKibben in getting the democratic platform to the progressive place it is."

Bill McKibben campaigned hard for Obama in 2012 with nary a mention of the XL Pipeline. As a result Obama sat on it until it failed economically. At least Cornel West has endorsed Jill Stein. Unconditional support of democrats has not served environmentalists well.

“He was a big player along with Bill McKibben in getting the democratic platform to the progressive place it is.”

Surely you jest. Firstly the platform for both major parties means nothing.

The Democratic Party voted for the following in its 2016 platform.
• Against an immediate 15.00 minimum wage
• Against expanding solar power
• Against an amendment banning fracking
• Pro TPP
• pro Israeli war crimes against Palestinians
• Against a carbon emission tax
• Against pension protection to keep them from being cut
• Against an amendment blocking energy companies from using eminent domain for fossil fuel extraction
• Against an amendment to make climate change a test for building a future Keystone pipelines
• Against an amendment for a single payer healthcare system
• Against an amendment to make healthcare a right
• Against an amendment eliminating the use of any force in the Syrian conflict
• Against an amendment calling for the end of U.S. exportation of fracking to foreign nations

Take the minimum wage. They voted down an immediate 15.00 minimum wage but said we should do it someday indefinitely in the future. This makes it like the republican platform in insuring it will never happen. They may have since changed to support the carbon tax, but Hilary says she is opposed to this simple easy measure which discourages those in Washington state who are fighting for a carbon tax. See 732 – http://www.yeson732.org/ Most shameful of all is refusing to block the TPP which sells out US sovereignty, environmental interests, and our economy.

“I changed my registration to democrat to caucus for Kucinich and for Sanders.”

Yes, Kucinich who singlehandedly destroyed the public option when pressed by Obama.

Looking at the democratic party in depth, here are 16 areas with over 8,800 references documenting just how bad they are.
Civil Rights – http://www.newprogs.org/civil_rights_under_the_democratic_republican_uniparty
Corporate Overreach – http://www.newprogs.org/corporate_overreach
The Economy – http://www.newprogs.org/economics_under_the_democratic_republican_uniparty
Economic Graphs and Videos – http://www.newprogs.org/economic_graphs
Education – http://www.newprogs.org/education_under_the_democratic_republican_uniparty
Election Reform Is Needed – http://www.newprogs.org/election_reform_is_needed
The Environment – http://www.newprogs.org/the_environment_under_the_democratic_republican_uniparty
Healthcare – http://www.newprogs.org/healthcare_under_the_democratic_republican_uniparty
Our Crumbling Infrastructure – http://www.newprogs.org/our_crumbling_infrastructure
Labor – http://www.newprogs.org/labor_under_the_democratic_republican_uniparty
Poverty is Getting Worse – http://www.newprogs.org/poverty_is_getting_worse
The Powerless Press – http://www.newprogs.org/the_powerless_press
Diminishing Transparency – http://www.newprogs.org/transparency_under_the_democratic_republican_uniparty
Continuous Wars – http://www.newprogs.org/wars_under_the_democratic_republican_uniparty
The War on Whistleblowers – http://www.newprogs.org/whistleblowers_under_the_democratic_republican_uniparty
Widespread Police Misconduct and an Expanding Prison Population – http://www.newprogs.org/massive_police_misconduct “One of the worst myths Democratic partisans love to tell themselves – and everyone else – is that the GOP refuses to support President Obama no matter what he does. Like its close cousin – the massively deceitful inside-DC grievance that the two parties refuse to cooperate on anything – it’s hard to overstate how false this Democratic myth is. When it comes to foreign policy, war, assassinations, drones, surveillance, secrecy, and civil liberties, President Obama’s most stalwart, enthusiastic defenders are often found among the most radical precincts of the Republican Party.” Glenn Greenwald

It is amazing to me how the democrats use this sheep herder strategy successfully over and over again: Jesse Jackson, Kerry, Obama, Kucinich, Cuomo, Grayson, Van Jones, Warren, Sanders, Clinton twice, etc. See Grayson, Kucinich, Warren, and the Road to Hell – http://www.newprogs.org/grayson_kucinich_warren_and_the_road_to_hell

Thanks to very hard work and generous donations by many of us, democrats had a huge majority in 2009-2011. The republicans had not had such a majority since 1923. What did they do with it? Collapsed on war, the environment, the economy, and made the Bush tax cuts for the rich permanent. Contrast that with Bush who despite a minority in both the House and the Senate still did whatever the hell he wanted to do. It is past time to face the fact that this is what the democrats want and they are not constantly out foxed by the republicans. For a humorous take on this see this segment by Jon Stewart at http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/z4egij/mass-backwards

Arguments democrats use to defend their records:
• Lesser of Two Evils (LOTE): At least we are not republicans.
• Half a Loaf of Bread: Getting something is better than getting nothing. This hides the fact that what the democrats frequently get is nothing disguised as a real improvement.
• Republicans are Worse: Just look at their rhetoric and ignore our actual results.
• False helplessness before minority republicans: Contrast with Bush Jr. who despite a democratic majority in both houses still did whatever the hell he wanted to.
• Progress not perfection: This is said to hide the lack of progress.
• This is the most important election ever! or This election is just too important!
• Elect democrats and then hold their feet to the fire then forget to hold them accountable on war, civil rights, the environment, etc.
• Supreme Court! If shouted loudly enough repeatedly it can successfully obscure that those appointed by democrats have often disappointed.
• Remember Clinton enabled NAFTA, the 1996 Telecommunications Act, Welfare Reform and the repeal of Glass-Steagall.

Now look at Sanders. First his voting record is simply poor. See Don’t Let These People or Organizations Fool You at http://www.newprogs.org/don_t_let_these_democrats_fool_you
His history:
• He has always caucused with and been treating with the privileges of a democrat.
• He has promised to support Hilary over Trump from the beginning.
• He has looked the other way on Hilary’s many examples of corruption.
• He has looked the other way on Hilary’s many examples of voter fraud.
• He lied about taking it to the convention, gave up, said he expects Hilary to win, said he would vote for her, and then endorsed her under her direction at a Clinton rally.

“One of my postings here was censored out because it was too proBernie. That is what Ed Griffiths remark is about not allowing posts “glorifying Sanders.”
You made no comment, just referred to a website falsely implying Bernie was continuing the struggle. This website will not be used to glorify democrats. “I will certainly vote Jill Stein (again), because she is an excellent candidate…”

On that we agree.

commented on Where are Progressives for the US House of Representatives? 2016-06-12 14:25:34 -0700 · Flag
Here is an illustration that Sondra Miller is right. On June 12, 2016, I checked the Green Party data base. There was only one candidate running for the US HOR. Other leftist parties don’t run anybody except for President once every 4 years.

commented on A New Party is not Easy 2016-06-03 11:59:02 -0700 · Flag
Scott McLarty replied to Jeff Roby. “The Green Party is preparing to welcome Bernie Sanders supporters who intend to vote Green if he loses the nomination. (See this page: ”http://www.gp.org/welcome_to_the_green_party">http://www.gp.org/welcome_to_the_green_party) Green candidates for president have also reached out to Sanders supporters. Some party members have posted messages expressing hostility but they don’t reflect the party’s attitude."

commented on Don’t Let These Democrats Fool You 2015-03-22 20:41:52 -0700 · Flag
“Keep in mind that some of the votes mentioned herein may have had other factors in the bills, making a Congressperson not vote for what he normally would vote for or for what s/he espouses.”

The democrats have used this as an excuse to vote with republicans and then say they are the lesser of two evils for decades now. Obama had for his first two years a majority the republicans have not had since before WW I – not WWII, WWI. Contrast that with Bush Jr. who despite a democratic congress did whatever the hell he wanted to do.

For verification on the real record of the democrats with about 6,000 references see the below articles.
Civil Rights – http://www.newprogs.org/civil_rights_under_the_democratic_republican_uniparty
Corporate Overreach – http://www.newprogs.org/corporate_overreach
The Economy – http://www.newprogs.org/economics_under_the_democratic_republican_uniparty
Economic Graphs and Videos – http://www.newprogs.org/economic_graphs
Education – http://www.newprogs.org/education_under_the_democratic_republican_uniparty
Election Reform Is Needed – http://www.newprogs.org/election_reform_is_needed
The Environment – http://www.newprogs.org/the_environment_under_the_democratic_republican_uniparty
Healthcare – http://www.newprogs.org/healthcare_under_the_democratic_republican_uniparty
Our Crumbling Infrastructure – http://www.newprogs.org/our_crumbling_infrastructure
Labor – http://www.newprogs.org/labor_under_the_democratic_republican_uniparty
Poverty is Getting Worse – http://www.newprogs.org/poverty_is_getting_worse
The Powerless Press – http://www.newprogs.org/the_powerless_press
Diminishing Transparency – http://www.newprogs.org/transparency_under_the_democratic_republican_uniparty
Continuous Wars – http://www.newprogs.org/wars_under_the_democratic_republican_uniparty
The War on Whistleblowers – http://www.newprogs.org/whistleblowers_under_the_democratic_republican_uniparty
Widespread Police Misconduct and an Expanding Prison Population – http://www.newprogs.org/massive_police_misconduct

commented on Economics under the Democratic/Republican Uniparty 2014-10-07 12:00:30 -0700 · Flag
Robert Bostick below has a valid criticism of another article. I agree in principle, but I did not make those arguments.

commented on 2014 NPA Electoral Offensive 2014-09-05 13:25:39 -0700 · Flag
There is a war on whistleblowers now that is larger than any we have seen in the past. See Whistleblowers – http://www.newprogs.org/whistleblowers_under_the_democratic_republican_uniparty

published We are no longer a democratic republic. in Blog 2014-04-19 11:48:53 -0700

We are no longer a democratic republic.

The reason is we are no longer operating under the constitution. See this study  and Civil Rights.

We can either pretend that everything is all right and continue to vote for democrats or republicans or begin the hard work of real and substantial change.


published Global Killing of Environmentalists Increases in Blog 2014-04-17 18:15:15 -0700

Global Killing of Environmentalists Increases

Future generations who pay the price for our foolishness will hold a very low opinion of us.  See this report.

And the climate deniers are the ones who are angry!

As Isaac Asimov said, “And it is these ignorant people, the most uneducated, the most unimaginative, the most unthinking among us, who would make themselves the guides and leaders of us all; who would force their feeble and childish beliefs on us; who would invade our schools and libraries and homes. I personally resent it bitterly.

Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “My ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

 


published 15 Questions in Blog 2014-04-16 13:19:43 -0700

15 Questions

These questions and responses are very familiar to those of us in the New Progressive Alliance. If you want to explain your frustration to someone, it might save time to just print this list and have your friend read it.  Click here for the 15 questions.


commented on When does this police brutality end? 2014-04-13 11:47:19 -0700 · Flag
This is an unfortunate and expanding trend. See Widespread Police Misconduct – http://www.newprogs.org/massive_police_misconduct

commented on More problems with Obamacare. 2014-04-10 12:44:33 -0700 · Flag
Very well said Alan! We know from over half a century of experience in many countries – both capitalist and socialist – what works and what does not work in health care. No matter what perspective you come from, this makes sense.

Alan is also right in another area. Certainly parents have a responsibility to care for their children, but when they don’t society has a responsibility. This is based on old law and even older religious traditions.

See also our Unified Platform at http://www.newprogs.org/platform where Goal Five – Medicare for All – would also be a giant step forward and not the ACA which unfairly enriches insurance companies.

commented on Fear and Loathing 2014-04-02 18:55:40 -0700 · Flag
See also “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72” by Hunter S.Thompson. It is instructive on how both parties merged. Thompson is absolutely brilliant when it comes to uncovering, analyzing, and indicting the structure that has put Big Money in charge. The last 50 pages are the most instructive dissection of what went wrong for McGovern – and how the Democratic Party ultimately killed the peace movement.

commented on Politics Today 2014-10-16 10:28:30 -0700 · Flag
Third parties have traditionally been influential throughout U.S. history. See “Third Parties Have Long History of Shaping, Reshaping American Politics” at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/07/25/1113503/-Third-Parties-Have-Long-History-of-Shaping-Reshaping-American-Politics


now retired, have been Georgia lawyer, teacher, pilot in Civil Air Patrol, and Naval Officer. I married Harriet who has her Masters degree in counseling psychology, bachelor in journalism, and has been in public affairs and the Civil Air Patrol.