Fair Winds and Following Seas…

Jeff Roby recently passed away. He wrote and maintained the Green Party of Florida website and wrote many insightful articles over the years giving the big picture. Jeff  Roby was a lifelong fighter for justice. His dearly beloved wife Rose bravely carries on.

Though his death came from medical and political incompetence from the state of Florida and Florida’s governor, it is appropriate here to honor his life and how much he gave us.

His writings over the big picture of what was happening were extensive, insightful, and often accurately predicted the future. He accurately predicted China’s “belt and road initiative” and correctly contrasted where it would leave China versus where the U.S. policy of continual warfare would lead us after 20 years.

Though we may have differed sometimes on short term goals, nobody was better at painting the big picture and what should be future goals than Jeff Roby. He was always generous about sharing his writings with the New Progressive Alliance. Links to some of the writings of Jeff and his talented wife appear at the end of this article.

The final article Jeff wrote for the Green Party of Florida was "Ukraine Showdown" and quotes the poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred Lord Tennyson. It describes a futile charge by brave soldiers who did what they did because they considered it the right thing to do. Jeff was very much like that. He did what he considered the right thing to do for humanity and never counted the cost to himself. I know he considered himself blessed for the latter part of his life to have Rose with him for both comfort and the fellowship of a fellow fighter.

Lizzie Adams wrote, “Jeff always seemed to be everywhere, taking it all in and putting out well chosen words in his columns so that we could understand what the real deal was. I miss that. And him. Maybe he’s spread out now over everything, taking it all in. New possibilities.”


Rose Roby - a strong indomitable undefeated woman – gracefully shared Jeff’s final writings from the hospital.

Notes from a sickbed

…As though the world had been lifted from my shoulders. Indeed, it had. The world has changed. There are new possibilities such had been only dreamed about.

Much to take in, having new possibilities for all of us – JR”


Nobody can ever replace Jeff, but we can and we will fight on. As Lincoln said, “It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.”

Though he was never pro-military, ironically an old Navy blessing now seems the most appropriate.

“Fair winds and following seas. Rest in peace shipmate. We have the watch.”


Writings of Jeff and Rose Roby

Moving On From the Green Party by Jeff Roby - http://www.newprogs.org/moving_on_from_the_green_party

Cautionary Tales by Jeff and Rose Roby - http://www.newprogs.org/cautionary_tales

Jeff Roby on Strategy and Tactics - http://www.newprogs.org/jeff_roby_on_strategy_and_tactics

Mass Consciousness and its disconnects by Jeff Roby- http://www.newprogs.org/mass_consciousness_and_its_discontents

So You Say You Want a Political Revolution by Jeff Roby- http://www.newprogs.org/so_you_say_you_want_a_political_revolution

An Interesting Conversation on the Way Forward by Rose Roby- http://www.newprogs.org/an_interesting_conversation_on_the_way_forward

On Becoming Dependent Upon Incarceration by Rose Roby - http://www.newprogs.org/on_becoming_dependent_in_incarceration

There are no "Safe Choices"! by Jeff Roby- http://www.newprogs.org/there_are_no_safe_choices

On This Bloody Morning After…by Jeff Roby    http://www.newprogs.org/on_this_bloody_morning_after

The Centre Cannot Hold by Jeff Roby - http://www.newprogs.org/_the_centre_cannot_hold

It’s Us. Period!    by Jeff Roby - http://www.newprogs.org/it_is_us_period

The Democratic Party is the More Effective of Two Evils by Rose Roby and two others    http://www.newprogs.org/the_democratic_party_is_the_more_effective_of_two_evils 

Hands Off Syria! by Jeff Roby - http://www.newprogs.org/hands_off_syria

50 Shades of Green by Jeff Roby - http://www.newprogs.org/50_shades_of_green

Jill Stein vs. the Two Horsemen of the Apocalypse by Jeff Roby - http://lifeinspice.com/?p=2752

Independent isn’t just another word for nothing left to sell by Jeff Roby – http://lifeinspice.com/?p=2811

An Interview with Don DeBar about Jill Stein's Strange Support of Clinton by Jeff and Rose Roby - http://www.newprogs.org/an_interview_with_don_debar_about_jill_stein_s_strange_support_of_clinton

We, too, are “Deplorables” (Part 2 of An Interview with Don DeBar about Jill Stein's Strange Support of Clinton) by Jeff and Rose Roby - http://www.newprogs.org/we_too_are_deplorables_part_2_of_an_interview_with_don_debar_about_jill_stein_s_strange_support_of_clinton_by_jeff_and_rose_roby

The Sickness of Healthcare in the U.S. by Rose Roby - http://www.newprogs.org/the_sickness_of_healthcare_in_the_u_s

Indignation is not courage. Outrage is not Brains by Jeff Roby http://www.newprogs.org/indignation_is_not_courage_outrage_is_not_brains

“Syria - the latest example of continuous war”  by Jeff Roby  http://www.newprogs.org/syria_the_latest_example_of_continuous_war

 Black Community Must Control Police by Jeff Roby   http://www.newprogs.org/black_community_must_control_the_police

Black Community Control of the Police divides the Green Party  by Jeff  Roby  http://www.newprogs.org/black_community_control_of_the_police_divides_the_green_party

Gentrification and Orange County by Jeff Roby  http://www.newprogs.org/gentrification_and_orange_county

For a United Front against Gentrification by Jeff and Rose Roby  


Pinellas Greens Statement on Clearwater Racist Murder: “Gualtieri, get the Hell out of Pinellas!”  http://www.newprogs.org/pinellas_greens_statement_on_clearwater_racist_murder_gualtieri_get_the_hell_out_of_pinellas

Green Party 2018 By Jeff and Rose Roby   http://www.newprogs.org/green_party_2018

In Defense of Passionate Intensity by Jeff Roby   http://www.newprogs.org/in_defense_of_passionate_intensity 

What is required is a whole new system! by Jeff Roby http://www.newprogs.org/_green_party_of_florida_what_is_required_is_a_whole_new_system

Black is Back! — and so is the anti-war movement by Jeff and Rose Roby    http://www.newprogs.org/black_is_back_and_so_is_the_anti_war_movement_by_jeff_and_rose_roby

In 2016 the Democrats had their chance. Now it’s our turn! by Jeff and Rose Roby    http://www.newprogs.org/in_2016_the_democrats_had_their_chance_now_it_s_our_turn

Wall Street Freak Out 2020 - Where do we go from here? by Jeff Roby     http://www.newprogs.org/wall_street_freak_out_2020_where_do_we_go_from_here_by_jeff_roby

The Climate War – Crisis to Emergency to Desperation by Jeff Roby  http://www.newprogs.org/the_climate_war_crisis_to_emergency_to_desperation

The Madness of King Donald by Jeff Roby  http://www.newprogs.org/the_madness_of_king_donald

Trump says “War!”  The World says “Peace!”   by Jeff Roby    http://www.newprogs.org/trump_says_war_the_world_says_peace

“Nobody’s feet are going to be held to the fire” by Jeff  Roby https://www.newprogs.org/nobody_s_feet_are_going_to_be_held_to_the_fire

 “Enter the Debt Jubilee”  by Jeff Roby


“Ukraine Showdown” by Jeff Roby



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commented 2021-10-13 19:44:31 -0700 · Flag
This is a lovely tribute to Jeff, who I knew in a past life. Keep on, Rose! Linda Curtis
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