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Greens and the Democrats

The good showing of the Greens in the European Union's parliamentary elections has encouraged some in the United States regarding the Green Party in the United States. The Greens were most successful in Germany, where in the late 1990s and early 2000s they had served for seven years as the junior partner in a coalition government. The Greens have jumped into second place in Germany with nearly 21 percent of the vote, passing up the Social Democrats. The Greens are calling for an earlier-than-planned phaseout of coal as an energy source. The leader of Germany's rightwing party, Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), Alexander Gauland has declared that the Green Party as now “our main enemy.”

The US, however, does not have a parliamentary system, no governing from Washington by a coalition of political parties, and some anti-Greens will be looking forward to people voting for the Green Party in order to split the progressive vote.

In the US, it's the Democratic Party that is pushing the Green agenda. The Republican president, Donald Trump, is rolling back the most significant federal effort during the Obama administration to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, and Trump has tried to discredit the science on which climate change policy rests.

It will expand its efforts to impose Mr. Trump’s hard-line views on other nations, building on his retreat from the Paris accord and his recent refusal to sign a communiqué to protect the rapidly melting Arctic region unless it was stripped of any references to climate change. And, in what could be Mr. Trump’s most consequential action yet, his administration will seek to undermine the very science on which climate change policy rests.

Someone in the US writes with sarcasm:

President Trump looks really good for re-election, but that movement certainly does appreciate all the help that the 'green' vote can provide.

Someone else:

If the Democrats can't manage to man up and begin impeachment proceedings, I'm thinking about voting Green myself. Both our parties are looking increasingly worn out and corrupt.

A third:

DINOs [Democrats in Name Only] and RINOs [Republicans], heed this warning. Your corrupt politics of upholding privilege for the elites is no longer viable. You're right that the MSM (mainstream media will do everything in its power to elect another corporate DINO. This is what should happen in the United States. If the Democrats can't manage to man up and begin impeachment proceedings, I'm thinking about voting Green myself. Both our parties are looking increasingly worn out and corrupt.

Someone answers:

Sure, let’s siphon votes away from the Dems to smooth Trump’s path. We’ve seen that movie.


Progressive Democrats are the American Greens. This is the biggest reason that I would prefer one of them to someone like Joe Biden. I hope that America's young people make a strong turnout to vote next year.

Another describes some potential Green Party voters as dreamers:

Now if only the U.S. could have a parliamentary system, and a smart Green Party to find common cause with the Dem establishment. If only wishes were horses, and pigs could fly.

Someone's comment supports the old line that groundwork for a third party is here. (They've been saying that for decades.)

Someone else is all heart and asks for the simplicity — not unlike those who went on the Children's Crusade in the early 1200s.

Screw "electibility" or "sensible" or "must be actical". it´s all or nothing, either we survive as a civilisation ...or we don´t.

A green voter:

I voted Green in 2000.. for Nader. I don't regret my vote. I regret that more people in the USA failed to come to their senses by backing Nader too.

Someone answers:

Thanks for eight years of W. Bush! the same number of years you set back progress on climate change.

The same green voter:

The Dems should have nominated Nader.


But in the real world they didn't!

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