Black and Green: Two Things The White House Needs More Of

In the aftermath of a vicious Democratic party primary one could suspect that there is a little latent tension among liberals. Demographically one of the main divides has been between white women, Clinton’s main constituency, and the Black community who have consistently supported Obama. Well, if you’re a liberal woman or African American who is disgusted with constant squabbling among democrats, The Green Party might have a solution for you. Not necessarily a policy solution – more of a “diversify the White House in my image” type of superficial solution. At last week’s 2008 National Convention in Chicago, IL The Green Party elected to two Black women as its 2008 Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees: former six-term Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney of Georgia and Rosa Clemente. You won’t hear about this on CNN.

The Green Party first gained widespread public attention during Ralph Nader’s presidential bids in 1996 and 2000. In an electrifying 2000 run Nader received 2,883,105 votes, over 2.5% of the popular vote. Some believe that Nader’s campaign negatively impacted democratic nominee Al Gore’s chances against George W. Bush, specifically in the election’s dead heat in Florida (a claim that Nader rejects in his book, Crashing the Party). As of 2005, The Green Party had over 300,000 registered members in states that allow party registration, as well as tens of thousands of members and contributors across the United States. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente spearhead the party’s 4th attempt at the White House. I’m still reading up on Green policy, but they appear to be committed to environmentalism, social justice and grassroots community empowerment. They also want to fundamentally restore integrity to a corporate funded Washington, in their words: “renewing democracy without the support of corporate donors.” That sounds cool with me. Check out the new candidates at:

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