From an opinion piece by Dave Chandler in the Colorado Statesman. Excerpt:
I’m not writing here a lofty essay explaining some deep, consequential philosophical divergence from the Green Party of Colorado.
For those captivated by politics, it is probably rather seldom that a person experiences a major ideological crisis and leaves their party. Partings, I suspect, usually happen for much more mundane reasons.
In my case, I still find attractive and persuasive the ideas and goals of the Green Party’s ‘Ten Key Values.’ I am also very committed to the belief that the current political and governmental structures in this country have been irredeemably corrupted by corporate and other special interest money. I, therefore, still believe that it may take an effective and dedicated third party — with strong adherence to rejecting ‘big money’ — to reform and re-democratize our Republic.
However, as has been the case with many third parties in the past in the United States, finding the resources and tenacity to continue fighting the “two party system” is very difficult and discouraging most of the time.
Without an overarching great issue, like the Iraq war debate in 2002, a third party tends to lose the volunteer energy that allows it to grow or even to survive.
That is what has happened, in my analysis, to both the Green Party of the United States and the Green Party of Colorado (GPCO). Without the urgency of the war and peace issue, these organizations seemed to have lost their direction. In Colorado, the core group of activists has shrunk to about fifteen individuals, and local chapters continue to drift away.
As often occurs in groups or clubs in decline, in-fighting and turf battles actually increase as the pressure and strain to find a way to survive intensifies. This is what is going on right now in the Green Party of Colorado.