From a May 8th, 2013 post on the Punk Patriot blog:
The Maine Green Independent Party held its annual state conventionSunday, in Belfast. Jill Stein, 2012 presidential candidate, delivered the keynote address. While many of the looming threats Stein outlined in her speech are dire (economic collapse, exploding student debt, a permanent low-wage economy, environmental crisis), she also offered attendees reason to take hope. Indeed, after nearly 30 years of struggling to defend our political legitimacy, it seems voters are finally listening to what the Greens have to say.
“We are not powerless,” Stein told the crowd. “We are so powerful the corporate media is afraid to talk about us.”
Media coverage of the Green Party tends to follow the pattern outlined in Gandhi’s famous saying, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” The corporate media tried to ignore us for years. Now they seem to have moved on to the “laugh”phase.
This was largely the case with Stein’s campaign last year. ABC News political blogger, Matt Negrin dismissed not just the Greens but third-parties in general, claiming their ideas “tend to be a bit radical”(06/06/12
). Those “radical” ideas include cutting the bloated, wasteful military-spending budget,legalizing marijuana
(a concept now supported by a majority of Americans) and creating decent, well-paying jobs. He’s right–such common sense policies are way too radical for Disney-owned, ABC. In a follow-up article some weeks later (07/11/12
), Negrin condescendingly calls third-party candidates a “fun footnote in U.S. presidential elections.”
In a rigged, one-party system where it is virtually impossible to vote against a Wall Street sponsored, corporatist candidate, the Green Party is the only genuine grassroots party that speaks for the citizens.“The politics of fear has given us everything we were afraid of,” Stein said. She is right: The corporate media are afraid of us. That is why they go out of their way to mock, ridicule and belittle us. The last thing they want is for informed, morally conscious voters to take us seriously.
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