Lesson Learned?

Even before Citizens United v. FEC legitimized corporate takeover of American government, Green Party candidates made publicly financed elections, term limits, instant runoff voting, proportional representation and equitable ballot and media access hallmarks of our campaigns.  We emphasized how Green Party bylaws prohibit taking corporate, PAC, “dark money” and other special interest campaign donations. Unfortunately, at least in 2008 and 2010, too few American voters preferred democracy to the plutocracy and corporate oligarchy we have.

In private, even Democrats and Republicans know how corrupting their coveted big money is and bemoan spending 60% to 70% of their time in Washington seeking lobbyists to finance campaigns instead of doing their job. But the two moneyed parties refuse to reform campaign finance laws in fear of losing influence and advantage. No wonder America’s problems worsen.

The same holds true for congressional redistricting laws, an on-going battle between Democrats and Republicans to rig elections in their favor. I ran for Congress in 2008 and 2010 because I sensed a critical juncture in our history, a time when futures of our country and planet required progressive ideas and leadership. Unfortunately, we came to that turning point and didn’t turn. Most voters doubled down on the two-party status quo disaster.

G. Scott Deshefy was Green Party candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd CT Congressional District in 2008 & 2010 


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