Disclaimer: These words are written to myself as well as my fellow Greens.
Warning: It could get a little sappy in the next paragraph or three.
Election Day is right around the corner. Things are heating up even hotter than in previous weeks. I am writing this to encourage all of us Green Folk to take the high road in our daily conversations and especially on social media.
Rather than sharing the latest meme that PROVES what a bombastic liar he is or DEMONSTRATES what an election stealer she is, we need to concentrate our efforts on making sure people know that there is an alternative.
We need to show them The Green Way Forward.
I remind myself of this, and encourage you to do the same, for two reasons. One is practical and one is a little more on the mystical side. On the hippy-dippy side, we need to be the sunshine in these dark times. There are enough people spreading enough blood-pressure raising hoo hah when it comes to politics. We need to rise above the temptation to share the latest piece of news PROVING how screwed up our political system is – be it on a national, state, or even local level. Instead, we need to keep beating the drum that there is a better way – a more inclusive, power-to-the-people way: The Green Way Forward.
On a practical level – do we really thing ANYTHING we say or post or re-post is going to convince the hard core Donkeys or Elephants to change? Ain’t gonna happen. If they cannot see the handwriting on the wall at this point, for us to keep pointing it out really boils down to Preaching To The Choir. (Remember, I am directing this at myself first – I love sharing evidence at how broken Michigan politics are. By writing this piece, I am going to have to shape up my own game or be held accountable – hoisted by my own petard as it were.)
So, how about for the last 60 days or so leading to Election Day we pour on the Positive Message the Green Party has to offer. If you see an article you would be tempted to share to PROVE (y)our point, maybe just post something in the comments about how Green candidates would turn that situation around. How the Green Way Forward is unlike anything we experience in politics today. Let’s get all ju-jitsu up in there and take the negative energy of those kinds of news reports or posts and toss them over our hips with a thrust of positive force and turn that negative energy into The Green Way Forward.