I spent roughly thirty five years in politics, working for various candidates and ward organizations in and around Chicago. I was good at what I did, and it provided a comfortable living for myself and my family. The political outlook of those I helped wasn't very close to my own views, but it was the only game in town. It made me a living, provided a wonderful opportunity to observe and learn about politics. There was a pension plan. I made sure I never missed a payment.
I'm retired now, so now I'm free to speak my own mind. What follows is based on part on my observations of the political professionals I worked with, and
Professional politicians believe that the Green Party is not seriously interested in winning elections. Greens are spoilers, these critics charge, not a serious political movement. That's why state electoral codes make it difficult for Greens to obtain ballot access. Greens are not seen as a serious political movement. They are simply wasting everyone's time. There is no good reason to allow mischief makers on the ballot.
Are they right?
Let's look a what a serious political movement does:
Politics is first and foremost the art of getting people to do what they already want to do. People don't know how to ask for the things they want. Political parties help them make their demands known
That's why there are political ideologies. Ideologies provide a reference point around which groups can coalesce. Ideologies should never go beyond what the party's base is willing to accept.
There is a base. Someone sits down and looks at demographics, begins talking to various groups, and hammers out a coalition with an ideology and a platform on which member groups can agree.
So, who is our base?