In his address to the Green Party's national convention on 6 August, Julian Assange predicted that Hillary Clinton's fans in the media would launch a ruthless, relentless stream of attacks against the Stein/Baraka campaign, the Green Party, and progressives in general. We are now waiting to see whether the attacks will heat up gradually or Blitzkrieg-style. Thus far, it has just been a manageable trickle of the usual myths and outright lies, such as "OMG Nader 2000!!!"
A gradual crescendo of vitriol would leave progressives like the proverbial boiled frog, unaware or unsure whether anything is actually happening until it is too late to jump out of the pot. The Blitz would just overwhelm us, leaving us unable to resist on multiple fronts, similar to the way corporate puppet-masters use their seemingly endless supply of cash to push an agenda until the opposition runs out of resources.
At last night's Harris County Green Party meeting, Ms. Palmer mentioned one of the noteworthy lies of Hillary's propaganda brigade. It goes something like: "The Green Party exists only to run a candidate for president every four years. Then it goes back into its closet to wait for the next presidential election. You never hear about them doing anything else." It's not just Dan Savage saying so any more. The trope has found its place in the liberal echo chamber.
Well, the last sentence is certainly true: You don't hear about us between presidential elections, primarily because the major media refuse to cover Greens' activities as candidates or activists. If we didn't run a presidential candidate, press coverage of the Greens would range between bupkis and diddly-squat.
However, we do have other candidates, even in non-presidential years. We also serve to raise public awareness of issues that receive scant media attention and policy positions outside the establishment consensus.
It troubles me a bit that several Texas Greens who filed to run for office this year have had to back out for a variety of reasons. Laura Palmer was a candidate for State Board of Education, District 6, but she and her husband Don "Sketch" Palmer have purchased a house in District 4, so she has had to withdraw from the race. But Texas Greens still have candidates for five statewide judicial seats, plus several candidates for US House, Texas House, Texas Senate, and some county offices, not to mention Martina Salinas for Railroad Commission.