A Texas Green Party Story

I wrote in one or two earlier posts that I had a negative experience with the Texas Green Party many years ago. I am not forgetting to write about it, just procrastinating. I want to remember that it was in the summer of 2002 at the Texas Green Party state convention at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in San Antonio, Texas. In short, I was invited to the event by a local Green Party member, was told to leave by a state Green Party member (David Cobb) because I was an elected official with the Democratic Party, wrote a letter to the editor on the experience to the San Antonio Express News, and generally stopped trying to work along with the Green Party altogether until Kat Swift ran for San Antonio city council in 2007.

In truth I have no problem with the Green Party locally or internationally. Their Ten Key Values are meaningful and generally are a good platform for many liberals like me to work toward.

As a Democrat myself, I also believe in the value of third parties in the United States. Open up a U.S. History book and read about Lincoln’s Republican Party or the socialists and Midwestern populists of the late 19th and early 20th century to see the real value and importance of third parties in America. I have even been a member of a third party, the now defunct New Party.

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