I wrote two posts on Thom Hartman's message board last night. However, they were removed and my thoughts were censored. I will do my best to recreate them.
Last Night (7-21-16) on his show The Big Picture, Thom Hartmann expressed his opinion that since the Green Party, Libertarian Party and other minor political parties can not win, they are not worth the time to discuss.
"Frankly the reason why I haven't been paying much attention to either the Green Party or the Libertarian Party is because their candidates are not going to become president" (Hartmann). He later refers to minor political parties as "clubs".
Hartmann then goes on to express that he would love to see a revitalized Green Party that is doing a lot of grassroots work on every level from dog catcher on up. Hartmann said he knows there are several dozen elected Green Party officials across the country. He said he would like to see more of that.
However, Hartman then says because this presidential election is very consequential, any energy put in to minor political parties is "a waste of time".
My following commentary was censored and removed from his discussion forum. I guess since he owns it, he can decide what is allowed on it. How Progressive of him:
On the Big Picture as well as on his radio show today, Hartmann presented the opinion that since they can't win, discussing the Green Party, Libertarian Party or any other minor political party in America is simply a waste of time. He calls them "clubs".
This is regressive thinking. It encloses the major parties in bubbles and ensures they will never really change, particularly in actual governance. It shields them from new ideas. Worst of all it ignores those voters that are attracted to the policies of minor parties. So, with this philosophy, Hartmann shuts out people and ideas with willful ignorance. Quite regressive indeed.
With 44% of registered voters not affiliated with either Republicans or Democrats, a lot of people are being shut out of the discussion.
In liberal or progressive media, all ideas and parties should be open for discussion. We are supposed to like and honor alternative choices regardless of their ability to win. We are supposed to value morality and not immoral practicality.
When The Green Party is finally given the attention it deserves, it will grow like a Bernie.
I live in the first and only community in America that has ever had a Green Party town council. Not a single council member, but the majority vote. We were the first community in the nation to ban the growth of ANY type of GMO within city limits (except for university research in controlled conditions). We were the first community in California to own a community forest. My entire county voted 68% for Sanders in the primary and will likely be won by Jill Stein.
It's not easy being green. But, we are growing like our Redwoods. Soon you will no longer be able to ignore us.