In The Bellingham Herald's comparison of candidates for the 40th Legislative District, it was noted that Green Party candidate Howard Pellett and Democrat Jeff Morris are in agreement on most major policy issues.
This is true, as Democrats have adopted a strategy of campaigning on issues that are of importance to their base of voters and donors. However, once elected, they quickly gravitate so far to the right to warrant the nickname of GOP-lite. (Case in point, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, who supported both wars, fought a universal single-payer health plan, and now approves of the Gateway Pacific coal trains scheme.)
I am sure that Morris is competent and well-intentioned; however, he is no match for a party that is entrenched, well-financed, and dedicated to preserving the status quo. Once elected, things change - but not in the way the voters wanted. Like Lucy pulling away the football at the last minute from Charlie Brown, I believe the Democrats have become the party of bait and switch.
It is for this reason that we are seeing the rise of parties like the Greens and the American Justice Party. Many progressives feel as if their concerns are no longer being represented by the Democrats, and so they are moving on and taking their support with them. They are tired of being taken for granted by a party that is at best ineffective, at worst duplicitous.
While one could argue that voting Green is throwing away one's vote, I would argue otherwise: Voting for a party that will do nothing but sell you out is a bigger waste than voting for candidates who are sincere, committed to progress, and displaying great courage by running against tremendous odds.
Things take time, but the tide is turning. Please join me, and many other former Democrats by supporting the Green Party in the upcoming election.