January 13, 2008

Vidoes: Live from the Green Party Presidential Debates

I attended the Green Party Presidential Debates yesterday, January 13th, 2008, at Herbst Theater in San Francisco. It was a colorful crowd, with a few hecklers. The five debating candidates, of course, spoke well & about relevant issues, which puts them far out of the mainstream. They all agree about Iraq, No Child Left Behind, climate change, single-payer health care, & second-choice voting (which would legitimize more parties.) One of the candidates, Jesse Johnson, of the Mountain Party of West Virginia, vaguely reminded me of George Clooney's character in O Brother Where Art Thou? I happened to catch one of the crazier moments on Jenny Ruth's camera, where, if you listen carefully, he attributes the rise of cancer & heart disease thru the 20th Century to the criminalization of marijuana.



Unfortunately, some of the videos didn't come out, including one of Kat Swift, an interesting young dread-lock'd woman from Texas. Dominating the debates was Cynthia McKinney, the first black congresswoman from Georgia, who served for five terms as a Democrat until they more or less disenfranchised her, & defected to the Green Party. Ralph Nader spoke afterward, & they'll probably give the nomination to him, but it's worth noting that she's bad ass & very presidential. Sorry my video of her is shaky:

4 comments:

Brains said...

I could not find the thinly disguised Barack Obama endorsement.

ß&dragon said...

Hello Brains!
If you would like to see more of this type of thing, just vote for it in our poll!
James

Brains said...

I did vote! And as a New Year's resolution I have bookmarked your blog. (Psst, it's me Bryan A.)

ß&dragon said...

Hello Brains, that is a noble new years resolution. Will I ever see you again?