Thom Prentice

Q: Of the Green Party's ten key values, please list the three you feel are the most important and what relevance they offer to Texas voters.
A: Thinking for the Seventh Generation, radical eco-deep, green wisdom, grassroots democracy, feminist values, economic justice. The relevance is that these values are not being offered at all to Texas voters by the two capitalist parties for humans to even entertain, contemplate, think about, reflect on

 

Q: Do you disagree with anything in the GPTX platform? If so, please explain why you disagree.
A: The ABSENCE of strong class analysis is problematic for me as is the absence of a strong articulation of an anti-capitalist vision for the seventh generation.

 

Q: What is your experience with the consensus decision-making process?
A: I prefer a more formal grassroots democracy because "consensus"  depending on how it is defined  is just as susceptible to being hijacked by a dominant elite as is parliamentary democracy. The very term "consensus" has been wickedly abused by political leaders government bodies. No matter how strict the open meeting laws and closed meeting prohibitions for parliamentary bodies like city councils, there is a constant effort to manipulate behind the scenes before an official meeting, often by lobbyists if council members can't do it. In addition I object to the presumption from the git-go that we should come to a consensus; because it is, in fact, already a decision that we should come to a decision; to which I might object depending on the issue. Sometimes President Kennedy's notion that "indecision over time becomes a decision" is appropriate such as not deciding to allow fracking would, over time, become a decision. In grassroots organizing, I have seen the "consensus" process as akin more to what, as a teacher, I would call "guided instruction" or "Socratic method" where the process is guided by someone/s to get to a predetermined point. I have seen it in some gay rights groups I have participated in, the same thing in "group consciences" for Alcoholic Anonymous, church councils, in Democratuic Party convention caucuses, and in Occupy general assemblies, I am also wary of fake democracies such as those in some of the various chapters of the International Socialist Alliance, for instance, where it appears as "democratic" as can be but is really a case of multiple puppetmasters manipulating puppets. So it is certainly a good alternative to the dominant system to try and use - especially when the local groups define it democratically and who choose the moderators without some pre-trained persons self-appointing themselves (offering their services) as moderators with who knows what background or agenda coming in and doing a takeover from the start. My experience with parliamentary democracy has also not been very salutary lol. I think the "consensus process" can work - but we should also be wary

 

Q: Do you believe Greens have relevance in the USA? Please list why you believe/don't believe a third party possesses relevance in the US electoral system.
A: Yes, Greens are relevant, but I have stopped"believing" things after "A place called Hope" and "Hope and change we can believe in" Instead, I more often find things to be "credible" or "authentic" or, proved by the evidence, inferred or to use that 60s term, "relevant". But being careful not to fall in the trap of so many intellectual Marxist academicians of talking incessantly to themselves and talking and talking; rather Greens must reach out to DO STUFF. Make alliances. Block walk. Radical local organizing. And if nominated, actually CAMPAIGN for heaven's sake. Seek out alternative venues to air Green Party concerns. (School boards and city council have their three-minute usually televised "citizen communications" and there are Green perspectives to much on the agendas that could be addressed), and heavily use the internet " while we got it " if not opposed and defeated, the TPP and TTIPs could alter that of course and the grid could always go down since religious types are always predicting the end of the world

 

Q: Are you active with your county Green Party? Please list why if you are not. If you are active, please list your primary activities with your county party.
A: Apparently not one in Dallas county.

 

Q: In your race, please list the top five talking points that you would cover in a debate with your opponents. With each talking point, please show how the Green Party's ten key values or platform would provide a solution.
A: Since the Pentagon is the largest user of fossil fuels, CUT the military/CIA/NSA/DIA/FBI /homeland security/military industrial complex budget by closing all military bases overseas as a start to cutting CO2 release into the atmosphere  such a cut could then properly fund domestic programs for local, worker-owned cooperatives, jump start local manufacturing closed by "globalization", permaculture"backyard gardens" and assistance for the poor, expanding Medicare and Medicaid, food stamps,  SINGLE PAYER HEALTH INSURANCE, forgiving student loan debt, the whole works. Shut down coal mining and coal fired electrical power plants and stop fracking. Accelerate development of weatherization, conservation, alternative energies and consumption reduction of energy, although both solar and wind power have their serious problems Double, triple, quadruple budgets for mass transit. Restore spending to domestic programs like LOCAL EDUCATION / PUBLIC SCHOOLS  run for the purpose of letting students become who they are, to self-actualize, to learn and teachers to teach and parents to participate ..,  Nationalize the banks and break them up, perhaps into Post Office-run banks or banks run by either local governments or other public ownership, but with strict federal regulation because the locals and become as bad as the transnationals.  Same with large transnational corporations.  A tax on financial transactions.  Throw the moneychangers out of the temple. A "Jubilee" for debt forgiveness generally.  Redistribute corporate-owned land and landed estates to people who actually want to farm and restore Indian lands and make reparations to the descendants of African slaves like the 40 acres and a mule thing; Abolish local militarized police agencies like fusion centers,  THE MILITARIZED IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION Auschwitzes, stop the drug war at all levels, and require cops to walk the neighborhoods or find another job: turn policing over the neighborhoods but there also needs to be oversight because as the case of the "neighborhood watch" George Zimmerman killing of Trayson Martin, locals can be worse than the badged thugs who continue assassination of young Black and Latino men which is simply de facto  EUGENICS;by attrition; et cetera  the point being, can we talk about these issues   JUST TALK about these issues  which are NOT on cnn, npr, fox, brain williams msnbc, abc, nyt, wsj, wapo, dallas morning news

 

Q: List your constituency's characteristics and three ways you will reach out to them.
A: It will depend on which district and at what level; I will use the strategies described in the Chris Hedges column "Local Resistance can overthrow our masters" in TruthDig 5 October 2015ce which features interview with Gayle McLaughlin a Green council member and former Green Mayor of Richmond, CA, and with Jill Stein. http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/local_resistance_can_overthrow_our_political_masters_20151004

 

Q: List your opponents, their strengths and weaknesses and what is needed to win against them.
A: I would not run against opponents. Rather I would run FOR office.

 

Q: How do you plan to raise money for your campaign? How much money do you plan to fundraise? Please include a copy of your prospective budget(s).
A: no idea, I previous ran twice for office articulating an agenda like this and spent essentially nothing, ksissed no babies, et cetera but participated in debates, interviews, forums

 

Q: Please provide a profile with background information that is not addressed by the above questions. Feel free to list alma mater, employment, family, hobbies, etc.
A: some college at UT-Austin ;) retired former teacher and ass't professor; started out in journalism, treated for metastasized NHL each year since 2000 except 2014 and so far in 2015 with lingering chemobrain, always a freethinker but erroneously thought for decades that the road to change was from "inside" the system (Democrats) and didn't catch or perceive the brutal actual end game by the neoliberal austerity capitalists "mostly by rapacious WhiteGuys" that started before AynRand/Reagan/Thatcher, was consummated by Reagan/Thatcher in TINA (there is no alternative, whatta lie) but Bill Clinton really made it all go straight to scorched Earthand Climate Disruption starting with his wicked appeasement of the timber industry instead of standing with the Spotted Owl and continuing to the end with his repeal of the New Deal-era Glass-Steagall banking regulation bill (a 34-page bill, btw). THEN, the catastrophe of the stolen election, the criminal negligence which lef to the 9/11 attacks in imposition of SHOCK DOCTRINE (Naomi Klein) fascist police state neoliberal capitalism uber alles on the US, the invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan and everywhere else, more Clinton-style "free trade deals", tax cuts for the rich, a Medicare drug benefit that was a giveaway to Big Pharma and the insurance companies, and then the criminal negligance of failing to oversee the banks which led to the financial crisis of 2007-08, the bank bailouts, and the currency GREAT DEPRESSION 2.0. And then I was a sucker for Obama. Sorry, I didn't mean to rant  ;)


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