spoil vb 1 : PLUNDER, ROB 2 a: to damage seriously : RUIN (a crop spoiled by floods) b : to impair the quality or effect of ( a quarrel spoiled the celebration) c : to decay or lose freshness, value, or usefulness usually through being kept too long 3 : to have an eager desire (spoiling for a fight)
By most of the above definitions, the Green Party couldn’t possibly be a spoiler. Rather, most of those definitions apply perfectly to the two parties that represent the current political and electoral system in this country, particularly definition 2c: “to decay or lose freshness, value, or usefulness usually through being kept too long.”
The only definition that does fit us is the 3rd: “to have an eager desire (spoiling for a fight).” The Green Party and it’s candidates do have an eager desire; we are spoiling for a fight, more than one fight, in fact. We’re fighting for real participatory democracy; for a sustainable environment; for social and economic justice for all people, particularly those who have been historically exploited; and for nonviolent solutions to conflict at all levels of society. We’re fighting for systemic change. We’re fighting for hope (as per the title of the book by the same name, written by German Green Party founder Petra Kelly).
That fight includes running candidates for public office against the entrenched, corporate controlled parties, and using that opportunity to call out their candidates and elected representatives on their disregard for the needs of the people.
This is the foundation upon which my campaigns are built.