By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
By Charles Lam
C'mon, the way things are now, the bad guy is always going to win-no matter who you vote for. That's today. But look at New Mexico. In New Mexico, people have been voting for Green Party candidates in greater numbers, pulling enough votes to actually influence the outcome of elections, usually to the disadvantage of Democratic candidates.
You say, "See, that's bad."
No, that's good. In New Mexico, the Green effect has been such that Democratic candidates have been forced to adopt much of the Green platform. This is progress; this is how big political parties are moved to change. They're like any big company that actually doesn't come up with anything itself but simply co-opts those things that will make it ever more profitable. If they are shown there are votes to be had by adopting this or that issue, they're likely to do it: Perot, Progressives, George Wallace, the Grange, the Christian Coalition. . . . This is how things get done.
"Oh," you say, "but I don't know what I think anymore when it comes to politics. I've acted out of fear for so long that I don't know what is deserving anymore. I'm all out of faith. This is how I feel. I am cold, and I am shamed, lying naked on the floor."
Granted. Old habits are hard to break. There is another sports lesson: it's about teamwork. So let me pass on to you all that I have learned about making the right choices by writing Political Football: never support anything that in any way benefits small minds, Pete Wilson, racists, those who would subjugate the Earth, recently defeated Senator Alfonse D'Amato, hate, homophobes or Texas.
I have followed this simple plan and prospered. I encourage you to do the same. Together, we can build a better nation, one with a more representative democracy, a country devoid of fear or of settling, and-God willing-one day, a nation free from groin injuries.