I was one of the people who voted for the Green Party (Ralph Nader) in 2000 and I have regretted it ever since. While my vote wouldn’t have tipped the scales (I live in California, whose electoral college votes went to Gore in 2000), more popular votes for Gore might have made it harder for the Supreme Court to give the election to the scary clowns that ran this country for the next eight years.
The Green Party has lost my support and my respect because I believe their strategy is completely wrong-headed. Instead of working from the ground up and running candidates for local (and winnable) offices across the country, building a power base that can affect change at the local level and working up to national electoral politics, they throw their resources into statewide and national elections they can’t win (because they haven’t built that base of power starting at ground level). Conservatives have used this strategy effectively for decades and that’s part of why we’re in the mess we are in now.
I changed my registration from Green to Democrat this year and I’m proud to be voting for Hillary Clinton. For those who think she won’t do any more than Trump on climate: I’m sorry you have bought into the lies of the alt-right smear machine. Just look at Obama’s record: ratifying the Paris treaty, the Clean Power Plan, vetoing the Keystone Pipeline and more. Don’t kid yourself that it doesn’t make a difference whether we elect a Democrat or a Republican, on climate and a host of other issues. It absolutely does.