"Commons" Through Thick and Thin

The Party of Commons' second anniversary passed a few days ago (Nov. 23) and Chairman Mark Greene has guided our fledgling party through thick and thin, and a successful course thus far. We have become the 4th most popular party in Washington state, based on the number of votes in recent elections. Only the "Big 2" major parties and the Constitution party are ahead of us in popularity in Washington.

Mark's run for Secretary of State put forth a significant election reform plan which included voting rights for those who are 16 and 17 years old, more hand counting of electoral ballots, defense of the "Top 2" primary and the initiative system, including proposing to make it easier to put initiatives on the ballot, and to no longer allow the voting machines of controversial voting machine companies to operate in Washington. Mark did not reach the top two in the primary, but he made the Party of Commons famous across the state of Washington, and he laid the groundwork for a comeback, not only for himself, but the entire Party of Commons, in the 2009 local elections and the 2010 congressional elections.

Mark has long devoted himself to national and local service, from joining the Marines and the Coast Guard in the 1970's to being one of America's most significant loyal opposition political leaders, recently through his leadership of the Committee of Commons & Political Affairs and the Party of Commons. After being rejected for a job with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1974, Mark started thinking about running for office for the first time and eventually ran for the Michigan House of Representatives in 1976. Since then, Mark has been a powerhouse in politics, though never gaining office, similar to William Jennings Bryan, Mark has helped to galvanize the loyal political opposition across America even while losing elections.*

*Footnote: Bryan lost all three of his general election presidential runs at the turn of the 20th century, but previously he had been elected to Congress from Nebraska.

[This essay was revised on 11/29/08.]

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