Joe Manchik was a Green Party candidate for Congress from Ohio’s 12th District recently. He garnered 1,127 ballots, votes that almost certainly would otherwise have been cast for Democrat Danny O’Connor. Had that been the case, a recount may have been necessary, as Republican Troy Balderson’s apparent margin of victory was only 1,754 votes.
Mr. Manchik’s bio proclaims: “I LOVE GARBAGE!!!” (with “LOVE” being the heart symbol). The would-be legislator purports to speak 19 languages, including “Spanglish,” “Nicaraguan Sign Language” and “Sheet Music.” He hails from Hell. Michigan that is. And says: “My distant relatives originally came to planet Earth from a planet orbiting a star in the Pleiades star cluster located in the constellation of Taurus,” according to various media reports.
They must’ve been fleeing climate change.
Manchik granted an interview in March to something called Green Vigilante Media, in which he wore a t-shirt adorned with a rainbow-colored peace sign and spoke of the evils of fossil fuels. He called the American Israel Public Affairs Committee a terrorist organization and branded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “war criminal.”
Mr. Manchik apparently believes that marijuana is the solution to every problem. He slurred his words and appeared to be drunk during the interview, in which he averred: “Marijuana isn’t addictive at all!” To which one might well reply: “look in the mirror.” He also took time to praise the Green Party for advocating that every American household be required to grow hemp.
The 65-year-old Manchik could not recall his own website address, though he said “you can use a credit card, or a PayPal account” to donate, adding: “or a, another kind of card. What’s it called? What do you call those cards?” Informed that the answer was debit cards, he replied, “Yeah! That’s the word I was looking for. Debit card. I don’t have one of those, so I can’t remember what it was.”
Yet, truth be told, Manchik is no more insane than many Democrats these days, and is probably to the right of Keith Ellison, Maxine Waters, Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, among others.
Manchik—and the Green Party for that matter—are political greenhorns. Their opinions are garbage, which likely explains Manchik’s fondness for it. His assertion that his forebears came from the constellation Taurus is, of course, pure bull.
I will never advocate that any political party require any household to do anything. It would be nice, however, if, instead of growing hemp, people grew up.
Beam me up, Scotty.