This is the most expansive speech I have heard from Jill Stein yet, and it seems to go right down the line of what I believe politically, even more than Bernie Sanders’ rhetoric did before he “stepped down.” The Green party has been building slowly for a decade and a half, now, with the well-funded resistance from the two corporate-backed parties blocking them from media exposure – blocking them in every way they could, in fact. If Sanders hadn’t given me some hope that the Democratic party could be returned to its roots in common people’s interests, I’d have been supporting Stein long ago, instead of viewing her as a fall-back candidate if Sanders didn’t win, but this speech cements my belief that Stein has the right direction for our country, and the grit to actually try to change things for the better, even against the entrenched interests that will surely continue to do their best to obliterate her and her message. No matter who tackles the status quo, it will be an incredible fight, but wouldn’t it be nice if the first woman president of our United States was also the first to try to bring us into the modern age, with tuition-free college, universal healthcare as a human right, and sane energy and food supplies:
Bernie supporter friends – we united behind Bernie for the movement he started. He’s out of the race now, so it’s up to us to keep it going. Vote for Hillary. Volunteer for Hillary. And get involved in local politics. Volunteer for congressional, gubernatorial, state legislature, mayoral, city council, county sheriff, prosecutor, school board, and even PTA candidates who are on our side. Have conversations and find common ground with centrists and undecideds. We have to get in real close to the Death Star before we can hit the ventilator shaft.
Bernie is opposite Hilary. So you just are voting Democrat. Look for real answers. Look at Libertarian or Constitutional parties.
Don Bones Parrett Respectfully, from our point of view, voting for Hillary Clinton because otherwise the Repubs will elect a small-minded con-man should indicate that maybe we should go with the candidate whose positions actually are nearly identical to the guy who drew the huge crowds and was able to remain a predominantly grass-roots-funded candidate who dramatically out-raised his opponent, and voting for a war-hawk corporatist multimillionaire with a severely damaged political reputation is only helping Trump win. Uniting behind the kind of Democrat who looks at folks who want real reform, real international solutions, and real peace and saying “The Democratic Party is a center-left party,” and expecting us to support a continuation of the kind of politics that has brought us to this point in history where our “only” choices for chief executive are a super-privileged huckster and a brilliant, well-meaning, frustrated, power-hungry, sad former first lady whose husband dragged the party of the workers toward the Ivy League, professional-class political center, and want to hold it there until it drowns, is what will get Trump elected in my view, if anything does.
Friend of my friend You can’t actually believe that someone aside from Hillary or Trump will win though. If you think that anyone aside from either of them, including Jill Stein, has a fighting chance, you’re delusional.
Friend of my friend If by “dreamer” you mean “utterly disconnected from reality” then I guess.
Don Bones ParrettFrom my point of view, you are the ones not dealing with reality. I fully expect the world of humanity to come crashing down soon, following the currently progressing collapse of the living systems that have survived with us for millions of generations, but I won’t vote for it.
And finally, as a separate reply to the original post:
Don Bones Parrett When the big crash comes, everyone below the level of the top 1% of Americans (nearly all Americans are very privileged to be in the top 1% of the world population) in income and wealth will be in the same leaking life-raft, unless we turn to the policies the biggest crowds and the bravest people in the country supported, and the poor lady who thinks we need to keep flexing our diplomatic and military strength around the world the way we always have, with the best remote-control destruction the richest country can afford, financed by those who can “gain the world” from it, that poor lady has clearly learned those lessons about political corruption, electoral chicanery, and public deceit, that we must all strive to oppose, and that have put her in the position to lead our glorious charge over a cliff that may be humanity’s last.
You are correct that no one but Clinton or Trump has a very good chance of being our next president, but that’s just because people have a hard time looking outside whatever box they’re in at the moment, and the two-party deadlock dilemma is a box long in the making — but that is the problem we need to work on in my view, and all it would take is a little courage from people too used to saying “You can’t actually believe that someone aside from a Democrat or a Republican will win.”
Until political parties are relegated to their appropriate secondary roles in our political system, I’ll remain staunchly anti-partisan. Right now, electing a candidate to high office puts the political party she or he affiliates with into a position of power within that electoral region, and the balance of political power between the two parties that have won the vast majority of electoral posts since the American Civil War determines way too much about how political power can be exercised in our system in general, or by any particular official, depending on her/his affiliation.
Political parties should be ideological lobbies; they should endorse candidates and exert their political wills however they legally may, but it should be illegal for them to control primary elections, and for candidates for office to affiliate with them. Just as it would be unacceptable for a candidate to be affiliated with, say, a meat-industry lobby, or a bank, or any particular business or organization. The power to govern us that we delegate to office-holders is too precious for us to allow such affiliations – they make politicians beholden to less than the whole nation, and the natural trend will be for these parties to work to consolidate their king-making power, to collude to exclude smaller competing interests, and to polarize our communities into unbending ideological zombies.