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Jill, I enjoyed the Green party convention, and I wish you the best, but I'm supporting Gary Johnson. However, your Presidency would be far more tolerable rather than Obama or Romney's.
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By now, the "99%" has been redefined, largely via media, as "middle class workers." I don't know what percentage of the population is that fortunate today. Beyond trickle-down economics, there has been an utter failure to address US poverty. The movement has called for job creation; how should the very poor survive until those jobs appear? We've been calling for job creation for 30+ years now, and jobs seem to get shipped out faster than they're created. Because the discussion has remained confined to middle class concerns, most of the millions of post-middle class Americans (and those who never had a chance out of poverty) have said, "To hell with it."
I think one factor about the upcoming election continues to be ignored. For the last election, the poor voted in droves for President Obama, not knowing if conditions would improve, but hopeful that he would launch a legitimate public discussion about US poverty -- an issue on which our media has grievously failed. Well, that didn't happen. The focus is exclusively on the middle class, and the agenda remains one of trickle down economics. If you have a steady job AND are still in the middle class, what are you complaining about? Without question, the president has done an outstanding job creating jobs, and we're all grateful for that. Of course, this is happening while corporations continue to use their years of massive tax cuts to ship our jobs out. I read that since the 1980s, we've lost around 6 million jobs. At the same time, Clinton ended basic poverty relief for our desperately poor. And President Obama talks only about protecting the middle class. Basics: How can you even try to get a job when you have no ho me address, no phone, no bath/clean clothes, no bus fare? You can't buy a loaf of bread with promises of eventual job creation. So, why vote for any politicians who won't represent you? Maybe President Obama will do fine getting re-elected by the middle class alone. Guess we'll see.
Having been personally involved in the initiation of an Occupy movement in Southern California, I am deeply grateful for what they have done to change the conversation in America. They introduced the language of the 99% and called attention to the wealth/influence disparity that exists in our country, which in turn shed light on all the various ways the duopoly has been working behind our backs for their own self interest all the while damaging average Americans and trampling our Constitution. My conscience which has been trained with truth, honesty and equality for all cannot vote for either candidate of the major two parties. I was elated to find Rocky Anderson. I researched him before deciding to take him on as my presidential candidate of choice. I found a man of courage who has been championing human and equal rights his whole adult life. He has won many legal cases for those who had been abused by the system. As two term mayor of Salt Lake City, he fulfilled his campaign promises. He founded High Road for Human Rights to further a better world for others. His track record is stellar. While I agree with his platform, I am happy to see a movement growing under his leadership. A party that is calling for Justice on all fronts. The thread of our founding fathers runs through Rocky Anderson. I hope others will take time to learn more about him and perhaps cast their vote for him in November.
After a lifetime in the Democratic Party, and a few years in the Green Party, I'm supporting Rocky Anderson and the formation of the Justice Party. When it comes right down to brass tacks, I'm in search of some simple justice for all Americans, no matter their color, gender, or economic position.
Although I find myself in general agreement with the Green Party platform, it's not the party for me. Greens are split between themselves, which makes me wonder how the Party expects to attract support from former Dems and independents. The mainstream media continues to characterize the Greens as a fringe element, and many voters (mistakenly) blame the Greens for the Bush/Gore fiasco. My experience with the Party revealed a conservative mindset--only puritans allowed. Any disagreement with a position was met without outright scorn.
The Justice Party is all about fixing our broken system so that government can work for us, as it should be. We will never get the policies we want and need as long as we are mired in a two-party system controlled by corporate America. Voters must wake up and realize that nothing will change as long as we keep voting for one of the two major parties.
It seems there are only two kinds of Websites in the alternative media. They are either pro-Obama or pro-Green party. Rocky Anderson is the only Progressive candidate who has the broad platform, the history of walking the walk, ability to see which pillars of the establishment are the most crucial and yet the ones most likely to fall, the brains, temperament, rhetorical ability, and experience to be the next President of the United States. The Green party and the panel are always looking out so far out in the future that the current system will have already crushed the last bit of life out of the people and cemented it's power where no amount of planning ahead will reverse it. See more at www.voterocky.org
@Mike Hirsch, Green Party and money. As Bill Hillsman, who did advertising for Jesse Ventura, Paul Wellstone, Ralph Nader, points out in his book "Run The Other Way" a well run campaign can win with 1/6 the money of an opponent (or even less). The Ventura (Ind.) and Wellstone (Dem) both exemplify that. He points out that much of the campaign spending by well funded candidates is to feed the coffers of consultants, their "patronaged" staff and the media conglomerates (who are certainly financially motivated lobbyists).
The Green Party exemplifies both frugality and fiscal responsibility in campaign spending although certainly by necessity but, by refusing corporate donations, also by choice.
Additionally success and even high visibility increases grassroots funding as many good fundraisers now. Yes, the Green Party needs money but the amounts are nowhere near what the corporate candidates chose to feed the consultancy patronage mill.
Jill Stein, BTW has raised enough money to submit for Presidential Primary Campaign matching funds from the FEC. This is an extremely rare accomplishment for an alternative party or independent candidate. This helps builds donor confidence.
The next national funding hurdle, while a long shot, defines a win. That's achieving 5% of the popular vote and getting minor party FEC funding. People often ask, "are you just running to raise issues since you can't win." That 5% is all that's needed for the next major party funding victory. It's a key reason why people should consider voting for Stein because, if progressives voted their believes they'd be rewarded with a national party at that threshold. To answer the author's comments. That is relevancy. It's practical, not simply idealistic.
With the visibility that comes with reaching funding goals and gaining ballot access state by state, comes a major boost to local campaigns which may become winnable.
This is practical alternative party politics in which the presidential campaign will ultimately aid local organizing . . . if voting are will to make the immensely practical choice by voting for Jill Stein and the Green Party
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