President Jill Stein

The First Woman President: Jill Steincp5

There is currently much excitement in the United States about the possibility of the first woman president. The U.S. made history in 2008, with the election of the first African-American president, and now much of the liberal elite is agog about the very real viability of a woman candidate.

news3-1Of late, this writer, too, has begun to share some enthusiasm about the possibility of a woman in the White House, and as he has studied the platform and policies of the candidate, his excitement grows. As recently as July 14 he listened to an interview with this candidate, Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party, and his enthusiasm increased. A few points will highlight the reasons for this excitement.

Foreign Policy

Stein stated clearly that the U.S.’s current policies in the Middle East are destructive, and calls for an immediate end to drone attacks. She further states that U.S. foreign policy should be based on international law, and points to the recent agreement with Iran which, although far from perfect, is a good example.

* Support for governments that violate international law would immediately end under a Stein presidency. This includes all funding to Israel.

* The U.S. continues to ‘fix’ problems by doing more of what caused them in the first place. By changing the policy of funding and supplying weaponry to any repressive government or rebel group that seems to support U.S. interests, to one of adherence to international law, the creation of such groups as ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) will cease.

Domestic Policy

fightback* Under a Stein presidency, the military economy will transition to a green economy, with decreased dependence on fossil fuels, and an end to subsidies for military contractors. The U.S. makes more money from weapons sales than any other nation on the planet. This, of course, stimulates the economy, but a green alternative would also create jobs, and do so without causing the deaths of countless millions around the world. Additionally, the justified hatred that much of the world feels towards the U.S. would fade, as the U.S. becomes a more responsible player on the world stage.

* The minimum wage would immediately be raised to $15.00 an hour. As Dr. Stein pointed out, more money in the hands of workers will enable them to put more of that money back into the economy, by purchasing items that are currently out of their financial reach. So an increased minimum wage would not be a ‘job killer’, as the corporate-owned members of Congress continually claim.

* Today, tens of millions of U.S. citizens are burdened by crushing student loan debt. Dr. Stein would forgive that debt, again freeing those citizens to put more of their money back into the economy. It would have the additional benefit of showing the citizenry that the U.S. does, indeed, value education, and that the government sees higher education as something more than just another cash cow.

Every four years, the U.S. government supplies its citizens with the farce of elections between two candidates bought and paid for by corporate America. As much as people decry the similarities between the Democratic and Republican Parties, and highlight the need for a third party, such a move is not what the elite rulers of fantinathe U.S. want. Dr. Stein does not accept corporate donations; that, in and of itself, may be seen as sufficient to sink her candidacy into oblivion. Her platform says this: “Enact electoral reforms that break the big money stranglehold and create truly representative democracy….” With corporate ‘personhood’ enshrined in the U.S. by a truly bizarre decision of the Supreme Court, Dr. Stein will have no support from those who see her as threatening to their power.

During her interview on July 14, Dr. Stein quoted Alice Walker: “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” A look at both recent history and current events demonstrates that people do have more power than they may generally believe. The U.S. fought the Vietnamese people for years, and it can reasonably be argued that that pointless, illegal and immoral war would have lasted years longer, if citizens of the U.S., and around the world, had not made their opposition known, not just at the ballot box, where there was little opportunity ever to do so, with one war-mongering candidate running against another, but in the streets. South Africa may have remained an apartheid nation, if people around the world had not condemned its racist policies, with effective boycotts. Today, Israeli government spokespeople have stated that the ‘Boycott, Divest and Sanction’ (BDS) movement is a threat to its very existence; the mighty U.S. fully supports apartheid Israel, but people in the U.S. and around the world are recognizing their power, and using it to further the cause of human rights.

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The nomination and election of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may appear to be a foregone conclusion. After all, in a country whose elections rely on money, Mrs. Clinton is expected to raise close to $2 billion dollars to purchase the presidency; a very tidy sum, provided by the corporations that own her, and that will have every reason to expect her complaisance to their every wish, should she move into the White House. And the alternatives in the multi-ring circus known as the Republican Party are no different; they all owe their allegiance to the wealthy individuals and corporations that support them, who have no interest in human rights at home or abroad, but only seek to increase the size of their own bank accounts, or rearrange society according to their own misogynist, racist and homophobic views.

No candidate can be seen as the new messiah; many saw candidate Barack Obama in that role in 2008, and, with just a few notable exceptions, it has been business as usual for the last six years. One hesitates to say that change is possible in the United States; that combination of words sounds ridiculously naïve, but the Stein candidacy does show some potential. It is long past time for the public to look beyond the Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee of the Republican and Democratic Parties, and look for real change. Perhaps, in 2016, the Green Party can help to usher in such a change.

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  1. I have reblogged this primarily because of the “novelty” of this approach. However, just as I believe Bernie Sanders whose polls are increasing against Hillary Clinton, I do not believe that a candidate can be looked at as a savior. Has everyone forgotten the experience of Barack Obama?? With the single exception recently of his attempts to push through an agreement with Iran, his policies have failed miserably and our income disparties have singificantly worsened along with our imperialistic designs. Stein may have a good platform with which I agree, but the results from the 2012 election suggest she would be doing quite well to get 1% of the vote in this Corporate controlled Duopoly! A mass activist movement MUST precede any attempts to get change through the electoral process!

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    1. Without casting one vote! The Montgomery Alabama Boycott was a stolen nation of from African people speaking truth to an unjust Sociopathic power to Let our People Go! Emmitt Tillman, Sandra Bland, Dr. King. If we arare truely Americans? Thén Why are Américans Killing Americans? Then This is not à race War, but ours second civil war?

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      1. We have to put a stop to this Evelyn. Jill Stein is the ONLY candidate running who understands black lives matter.

        The sad truth is 101 unarmed people were killed by police in 2014.
        Some cases are more clear-cut than others, but all of them raise questions about the use of force — like shooting to kill — in policing. https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/2015/06/10/101-unarmed-people-killed-by-police-in-2014/

        Sandy Bland was murdered as soon as that hothead cop yanked open her door…
        https://thewordsmithcollection.wordpress.com/2015/07/21/the-death-of-sandra-bland/

        Racism is alive and well in America…
        https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/2015/06/24/racism/

        But we have a brave woman running for president who is on our side…
        https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/2015/08/08/black-lives-matter-to-jill-stein/

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    2. Dear doctom,

      You are conflating two entirely different dynamics.
      Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Bernie Sanders are all on the same page and all work within the constraints of corporate parties dedicated to unending wars for the corporate bottom line.

      Jill Stein is a Doctor. Anyone who confuses her revolutionary ideas with religion is entirely confused. 2012 is not 2016. In 2012 she was arrested by private corporate security who controlled the public presidential debates. Dr. Stein and the League of Women voters have sued to open up the debates so everyday people can hear the truth.

      When Dr. Stein tells the truth, Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton’s lies will fall flat. Currently less than 20% of the voters support either corporate party and 75% of people who vote are looking at a third party outside the corporate box. If slightly more than half vote for Stein and Peace instead of corporate cons and war, we can turn the ship of state in a better direction.
      Do not let them steal your power. Surrendering is not a great tactic. There are more of us than there are of them.

      A mass activist movement is already in progress and voting is one critical tool amoung many. Sitting on the couch and saying everything is hopeless is not useful. We must continue our work.

      Surrender to fear and endless wars or embrace courage and sustainable peace

      Those who insist on pretending we only can choose between Democrats and Republicans must learn how to think outside the corporate box. We have 36 years of evidence that unending war is not the answer. And either sitting on the couch and hoping for change or only focusing on local issues are not solutions. We must keep our eyes on the prize of freedom and vote our values instead of our fears. We must secure the peace and demand justice. Too much hangs in the balance to straddle the fence, vote for lesser evils… or lose hope and surrender.

      peace and justice, Tim (tmf)

      https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/the-choice-in-2016-surrender-to-endless-war-or-demand-peace/

      Surrender to fear and endless wars or embrace courage and sustainable peace
      Dr. Jill Stein has a plan for revolutionary change. She wants to put everyday people back in charge.

      https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/2015/05/15/why-jill-stein-is-the-only-logical-choice-in-2016/

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