The only wasted vote is one that goes unused

Though, if you prefer to see America continue on its current path, a vote for Green Party Candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, would be wasted vote.

Holding both parties accountable for 30 years of this country’s largest transfer of wealth to the rich means coming to terms with the fact that neither are in a position to solve the challenges we face. While some partisan Democrats are once again claiming that a vote for the Greens is a vote for the Republicans, that argument falls flat with millions of disenfranchised voters who believe we can do better.

These are Americans who believe we must stop our descent into economic disparity, the erosion of our civil liberties, and the corruption of our political system by corporate power and massive wealth. They are Americans who understand the Democratic Party has been complacent, if not complicit, in this process and is now, as evidenced by an administration that has kept the policies of George W. Bush largely in place, institutionally incapable of any real reform.

The fact is, political parties change over time, so why shouldn’t our votes change as well?

This is not the Democracy the revolutionaries of 1776 envisioned. They had just lived through a long, bloody war to throw off the shackles of an oppressive regime that had denied them rights and representation while pillaging their resources and their labor. It was not their intention that we live under a duopoly political system where a tiny handful of people control the pursestrings and allegiances of both parties.

Votes aren’t being stolen, they are being bought.

Hundreds of millions of dollars from a small group of individuals are being spent by the two establishment parties to control the national conversation and convince Americans they have a clear choice. That sum of money and their record provide clarity enough. It is not a choice, it is maintenance of the status quo. It is a further grab for power by those who are threatened by recent cracks in the national conversation opening to issues of money and politics, the polarization of wealth, ecological responsibility, and the preservation of civil liberties.

The choice to be made is: Do we wish to be truly represented? Do we need to set a new course as a country? Do we need a real opposition party immediately capable of new ideas and energy, that isn’t subject to the approval of the most rich and powerful?

lesser_evils.jpgEvil vs. Eviler.

Choosing the lesser of two evils keeps things exactly as they are. Fear tactics have worked well in the past to keep party stragglers and independent voters in check. But today’s America is not the the America of 2000. We’ve seen first hand that the lesser of two evils isn’t lesser at all. Arguably, it is worse because we are encouraged to hope against history, yet the outcome is the same.

If Democratic operatives were only concerned with the 2012 election results, they would not be aggressively fighting to keep people from voting Green in states like New York, California, Oregon, Minnesota, Illinois, Massachusetts, and many more, that have absolutely no chance of going GOP due to the Electoral College system. These tired tactics and failed arguments of the two dominating parties are beginning to be seen for what they are: the last remnants of a fear-based political landscape that is changing. 

The election IS spoiled, but not by the Greens.

Even though the Republican and Democratic Parties were once third parties themselves, they have shored up the political system to keep third parties out. This battle continues over the issue of the presidential debates. Neither of the establishment candidates wishes to share to stage with a candidate like Dr. Stein who freely speaks truth to power - a candidate who stands on a platform of building a sustainable economy and creating a future that puts the dignity of Americans ahead of corporate interests.

Including Dr. Stein in the debates would do something unthinkable to the Democrats and Republican candidates: show them as two peas from the same, spoiled, pod. An alternative voice is urgently needed and Dr. Stein’s deserves to be heard.

courage.jpgVote what you believe.

A simple enough statement. If we all found the courage to do so, we would begin to rebuild the country we deserve instead of settling for what gets left behind. 

The Green Party and our 2004 presidential nominee made the Ohio Recount possible. If not for the continued determination of elected Greens, we would not have municipal sick leave or minimum wage and living wage policies in cities across the country. There would be no movement to amend the Constitution to overturn the Citizens United ruling and end the toxic influence of money in our political system. The cause of equal marriage rights would not be as far along as it is (because of Green mayors and mayoral candidates defying anti-marriage laws in CA and NY). And the 100s of cities that passed anti-war and anti-PATRIOT Act resolutions would likely have been many fewer, since those efforts were also led by Green elected officials.

Meanwhile the establishment parties try to avoid our discontent by changing the subject from the real problems we face, and making elections all about preventing the other party from winning. In a way, the Democrats and Republicans are each correct. Either one of them winning would mean more of the same for America: maintaining a status quo that continues to ruin what is best about the United States.

The Green Party and the Green New Deal will shatter the status quo by addressing the real economic, social, and political challenges we face at their root causes with specific and already proven solutions. Vote for Jill Stein for President. Give a mandate for the Green New Deal. 

Join us and come be part of the solution. We are all in this together.

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Two Obama canvassers came to my door a few minutes ago. They asked me who I would be voting for in November. When I told them “Jill Stein”, they both admitted they didn’t know who she was.


Jill Stein is what America’s progressives really want. They feel compelled to defend our nation against the possibility of a Romney-Ryan Administration, they definitely view Obama as “the lesser of two evils”, but as I told the canvassers, why settle for the lesser of two evils when you can have GOOD?

By the time the conversation was over, both of them had written Dr. Stein’s name down and were enthusiastic about looking her up and learning more about her. Ten minutes is all it took.

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This is all it takes people! Go out there & make the change! Even if Jill only wins one state, at least the fatcats will finally know WE MEAN BUSINESS. American people will hopefully look into candidates themselves!

GO CHANGE THE WORLD.

CNN/ORC released Presidential poll results on Monday that put Jill Stein at 2% support nation wide:

4. Now suppose that the presidential candidates on the ballot in your state included Barack Obama as
the Democratic Party’s candidate, Mitt Romney as the Republican candidate, Gary Johnson as the
Libertarian party candidate, and Jill Stein as the Green party candidate, who would you be more
likely to vote for? (RANDOM ORDER)

Registered Voters (September 7-9, 2012)
Obama 50%
Romney 41%
Johnson 4%
Stein 2%

From the Stein Campaign:

In a new CNN/ORC poll released Monday afternoon, a remarkable 2% of registered voters said they would vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein over Barack Obama, Mitt Romney or Libertarian Gary Johnson for president of the United States. Based on the number of total voters in 2008, 2% of voters in the upcoming election could equal approximately 2.4 million people. The Jill Stein / Cheri Honkala ticket expects to be on the ballot in 40 states come November, with 85% of Americans seeing their names on the ballot.

“People are starting to realize that they have a choice in the upcoming election, and that choice includes a presidential candidate who is not a pawn of Wall Street,” said Stein. “Voters want a Green New Deal for America and Cheri Honkala and I are offering that.”

President Jill Stein?

"Politicians and diapers should be changed frequently and all for the same reason."- José Maria de Eça de Queiroz

"There is no such thing as not voting; you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote."-David Foster Wallace

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any."-Alice Walker

Some would argue the upset of the century was the New York Giants ending the New England Patriots’ undefeated season in 2008. It could’ve been the 4-3 defeat of the USSR in the 1980 Olympics by the US hockey team. But one upset could dwarf both of those — Jill Stein getting elected president in 2012.

It’s estimated that both President Obama and Mitt Romney will draw out anywhere between 45 and 60 million apiece in November, according to 2008 turnout numbers. But according to one USA Today poll, an estimated 90 million people who could vote this year probably won’t, as they’redisappointed in both candidates and major political parties. What if just two-thirds of those 90 million people turned out for a candidate with a truly bold vision, who isn’t beholden to corporate donors or bought party elites? It would be a colossal upset for the establishment, and a big win for citizens.

Even though the left was upset at Obama, they didn’t produce a primary candidate to pull him away from his conservative tendencies. Despite filling his cabinet full of Wall Street and U.S. Chamber of Commerce types like Tim Geithner, Eric Holder and Bill Daley, persistent violations of Pakistan’s sovereignty with CIA-sponsored drone strikes, extrajudicial assassinations of US citizens abroad, and openly appealing a federal judge’s decision that the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without due process rights was unconstitutional without producing one witness or shred of evidence to argue the contrary, this president is running unopposed in his own party. Democratic Party officials urge us to cheer for whoever is wearing the blue jersey, only because the guy in the red jersey would be even worse.

We all watched with horror as the Republican Party desperately made a front-runner out of every sorry candidate they fielded, from Rick Perry to Michele Bachmann, all to watch their campaigns burn out in flames of stupidity and scandal. Even outright preposterous candidates like Herman Cain had their time in the #1 spot in the anybody-but-Mitt freak show also known as the 2012 Republican primaries. As Rachel Maddow documented, even those at the highest level in the Republican Party have an open disrespect for Mitt Romney. He’s the right’s John Kerry — an out of touch mega-millionaire from Massachusetts with a penchant for flip-flopping on any issue to appease the current crop of voters to whom he happens to be speaking. And by picking noted big-spender turned deficit hawk Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt proved he’s willing to placate the far-right instead of appeal to independent and undecided voters.

Obama’s most notable accomplishments, like a health care reform law that did away with pre-existing conditions, a $90 billion investment in the green energy market and the killing of Osama bin Laden, are overshadowed by the fact that his own Department of Justice refused to press charges against any executives of the biggest Wall Street banks that played a part in the 2008 financial heist, despite ample evidence of fraud on a truly massive scale. Any promise ofenvironmental stewardship by this administration should be taken with a grain of salt, as Obama has approved the first leg of the Keystone XL pipeline in spite of numerous environmental disasterscaused by similar pipelines in very recent history. And one Republican Party spokeswoman openly admitted that Romney’s economic proposals, upon which he’s basing the entirety of his candidacy, is the same as George W. Bush’s program, “just updated" — more tax cuts for the rich in return for the elimination or privatization of government services. It’s like DEVO’s co-creator said — choosing between Obama and Romney is like choosing between Coke and Pepsi.

Jill Stein is a candidate that the other 90 million of us can get excited about. Picture the populist candidate Barack Obama once was in 2008, minus the financial support from Wall Street banks and oil companies, and the fawning coverage from mainstream media outlets. In her Green New Deal, she’s vowing to end drone strikes, tightly regulate Wall Street, halt all government-funded construction of fossil fuel-dependent projects, and end all foreign wars and occupations. She unabashedly calls for higher top tax rates like we saw in the days of FDR and Eisenhower, and the immediate closure of corporate tax loopholes that bleed out billions to overseas, tax-free bank accounts where the elite have stashed anywhere between $21 trillion and $32 trillion. As president, she would appoint Supreme Court justices who believe corporations are corporations, not people, and fight to get corporate money and influence out of the political process. She’s even been recently arrested protesting Fannie Mae in Philadelphia. And unlike other Green Party candidates of the past, she’s running not to speak on certain issues or get mainstream candidates to talk about doing the right thing. She’s actually running to win, and has ballot access in nearly every state.

I used to say I’d hold my nose and vote for Obama because a Romney presidency would be an even bigger disaster than an Obama presidency. But I’m voting for Jill Stein, because I shouldn’t have to hold my nose to vote for someone. Imagine if two-thirds of those 90 million disillusioned voters did the same thing by voting for Jill Stein and ousting tea party Republicans and corporate Democrats from the House and Senate. Isn’t that worth showing up at the ballot box on November 6th? It would be the upset of the century.

(Source: The Huffington Post)

Jill Stein on Criminal Justice

  • Repair our communities rather than dump resources into the prison-industrial complex. 
  • Work to eliminate laws tying judge’s hands with mandatory sentencing requirements. 
  • Immediately legalize medical use of marijuana and move to permit general legal sales under suitable regulatory framework.
  • End the ineffective and costly War on Drugs and begin to treat drug use as a public health problem, not a criminal problem.    

Jill Stein on Immigration

  • Grant undocumented immigrants who are already residing and working in the United States a legal status which includes the chance to become U.S. citizens. 
  • Halt deportations of law-abiding undocumented immigrants.
  • Repeal the deceptively named Secure Communities Act. 
  • Improve economic conditions abroad to reduce flow of immigrants, in part by repealing NAFTA.
  • Demilitarize border crossings throughout North America.   
  • End the war on immigrants, including the cruel, so-called “secure communities” program.   

Jill Stein on Environment

  • Create millions of green jobs in areas such as weatherization, recycling, public transportation, worker and community owned cooperatives, and energy-efficient infrastructure.
  • Adopt the EPA’s new tougher standards on ozone pollution.          
  • Promote conversion to sustainable, nontoxic materials.    
  • Promote use of closed-loop, zero waste processes.  
  • Promote organic agriculture, permaculture, and sustainable forestry.

Jill Stein on Peace & Foreign Policy

  • Cut the bloated Pentagon budget by 50%.
  • End use of assassination as an instrument of U.S. foreign policy, including collaborative assassination through intermediaries.
  • Increase our energy security by reducing our nation’s dependence on oil. 
  • Demilitarize U.S. foreign policy to emphasize human rights, international law, multinational diplomatic initiatives and support for democratic movements across the world.       
  • Restore the National Guard as the centerpiece of our defense.    
  • Create a nuclear free zone in the Middle East region and require all nations in area to join. 
  • Oppose attacks on nuclear facilities.          
  • Ban use of drone aircraft for assassination, bombing, and other offensive purposes.      
  • End the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, withdrawing both troops and military contractors.
  • Make human rights and international law the basis of our policy in the Middle East.      
  • Join 159 other nations in signing the Ottawa treaty banning the use of anti-personnel land mines.        
  • Close some 140 U.S. military bases abroad. 
  • Initiate a new round of nuclear disarmament initiatives.

Jill Stein on Voting Rights & Democracy

  • Enact the full Voter’s Bill of Rights guaranteeing each person’s right to vote, the right to have our votes counted on hand-marked paper ballots, and the right to vote within systems that give each vote meaning.
  • Abolish the electoral college and directly elect the President. 
  • Get the big money payoffs out of politics by implementing public funding of election campaigns.
  • Reverse the Citizens United ruling to revoke corporate personhood, and amend our Constitution to make clear that corporations are not persons and money is not speech.   
  • Restore the right to run for office and eliminate unopposed races by removing ballot access barriers.
  • Require the use of auditable, hand-counted paper ballots in all local, state, and federal elections.        
  • Guarantee equal access to the ballot and to the debates to all qualified candidates
  • Eliminate “winner take all” elections in which the “winner” does not have the support of most of the voters, and replace that system with instant runoff voting and proportional representation.      
  • Provide equal and free access to the airways for all candidates, not just those with big campaign warchests.         
  • Enact statehood for the District of Columbia to ensure the region has full representation in Congress, and full powers of self-rule.       
  • Restore voting rights to ex-offenders who’ve paid their debt to society.
  • Require that all votes are counted before election results are released.
  • Replace partisan oversight of elections with non-partisan election commissions.
  • Celebrate our democratic aspirations by making Election Day a national holiday.
  • Bring simplified, safe same-day voter registration to the nation so that no qualified voter is barred from the polls.
  • Protect our right to vote by supporting Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s proposed “Right to Vote Amendment,” to clarify to the Supreme Court that yes, we do have a constitutional right to vote.
  • Protect the legitimate exercise of local democracy by making clear that acts of Congress establish a floor, and not a ceiling, on laws relating to economic regulation, workers rights, human rights, and the environment.