Books by and about 2016 presidential candidates|
| Hard Choices,|
by Hillary Clinton (2014)
| Crippled America ,|
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
| Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,|
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
| Outsider in the White House,|
by Bernie Sanders (2015)
| American Dreams,|
by Marco Rubio (2015)
| Taking a Stand,|
by Rand Paul (2015)
by Scott Walker (2013)
| A Time for Truth,|
by Ted Cruz (2015)
| One Nation,|
by Ben Carson (2014)
| Trump/Pence vs. Clinton/Kaine On the Issues ,|
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
| Living History ,|
by Hillary Rodham Clinton (2003)
| Between Hope and History ,|
by Bill Clinton (1996)
| In Harm’s Way ,|
by Dr. Jill Stein (2000)
| Democrat vs. Republican vs. Green vs. Libertarian,|
Four Party's Presidential Nominees On The Issues (2016)
Books by and about 2012 presidential candidates|
| Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
| Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
(click a book cover for a review or other books by or about the presidency from Amazon.com)
Ten Key Values as ratified at 2003 Green Party Convention
Click here for 11 full quotes from Green Party in the book 2003 Ten Key Values.
OR click on an issue category below for a subset.
REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:
The "Ten Key Values" is the statement of principles of the Green Party. Unlike a party platform, it is ongoing from campaign to campaign, and hence is supported by every nominee without modification (the party platform's content is negotiated between the party and the presidential nominee).
Understanding the "10KV" is the first step to understanding the Green Party. I once arranged for Green Party representatives to speak at the monthly meeting of the Massachusetts Democratic Party--I made a "comparison chart" of the Ten Key Values with the Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform for that year. I do the same below with the 2012 national Democratic Party Platform. The party platform is more practical than a statement of principles (a platform addresses "what do we do?" while a statement of principles addresses "what do we believe in?"), but I excerpt the relevant principles for direct comparison.
The purpose of comparing the Green Party and Democratic Party documents is to examine whether the Green Party is just an "extreme" version of the Democratic Party. That is the mainstream media's usual conclusion--but the comparison below demonstrates that the Greens and the Democrats agree on 8 out of 10 principles. We'll leave to the reader whether that constitutes general agreement or extremism--but consider the number of items that the Republicans and the Libertarians would agree and disagree, or the Republican Party and the Tea Party. A reasonable conclusion for the Greens is that they do agree with the Democrats on most principles, but often disagree on how to implement those principles (which is what a party platform is about).
Let's discuss the two principles (marked with asterisks) where the Greens and the Democrats disagree on principle. First, the Greens are indeed "extreme" in their anti-war view (key value #4, "non-violence") while the Democrats are by no means pacifists (especially Hillary Clinton!). Second, the Greens very strongly oppose globalization (key value #6, community-based economics) while the Democrats support free trade (or its softer global alternative of "fair trade"). That 80% level of agreement gets reduced when looking at the implementation details, but not by too much. Take a read on the details if you want to get past the mainstream media's over-simplifications.
| ||Green Party||Democratic Party|
| ||"Ten Key Values"||"Advancing Universal Values"|
|1 ||Grassroots Democracy||Standing With Those Demanding Greater Freedom; opposing voter ID restrictions|
|2 ||Social Justice and Equal Opportunity||Make ending poverty a national priority|
|3 ||Ecological Wisdom||Committed to protecting our natural resources|
|4* ||Non-Violence||Maintaining the Strongest Military in the World|
|5 ||Decentralization||Promoting Transparent, Accountable Governance and the Rule of Law|
|6* ||Community-Based Economics and Economic Justice||Free and Fair Trade; Promoting Global Prosperity and Development|
|7 ||Feminism and Gender Equity||Standing up for Women's Rights Around the Globe|
|8 ||Respect For Diversity||Gay Rights as Human Rights; importance of women & people of color|
|9 ||Personal and Global Responsibility||Reinvigorating International Institutions; Volunteerism and Social Innovation|
|10 ||Future Focus and Sustainability||We built our great nation by investing in the future|
-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, May 2016
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Confront barriers of racism, sexism, heterosexism, & ageism.
Respect ethnic, racial, sexual, and spiritual diversity.
Decentralize economic institutions & empower individuals.
Sustainable society lives within planet’s resource limits.
Safely dispose of or “unmake” all waste we create.
Families & Children|
Replace male domination with respect of difference of gender.
Foster peace, economic justice, and the health of the planet.
Expand the process of participatory democracy.
Demilitarize our society and eliminate our WMDs.
Pay a living wage which reflects real value of work.
Principles & Values|
Green Party endorses “Ten Key Values”.
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The above quotations are from Ten Key Values as ratified at 2003 Green Party Convention.