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Jill Stein on Principles & Values

Green Party presidential nominee; Former Challenger for MA Governor


Petition to open up debates to more than two candidates

The biggest misperception in this race is that there are only two candidates in this race and that there's only one choice, which is for a corporate- and Wall Street-sponsored future. In fact, there are many other candidates. I urge people to go to my website, jillstein.org, and sign a petition there to open up the debates so that everyone can actually hear that they have real choices. And my campaign is providing that choice for a Green New Deal.
Source: Democracy Now! Expanded Second Obama-Romney 2012 debate , Oct 18, 2012

At breaking point for people, planet, economy, & democracy

We clearly are in a crisis now. People are losing their jobs, their homes, decent wages, affordable health care and higher education. Our civil liberties are under attack in the climate is in meltdown. Yet, the wealthy few are making out better than ever, making out like bandits. Richer than ever. While the political establishment that got us into this mess to start with actually is making it worse.

Both Democrats and Republicans are making it worse: imposing austerity on the everyday people of this country while they continue to squander trillions on wars for oil, Wall Street bailouts and tax breaks for the wealthy.

The American people are at the breaking point, and we can use this election to turn that breaking point into a tipping point, to take back our democracy and the peaceful, just, green future we deserve. We're at the breaking point not only for people, but the planet, for the economy, and for our democracy. So, it's very important that we have a real change in course.

Source: Democracy Now! Expanded First Obama-Romney 2012 debate , Oct 4, 2012

Side-by-side issue comparison to Barack Obama

Jill Stein will be on the ballot as a presidential candidate in 40+ states in November. She is the presidential nominee of the Green Party, an international organization which runs candidates in 90 countries, including 133 elected officials in the US. Yet Dr. Stein will be excluded from the presidential debates, under the rules determined by the Commission on Presidential Debates, a "bipartisan" organization run by the Democrats and the Republicans (but with no Green representation). Our OnTheIssues book provides the equal coverage that the debates will not provide, including a direct comparison of Obama vs. Stein on these issues:
Source: Paperback: Obama-Romney-Stein-Johnson On The Issues , Aug 11, 2012

Tea Party hijacked by funding from major corporations

She is relying on pulling in votes from people fed up with their party, or with how the country has been run for decades. "In this race, we are determined to establish another voice," said Stein, "at the very least we establish a political alternative; currently there is none." She believes the Green Party and the Tea Party have a lot of similarities; but according to Stein, the Tea Party has been hijacked by funding from major corporations.
Source: Jason Aubry on ABC 57 News, "Green talks jobs" , Mar 5, 2012

Tea Party hijacked by funding from major corporations

Stein is relying on pulling in votes from people fed up with their party, or with how the country has been run for decades. "In this race, we are determined to establish another voice," said Stein, "at the very least we establish a political alternative; currently there is none."

She believes the Green Party and the Tea Party have a lot of similarities; but according to Stein, the Tea Party has been hijacked by funding from major corporations.

Source: Jason Aubry on ABC 57, "Green Party hopeful" , Mar 5, 2012

Occupy Movement: coming of age of a younger generation

Q. Is your campaign trying to tap into the Occupy movement?

A. Occupy is very much a part of a broader move for democracy and economic and social justice. That is alive and well around the world. Just look at what is going on in Wisconsin which is directly linked to Occupy. It doesn't have the name of Occupy, but they slept for three weeks in the statehouse. If that's not Occupy, what is? The Occupy movement, beneath the surface, represents a political coming of age of a younger generation who have been on the receiving end of a generally exploitative economy. One of those groups to exploit has been young people. They have been exploited in education. The unemployment crisis hits them the hardest. They are bearing the burden for the climate disruptions that are coming down the pike.

Source: Michael Shear, New York Times, "5 Questions" , Feb 14, 2012

Dems & GOP are both sinking ships; one just sinks faster

Q. Is there a difference between the Democratic and Republican Parties?

A. You might look at one party as a rapidly sinking ship and say we're going to vote for the other guy because the ship's not going down so fast. We don't like him but he's not sinking the ship so fast. But the real question is, if both of those ships are heading for the bottom of the ocean, do you want to be on either of them? No. There's no question about where those ships are heading if you are looking at the economy.

Source: Michael Shear, New York Times, "5 Questions" , Feb 14, 2012

Ran as Green Party nominee for MA governor in 2002 & 2010

Q: What was your motive for running for president as a member of the Green Party?

A: I wanted to help the Green Party find someone who could run and there weren't a lot of campaigns that could ramp up, and having run for state office multiple times...

Q: In Massachusetts?

A: I ran for governor in 2010; I also ran for governor in 2002, and I also ran for secretary of state in 2006. Everyone is upset out there. People are really upset and we have no politics to attach it to.

Q: Electoral politics?

A: Exactly. There is not a political vehicle for this and it was going to be the Greens or nobody because Nader, for a variety of reasons, is not going to run, and if you're not Nader, it takes a political party. Nader is just about the only person who can run a non-corporate campaign without having an expensive electoral organization. It's impressive that the Greens have survived when the Progressive Party and the Socialist Party as electoral organizations have all folded.

Source: Interview with Steve Horn of Truthout.org , Jan 29, 2012

Silence is not an effective political strategy

Q: What about the Bush to Obama transition?

A: After Nader, I think Greens feel so vindicated right now. We've had this experience over the past 8 years where we've been told to silence ourselves, muzzle yourselves, shut up, hold your nose, vote for the "lesser evil." Now people really have the evidence that silence is not an effective political strategy, and what we do if we silence the public interest, is that we silence ourselves and then we do not have a democracy. Witness what just happened with the Defense Authorization bill. We cannot go there and we need to do something. It just doesn't pass the "laugh test" anymore, and silence just is not working, nor is the politics of fear. The politics of fear has brought us everything we are afraid of, including the endless wars, the collapsing economy--all the rest. Two ships are going down--Democrats and Republicans are both going down. Historically, we've said the Republican ship is going faster. I think that's debatable right now.

Source: Interview with Steve Horn of Truthout.org , Jan 29, 2012

Dems & GOP blame each other while both support establishment

We're here to talk about the actual state of our nation, and how we can reclaim the promise of our democracy and the peaceful, just green future we deserve. We have heard President Obama deliver his State of the Union Address. And we heard the Republican response. Each claims to have the answer, and that the other was an obstacle to progress.

But the truth is both sides--despite the rhetoric--are responsible for the harsh policies driving our economy and our democracy into deep crisis. Simply put, they place the interests of Wall Street ahead of the needs of everyday people and the long term welfare of our nation.

[I want] to talk about the major problems that are not being solved by the political establishment. And focus on key game-changing solutions that have been kept off the table for too long.

Source: Green Party 2012 People's State of the Union speech , Jan 25, 2012

Green New Deal: emergency 4-part anti-recession program

The political establishment is telling us there's little we can do to change our direction. I don't believe it and I suspect you don't either. It is time to break free from the old economy, and the old politics. It's time for a Green New Deal for America.

The Green New Deal is an emergency four part program of specific solutions for moving America quickly out of crisis into the secure green future.

  1. We will guarantee the economic rights of all Americans, beginning with the right to a job at a living wage for every American willing and able to work.
  2. We will transition to a sustainable, green economy for the 21st century, by adopting green technologies and sustainable production.
  3. We will reboot and reprogram the financial sector so that it serves everyday people and our communities, and not the other way around.
  4. We will protect these gains by expanding and strengthening our democracy so that our government and our economy finally serve We the People.
Source: Green Party 2012 People's State of the Union speech , Jan 25, 2012

Join with Occupy movement to throw off rule by the 1%

Q: You cited that the American Revolution "threw off rule by the 1%"--that uses the language of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Are you working with them?

A: The chemistry between our campaign and the Occupy movement is a fruitful dialog. They came from a place that we completely agree with. American politics is predatory; we agree with them 100% on that issue. They largely aren't aware of alternative politics.

Q: Do you see an electoral future for the Occupy movement like the Tea Party took up?

A: As I've gone around and introduced myself, we've been welcomed with open arms and established a very good relationship with each of the Occupy sites we visited. As they increasingly are forced out of public spaces and have to use other tools, they are indeed looking more closely at electoral politics. I've been very gratified to see them on several occasions taking a stand on disavowing any interest in the corporate-sponsored Democratic and Republican Parties.

Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein , Dec 21, 2011

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