Jill Stein Green Party Presidential Candidate 2012

August 25, 2012

Jill Stein is the 2012 Green Party candidate running for President of the United States. Her running mate is Cheri Honkala. As of August 16th they are on the ballots in 33 States and the District of Colombia. Check her website for up-to-date information as well as additional information about Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala.

Jill Stein

The following is an introduction into Jill Stein's views on a variety of topics. The summarized positions are in my own words and are not endorsed by the candidate. However, the summaries are short, and I have included videos and links so you can hear or read her position directly.

"We need a solution to actually rise to the magnitude, and the seriousness, the emergency, of this jobs problem."

- Jill Stein (from video below)

A Green New Deal

A primary element of Jill Stein's campaign is the implementation of a New Green Deal, modeled after the New Deal implemented by Franklin Delano Roosevelt as a way to bring us out of the Great Depression back in the 1930's. Like the original New Deal, Stein's new deal contains a program of job creation. 25 million according to Stein and an end to unemployment. Impossible? According to her, the program would cost about the same as Obama's first stimulus package (around $700 billion). Full details of her plan can be found on her website. This program would be federally funded, but locally run, and would create jobs based on economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

In the following video, Jill Stein is introduced at the 1:30 mark, after Thom Hartmann provides some contextual remarks.

"Millions have lost their homes already. Many millions are still in the pipeline....We are five years into this crisis and effectively nothing has been done about it."

- Jill Stein

Housing

Jill Stein considers housing to be a fundamental human right, and her running mate, Cheri Honkala, has spent her life as a community organizer and activist fighting for the poor and homeless. Recently these efforts have been particularly focused on the issues of foreclosures and evictions that have resulted from the housing crisis and economic recession. Both Stein and Honkala believe that little if anything has been done by politicians or the banks to work on keeping families in their homes. In dramatic fashion, both women recently showed they were willing to go beyond mere words and were arrested while conducting a sit-in protest against Fannie Mae. In that particular incident, they were supporting two Philadelphia women who had been tossed out of their homes by Fannie Mae.

Cheri Honkala speaks in the video below about issues of poverty and homelessness and also discusses the Fannie Mae protest.

"...most other developed nations around the world are using a Medicare-for-all, single-payer-type system, providing better care with better outcomes at half the cost of what we’re paying."

- Jill Stein (from video below)

Healthcare

Dr. Stein is a Harvard trained physician who entered into politics partly because of problems she saw in the healthcare system which were not being addressed by the established political system. Dr. Stein advocates for a single-payer Medicare-for-all healthcare system. She believes it will actually save money compared to the current system, while providing better outcomes. Part of these savings will be from eliminating the massive overhead present in our current private insurance dominated system. Further savings will be provided by focusing on upfront preventive care along with the healthier communities which will be ushered in by green initiatives (e.g. pollution reduction and healthy food production systems). As it stands now, 3/4 of our healthcare dollars are spent on chronic health issues—what Dr. Stein calls our "sickcare system."

The first part of the discussion is about the Green New Deal. The healthcare discussion begins at 5:45. The video can also be watched directly at DemocracyNow. Their site includes a full transcript.

"If you go into the voting booth and you vote for either Wall Street-sponsored candidate, you are giving a mandate for four more years of these policies, which are not just taking us in the wrong direction, they are accelerating in the wrong direction..."

- Jill Stein

The 99%

Jill Stein is a strong supporter of the 99% and the Occupy movement. In different ways she beleves that the two main parties are essentially representatives of the 1%. While, Romney and the Republicans make no effort to hide this, Obama and the Democrats hide behind populist rhethoric. An examination of their policies, however, such as their support for Wall street and their continued (in some cases expanded) prosecution of war, shows their true agenda. Dr. Stein is critical of the American system which silences opposition to the two-party stranglehold, through media control, and the expensive and difficult process for third-parties to get on the ballot or into debates

War, Foreign Policy, Immigration, Education

The following video is a lengthy one. It pretty much covers all of Jill Stein's main positions on the issues. There is also a question and answer period at the end. The whole thing is worth watching, but I am also going to call out specific parts of the video related to the topics in question.

"Most of the conflicts of the last decade would not have happened had there been a national conversation and discussion about what the true risks and benefits of our national security were."

- Jill Stein

War

The Green Party is a party of peace and as such advocates for non-violent conflict resolution. Dr. Stein does not support our current wars and wants to bring troops home from these conflicts. Additionally she would bring home troops from bases and countries all over the world where they are not needed. She is strongly critical of Obama's record on war, especially his drone campaign, and feels like this makes enemies not safety. Overall she would cut military spending, believing that the bloated military industrial apparatus is only really necessary for waging wars for oil and other resources. A green economy makes such wars obsolete.

For comments about war in the above video see (33:23 - 33:40).

"We need to stop using war and weapons as the discourse for foreign policy."

- Jill Stein (from video above)

Foreign Policy

Dr. Stein believes we need to stop basing our foreign policy on military might and instead base it upon human rights and international law. She also believes we need to abolish nuclear weapons and nuclear proliferation and stop using weapons sales as a way to bribe countries to do our bidding.

Of course this extension of human rights and international law is really just an international extension of the policy of seeking environmental, social, and economic justice domestically. These principles should be extended universally to the entire global community.

For foreign policy comments in the above video see (44:06 - 46:08).

"...create a welcoming and secure path to citizenship for immigrants in this country who are critical to our economy and to our culture."

- Jill Stein (from video above)

Immigration

Dr. Stein considers the supposed immigration problem as being a direct consequence of the NAFTA free trade agreement. This agreement allowed cheap agricultural goods to be dumped into third-world economies and put many farmers in those nations out of business, who then sought out opportunities elsewhere. Essentially they are economic refugees of our own making. Dr. Stein calls for changing our free trade agreements to fair trade agreements that respect workers and the environment both here and abroad.

She also recognizes the important contributions immigrants have made and continue to make to both our culture and economy and calls for a welcoming and secure path to citizenship. She notes, for instance, the consequences of doing the opposite, such as the draconian policy enacted in Alabama, which chased away migrant farmers and collapsed their $5 billion dollar tomato industry.

For immigration comments in the above video see (33:40 - 36:25).

"We need to bail out the students and not the banks."

- Jill Stein (from video above)

Education

Dr Stein believes our higher education system has basically created a system of indentured servants. From a combination of exploding costs, massive debt burdens, and the lack of well-paying jobs (or the lack jobs at all) an entire fleet of students are facing debts they can not possibly pay. She advocates for wiping out student debt, which amounts to nearly one trillion dollars. While that may be a lot, she notes that banks have been bailed out to the tune of $16-17 trillion dollars.

Dr. Stein believes that public education should be free from pre-kindergarten through college. Education isn't a cost. It is an investment that pays for itself many times over. As an example she cites the very successful GI Bill to provide education to millions of returning soldiers from WWII which provided an exceptional return on the investment.

For education comments in the above video see (36:25 - 39:08).

"We must strive as a nation to so conduct ourselves that we have nothing to fear if the truth of our actions should be revealed to the world."

- Jill Stein (from video below)

Whistleblowers and government transparency.

Jill Stein in this video talks about the importance of whistleblowers to a Democracy. In particular, she discusses the case of Bradley Manning and how his actions should be protected as a whistleblower. She calls his actions heroic for informing the American public about war crimes committed by the American military. She is critical of the Obama administration which has brought six cases against people under the Espionage Act, though only three had been brought before him since it was enacted in 1917.

"...Cannabis is a drug which is dangerous because it is illegal, it is not illegal on account of being dangerous..."

- Jill Stein (from video below)

Hemp/Cannabis/Marijuana

Dr. Stein believes that hemp and marijuana should not be classified as restricted substances. There is absolutely no basis for doing so, especially when they are such useful products: hemp as a green fiber and marijuana for medicinal purposes. She calls for an end to the failed drug war, not just for being an enormous waste of money but also for being an enormous waste of human potential. Substance abuse should be treated as a health issue, not a criminal issue.

"Don't let them talk you into a ship that is also sinking but slightly less quickly. That's not a solution and we have a clearly established trajectory at this point. There's only one solution which is to get off of that sinking ship into the lifeboat that is headed for the secure, green, just, peaceful shores that aren't that far away."

- Jill Stein (page 11)

Third Parties

A full discussion about third parties is a lengthy article in itself. However, regardless of how people feel about voting for them and the impact they have on elections, it is at least worthwhile to take a look at their platforms and positions. Polls consistently show that people are unhappy with the current state of politics. They are unhappy with Congress and seem dissatisfied with the two-party system and the deadlocked bickering that too often seems is all they are capable of. Furthermore, the two main parties represent a relatively narrow band of the political spectrum. While, the Republican party has expanded (or shifted) it's tent to include the likes of the Tea Party and Libertarians such as Ron Paul, the Democratic party has become (or remained) fairly centrist. Stronger voices on the left, such as the Green Party and the socialist party are far too absent in the public debate. Gary Johnson, running as a Libertarian, is another strong third party candidate who is worth checking out.

The matrix below is a fairly common way to represent political ideologies. While the positioning of the candidates is arguable, I personally think they are fairly accurate. What should be noted is not only how close Obama and Romney are to one another but also how far they are to the Authoritarian Right.

Source

"...it's a win for us simply to recover a voice in our political courage and a voice for the public interest..."

- Jill Stein (from video below)

The Green Party

The Green Party is much more than just a party of environmental concerns. They are also populists that strongly advocate for things like peace and social well-being. Additionally, their environmental concern doesn't stand as a separate issue. Instead it is just one element of the many ways in which people and places are exploited.

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WritingPrompts 4 years ago from The Garden of Eugene (Oregon)

I like your chart showing where the candidates are. Amazing how close Obama and Romney land there. That's why I'm probably going to vote for Jill this fall. She stands for what I want to see happen. I just wish it was more than a "protest" vote. But how can a 3rd party candidate every really get elected?


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junkseller 4 years ago from Michigan Author

@WritingPrompts

The whole idea of Obama as being on the far left is preposterous. I haven't really figured out whether that is a result of brilliant Republican strategy or pure ignorance. Line by line, the policies of Bush, Obama, and Romney are substantively very similar. The biggest difference is perhaps healthcare, but that difference at the moment is just in rhetoric. Being that Romney passed something similar in his own state, it wouldn't surprise me if his actual policies in practice were very similar to Obama's.

At this point, I see choosing between the Democrats and Republicans to be like trying to decide between the Titanic and the Lusitania. I don't really see it as a protest vote. I see it as a vote that lets me sleep at night. And who knows, maybe she gets enough votes to end up getting into future debates. Maybe the conversation starts to shift. At the very least, hopefully, this starts to build the ground level foundation to increasingly make a bigger difference in the future.

Thanks for stopping by.


Heapsy 4 years ago

She's got some great positions, I side with her more than I do with Obama. However, my vote is still with the President because I don't want to risk the third party problem which could lead to the election of Mitt Romney.


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junkseller 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Well, Gary Johnson (Libertarian) is a third-party problem for Romney as well. Probably a bigger one than Stein is for Obama. Especially with the way they treated Ron Paul at the convention. I wouldn't be surprised if there is a fairly significant exodus in his direction from Libertarian and Tea Party types. The more third-party votes the better, in my opinion.


Heapsy 4 years ago

To an extent, if those

Third party voters are straying from Mitt, than that'd be great.


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mperrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

I don't think I'll vote for Jill Stein in this election, but I am going to start supporting green party candidates for local and state offices. I'm too afraid that Mitt Romney will win to vote Green this year. Good article - Voted up and interesting.


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junkseller 4 years ago from Michigan Author

mperrottet, well, Pennsylvania, I don't really blame you. They are working hard to steal that one. After kicking Ron Paul in the gonads, I don't see how he has a chance anymore, but who knows.


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WritingPrompts 4 years ago from The Garden of Eugene (Oregon)

It depends what state you live in too. I'm from Oregon, so it's not so likely that Obama needs my vote to win my state. I might feel differently if I was from Ohio or Florida where my vote might make a difference.


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Chuck Bluestein 4 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

I was going to wait until Dr Stein put her stand on the issues on her website (it said coming soon) but I see that you watched these videos and got her stands from them. So I guess that I should just link to this webpage and not write an article.

As far as a 3rd party having a chance, Ron Paul gave an hour speech (I listened to it) on August 26, 2012. Even though he is not running for office in 2012, he said the Ron Paul Revolution is growing. So we may see a lot of 3rd party votes.

Say that Gary Johnson wins. Here is what he can do. There are 14 Secretaries that are all part of his cabinet. He could make Ron Paul the Secretary of the Treasury. He could make Dr Jill Stein the Secretary of Energy and he could make make Cheri Honkala the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

I think that the real reason we are at war is because it makes hundreds of billions of dollars for the big corporations that control Obama and Romney. They say to Obama "Without us, you will never get re-elected." They say to Romney, "without us you will never get elected President." That makes it very hard for anyone else to win but not impossible.


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Chuck Bluestein 4 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

I just tweeted this article to my 39,000 followers on Twitter. Many of them are Ron Paul supporters. It says:

#JillStein Green Party Presidential Candidate 2012► http://hubpages.com/politics/Jill-Stein-Green-Part... ◄She is an MD like #RonPaul with many similar stands on issues.


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Chuck Bluestein 4 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

I saw the Jill Stein commercial and tweeted her that it would be better without profanity that is profane (swearing, cursing, coarse language, foul speech, strong language, dirty words, 'cussing', bad words, bad language, adult language, vulgar language, inappropriate language). She is sending a message that 3rd party members are potty mouths.

Of course that is just my opinion and so how important is that. Then I saw that Google (who is the broker for her ads) is not letting her place her $100,000 in TV ads. So she wants people to contact Google. She is wrong! She needs a better campaign manager.


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Hello Junkseller ~ You've done an excellent job organizing the issues, with video interviews and highlighting quotes. I'm voting Jill Stein! How to get more people to even find out she is running? I mentioned it to some friends who never heard of her. Blessings, Debby


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Chuck Bluestein 4 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

She created enough pressure on Google to get them to yield and show the commercials. You have 1 day, deadline Thursday Sept. 6, to make a difference according to Jill Stein since something special is happening. Watch her 4-- 30 second commercials here. http://www.jillstein.org/deadline_thursday


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junkseller 4 years ago from Michigan Author

@Chuck Bluestein - Thanks for stopping by. I like your ideas for Gary Johnson's cabinet. I also tend to agree with you about her ad, but I did notice that she is focusing the ad almost entirely on college towns. I think it could play well with college kids. I'm not sure that her 3 green-screen commercials are catchy enough to get people to check her out. It was nice having Cheri involved in them, but someone really needs to show her how to smile.


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junkseller 4 years ago from Michigan Author

@Debby Bruck - thanks for reading and thanks for spreading the word. I have recently converted my mom to Jill Stein. All it took was a brief introduction. And that's all it would probably take to convert a lot of people to either Stein or Johnson. It seems impossible, but then I keep thinking about Kony 2012--what did they get 80 million views in a week? You just never know these days what social media can do.


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Chuck Bluestein 4 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

There was one article saying that we do not need one strong third party but 2. People feel that one would cause an imbalance but 2 strong 3rd parties would be balannced. See if it is just Gary Johnson (who used to be Republican) it would take from the Republican votes but not the Democrat votes disturbing the ratio.

But the Jill Stein votes would take more from the Democrat votes. So their ratio stays about the same. But please note that the more votes that Jill Stein gets, means the less votes for Obama. So this helps Gary Johnson since he will need less votes to win. Of course the more votes for Gary Johnson, the better chance Jill Stein has of winning since she will need less votes to win.


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junkseller 4 years ago from Michigan Author

@Chuck Bluestein - My suspicion is that Johnson hurts Romney more than Stein hurts Obama. I see Stein gaining the most support in strong liberal college town type places-Berkeley, Portland, New York, etc. But those are all generally places that are heavily in favor of Obama. For example, using 2008 numbers, Stein could pull almost 3 million votes in CA and Obama would still win.

Johnson, however, can pull votes in places that are much closer races. All of the mountain west actually. One poll showed him at 9 percent in Arizona. That's equal to 200k votes that would turn Arizona into a tossup, even though it is considered a strong Romney state.


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Chuck Bluestein 4 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

Maybe we should both put up that site "I Side With" (isidewith.com) which is objective and is totally by computer. You put in your opinions and it tells you by percentages who you agree with. Also you can look at states and other things. I see people on Twitter say that it says they are in 90+ agreement with Jill Stein and they never heard of her. But now they are promoting her.

It also depends on what they do. For example Johnson is touring the country visiting 15 colleges. Note that the people under 30 were mostly in favor of Ron Paul.

ISideWith says that I am 97% agreement with Johnson, 84%-Stein, Obama-60% and Romney-- 23%. But it says that I am 88% green and only 83% libertarian.

Now it says that Californians are 54% in agreement with Obama, 46%-- Stein, 46%-- Johnson and 33%-- Romney. Of course it does not cover all questions. It says that CA likes Stein the most on envronment and Johnson the best on health care. It also includes the importance people put on different things but it is still a fun toy!

Yes Johnson could cause Obama to win in Arizona. This election is different than any other because of "I Side With" and in 2008 Twitter was a baby and FB had 100 million. Now Twitter has 250 million and FB has a billion.


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junkseller 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I like the isidewith quiz. I have encouraged a lot of people to take it, and I agree, I think a lot of people would be surprised by their results. Mine were similar to yours, but with Stein and Johnson reversed and I only scored 6 percent! for Romney (I really dislike that guy).

I'm not exactly sure what Stein's strategy is. I know with her ads, the top priority was college towns followed by a few select large cities.

I really hope both Stein and Johnson get a lot more attention. It would make things so much more interesting and hopefully raise the level of information and debate above the typical bar (which we sorely need).


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

I'm back. I gave it a tweet. So sorry she was not there at the first debate. There's no dynamic and totally unfair to censor her.


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Melis Ann 4 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

Great article - wonderful topic. Jill Stein did great in the debate last night between Green, Libertarian, Constitution and Justice parties ~~ http://youtu.be/CoNPO4h2quk ~~


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NateB11 4 years ago from California, United States of America

Jill Stein is the only candidate who talks about what I want to hear, issues that are significant to people and not profits. This is an excellent examination of her platform. Thanks much.

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