We observe the looming presidential election cycle with a mounting sense of dread and dismay. The primary media outlets are shaping the message to such a great extent that we feel that individuals connecting with individuals is the only route to communicating authentic information.
Donald Trump is nothing more or less than an embarrassing reminder that our political system is entirely dysfunctional. That a person with such laughably absent oratorical skills is occupying the platform as the voice of one of our major political parties simply marginalizes that party and all it stands for. But Hillary Clinton is most emphatically not a better choice. As Julian Assange said, a choice between the two is like asking whether we would rather choose cholera or gonorrhea.
They are not the only choices. But the only way we have access to information about other choices is by diligently combing through the web in search of alternatives. Both Google and Facebook are actively suppressing news about alternative voices, leaving us with the task of seeking news from foreign sources. But even the Guardian is in lockstep with US media in their fawning admiration for Hillary Clinton and their suppression of news about alternatives.
The Clinton campaign is so rapidly rabid in their response to any mention of alternatives that they label the least criticism of their candidate as misogyny. We are not misogynists by any stretch of the imagination but would delight in having a woman in the White House. Jill Stein.
Since you won’t find information about Jill Stein and what she represents without a great deal of searching, we reproduce some choice bits of her platform below, with the implicit understanding that none of these positions will be taken by the conventional candidates. Please read and be informed of the alternatives.
- End destructive energy extraction and associated infrastructure: fracking, tar sands, offshore drilling, oil trains, mountaintop removal, natural gas pipelines, and uranium mines. Halt any investment in fossil fuel infrastructure, including natural gas, and phase out all fossil fuel power plants. Phase out nuclear power and end nuclear subsidies. End all subsidies for fossil fuels and impose a greenhouse gas fee / tax to charge polluters for the damage they have created.
- Create living-wage jobs for every American who needs work, replacing unemployment offices with employment offices. Government would be the employer of last resort, and the unemployed would have an enforceable right to make government provide work. Create direct public employment, as the Works Progress Administration did, in public services and public works for those who can’t find private employment.
- Guarantee economic human rights, including access to food, water, housing, and utilities, with effective anti-poverty programs to ensure every American a life of dignity.
- Establish an improved “Medicare for All” single-payer public health program to provide everyone with quality health care, at huge savings by eliminating the $400 billion annually spent on the paperwork and bureaucracy of health insurance. No co-pays, premiums or deductibles. Access to all health care services, including mental health, dental, and vision. Include everyone, period. No restrictions based on pre-existing illness, employment, immigration status, age, or any other category.
- Guarantee tuition-free, world-class public education from pre-school through university.
- Restore arts, music and recreation to school curriculums.
- Guarantee a living wage job for all. Break up “too-big-to-fail” banks and democratize the Federal Reserve.
- Improve economic and social conditions abroad to reduce the flow of immigrant refugees, in part by repealing NAFTA, ending the failed drug wars, and halting CIA and military interventions against democratically elected governments.
- Demilitarize the police: End training from Israeli Defense Forces on occupation-style policing; End 1033-style programs that transfer military equipment to civilian law enforcement and incentivize police departments to return military-grade weapons to federal government. End use of SWAT teams and no-knock raids for drug offenses and serving papers.
- Terminate unconstitutional surveillance and unwarranted spying, close Guantanamo, and repeal indefinite detention without charge or trial. Repeal the unconstitutional provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act that give the president the power to indefinitely imprison and even assassinate American citizens without due process.
- End the destructive US economic and military intervention into the affairs of sovereign nations. Such intervention serve the interests of multinational corporations and global capitalism over the interests of the vast majority of the citizens of those nations.
- Eliminate the doctrine of corporate personhood that among other things has been used to justify unlimited corporate spending in elections with a constitutional amendment to clarify that only human beings have constitutional rights.