Saturday, March 21, 2015
Jill Stein wins nomination without corporate control
Jill Stein clinched the Green party nomination earlier this month by campaigning at the grass roots level without taking record breaking amounts of bribes thinly disguised as campaign contributions. The following are a couple of the latest articles from her web site on the clinching of her nomination.
As I indicated in an earlier earlier Blog she did so despite the fact that the corporate media was giving much more coverage to her opponent, Roseanne Barr, often not even mentioning the fact that she was losing all along or even letting the public know that Jill Stein existed at all. The most recent article from the mainstream media, that I came across, Roseanne Barr not giving up Green Party campaign, doesn’t even present Jill Stein as the lead in the story; instead they focus primarily on Roseanne Barr, presumably because she is a celebrity and they don’t seem to provide nearly as much attention to people with grass roots support unless they’re already part of the celebrity class.
This clearly makes it much more difficult to gain any positive coverage from the corporate media based on real grass roots support based on taking the views of the public into consideration. Instead they only cover people with views that suit their purposes and some of Roseanne’s behavior during this campaign may have been somewhat absurd compared to the more serious and sincere positions that Jill Stein took on the issues which presumably enabled her to win the nomination. This should be considered a serious problem with the credibility of the corporate media; no sincere media outlet would ever do this if we truly had a free press. As I indicated when I took a closer look at Jill Stein, and her positions on the issues, it should be clear to many people that she is much more competent when it comes to addressing the issues than either of the two candidates that the corporate media present as “viable.”
It should be clear by now that what is required by the corporate media to become “viable” involves collecting an enormous amount of money that can only be obtained by the corporations that dominate politicians and corrupt the system. Furthermore, in order to collect money from the corporations they also have to have attention from the corporate media; which means these two things go hand in hand. This means that the same small number of people has authoritarian control over who can be considered a serious candidate for higher office and the vast majority of the public doesn’t have any sincere say at all.
This gives almost complete control of the government to the corporate interests who have been so accustomed to taking advantage of the majority of the public that they don’t seem to feel the need to even pretend to look out for the best interest of the public; or at least they don’t feel they have to do a good job pretending! On one issue after another they control both major candidate of any higher office with a significant amount of power and the only the majority of the public gets any more is an enormous amount of propaganda either by the traditional corporate media or in the form of campaign ads, neither of which are trying to inform the public about anything.
This is one of the biggest problems that are preventing any sincere reform from getting through at all.
But the best kept secret or the worst depending on how you look at it is the fact that this is based on a major false assumption. The corporate media has been telling the public that they have no choice if they want to have their vote count but to choose between the two candidates that have been selected by them or we would be “throwing away our vote” since third party candidates have no chance of winning or so they say.
This is one of the biggest lies that the corporate media has been telling the public for a long time and the moment the public stops believing this it will no longer be true!!
If the corporate media told you that “you shouldn’t consider voting for someone unless they take an enormous amount of bribes from people that have an agenda that blatantly contradicts your best interest or you would be throwing your vote away;” would you believe it?
Of course, they wouldn’t phrase it that way and if you want to get technical an argument could be made that this isn’t exactly what they’re implying with their actions; but it’s way too damn close even if it isn’t exactly right.
There is much more evidence to indicate the fact that Jill Stein has more support at the grass roots level than the corporate media has indicated from many of the protest movements that have been growing over the past year and that if more people rally behind her then she could expand that dramatically!
The corporate media is producing a propaganda operation that was probably as effective as anything the USSR has ever done but they have taken it to a bizarre extreme so that many more people almost certainly see that they have no credibility at all and that we should clearly look elsewhere for our political and educational material. Fortunately with the internet there are many other opportunities and many more people already realize this although more could benefit from learning about the news and educational outlets that are already available; which is why I have produced my own list of alternative news outlets for anyone that is interested, if it helps. It includes several additional lists of alternative news outlets at least one of which is much bigger and provides news all around the world. This is on a Wiki so that if you have any other suggestions you can add it yourself.
Jill Stein has received much more coverage from alternative media outlets including the following WebPages: Green Party Candidate Jill Stein: 'Political Silence Has Not Been an Effective Strategy' “ at Alternet; “Presidential Debate: San Francisco Greens Love Jill Stein and Roseanne Barr” at Fog City Journal; and “Stein Wins California Primary, Claims Green Nomination” at uncovered Politics. this is just a small sample of the support that Jill Stein has but it has potential to grow much faster if she can get the word out for one very simple reason; the number of people that have learned how to recognize how incompetent the political system and the corporate media is has grown dramatically and many of them realize that the traditional candidates aren’t even trying to look out for the best interest of the majority of the public. If they can get the word out then many more people will realize that we don’t have to choose between two incredibly corrupt candidates that aren’t doing much to look out for the best interest of the public.
The ability of the corporate media to indoctrinate the public depends on the willingness of the public to accept them as their primary source of information; and that has already been shrinking for years.
I think that she clearly does have a chance but even if she doesn’t make it then it would be much better for her to make as strong a showing from the grass roots level as possible to show that the public is fed up with the corporate corruption of the political system and the fact that we aren’t going to continue believing their propaganda. If a third party candidate makes a strong showing then it could do much more to support future third party candidates.
Just as important is the fact that the political establishment has proven over and over again that every time we believe the lie about having to choose between the two corrupt candidates that they have selected for us the next president gets even worse than the last regardless of which party he is from!
When many of us supported Bill Clinton to defeat George HW Bush we thought we were getting the lesser of two evils or that we actually had a good candidates; when he gained power he did more to usher in the consolidation of the corporate media than any other president in history and he reformed the welfare system without reeling in corporate welfare. In fact corporate welfare continued to win. Then Bush came in and there was another anything but Bush movement that brought in Obama and he is doing many of the things that we thought we were getting rid of including predator drones and endless war. He is also doing what he can to hand over the control of the schools to the corporations and his health care wasn’t nearly as helpful as he led us to believe; assuming it helped at all. He didn’t do anything to reel in the corporate bureaucracy that could have been done with a single payer system as Jill Stein has indicated that she would support.
The latest revelation to indicate that the Obama administration is about a trade agreement that he opposed as a candidate but according to an article from Public Citizen, “After Two Years of Closed-Door Negotiations, Trans-Pacific Partnership Text Replicates Alarming Bush Trade Pact Terms That Obama Opposed as Candidate, and Worse.” This is just one more betrayals on top of many more that the Obama administration has attempted to pull over the public. Thanks to the fact that this has been revealed and is being distributed widely throughout the internet there is a good chance that he might back down, at least for a while, as he has on other issues in the past; however he, and other traditional candidates have a history of coming back and trying again to get as much as they can get away with through when the public calms down; and they often succeed.
How many times do we have to be fooled over and over again before we stop believing the same trick over and over again?
In fact in one issue after another Jill Stein takes a position that is more in line with the best interest of the majority of the public; and furthermore she also makes her position clear by letting us know what that position is when asked by sincere independent outlets like Project Vote Smart who has a questionnaire for presidential candidates as well as many other candidates for other offices; and they list all the candidates running unlike the corporate media which is trying to rig the elections for their own candidates.
Both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have refused to respond to this!
If any job applicant in the corporate world was asked to fill out a job application and they refused that would be the end any chance they have of getting the job; yet this is the way the political establishment and the corporations expect us to choose our president! No company would allow the applicant to control the interview. Clearly the election of political officials should be done the same way or as close as possible until we can have a better system set up. In the long run this should involve major election reform but in the short term we should refuse to accept people that don’t fill out the job application!
Scott Walker has been presented recently as an indication that the Republicans have been gaining momentum and that they might be able to take advantage of it in November; however this ignore several things, including the fact that they made the mistake of falling back on the same incompetent democratic candidate in their rush to find anyone but Walker instead of putting all that grass roots effort to promote a candidate that wasn’t part of the traditional democratic establishment, which is being influenced by the same corporations that have been corrupting Scott Walker.
Another problem is that the public airwaves have been virtually hijacked by the corporate media as indicated in the following article:
This is further indication that the public needs to take the initiative at the grass roots level to reform the system and one of the things that we need to do, as previously indicated, is to stop relying on the corporate media for our information; and no longer accepting the lie that we have to limit our choices to those pre-selected by the establishment that sells us out over and over again!
This should be considered further evidence of the fact that the Democratic party didn’t even make a sincere attempt to stand up to Scott Walker as indicated by Dave Lindorff.
The Black Agenda Report makes a similar argument in Wisconsin: What Happens When Movements Turn Into Campaigns. Frankly as I indicated they shouldn’t have even chosen Tom Barrett; however even if you do accept the lesser of two evils argument barrack Obama and the rest of the democratic party could have done much more to stand up to Walker. It is hard to imagine what they could be trying to accomplish but it is clear that it isn’t in the best interest of the public and we shouldn’t accept their lies anymore. The problem may have been that they allowed the Democratic establishment to take control of the campaign, instead of keeping the control at the grass roots level. Ed Shultz did more to get crowds cheering in his show and appealing to emotions than he did to try to address many of the issues and there are almost certainly a lot of people that saw through that. In some case some appeal to emotion or motivational speeches are acceptable as long as they’re followed up by scrutiny but when that is all there is it is just demagoguery.
I usually prefer to encourage people to do more political activity at the grass roots level that involves discussion of the issues in a manner that enables people to control the message and I think the election process should be controlled by the public or perhaps organizations accountable to the public like Project Vote Smart. In this case I think they could use some improvement but that is beside the point for now. Jill Stein has been trying to collect enough money to qualify for matching funds to help get their message out. In the long run the system for matching funds probably should be reformed but for this election cycle it is the best we have so I hope some of you will consider the following request from the Jill Stein campaign:
When looking at the numbers it seems like they have a long way to go; however I glanced at this just yesterday and I’m reasonably sure that it made surprising gains in just the past day and clearly Texas is going over the top soon which almost certainly wasn’t the case yesterday. There is a strong chance that they will make their target and get their funds if they receive additional support from either the states they highlighted or others which will also be matched in funds even if they aren’t the ones too put them over the top.
Once again if your interested in some of her positions on the issues a closer look at Jill Stein, and her positions on the issues, provides information from several sources including at least three independent organizations and her own web page.
The time to let them know that we’re not dumb enough to believe it anymore is long overdue!!
The alternative is that we buy every lie they hand to us and continue to pretend that we tried to do our part to reform the system by supporting the lesser evil who is guaranteed to sell us out!
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