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Jill Stein: Democratic Party Has Track Record of Sabotaging Reformers Like Sanders

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In a recent interview with Katie Herzog from Grist, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein argues that “[t]he Democratic Party has a very clear track record of sabotaging rebels.”

Stein is referring to the fact that even though Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is upsetting the contest by winning states like Michigan, Hillary Clinton will likely be the nominee.

“The party does this fake go-left thing by allowing genuine reformers to be seen and heard, but they never allow them to go all the way. You can’t really have a revolutionary campaign inside a counter-revolutionary party,” Stein tells Herzog.

Just look back to the 1988 presidential primary contest, Stein says, when Jesse Jackson won 11 major primaries and was taken out by a fear campaign started by the Democratic Party itself.

Herzog and Stein are not alone in feeling that the Democratic Party will hand the nomination to Clinton and it’s easy to see why, Herzog explains.

The Democratic Party has a very clear track record of sabotaging rebels.
Jill Stein, Green Party Presidential Candidate

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, co-chaired Clinton’s 2008 bid for the White House. Wasserman Schultz is also in control of the debate schedule and she’s been accused of using that power to limit Sanders’ exposure to voters. Originally, the DNC scheduled only six Democratic debates — far fewer than the Republicans, and far fewer than the DNC held during the 2008 race. One was during an NFL playoff game.”

Not to mention the fact that third parties aren’t allowed to participate in these primary or general election debates, so winning the general election for a third-party candidate is an overwhelming obstacle that is nearly impossible with the current electoral system.

But, Stein tells Herzog that she has a plan to win the presidency and it involves cancelling the student loan debt of 43 million Americans. If all of these Americans voted, it would grant Stein a plurality of the votes to win the general election.

Unfortunately, as Stein mentions and as many Americans remember, the popular vote sometimes fails to elect presidents. “This is one of the many problems with our electoral process,” Stein adds, “it is a system designed to discourage people from voting.”

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ramone
ramone

Listen--


If there are some disgruntled people who will vote for this stranger Jill Stein simply   because they are all mad at the preliminary primary process --Albeit ! It shows how quickly most people (not all) are easily influenced by anything they are told by a complete stranger i.e. Jill Stein.. America is was smarter than that. The election is 4 months away. Every Hillary supporter has joined forces with Hillary supporters TO DEFEAT TRUMP--Not give Trump a victory. 


There is way to much at stake in this election .... So for all you who say vote Stein ----YOU WERE NEVER TRUE DEMOCRATS & we don't need you..


As for all  you 74% of  Bernie supporters who have joined forces with Hillary's people ---You won't be disappointed !  We are going to KICK TRUMP AS...

ramone
ramone

I appreciate her message.. However, The Democrats cannot & will not just vote for someone at random .. There is way to much we don't know about Jill Stien.. There is only 4 months to election.. America will not gamble away our future on a stranger 

Dissident Politics
Dissident Politics

Stein seems to have it about right when it comes to reform (applicable to both parties, IMO). If reform is to come, it's probably going to have to come from the outside in some way, shape or form. Maybe a third party, maybe a coalition, maybe something else or maybe all of those.

Ellen Garneau
Ellen Garneau

This page should get rid of the Trolls. It ruins any attempt to learn anything from the posts. Name calling just doesn't cut it....

Allen Cooke
Allen Cooke

Howard Zinn said basically the same thing about the 2-party system, stating that whenever a reform movement arises withing a party, the party surrounds it and eventually neutralizes it to continue looking out for the interests of the wealthy and minimize discontent among the lower classes.

krw1943
krw1943

The establishment cadres of both parties are totally perverted and dance to the tune of the elites who pay them off and own them lock, stock and barrel.

John Zube
John Zube

All reformers and revolutionaries should do their own things only under a freely chosen personal law system for themselves. Then all of them would be tolerable for their subjects and for outside observers. All would have to act at their own expense and risk only. That works very well already in all private matters that are already left to private decisions.

Kirra Smith
Kirra Smith

w/o reading this article I'd say Obama was fair-game 4 that idea

Bobby Clone
Bobby Clone

In Sanders' case it's a good thing. Why do these people feel we need to make this country a Socialist failure? Has history not taught these people anything? Was Hitler not enough?

Marty Banks
Marty Banks

REFORMER?? YOU MEAN SOCIALIST .........SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST IS STILL THE RULE OF NATURE.............DYING IS A PART OF IT.....I AM NOT AFRAID TO DIE. AND I AM NOT AFRAID TO LIVE EITHER...... IF YOU CANNOT KEEP YOURSELF ALIVE THEN YOU WILL DIE......... THAT IS THE RULE.

Johnny Ritchie
Johnny Ritchie

She is a nut which allowed Dubya to win for 8 years vs Gore,,,,which totally supports her Green party. Another 8 years of climate change deniers, in charge. .

JamesMahoneyIV
JamesMahoneyIV

What? Jill Stein didn't run for president until 2012, and Obama easily won that election over Mitt Romney. Jill Stein is one of the most reasonable figures in modern day American politics, and certainly not a "nut".

Sally Claar
Sally Claar

Taking the moral high ground is like the tiny poodle barking at the elephant in the parade. The poodle then brags about the way he scared the monster right out of town. If women and gays and blacks had held out for perfection, progress would be a perfect zero.

Skip Fousel
Skip Fousel

Quit making it a contest of who can go farther left or farther right. How about straight down the middle!

Denton Thorne
Denton Thorne

Hillary Clinton is not an American for America candidate. She has proven this by soliciting quid-pro-quo donations from other countries while she was still Secretary of State. Hillary Clinton is not a Presidential candidate who will represent women’s rights. She has proven this when she bullied, assaulted, harassed, paid off, destroyed reputations of women, and denied them of their rights to expose Bill’s sexual misconduct sexual groping, sexual assaults, sexual propositions, and accusation of rape. Hillary Clinton is not a Presidential candidate who will help African-Americans improve their lives or increase their livelihood with more and better jobs. She has proven this with her promise to continue Osama’s policies which have actually made African-American lives worse by forcing businesses to close, by forcing businesses to relocate to another country, and by allowing illegal immigrants into America to take away our jobs. In some cases, American workers have even been fired and forced to train their replacements. Hillary Clinton is not a candidate for Unions or for the working men and women of America. She has proven this by her promise to continue Obama’s policies that have driven businesses and jobs out of America. She has proven this by her positions on illegal immigration, open borders, and detrimental trade polices that will eliminate more American jobs. Hillary Clinton is not an American who knows how to protect American interest in the world. She has proven this by her disastrous record while Secretary of State that left Libya in a state of chaos for an ISIS takeover. She has proven this by her disastrous record while Secretary of State that worsened America’s standing the world. She has proven this by her disastrous record while Secretary of State that left America and the world more unsafe and more vulnerable to terrorist attacks. Hillary Clinton is not an American who will protect America and America’s military. She has proven this by her failure to protect America’s embassy in Benghazi after repeated warnings. Hillary did not act to reinforce the embassy or provide military assistance to save the lives of our four heroic Americans who died in the attack and, making matters worse, she even lied about the cause of the attack to the American people to cover up her failure and protect her political future. Hillary Clinton is not a Presidential candidate who will protect America’s secrets or keep America safe. She has proven this by storing classified and Above Top Secret American communications on her private server that America’s enemies could obtain. This in itself could be construed as an act of espionage. Benedict Arnold, America’s most notorious spy who helped the British in the American Revolutionary War did no less than Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton is not a truthful Presidential candidate. She has proven this by habitually lying to the American people to save her reputation, protect her political ambition, and to disguise her political goals which are not American values. Hillary Clinton is not the Presidential candidate she portrays herself to be. She skillfully camouflages this by pretending to be the misleading term of progressive democrat when Hillary is actually a Closet Socialist who seeks complete government control over the American people because she thinks we are too stupid to govern ourselves, which means she wants to tax us more, spend more of our money foolishly, increase our debt, and create a third world welfare society that will be dependent upon her as a dictatorial leader.

givemtheboot
givemtheboot

@MN_Love ANYONE with common sense and a moral compass is always shouted down by the corrupt establishment....

Jack House
Jack House

The very purpose of a SUPER-DELEGATE is a machination by the DEMOCRAT party to suppress candidates like Sanders or Stein. The DNC has no value.

Chris Mikkelson
Chris Mikkelson

I'm eligible for treatment at the VA hospital but I usually had to wait months to get an appointment just for a checkup and much longer if I needed to see a specialist. So I bought my own private insurance and can see my doctor pretty much anytime. So tell me more about how government run health care for all is a good idea. http://www.cnn.com/specials/us/va-hospitals

Michael J. Payne
Michael J. Payne

Chris Mikkelson As for your first comment, you repeated my last comment... Yes, if the government, elected by us, the citizenry... contracts the private companies to do the work of building the roads, using tax revenue it gathers from all of us.... then YES the government "physically" as you put it, pays for the roads WE ALL use to drive to work, school and leisure time activities. I can deal with private companies just fine, I do so every day, it's just I am not a multi-millionaire or billionaire so I can't contract with construction company "A" to build a great new stretch of interstate or stretch of avenue in front of my house, or through my neighborhood. The taxpayers collectively aka the government can and does. Thats just one of many examples of socialism in our country my brother.

James Scofield
James Scofield

Many people see voting as a watse of time, especially if they are independent. The 2 party system is not good to "others", it's a threat to them. Personally I think the entire system is not working for the electorate at all.

Barbara Scott
Barbara Scott

Rafael Brandon Bernie may have a problem returning to the Independent party from which he jumped ship to become a Democratic candidate.

BillAtnip
BillAtnip

Educate yourself on how ingrained the two parties are.


Leslie Smittle
Leslie Smittle

Doug Phillips It exists in all who know it and can not be indoctrinated or propagandized. It exists far beyond them burning the Constitution or Bill of Rights. Because people remember Freedom, and wish to forget statist oppression. Ask Russia and any other person from a state run oppressive country? But they remember only to warn others and have them heed that warning. But the utopia is always so inviting to the naive and the indoctrination and propaganda so effective on those types willing to see the cheese but not willing to see the mousetrap.

Leslie Smittle
Leslie Smittle

We have many third party candidates already. Most stand for freedom. A few stand for more statism and oppression.

Wm Meredith
Wm Meredith

She might be getting bunches of Bernie supporters when the fix for Hildog finally takes.

Gary Waldo
Gary Waldo

Kurt Geist Both parties saved the country from chaos. The Republicans with Lincoln and the Democrats with FDR. They were both liberal progressives. We are approaching crisis again and the only party with liberal progressive leanings is the Democrat party. So what if industry supports both parties. They want influence and to hedge their bets. If we the people want to do something about getting money out of politics, I'm all for that, but don't tell me the Neo confederate conservatives (i.e. The Republicans) are in any way equal to the Liberal progressive Democrat party because I soundly reject that premise.

Simon McDonald
Simon McDonald

Trish O'sullivan what is the definition of middle class. The reason people feel they have less now than our parents is that there is much more to have. I have two kids a house and a job. I have to work hard for everything I have and I am lucky to have what I do. I am lucky I never went to college so I don't have that debt. Now back to my point in order to be middle class 40 years ago one needed a house a car and a tv. Now we have to have that plus cable and a mobile device and a bigger house more clothes two cars etc. So what I am saying is that all of your complaining about wages being stagnant is laudable and I would support raising the top tax rates and I agree with Bernie partly on his social security changes. We are doing well the country is growing and unemployment is still falling. The middle class is still there and most people have more than their parents did. I only used starving in response to another post.

William Bertram
William Bertram

Well said, and I think this is definitely what's happening to both parties.

Venaye Reece
Venaye Reece

Her history on energy and environmental issues is not too good.

Beth Burch
Beth Burch

Tigris Rose Rashida if I take that pledge, it will be because I believe in Ms Stein AND to help push the Green Party as a viable third party. It will not be just a protest vote. I'm thinking!

Chris Mikkelson
Chris Mikkelson

So government actually builds the roads? No, private contractors do that. So the government physically pays for the roads? No, the taxpayers actually pay for the roads. So why can't the taxpayers deal directly with private contractors? Because taxpayers aren't good at dealing with private companies.

Trish O'sullivan
Trish O'sullivan

Simon McDonald not starving is a pretty low bar.why argue the semantics? The middle class is shrinking, wages are down, expenses keep rising, people are squeezed especially our young people. The Sanders campaign has gained amazing traction from being a fringe candidacy because his platform addresses the core problems of our society. Feel the Bern.

Trish O'sullivan
Trish O'sullivan

Because our country is deteriorating in most measurable categories (infrastructure, infant mortality, education level, income, wealth inequality etc.). The majority of the citizens support the goals of Bernie's platform, and the parties support the interests of corporations and wealthy donors ONLY. I think the term political revolution is alienating to many people, and not exactly accurate. The US may once have been the world's greatest country, I don't really know, but it's pretty hard to support that statement at present, when real incomes have declined, manufacturing has been outsourced, precious water sources are being destroyed by fracking...this list can go on and on... All for the wealthiest to extract more pounds of flesh from the people of US. Pity Clinton has adopted Bernie's platform to get elected when she has proven to be a pawn of bankers, private prison owners and foreign autocrats. Shameful.

Antonio Rego
Antonio Rego

please america vote fo TRUMP WE NOT WANT 4 MORE YEARS OF OBAMA HILARY OR SANDERS

John Shepherd
John Shepherd

When do independent voters finally Wake up and find themselves living in Colorado looking like Russia or that Old Soviet Union! That is what a REFORMER OR A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER LIKE OBAMA LEADING THEIR STATE!

Antonio Rego
Antonio Rego

berny sanders is a comunist what you going to tell your familiy i help to elect a comunist so forgive me